Rings 2011: Transportation

Notes on getting from your hotel to the meeting

We have not scheduled any special shuttle services between the hotels and the meeting location, but many hotels in the area have their own courtesy shuttles to and from Cornell. Please inquire with your hotel regarding these services.

Ithaca has a reasonably comprehensive bus service. For example, Routes 10 and 30 provide frequent connections between downtown and Cornell during the day, and Route 90 is available well into the evening. See here for more details.

If you choose to drive from your hotel to the meeting, information on parking is available here. Likely the best option is to get a short-term parking permit ($10/day) from one of the information booths and park in an appropriate parking area. These areas are shown in pink in the map available here. Note the parking map does not show the recently-built Physical Sciences Building, which is next to Clark and Baker Halls.

Workshop oral sessions are expected to run from the morning of July 27 through the afternoon of July 29, so we recommend arriving at Ithaca on July 26 and departing on July 30.

Airline Travel

The closest airport to the meeting site is the Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport (airline code ITH), approximately a 10-minute drive from campus and downtown. This is a small regional airport (and thus much more friendly and convenient than larger airports) with only three airlines flying into it: US Airways (from Philadelphia and New York LaGuardia), Delta (from Detroit), and Continental (from Newark). Good fares into ITH can often be found, especially if you reserve in advance, and the airline coverage includes two of the three major airline networks (Star Alliance and SkyTeam).

The closest mid-size airports, each with much broader airline coverage, are Syracuse Hancock International Airport (SYR) approximately 60 miles north of Ithaca with an estimated driving time of 1-1/4 hours, and Greater Rochester International Airport (ROC) approximately 100 miles northwest of Ithaca with an estimated driving time of just over 2 hours. International travelers flying into New York City may elect to rent a car; the drive is 4+ hours, not including NYC traffic.

Recommended airport transportation options vary from airport to airport.

  • Ithaca (ITH): Ithaca Dispatch charges $16 to $18 for the first passenger, and $4/person (if family) or $8/person (if not family) thereafter. Check whether your hotel provides a free shuttle.
  • Syracuse (SYR): Ithaca Airline Limousine charges $80/person one-way or $110/person round trip.
  • Rochester (ROC): Ithaca Dispatch charges $225 for the first two passengers, $20/person thereafter.

Getting Around in Ithaca

Most of the major hotels have their own shuttle buses that are available for local travel. Also, Tompkins Consolidated Area Transit (TCAT) is an excellent public bus system.


Parking on the Cornell campus is regulated Monday through Friday, 7:30am to 5:00pm. A guest parking pass can be purchased at the ticket booths, located at every major campus entrance, for $10 (one day), or $6 (four hours). To avoid parking charges, transportation to Cornell from most hotels is available either by hotel shuttle or by TCAT bus. More information to appear later.