Ithaca travel guide

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You're Going to Love Ithaca

With a population of 30,014, Ithaca is a must-see destination in New York State, United States. It is among the most popular tourist destinations in the country. Ithaca deserves at least 2 full days for you to see its main sights.

Where to Eat in Ithaca

If you’re looking for affordable options, Coltivare - Ithaca (235 South Cayuga Street) and North Star Dining Room - Cornell University (186 Cradit Farm Dr North Campus, Appel Commons, Third floor) are great picks.

When to visit Ithaca

Ithaca in December
Estimated hotel price
$123
1 night at 3-star hotel
Ithaca in December
Estimated hotel price
$123
1 night at 3-star hotel

Looking for warm weather? Then head to Ithaca in July, when the average temperature is 68 °F, and the highest can go up to 80.6 °F. The coldest month, on the other hand, is January, when it can get as cold as 17.6 °F, with an average temperature of 24.8 °F. You’re likely to see more rain in July, when precipitation is around 3.9″. In contrast, January is usually the driest month of the year in Ithaca, with an average rainfall of 2″.

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How to Get to Ithaca

Plane

When flying to Ithaca, you’ll arrive at Ithaca Tompkins County (ITH), which is located 4 miles from the city center. The shortest domestic flight to Ithaca departs from New York and takes around 1h 07m.

Car

Another option to get to Ithaca is to pick up a car rental from New York, which is about 174 miles from Ithaca. You’ll find branches of Sixt and Ace, among others, in New York.

Bus

Several bus lines operate bus routes to Ithaca, including Megabus, OurBus and Trailways. The most popular bus station is Ithaca 131 E Green St, located 0.1 miles from downtown Ithaca. Ithaca Cornell University is also a commonly used station, and is 0.7 miles from the city center.

Plane

When flying to Ithaca, you’ll arrive at Ithaca Tompkins County (ITH), which is located 4 miles from the city center. The shortest domestic flight to Ithaca departs from New York and takes around 1h 07m.

Car

Another option to get to Ithaca is to pick up a car rental from New York, which is about 174 miles from Ithaca. You’ll find branches of Sixt and Ace, among others, in New York.

Bus

Several bus lines operate bus routes to Ithaca, including Megabus, OurBus and Trailways. The most popular bus station is Ithaca 131 E Green St, located 0.1 miles from downtown Ithaca. Ithaca Cornell University is also a commonly used station, and is 0.7 miles from the city center.

Airlines serving Ithaca

Lufthansa
Good (4,688 reviews)
KLM
Good (847 reviews)
British Airways
Good (4,741 reviews)
Turkish Airlines
Good (2,194 reviews)
Delta
Good (4,450 reviews)
Austrian Airlines
Good (473 reviews)
Air France
Good (975 reviews)
Emirates
Excellent (2,103 reviews)
United Airlines
Good (4,953 reviews)
Qatar Airways
Good (2,370 reviews)
Brussels Airlines
Good (219 reviews)
Air Canada
Good (6,201 reviews)
LOT
Good (670 reviews)
Finnair
Good (776 reviews)
TAP AIR PORTUGAL
Good (1,169 reviews)
Singapore Airlines
Excellent (931 reviews)
Etihad Airways
Good (847 reviews)
Alaska Airlines
Excellent (5,921 reviews)
ITA Airways
Good (773 reviews)
JetBlue
Good (1,548 reviews)
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Where to stay in Ithaca

Average rates range from around $220 per night for a double room in a 3-star hotel to $257 and up for a 5-star experience.

Where to stay in popular areas of Ithaca

Most booked hotels in Ithaca

The Statler Hotel at Cornell University
4 stars
Excellent (9, 470 reviews)
$264+
Canopy by Hilton Ithaca Downtown
4 stars
Excellent (8.8, 274 reviews)
$191+
Hotel Ithaca
3 stars
Excellent (8, 903 reviews)
$146+
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Ithaca
3 stars
Good (7.8, 582 reviews)
$170+
Cayuga Lake Inn Ithaca Hotel Alt 
2 stars
Excellent (9.2, 5 reviews)
$251+
Best Western University Inn
2 stars
Good (7.5, 637 reviews)
$134+

Renting a car in Ithaca

Renting a car in Ithaca costs $115 per day, on average, or $230 if you want to rent if for 2 days.

You’re likely to save money by renting your car at the airport: locations in the city are, on average, 6% more expensive than at Ithaca Tompkins County.

Expect to pay $3.79 per gallon in Ithaca (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your rental car, filling up the tank will cost between $45.42 and $60.57. The most frequently booked car type in Ithaca is Mini (Chrysler Pacifica or similar). If you’re looking to save money, though, keep in mind that Intermediate rental cars (Kia Sportage or similar) are, on average, 61% cheaper than other rental car types in the city.

Renting a car in Ithaca costs $115 per day, on average, or $230 if you want to rent if for 2 days.

You’re likely to save money by renting your car at the airport: locations in the city are, on average, 6% more expensive than at Ithaca Tompkins County.

Expect to pay $3.79 per gallon in Ithaca (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your rental car, filling up the tank will cost between $45.42 and $60.57. The most frequently booked car type in Ithaca is Mini (Chrysler Pacifica or similar). If you’re looking to save money, though, keep in mind that Intermediate rental cars (Kia Sportage or similar) are, on average, 61% cheaper than other rental car types in the city.