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Hotel, Parking, and Travel Information

Hotel Reservations

Blocks of rooms are being held at the following locations for the evenings of Sunday, October 29 through Tuesday, October 31. Reservations must be made via phone, unless specified otherwise.

The Statler Hotel (phone 1.607.254.2500)
Group Name: International Workshop Nonthermal Processing
Rate: US$225/night

Hilton Garden Inn Ithaca (phone 1.607.277.8900)
Group Name: CU Food Science Symposium 2017
Rate: $189/night (For the government rate, you must reserve a room outside of the room block.)

Ithaca Marriott Downtown (phone 1.607.272.2222)
Group Name: Food Science Symposium
Rate: US$169/night (For the government rate, you must reserve a room outside of the room block.)
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Best Western University Inn (phone 1.607.272.6100)
Group Name: Food Science Symposium
Rate: US$129/night

Parking Information

Parking for Sunday evening's events at Stocking Hall will be available free of charge on Wing Drive and in the Peterson Lot, which are both adjacent to Stocking Hall. Parking for Monday's and Tuesday's events at the Statler Hotel will be available through the hotel's valet service, which costs US$12/night + tax, subject to change. If you are an event speaker, your parking costs will be covered in full.

Traveling to Ithaca

Cornell University is located in Ithaca, a small city in central New York State. It is approximately 250 miles (400 km) northwest of New York City.

Ithaca Map

Travel by Air

Our local airport is the Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport, located four miles from the Cornell campus. Currently, these airlines offer direct service at the Ithaca Airport:

American to/from: Philadelphia International Airport
Delta to/from: Detroit Metro International Airport
United to/from: Newark Liberty International Airport

Note: There are no direct flights to/from JFK International Airport; therefore we suggest going to one of the above three instead. If you need to use JFK, you could then take a shuttle or taxi to the Newark airport for a flight to Ithaca. Another option is to take a bus, car, or train from a New York City location to Ithaca (see below).

If you cannot arrange a flight to Ithaca, you will find that the Syracuse Hancock International Airport in Syracuse, New York, offers more airline options (including from JFK on Delta or Jet Blue). Ithaca is 60 miles/100 km (90-minute drive) from Syracuse. Ground transportation can be arranged through a local service, Ithaca Airline Limousine (phone: 1.607.273.3030 or 1.855.349.0084). Several scheduled trips are offered each day and you must call to make a reservation two to 14 days in advance. The cost is US$85/one way, or US$130/round trip (subject to change). (You also have the option of a private reservation, at a time you choose, for a higher cost.)

As an alternative, you may choose to use taxi service from the Hancock Airport. There are no schedules or advance reservations required, and you can usually depart quickly. The cost is approximately US$180/one way. Another possible option is to rent a car at the airport and drive to Ithaca.

Travel by Bus, Car, or Train

By Bus

If you are arriving at a New York City-area airport and need to get to one of the New York City stops listed below, you can take a taxi or public bus, subway, or train. With luggage, taking a taxi is more convenient, and likely quicker, but a higher cost than public transportation. See options in the ground transportation section on the applicable airport page.

The following companies provide bus service between New York City and Ithaca (a 4.5-to-6-hour ride):

  • Cornell's Campus-to-Campus Express (phone 1.607.254.8747)
    If you will be staying at the Statler Hotel, we recommend booking Cornell's executive bus, which offers direct express service (4.5 hours) with a convenient stop location on campus, comfortable seating, wireless Internet, power outlets, reading lights, complimentary beverages, and snacks. Advance reservations needed; we suggest you book early. To make a reservation, go here and click 'Book Now.' After you have made your trip selections, you will be taken to a login page. Before finalizing the reservation, you must create an account by clicking 'Sign Up Here.' (For these fields on the account form: Cornell Affiliation - Guest/Visitor, NetID - leave blank.)

    Please note, regarding the bus stop location options: 
    • In New York City: You have two options: The Cornell Club and Weill Medical College.
      The Cornell Club is nearer to midtown Manhattan, and is the last stop, so you are on the bus a shorter time. To reach the Cornell Club via public transportation, Grand Central and Penn Stations are nearby, about 5-to-15-minute walks, or take a taxi directly.
    • In Ithaca: Select Sage Hall, which is nearest to the Statler Hotel.
      The Sage Hall arrival stop is located at the backside of the Statler Hotel (see map, Star "1"). Walk up the sidewalk approximately 1/2 block north (the direction the bus is heading). At the end of the hotel building, immediately bear right, across the statue plaza, to the main entrance around front (see map, dotted line). If you want assistance from hotel staff at the bus stop, call +1.607.254.2500 when you reach the first stop on campus (Sage is the second stop), and ask them to meet you in ten minutes. (Note: For departures to New York City, the bus picks up at a different location: 1/2 block south on the other side of the street, adjacent to Sage Hall (see map, Star "2").)
  • Big Red Bullet (phone 1.866.228.3990)
    This new bus service (not affiliated with Cornell) also provides direct service. As it recently started operating, we have not received feedback or had direct experience regarding the service. To make a reservation, go to (you will be prompted to create a new user account). Note: The bus does not currently operate on Saturdays; See FAQs for more information.
  • Greyhound (phone: 1.607.272.7930 or 1.800.231.2222)
    Ithaca stop: Ithaca Bus Terminal
    New York City stop: Port Authority Bus Terminal
  • ShortLine (phone: 1.607.277.8800 or 1.800.631.8405)
    Ithaca stops: Ithaca Bus Terminal and Cornell Theater Arts Center
    New York City stop: Port Authority Bus Terminal

    Please note, regarding Greyhound and ShortLine: The Ithaca Bus Terminal building is closed at night from 6:45 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. (1845 - 0430 hrs), so if you arrive during that time, you will not be able to go inside.

By Car

You may use the Cornell Maps page to generate driving directions to Stocking Hall (411 Tower Road, Ithaca, New York) and driving directions to the Statler Hotel (130 Statler Drive, Ithaca, New York). If you wish to rent a car, some of the companies that have local service outlets are:

  • Avis (phone 1.607.257.0441 or 1.800.831.2847)
  • Enterprise (phone 1.607.275.9000 or 1.800.736.8222)
  • Hertz (phone 1.607.257.8677 or 1.800.654.3131)
  • National (phone 1.607.272.2575 or 1.888.868.6207)

By train: Amtrak train service is also an option, although the nearest station to Ithaca is in Syracuse. Ithaca Airline Limousine can provide shuttle transportation from the Syracuse train station to Ithaca.

Entry/Visa Questions

If you are a foreign national, you will need to determine the appropriate method of admission into the United States. Here are some general informational websites for your reference:

The Visa Waiver Program enables nationals of certain countries to travel to the United States for tourism or business for stays of 90 days or fewer without obtaining a visa.

If a visa is required, we can send you a B1 (Business Visitor) Visa Certification Letter that you can submit with an application to the U.S. Embassy/Consulate. It is used to support that you will be coming to the U.S. for a business purpose. You should confirm that the letter is sufficient with the Embassy/Consulate. It is important to state that you will be a professional attending a business conference held at Cornell. You will not be an admitted student or earn academic credit, and therefore it should not be appropriate to apply for a student visa. We cannot provide you with an I-20 form, as that document is issued only to students admitted for full-time university study.

Also, if you plan to take a trip into Canada during your stay, it is your responsibility to determine whether you need a visa from the Canadian government and/or a re-entry visa to return to the U.S.

Weather and Travel

In the event of stormy weather, you should plan ample overall travel time and time between connecting flights, in case of delays or cancellations. See weather information for Cornell here.