2019 NeuroNex Conference: Hotel & Travel Information

Book your hotel! We’ve reserved a block of rooms at Hotel Ithaca (222 South Cayuga St. Ithaca, NY)

Direct Reservation Link : Group Access Code: 3994

Location: Talks will be held in PSB120 (Physical Sciences Building, Room 120, 245 East Avenue, Ithaca, NY 14853).

Campus Map

Driving Directions

Directions to Ithaca from Points North:
Use local roads to I-81
Go South on I-81. Take Cortland Exit, Route 281 South, to State Route 13
Go South on State Route 13 to Route 366
Follow Route 366 onto Cornell Campus

Directions to Ithaca from Points East:
Use local roads to I-90 (The New York State Thruway, portions toll)
Go West on I-90 to I-88
Go West on I-88 for 76 miles to Exit 8 for State Route 206 at Bainbridge, NY
Go West on State Route 206 for 25 miles to State Route 79 at Whitney point, NY
Go West on State Route 79 for 35 miles to Ithaca, NY

Directions to Ithaca from Points West:
Use local roads to I-90 (The New York State Thruway, portions toll).
Go East on I-90 (The New York State Thruway) to Exit 42 for State Route 14
Go South on State Route 14 for approximately one quarter mile to State Route 96
Go South on State Route 96 for approximately 45 miles to Ithaca, NY

Directions to Ithaca from Points South:
Use local roads to I-81
Go North on I-81 to Exit 8 for State Route 79 at Whitney Point, NY
Go West on State Route 79 for approximately 35 miles to Ithaca, NY
Once in Ithaca, follow the signs for Cornell University. Once on campus follow the directions on the campus map:

Air Travel

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 $85/one way, or $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 $180/one way. Another possible option is to rent a car at the airport and drive to Ithaca. There are very few Uber cars in Ithaca during the week, so wait times and ride costs can be high.

Travel by Bus or Train

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)
We recommend 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.)

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 bigredbullet.com (you will be prompted to create a new user account). Note: The bus does not currently operate on Saturdays.

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

Shuttle Rides

We will provide shuttle transportation to/from campus on the conference days from Hotel Ithaca at 222 S. Cayuga St. If you prefer to stay in other Ithaca-area hotels, check online. You are welcome to take the shuttle from Hotel Ithaca regardless of where you stay. (The Best Western University Inn is close to campus and offers shuttle service)

Check back for information on shuttle pick up times. We will also notify all registrants via email.


Directions to the Physical Sciences Building from the Hoy Rd. Garage (highlighted above):

  • Parking in the Hoy Rd. garage is suggested.
  • Take the Stairs/Elevator exit to the second level, heading toward Campus Rd.
  • Walk the suggested route via Garden Ave/Sciences Drive until you reach Clark Hall. This is ~8-10 minute walk.
  • Follow the ramp down into the Physical Sciences Building through the glass doors. You will see signs for the NeuroNex Conference.

Pay for parking in advance

  • If you scheduled your visit online, use your unique parking access code provided in your visit confirmation email to purchase parking in advance. Be sure to bring your printed parking permit with you to display on your dashboard while parked. (A Parkmobile event will be available for the Hoy Road parking garage)


Public Transportation

Hotel Ithaca is within walking distance to many local shops and restaurants located in the Ithaca Commons in on State St. (between Cayuga St. and Aurora St.) More “Restaurant Row” Information

TCAT is the Ithaca area’s public transportation system, and Seneca St. is the nearest stop to Hotel Ithaca and Downtown. Check the TCAT Bus Tracker for details.

To get to Cornell from Downtown Ithaca using TCAT rather than the Shuttle, you should take Route 30 or Route 10.

  • Route 30 runs from Downtown Ithaca to Cornell every 15 minutes. Seneca St. is the nearest stop to Downtown/Hotel Ithaca and Rockefeller Hall is the stop closest to the Physical Sciences Building.
  • Route 10 runs from Downtown Ithaca to Cornell every 12 minutes. Goldwin Smith Hall is the nearest stop to the Physical Sciences Building.