Syracuse is located in Onondaga County in the geographic center of New York State, approximately 250 miles from New York City. Syracuse is accessible by I-90 (NY State Thruway) and I-81. Most students from outside of the U.S. fly into Hancock International Airport in Syracuse from connecting flights out of New York City (JFK or La Guardia) or Chicago (O'Hare or Midway). However, some students may chose to fly to New York City and then find transportation by bus or train to Syracuse, New York. When making your transportation arrangements, you may meet individuals who offer to drive you to Syracuse. Do not accept their offers. Arrange transportation with a reputable company before you arrive in the U.S.
The easiest and safest way to travel is to make the additional flight from a major city to Hancock International Airport in Syracuse especially if you have baggage. JetBlue is a popular budget airline that flies to Hancock International Airport in Syracuse from JFK airport in NY City. The price of a one-way ticket from JFK International Airport varies ranging from US$ 49 and up (price is without tax and other applicable fees). The approximate travel time from JFK to Syracuse is about one hour (assuming that there are no delays).
If you arrive at Hancock International Airport in Syracuse, NY, you can find taxi service at the airport. The fare is about US $25 one way.
Amtrak provides rail passenger service to the William F. Walsh Regional Transportation Center located about 5 kilometers north of the SUNY-ESF campus with access to I-81 and I-690. The approximate travel time from New York City to Syracuse by train is about 5 hours and 30 minutes.
Greyhound and Trailways provide bus passenger service to the William F. Walsh Regional Transportation Center located about 5 kilometers north of the SUNY-ESF campus with access to I-81 and I-690. The approximate travel time from New York City to Syracuse by bus is between 4.5 and 6.5 hours depending on bus schedule.
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If you or a member of your family need handicapped parking facilities, please make arrangements with ESF University Police by calling 1-800-777-7373 or (315) 470-6666.
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Temporary Accommodations/ Hotels
Information about temporary lodging in the Syracuse-area is available online.