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Traveling to Syracuse, NY and ESF
Office of International Education

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.

By Plane

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.

By Train

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.

By Bus

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.

Directions to ESF By Car

From Points East of Syracuse:

  1. New York State Thruway (I-90) west to exit 36 for I-81 south.
  2. I-81 south to exit 18 for East Adams Street (follow signs).
  3. Turn left onto East Adams Street; proceed two blocks to Irving Avenue.
  4. Turn right onto Irving Avenue. Follow Irving Avenue to the end.
  5. The ESF campus entrance is on your left, next to the Carrier Dome.

From Points South of Syracuse:

  1. I-81 north to exit 18 for East Adams Street.
  2. Turn right onto East Adams Street at the end of the exit ramp.
  3. Proceed two blocks to Irving Avenue.
  4. Turn right onto Irving Avenue. Follow Irving Avenue to the end.
  5. The ESF campus entrance is on your left, next to the Carrier Dome.

From Points West of Syracuse:

  1. New York State Thruway (I-90) east to exit 36 for I-81 south.
  2. I-81 south to exit 18 for East Adams Street (follow signs).
  3. Turn left onto East Adams Street; proceed two blocks to Irving Avenue.
  4. Turn right onto Irving Avenue. Follow Irving Avenue to the end.
  5. The ESF campus entrance is on your left, next to the Carrier Dome.

From Points North of Syracuse:

  1. I-81 south to exit 18 for East Adams Street (follow signs).
  2. Turn left onto East Adams Street; proceed two blocks to Irving Avenue.
  3. Turn right onto Irving Avenue. Follow Irving Avenue to the end.
  4. The ESF campus entrance is on your left, next to the Carrier Dome.

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.


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