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Directions and Travel Information

Note: Due to COVID-19 restrictions, visitors to campus are cautioned. Visitors here 1-5 days must show proof of COVID-19 vaccination. Please contact us at ccmr-info@cornell.edu regarding longer visits or if you have any questions.

The Cornell Center for Materials Research offices are located in Clark Hall (625). Our physical address is: 142 Sciences Drive, Ithaca, NY 14853.

CCMR Shared Facilities are in several locations on campus:
The Clark, ST Olin, PSB facilities in the Physical Sciences Complex can be accessed from North Campus, or a ten-minute walk from the Hoy Parking Garage. Parkmobile parking at 38 Forest Home Drive is very convenient to these buildings.
Bard and Duffield facilities on the engineering quad can be accessed from east campus and are five-minute walk from the Hoy Parking Garage.

Map to CCMR’s Gemini 500 SEM in Clark Hall and Clark, PSB, ST-Olin facilities.
Map to CCMR’s Duffield Hall Electron Microscopy Suite, and Bard Hall facilities


For parking information and maps see Cornell Parking Services:

Short-term Parking for Visitors
Campus Maps
Parkmobile Zone Map



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:


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.


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

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