Syracuse Transportation

One of the largest cities in upstate New York, Syracuse is connected well to other parts of NY and neighboring states. The city is situated at the junction of two major interstate highways; I-81 and I-90. Such a location naturally makes driving by car the dominant method of transportation in the city. Spanning for about 855 miles, Interstate 81 links all areas between northern New York and eastern Tennessee, running through Pennsylvania and West Virginia along the way. I-81 also provides a direct link between Syracuse and Binghamton, a major university town in the southern tier portion of New York. Spanning over 3,000 miles, Interstate 90 is a cross country highway that links the northwestern coast with the northeastern coast of the United States. I-90 connects Syracuse to other major upstate New York cities including Rochester, Buffalo, Albany, and Utica. I-481 and I-690 are short beltway highways that are used to navigate around the Syracuse area.

Located along Alliance Bank Parkway, the William F.Walsh Regional Transportation Center is the major transit hub in Syracuse. The facility serves as a rail station for long distance Amtrak train services. The Empire Service, Lake Shore Limited, and Maple Leaf lines run through all of New York State and stop at New York City's Penn Station. The Lake Shore Limited service stops at major cities including Toronto, Chicago, and Boston.

The William F.Walsh Regional Transportation Center also serves as the main bus terminal in Syracuse. Several long distance bus companies such as Greyhound Lines, Megabus, and Trailways stop at the center. These buses provide affordable rides to all parts of New York State and the rest of the Northeast region.

Syracuse visitors who plan on using public transportation should become familiar with the Central New York Regional Transportation Authority. CENTRO operates bus routes in the Syracuse area and in communities of surrounding counties including Oswego, Cayuga, and Onedia. The CNY CENTRO is the service that primarily serves Syracuse and other parts of Onondaga County. CNY CENTRO consists of more than 50 total bus routes that make stops at all major parts of Syracuse. Additionally, Ten CENTRO bus routes stop at the William F.Walsh Regional Transportation Center.

Served by six airlines, the Syracuse Hancock International Airport offers flights to more than a dozen major cities in the United States. Seven car rental companies make driving by car the most popular ground transportation option at the airport. Additionally, the official Syracuse Regional Airport Taxi provides other convenient transportation options.