Syracuse (New York)

Downtown skyline with Onondaga Lake visible in the background

Syracuse is a city in Central New York. It is the fifth largest city in the state of New York, and the third largest in Upstate New York.

Get in

By bus/train

  William F. Walsh Regional Transportation Center, located at 131 NBT Bank Parkway just north of downtown, is the city's central rail and long-distance bus hub.

By plane

By car

The following highways travel through Syracuse:

Get around

Onondaga County Courthouse at Columbus Circle

By car

A car is probably the best way to get around Syracuse, especially if you are going to places away from downtown. Make sure you have a map and pay attention to the street signs. There are some streets in the downtown area that go from being two-way to one-way, which is not always clear on a map.

On foot

You can walk to most of the destinations in downtown Syracuse from a parking lot or the Centro bus terminal.

By bicycle

Most of the downtown area is relatively flat, but keep in mind that the University area has many steep hills and the residential areas surrounding downtown have quite a few hills as well. What some people will do is catch a ride on the bus downtown, placing their bike on the bike rack on the front of the bus and then use their bike once they reach downtown, thus avoiding the steep hills.

By bus

The Centro Bus System provides a fair alternative to driving to most locations, $2/passenger within Syracuse, additional fare to outlying suburbs, service from Syracuse to Oswego for $5 (as of 2015). If you have to transfer to another bus, be sure to ask the bus driver for a transfer card so that you don't get stuck paying double fares for the same trip. Discounts for senior citizens, persons with disabilities and children. The buses are accessible to people with disabilities and the bus drivers are instructed to let a person with a physical disability on before letting other passengers on.

By taxi

There are several taxi services listed in the Syracuse phone book that you can choose from. It will usually take anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes for a taxi to come pick you up but it can be useful if you missed the last bus of the day. At the airport there is usually no wait, as there is a well-frequented taxi stand at the end of Terminal A.


Onondaga Park

Up-to-date information about the happenings in Syracuse can most easily be found in the Syracuse New Times, available for free at bars or coffee shops.



Live theatre and music


Parks and Outdoors


Dr. E. M. Mills Rose Garden in Thornden Park

Syracuse has gained the nickname "the City of Festivals" for good reason. There are numerous festivals year round. The following are just a few of the festivals that are held in and around the City of Syracuse:







Franklin Square in April


Camera Supplies

Souvenirs, Gifts, Novelties

Shopping Areas and Malls


View from University Hill





Syracuse has two major nightlife districts. The largest is Armory Square downtown, followed by Marshall Street on University Hill.




University Hill

The University Hill neighborhood is directly adjacent to Downtown Syracuse and is home to Syracuse University, SUNY Upstate Medical University, and SUNY College of Environmental Studies and Forestry.


Several hotels are located near Carrier Circle in DeWitt, directly accessible from the New York State Thruway's Exit 35, and fifteen-minute drive to/from Downtown Syracuse during non-peak hours.

Go next

Routes through Syracuse

Buffalo Rochester  W  E  Rome Albany (Rensselaer)
Buffalo (Depew) Rochester  W  E  Utica Albany (Rensselaer)
Buffalo Farmington  W  E  Utica Albany
Watertown Pulaski  N  S  Cortland Binghamton
Buffalo Auburn  W  E  Oneida Utica

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