The Finger Lakes Travel Guide

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Getting Around The Finger Lakes

The best way to get around the large Finger Lakes region – a 9,000-square-mile area that encompasses 14 counties – is by car. Although cities like Rochester, Syracuse, Ithaca and Seneca offer public transportation, there isn't a system that serves the entire rural region. Major cities are accessible by bus lines (such as Greyhound), train and air. The three international airports in Buffalo, Syracuse and Rochester are all served by several major airlines and the regional airports in Ithaca and Elmira welcome flights from Allegiant, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines and American Airlines. 

Bus

If you're based in a metropolitan area, you can take advantage of the inexpensive public bus system that offers unlimited daily ride and multiday passes. Bus service is available in most cities and in many counties including Monroe, Genesee, Livingston, Ontario, Orleans, Seneca, Wayne and Wyoming. An all-day unlimited pass costs $3 per rider.

Car

If you don't bring your own vehicle, you can rent a car at any of the nearby airports (including the regional airports in Ithaca and Elmira) and in larger cities, such as Ithaca, Syracuse and Buffalo.

Tours

If you're based in one of the larger metropolitan areas, you may want to take a winery tour rather than drive yourself. Most local tour operators offer a variety of itineraries, as well as custom tours tailored to your specific interests, and they'll pick you up at your hotel or rental. Prices can vary widely depending on if you select a private or public tour. The Seneca Lake Winery Association offers a variety of options on its website. 

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