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Destination guides > North America > USA > Mid-Atlantic > New York> Syracuse


Syracuse is an important centre in central New York with over 700,000 people in the metropolitan area and around 150,000 within the city limits. This city grew rich in the early 19th century from salt and after the Civil War it became a major manufacturing centre. Although an important city, it doesn't have any worthwhile tourist destinations. However it has a hostel and it's a pleasant enough place to break the journey if you're driving through central New York.

Practical information

Syracuse Convention & Visitors Bureau

572 South Salina Street, Syracuse, NY 13202
Tel (315) 470 1910

Coming & going


Syracuse Hancock International Airport is one of the busiest airports in central New York with flights to many destinations throughout the United States. Bus 250 runs between the airport and the Regional Transportation Center.


Buses and trains stop at the William F Walsh Regional Transportation Center north of the city centre.

Greyhound and Trailways coaches go to Albany, Buffalo, New York City, Rochester and Toronto.


Chinatown bus operator, ShunFa has buses to New York City that depart from 441 Beechwood Avenue.

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Amtrak trains go to Albany, Buffalo, New York City, Niagara Falls, Rochester and Toronto.

Local transport

CENTRO (Central New York Regional Transportation Authority) operates Syracuse's local bus service. A standard fare is $1 and a weekly pass costs $10.

OnTrack (tel (315) 424 1212) is Syracuse's rail system that connects Downtown Syracuse to Syracuse University and the Carousel Mall. There is a planned extension to the Amtrak/Greyhound station. Fares are $1.50. It would be a handy system if it ran more frequently, but it only operates Jan-May Fri-Sun; Apr-Aug Sat; Sep-Dec Fri-Sun.

Hostel accommodation

HI - Downing International Hostel

535 Oak Street, Syracuse
Tel (315) 472 5788

Sightseeing, museums & tourist attractions

Everson Museum of Art

The Everson Museum of Art specialises in American art and it is known for its extensive ceramics collection.

401 Harrison Street, Syracuse, NY 13202
Tel (315) 474 6064
Admission $5 donation
Open Tue-Fri noon-5pm, Sat 10am-5pm, Sun noon-5pm

Milton J Rubenstein Museum of Science & Technology (MOST)

This science museum in the Armory Square neighbourhood has a variety of science exhibits and an IMAX theatre.

500 South Franklin Street, Syracuse, NY 13202
Tel (315)425 9068
Admission $4, including IMAX cinema $9.50
Open Wed-Sun 11am-5pm

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