Driving Directions to the Finger Lakes

Driving to the Finger Lakes is the way most people prefer to get here and experience the area. The roads are great and the scenic vistas draw you from one destination to the next. In Ontario County, traffic jams are practically non-existent, and parking is easy and free. But if you choose to travel by another means, we have tips on that too. Read on about transportation to and from the Finger Lakes. 

A map of New York State shows the distances to drivingOur corner of the Finger Lakes, Ontario County, is only a short drive from three major upstate New York cities, which are in turn accessible by bus, train, and air travel. Rochester (ROC) is about 40 minutes northwest from Canandaigua (the seat of Ontario County), while Syracuse (SYR) is about 80 minutes east. Buffalo (BUF) is approximately an hour and 45 minutes to the west. Rochester, Syracuse and Buffalo each have an airport, bus, and train stations. We recommend you contact your preferred choice of transportation service.

Here are some helpful links:

Frederick Douglass Greater Rochester International Airport: Major air carriers servicing this airport are American, Air Canada, Delta, Allegiant, JetBlue, Southwest and United.

Syracuse Hancock International Airport:  Major air carriers servicing this airport are Air Canada, Delta, American, United, JetBlue, and Allegiant.

Buffalo Niagara International Airport:  Major air carriers servicing this airport are American, Delta, JetBlue, Southwest, Sunwing and United.

Canandaigua Airport (KIUA): This public airport, located in the town of Canandaigua, has a 5,500-foot-by-100-foot airstrip. Corporate travelers and private jets find it easy to do business through this airport.

Greyhound Lines: Provides bus service into Rochester, Syracuse and Buffalo from other major cities. Geneva is the only Ontario County town with Greyhound service.

Amtrak: Provides train service into Rochester, Syracuse and Buffalo from other major cities.

Car rentals

Once you're here, your best bet is to rent a car for the remainder of your stay in the Finger Lakes. There are so many remote country roads with stunning views that it would be a shame to miss them. You can rent a car at the major airports in Rochester, Buffalo and Syracuse. There are also car rentals available in Canandaigua, Geneva and Victor. 

The 11 Finger Lakes are long and skinny, running north to south, and the only way to get from one side of a lake to the other is to drive around it. There are no bridges crossing over these lakes. While a GPS is helpful, there are some remote spots in our region where you may not get a signal. That's why we recommend always keeping a detailed map of the region on hand.

Wine Tours

crush-beer-and-wine-tours-canandaigua-busWhen planning to visit your favorite local winery, or touring the wine trail, be sure to plan ahead for a safe day. You can always relax and let someone else do the driving.

Crush Beer and Wine Tours: Offers daily tours for groups as small as two and custom tours for groups between eight and fifty! They will pair you up with an experienced wine tour driver who will provide fascinating information on the local area as well as the wineries or breweries that you visit.

Finger Lakes Winery Tours: The folks at Finger Lakes Winery Tours offer a variety of vehicles from sedans to limos, they even have trolleys! Offering several itineraries or giving you the option to create your own, they'll make sure you tour the wine region in style.