Free Rides to COVID-19 Vaccination & Testing Sites

For Tompkins County residents. All passengers are required to wear a mask.

Free Uber/Lyft Rides to Vaccination Sites

Starting May 24th the ride-sharing companies Uber and Lyft will promote rides to and from tens of thousands of vaccination sites through their apps. People can select a vaccination site near them, follow directions to redeem their ride, and then get a ride to take them to and from a nearby vaccination site free of charge. The feature will run until July 4.* Subject to availability*

Read more about President Biden's unveiling of this new program or about the vaccine uptake initiative.  Go to Uber.com or Lyft.com to learn more or to download the app to your smartphone.

Ride to COVID-19 Vaccination Sites in Tompkins County

If you have an appointment and need a free ride to a COVID-19 vaccine site in Tompkins County, call 2-1-1 or 877-211-8667 between 8:30 am and 5:00 pm for a referral to transportation options. It's best to call 2-3 days ahead of time. 

     *Subject to availability*

If you are able to take TCAT, rides are free to the Shops at Ithaca Mall and pharmacies. You only need to show your proof of vaccination appointment when you board.

    Ride to COVID-19 Vaccination Sites in Binghamton or Syracuse

    If you have an appointment at the Binghamton State Vaccination Site and need a free ride, call the GetThere call center at 855-373-4040. 2-1-1 and Tompkins County are partnering with GetThere to assist with arranging out of County trips to vaccination sites.

    *Subject to availability*

    Whenever possible vaccination appointments should be made for sites in Tompkins County.

    • OurBus is providing a service from downtown Ithaca to the Syracuse vaccination site at the NYS Fairgrounds. There is a cost of about $70 round trip. Make your travel arrangements at OurBus.com. Service begins April 5. For more information on dates and times see the OurBus press release.
    • As of May 11, 2021 the direct OurBus route from Ithaca to the Binghamton vaccination site has been discontinued, however the route from Ithaca to the Binghmaton bus station is available.

    Ride to COVID-19 Testing Sites

    First, register for an appointment. For locations and registration at one of the Cayuga Health COVID-19 testing sites go to cayugahealth.org or call 607-319-5708. 

    After you've registered, call 2-1-1 or 877-211-8667 to schedule a free ride. 2-1-1 is available 8:30 am-5:00 pm to help with transportation options to testing sites.

    Additional Vaccine and COVID-19 Updates

    Stay up to date with rapidly changing information related to the availability of the COVID-19 vaccine and COVID-19 health alerts through the Tompkins County Health Department website and its 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Fact Sheet

    For additional COVID-19 information and resources go to the Human Services Coalition website.

    For additional transportation updates related to COVID-19 go to Way2Go's COVID-19 Resources webpage.



    Last updated May 24, 2021