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Rochester is a mid-sized city tucked along the North Coast of the USA, along the Great Lakes - Lake Ontario to be exact. Folks coming to visit, work or relocate arrive by car, plane, train, bus or other lesser modes of transportation.
Most regional travelers arrive in Rochester by car. The city is connected to the NYS Thruway (a toll road) by Interstate spurs 390 and 490. Depending on exactly where in the Rochester area you want to end up you will take one of 3-5 exits off the Thruway. The Thruway brings travelers from points West like Buffalo, Toronto, Cleveland and beyond, while travelers from Syracuse, Albany, NYC and New England arrive on the Thruway from the East. Interstate 390 runs basically South from Rochester through New York's sparsely populated Southern Tier toward Northern Pennsylvania and points South. There are several other regional highways that make their way to Rochester through rolling farmlands and small towns. The Seaway Trail generally follows the coastline of Lake Ontario and can be a scenic, if slow, trip.
Rochester is served by the somewhat grandiosely named Greater Rochester International Airport which is conveniently located on the Southwest side of the city. About a half dozen of the major airlines have daily flights arriving here. The most frequent connections are through various NYC-area airports, Philadelphia and Chicago airports. The airport is "international" because of scheduled flights from Toronto and periodic charters from overseas. Once you get to the airport there are the usual rental car agencies and hotel shuttles to help you get on to your destination.
Train travel to Rochester is increasing with connections eastbound to Syracuse, Albany and NYC, and westbound to Buffalo, Cleveland, Chicago and Toronto. The train station is a 30+ year-old temporary facility on the northern fringe of the downtown area. While located in the center city there is not much immediately around the train station so you will probably need to take a cab to where you are going. There is talk of a new, nicer train station to be built in the 2014-2016 time frame.
Several intercity bus lines travel to Rochester and stop in the downtown area. Again the terminal is a temporary one which may be replaced as part of the previously mentioned train station project. A new city/regional bus station will be completed in late 2014 several blocks from the intercity bus terminal.
Rochester is a port on the Erie Canal and a few folks arrive by small boat on the canal which roughly parallels the Thruway. Similarly, Rochester is a port on the Great Lakes and both small private boats and a few small cruise lines make calls in Rochester. Scheduled ferry service on the lake has come and gone, with the last scheduled service ending about 2010.