Travel Information


Arrival by Car

If you are planning to arrive by car, expect to encounter a large volume of traffic in the immediate area of the check-in locations. Columbia Public Safety personnel will direct traffic flow in unloading areas. Please cooperate by following their directions.

Members of the orientation staff will also be on hand to assist you with unloading. Please note: a licensed driver must remain with the vehicle the entire time the car is being unloaded. Immediately after the vehicle is unloaded, it must be removed from the unloading zone. Do not leave belongings unattended. In addition, please be certain to lock your car and do not leave any valuables visible. If you park far from campus, public transportation by both bus and subway is available and runs north and south on Broadway.

Street parking is available on Broadway and parts of Amsterdam with a range of rates and restrictions. However, it is extremely limited. Please check street signs for specific regulations. Parking tickets are the responsibility of the vehicle owner. No parking is available on the campus. Information on area parking garages can be found on the Visitors page.

Arrival by Bus or Train

Using the Subway from a New York Bus/Train Hub

Guests arriving by bus or train can access the subway from both Penn Station and the Port Authority Bus Terminal. You can catch the 1 uptown subway line to the 116th Street/Columbia University station.

From Grand Central Terminal (E. 42nd St.), you can take the Shuttle (S subway train) to Times Square/Port Authority (W. 42nd St.), where you can board the 1 subway to 116th Street.

For subway schedule and fare information, please visit www.mta.info.

Using a Taxi from a New York Bus/Train Hub

Taxis are also available and are a convenient means of travel when you are transporting luggage. The fare to Columbia is approximately $25 from Penn Station, the Port Authority, or Grand Central Terminal.

Arrival by Airplane

Depending on the airport you use, options for traveling to campus vary. In what follows, there is travel information about 3 airports close to Columbia: Fiorello LaGuardia Airport, John F. Kennedy International Airport, and Newark Liberty International Airport.

Fiorello LaGuardia Airport

M60 Bus: Direct city bus service is available from LaGuardia Airport only. The M60 bus picks up passengers at each LaGuardia terminal every 20 minutes. It takes approximately one hour to reach campus, subject to traffic. The M60 stops on Broadway at West 116th Street. For schedule and fare information, see the NYC Transit website.

Taxi or Car Service: When arriving by airplane, the easiest and recommended way to travel to campus is to take a yellow medallion taxicab directly from the airport. We highly recommend that you use this method of transportation if you are relatively unfamiliar with New York City. Taxis supervised by the Taxi and Limousine Commission are easily flaggable from most city streets at any time of day or night. A car can be booked in advance through one of New York City's many car service companies. Taxi fare should be about $30 from LaGuardia. You will also have to pay for tolls and tip.

Other Alternatives: Various airport shuttles also provide safe and reliable service to and from LaGuardia Airport for approximately $12-15. A bus will bring you to the Port Authority Terminal, where you can transfer to the subway or take a taxi to reach Columbia.  Simple on-line or telephone directory research will present you with several options.

John F. Kennedy International Airport

AirTrain JFK/NYC Subway: AirTrain JFK connects John F. Kennedy International Airport to the Long Island Railroad (LIRR) and MTA New York City Transit. You can take the A train to Howard Beach Station or the E, J, or Z to Jamaica Station and connect to the AirTrain. Visit the AirTrain website for more information.

Taxi or Car Service: When arriving by airplane, the easiest and recommended way to travel to campus is to take a yellow medallion taxicab directly from the airport. We highly recommend that you use this method of transportation if you are relatively unfamiliar with New York City. Taxis supervised by the Taxi and Limousine Commission are easily flaggable from most city streets at any time of day or night. A car can be booked in advance through one of New York City's many car service companies. Taxi fare should be about $45 from JFK. You will also have to pay for tolls and tip.

Other Alternatives: Various airport shuttles also provide safe and reliable service to and from JFK Airport for approximately $12-15. A bus will bring you to the Port Authority Terminal, where you can transfer to the subway or take a taxi to reach Columbia.  Simple on-line or telephone directory research will present you with several options.

Newark Liberty International Airport

AirTrain Newark: AirTrain Newark connects Newark Liberty International Airport to Amtrak and New Jersey Transit. From NYC's Penn Station, you can take Amtrak or New Jersey Transit to Newark Liberty International Airport Station and connect to the AirTrain. Visit the AirTrain website for more information.

Taxi or Car Service: When arriving by airplane, the easiest and recommended way to travel to campus is to take a yellow medallion taxicab directly from the airport. We highly recommend that you use this method of transportation if you are relatively unfamiliar with New York City. Taxis supervised by the Taxi and Limousine Commission are easily flaggable from most city streets at any time of day or night. A car can be booked in advance through one of New York City's many car service companies. Taxi fare should be about $70 from Newark. You will also have to pay for tolls and tip.

Other Alternatives: Various airport shuttles also provide safe and reliable service to and from Newark Airport for approximately $12-15. A bus will bring you to the Port Authority Terminal, where you can transfer to the subway or take a taxi to reach Columbia.  Simple on-line or telephone directory research will present you with several options.