Transportation

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New York, NY
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5 College Sophomore

Transportation: NYC has the best subway and bus system. you can get anywhere you need to go for only a couple of dollars

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College Freshman

Transportation: I don't really use the transportation NYU provides.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: I wish the NYU shuttle buses stopped at more locations. Otherwise, I walk everywhere on campus. Public transportation for everything else.

4 College Junior

Transportation: The shuttle is free but its only for dorms that are farther away from campus. Everyone tends to walk to class because campus is easier to walk through. If you live far or need to get anywhere else in town, subways are super convenient. For those who have the cash, there is always a cab, or 7 cabs, zipping by that you can take anywhere in the city. I know there are city run busses as well, but I detest those and generally stick with walking or taking the subway.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: I always take the subway to school, which would be the fastest way for commuter students. Students who live in campus would not need to take any form of transportation.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 1st
    Most Easily Accessible Town
  • 215th
    Best Campus Transit
  • 1390th
    Best Car Campuses

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Victoria Adesoba
Hometown
Downtown Brooklyn
Major
Chemistry
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New York City’s public transportation system gets plenty of praise from NYU students. Students say subways are the easiest and cheapest way to get around, since they never have to deal with NYC traffic, as is the case with other means of transportation in the city, such as buses and taxis. The MTA (Metropolitan Transit Authority) strives to make subway use convenient and affordable, and with options such as the 30-day unlimited MetroCard, you can commute daily via the subway as many times as you want for 30 days with this card. It is a little expensive ($104), but in the long run, it is worth it, especially if you work or live off campus and commute to school daily. 

Although the natures of both the MTA and the subway maps may be intimidating, you will most likely find subway officials in the subway stations, and NYC commuters are often willing to assist if you ask for their help. Public transportation in New York City is largely reliable and convenient, so much so that there is little need for a personal car. Biking around the city is also a great alternative, with the increase of bike lanes in the city.

Facts & Statistics

Best Ways to Get Around Town
  • Bike
  • Bus
  • Scooter
  • Subway
  • Taxi
  • Walking
  • Free NYU shuttle buses
Best Ways to Get to the Airport
  • Airport van service, like Super Shuttle
  • Cabs have a flat rate, but if you're worried about catching one, call a car service or the shuttle.
  • Take the subway only if you're willing to waste two hours and haul your luggage around.
Local Taxi Services
They're everywhere. You just have to hail one outside of your door.
Did You Know?
Did you know that NYC trains, taxis, and buses run 24 hours a day? You can go anywhere at any time of the day!

Safety Escort ServicesWhat's This?

Safety Escorts
(212) 998-2222
Daily 24 hours

Campus ShuttleWhat's This?

New York University Bus System

There are two scheduled routes that run during the fall and spring semesters. Students need a valid NYU ID to ride (it's free).

(212) 998-1458

Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-12 a.m., Saturday-Sunday 10 a.m.-12 a.m.

Public TransitWhat's This?

Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA)

The fare for a subway or local bus ride is $2.25. You can buy a 30-day pass for $104.

(718) 330-1234

347 Madison Ave.

www.mta.info

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

Newark Liberty International Airport

North Ave. and Spring St., Elizabeth, N.J.

(973) 961-6000

www.panynj.gov/airports/newark-liberty.html

LaGuardia Airport

Ditmars Blvd. and 94th St., Flushing

(718) 533-3400

www.panynj.gov/airports/laguardia.html

John F. Kennedy International Airport

JFK Expy & S. Cargo Rd., Jamaica

(718) 244-4444

www.panynj.gov/airports/jfk.html

Nearest Passenger BusWhat's This?

Greyhound

625 8th Ave.

(212) 971-6300

www.greyhound.com

Nearest Passenger TrainWhat's This?

Amtrak - Penn Station

234 W. 31st St.; Eighth Ave. and W. 31st/33rd streets

(212) 603-6401 or (800) 872-7245

www.amtrak.com

Student Polls

How convenient is the campus-provided transportation?    Based on 147 responses

  • 6% Nonexistent.
  • 3% Extremely difficult to utilize-it's not reliable nor is it convenient for a student's schedule.
  • 16% Moderately difficult to utilize, the pick-up times and locations are far and few between.
  • 48% Somewhat accessible with a schedule that usually parallels class times.
  • 27% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.

How necessary is it to have a car on campus?    Based on 146 responses

  • 27% You can't have a car here.
  • 66% Cars are totally pointless. Everything you need is within walking distance.
  • 6% Students usually walk or take the bus, but cars are nice for venturing outside the bus line.
  • 1% The shuttle/bus service often fails to meet student needs, so a car is very practical.
  • 1% Campus is isolated, so students rely mostly on cars to get them where they need to go.

How easy is it to get around town?    Based on 146 responses

  • 1% Very difficult.
  • 0% Fairly difficult.
  • 23% Fairly easy.
  • 77% Very easy.

Rate the cost of the following transit options    Based on 133 responses

Non-applicable
Free
  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of the following transit options    Based on 132 responses

Non-applicable
Very convenient
  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of long-distance transportation to travel between home and school    Based on 132 responses

Non-applicable
Very convenient
  • Airport
  • Passenger bus
  • Passenger train
  • Ride sharing

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