Transportation

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Princeton, NJ
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$39,537
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Very Hard
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3 College Freshman

Transportation: pretty easy to get around, ask friends if you need advice

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4 College Freshman

Transportation: Most students use the train to either get home or to get to the airport. The Dinky is the two car train that exclusively takes Princeton students from Princeton Junction train station onto campus.

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4 College Freshman

Transportation: Train Station Right on Campus – A train called the "Dinky" takes you from campus to Princeton Station in five minutes. From there, you can easily transfer to a train to NYC or Philadelphia, for example.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: Few Options, but Quality Options – Basically your option is NJ Transit if you want to get to Philly or NYC. As for getting around campus, there is a free bus, but few use it because campus is so small. I only ever take it from the parking lot to the dorms if it's raining.

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College Senior

Transportation: None Needed – We have the Dinky, or a small railway station that takes you from campus to NJ Transit, which takes you to Trenton, New York, or wherever else one might want to go in New Jersey. Off-campus housing is practically nonexistent; in fact I don't know anyone who lives off campus except one guy who got kicked out of the dorms for throwing too many loud parties. Princeton students don't go off campus much; everything is on campus so I can't really speak for public transportation.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 475th
    Best Campus Transit
  • 672nd
    Most Easily Accessible Town
  • 1313rd
    Best Car Campuses

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Kristen McCarthy
Hometown
Mahwah, N.J.
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When Princeton students venture off campus, they can get almost anywhere by bus, air, or train. For a weekend in Boston, for example, students can choose between taking New Jersey Transit to New York City and then taking one of the popular Chinatown buses, flying on a shuttle between one of the Manhattan airports and Logan Airport, and taking Amtrak straight to Boston. A weekend in Washington yields just as many options. For everyday errands, the New Jersey Transit bus system links Princeton to several area malls and super centers.

Princeton's public transportation is very accessible, but it is somewhat inconvenient for students. The train connecting Princeton and Princeton Junction runs only once an hour through most of the day and stops running for several hours during the night, which puts huge constraints on nights out in New York City. There are plenty of airport options, which allows students to comparison-shop for airline tickets home and for vacations. Several mechanical problems on the rail system have created unfortunate delays, but that can be expected on almost any system.

Facts & Statistics

Best Ways to Get Around Town
Because Princeton is so small, it is fastest to walk around town. If going to a particularly distant point, such as the Engineering Quad or one of the student parking lots, a bike is recommended.
Best Ways to Get to the Airport
  • How to Get There: NJ Transit offers a shuttle train, known locally as the "Dinky," between campus (across from McCarter Theatre) and Princeton Junction. At Princeton Junction, you may transfer to N.J. Transit's Northeast Corridor line northbound. Debark the train at New York Penn Station and take the A or E subway to the airport. The total cost is around $12 each way. There are also shuttle buses that run between New York Penn Station and JFK for about $15 each way. Alternatively, for a few more dollars, you can pick up the Airporter at Dillon Gym for aournd $40 each way with only a transfer at Newark Airport. A cab ride to the airport costs $125 per car, plus tolls, parking, and gratuity
  • How to Get There: Take the Dinky Northeast Corridor line northbound. Debark the train at New York Penn Station and take New York Airport Service Express Bus or SuperShuttle to LaGuardia. The total cost is around $20 (New York Airport Service Express Bus) or around $25 (SuperShuttle).A cab ride to the airport costs around $130 per car, plus tolls, parking, and gratuity
  • How to Get There: Take the Dinky Northeast Corridor line northbound. Debark the train at Newark Liberty International Airport and transfer to the AirTrain monorail. Alternatively, for a few more dollars, you can pick up the Airporter at Dillon Gym for around $20 each way. A cab ride to the airport costs $80 per car, plus tolls, parking, and gratuity.
  • How to Get There: Take the Dinky Northeast Corridor line southbound, which will end in two stops at Trenton station. Transfer to the SEPTA R7 train to Philadelphia 30th Street Station. Take SEPTA R1 train from 30th Street to the airport. Alternatively, take the Dinky to Princeton Junction and take an Amtrak to Philadelphia 30th Street Station before picking up the SEPTA R1 train. The total cost is about $18. A cab ride to the airport costs $83 per car, plus parking, and gratuity.

Campus ShuttleWhat's This?

Dial-a-Ride

(from campus dial 8-3134)

Monday-Sunday, 10:40 p.m.-2 a.m.,

Campus Shuttle

(Tiger Tram and Blue Line Monday-Friday, 5 a.m.-9 p.m., Green Line, Monday-Friday 7:35 a.m.-11:30 p.m.)

Public TransitWhat's This?

Trains

The Dinky, a two-car shuttle train run by New Jersey Transit, connects Princeton and Princeton Junction. The Dinky station is located across University Place from McCarter Theatre and is adjacent to the WaWa.

New Jersey Transit

The 605 route runs between the Princeton Shopping Center on N. Harrison Street and the major malls (including Quaker Bridge) on Route 1. Fare is around $1.25 (drivers do not make change). To go from campus to the Princeton Shopping Center, wait in front of Nassau Hall or at the bus stop next to the Dinky Station. The fare is the same.

New Jersey Transit

The 606 route runs from the Princeton Shopping Center on North Harrison Street, along Nassau Street, then south on U.S. 206 to downtown Trenton and its eastern suburbs. Stops include the Lawrenceville School, Rider University, the New Jersey State Capitol, New Jersey State Library, and New Jersey State Museum, and many Mercer County government offices. This bus line also connects in downtown Trenton to most other bus lines in the county. Fare to Rider University is around $1.75 each way; to downtown Trenton it is around $2.10 each way, exact amount required. Transfers are an additional 55 cents. Approximate time to downtown Trenton is 30-35 minutes.

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

Newark Liberty International Airport

Newark Airport is 40 miles and approximately 45 minutes driving time from Princeton.

(973) 961-6000

Philadelphia International Airport

Philadelphia International Airport is 55 miles and about an hour driving time from Princeton.

(215) 937-6937

JFK International Airport

JFK is primarily a Manhattan airport and is not as accessible as Newark Airport.

(718) 244-4444

LaGuardia International Airport

LaGuardia is primarily a Manhattan airport and is not as accessible as Newark Airport.

(718) 533-3400

Nearest Passenger BusWhat's This?

Greyhound

Buy a ticket to Princeton at the Suburban Transit ticket counter; A round-trip ticket is $21.

41st St. & 8th Ave., New York

(212) 564-8484

Nearest Passenger TrainWhat's This?

Amtrak

The Amtrak Train Station is in Princeton Junction, which is accessible by N.J. Transit's Princeton Dinky shuttle.

2 Wallace Rd., Princeton Junction

(800) 872-7245

www.amtrak.com

Student Polls

How convenient is the campus-provided transportation?    Based on 17 responses

  • 0% Nonexistent.
  • 0% Extremely difficult to utilize-it's not reliable nor is it convenient for a student's schedule.
  • 24% Moderately difficult to utilize, the pick-up times and locations are far and few between.
  • 35% Somewhat accessible with a schedule that usually parallels class times.
  • 41% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.

How necessary is it to have a car on campus?    Based on 19 responses

  • 11% You can't have a car here.
  • 42% Cars are totally pointless. Everything you need is within walking distance.
  • 42% Students usually walk or take the bus, but cars are nice for venturing outside the bus line.
  • 5% The shuttle/bus service often fails to meet student needs, so a car is very practical.
  • 0% 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 18 responses

  • 0% Very difficult.
  • 11% Fairly difficult.
  • 44% Fairly easy.
  • 44% Very easy.

Rate the cost of the following transit options    Based on 12 responses

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

Rate the convenience of the following transit options    Based on 13 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 18 responses

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