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5 College Freshman

Transportation: Although it is expensive, public transportation is definitely the best way to go.

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4 College Sophomore

Transportation: The subway is expensive, but right there. I love NYC public transportation. The Barnard shuttle is pretty great, but can be unreliable and late at times when it would be important for it to be prompt.

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4 College Sophomore

Transportation: I mean, it's New York. You're more likely to get there in time by walking. Otherwise, cabs are everywhere and public transportation adds up but it's reliable, runs 24/7, and will get you to any place you could possibly need to go. (If you've been on Los Angeles public transportation, don't be surprised if the bus really does run every 15 mins and the trains every 5 mins or so. I know. I couldn't believe it either. A train that actually goes somewhere? It's almost like the city had its citizens in mind)

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5 College Junior

Transportation: New York City public transportation is great.

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4 College Sophomore

Transportation: New York has some of the best public transit in the country. Barnard won't provide money for it, but it costs $2.50 a ride. Taxis are super expensive, they're pretty rarely taken by students. There is also a shuttle that goes between residence halls and runs after 9, it's super useful but it would be nice to have one that ran 24 hours.

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You'll be hard-pressed to find a city with more convenient transportation than New York City. The subway runs all over Manhattan, the Bronx, and Brooklyn for two dollars a ride with free transfers to any other mode of transportation in New York City. There's a subway stop right outside the gates of Barnard that is a part of the 1 and 9 red lines. These subway lines run up and down Broadway in Manhattan, all the way down to South Ferry, making stops at important locations, such as Times Square and Penn Station. It's very easy to transfer to other subway lines, like the green line that runs on the east side of Manhattan or the shuttle train to Grand Central Station from Times Square. Penn Station houses the Long Island Railroad and the New Jersey Railroad that stop at Newark Airport. Buses around Barnard are also very convenient. In fact, the M60, which also stops in front of the campus gates will take you directly to New York's La Guardia Airport in less than one hour. This is very helpful for students on a budget, because it can take you and your bags to the airport for $2 as opposed to $30 or $40 in a taxi.

Barnard students are lucky to have access to the variety of transportation that they have available. The only bad thing about it is that most modes of transportation are expensive, especially cabs and trains. Another bad thing is that most ways of getting anywhere, except for in a cab or to LaGuardia on a bus, involves transferring to a different mode of transportation at some point, which is both time-consuming and expensive. The best thing, by far, that Barnard has to offer is the M60 bus to the airport and the 116th Street subway station that is less than three minutes from anywhere on campus.

Facts & Statistics

Best Ways to Get Around Town
  • Bus
  • Cab
  • Subway
  • Walking
Best Ways to Get to the Airport
The buses and subway leave from directly in front of Barnard and, no matter how far, the ride is always $2. The M60 bus will take you directly to the airport.
Local Taxi Services
New York City has plenty of taxis to take you anywhere you want to go. Just flag one down.

Safety Escort ServicesWhat's This?

Walking Escort Service
x4-SAFE (47233)
Daily 7 p.m.–3 a.m.

Campus ShuttleWhat's This?

University Shuttle

The service operates between the main gate of the College and the off-campus residence halls, including Cathedral Gardens and College Residence at 110th Street.

x4-SAFE (47233)

(212) 854-5262

Daily 9 p.m.–4 a.m.

Public TransitWhat's This?

New York Subway and Bus System (MTA)

MetroCards are officially $2 per swipe, but it comes out to slightly less: $20 puts $23 on your card. You get an automatic free transfer between subway and bus, or between buses.

(212) 878-7000

(212) 878-1001 MTA police non-emergencies

(877) 323-7433 MetroCard services

347 Madison Ave.

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

Newark International Airport

EWR is 40 minutes away from Barnard and will cost around $50, plus tolls and tip, or around $12 by train.

1 Brewster Rd., Newark

(201) 961-6000

LaGuardia Airport

LGA is 30 minutes away from Barnard by taxi. The fee by taxi is between $25 and $35 and by bus is $2.

100-15 Ditmars Blvd., Flushing

(718) 533-3400

John F. Kennedy International Airport

JFK is 45 minutes away from Barnard. There is a flat fee of $35 to get there by taxi, plus tolls and tip.

JFK Expressway at Van Wyck Expressway

(718) 244-4444

Nearest Passenger BusWhat's This?


All Greyhound buses leave from Port Authority at Times Square

625 Eighth Ave., New York

(212) 971-6331

Nearest Passenger TrainWhat's This?

New Jersey Transit

The train to Newark International Airport also leaves from Penn Station at 34th Street. A ticket is around $11 and takes you right into the airport.

180 Boyden Ave., Maplewood, NJ

(973) 275-5555

Long Island Railroad

The Long Island Railroad conveniently leaves from Penn Station at 34th Street on the Red line stop. This will take you into Long Island.

347 Madison Ave.

(718) 217-5477


Metro-North trains go to upstate New York and Connecticut. Amtrak services the Northeast corridor and points west.

234 W. 31st St.

(800) 872-7245

Student Polls

How convenient is the campus-provided transportation?    Based on 28 responses

  • 29% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.
  • 32% Somewhat accessible with a schedule that usually parallels class times.
  • 14% Moderately difficult to utilize, the pick-up times and locations are far and few between.
  • 11% Extremely difficult to utilize-it's not reliable nor is it convenient for a student's schedule.
  • 14% Nonexistent.

How necessary is it to have a car on campus?    Based on 28 responses

  • 0% Campus is isolated, so students rely mostly on cars to get them where they need to go.
  • 0% The shuttle/bus service often fails to meet student needs, so a car is very practical.
  • 0% Students usually walk or take the bus, but cars are nice for venturing outside the bus line.
  • 57% Cars are totally pointless. Everything you need is within walking distance.
  • 43% You can't have a car here.

Rate the cost of the following transit options    Based on 11 responses

  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of the following transit options    Based on 11 responses

Very convenient
  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of long-distance transportation to travel between home and school    Based on 10 responses

Very convenient
  • Airport
  • Passenger bus
  • Passenger train
  • Ride sharing

How easy is it to get around town?    Based on 28 responses

  • 89% Very easy.
  • 11% Fairly easy.
  • 0% Fairly difficult.
  • 0% Very difficult.
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