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3 College Sophomore

Transportation: Great public transport, but expensive. Taxis are no better.

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4 College Freshman

Transportation: NYC Subway is easy - campus is on an express line

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3 College Sophomore

Transportation: To get to the airport is my only hassle ever.

4 College Junior

Transportation: A and 1 Subway stations are one block from campus

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: The campus shuttle is reliable but only runs between 9pm-4am


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Right outside of Columbia's gates is a 1 train stop and several bus stops. This means access to just about anywhere in the five boroughs. Public transportation is a wonderful resource, and the only sort of transportation you will ever really need. Though it can be faulty on weekends and late nights, the relatively cheap cost and predictability means that it is an ideal way to get around the city. For those who are in a hurry or don't feel safe riding the subway (a fairly groundless fear—subway stations have attendants and are filled with cameras), cabs are a much more expensive option. Not in a hurry? Try walking or taking the bus! It's slower, but you get to see the city and, as a result, get to know it better.

A resource which few students take advantage of is the evening shuttle. This shuttle has several routes and will take you all over the Morningside Heights area. It is especially helpful for evening runs to Fairway Market located in Harlem. This massive grocery store has great prices, and the shuttle makes the trek back to campus much easier.

Facts & Statistics

Best Ways to Get Around Town
  • Bus
  • By foot
  • Cab
  • Subway
  • Bike (if you're brave/athletic)
Best Ways to Get to the Airport
  • The cheapest way to JFK is by subway and Air Transit, which costs $7 ($2 for subway and $5 for Air Trans). Time there depends on luck, but it can be as fast as one hour and 15 minutes, which is only a little longer than in a cab. Fastest way: Take Red 1 Downtown to 59th Street Columbus Circle, switch to Orange B or D Downtown and take for one stop. Get off at Seventh Avenue, switch to Blue E to Queens, get off at Sutphin Boulevard/Archer Avenue/JFK Airport, take Air Trans. While it may sound complicated, you will quickly master the route, and after all, $7 is a whole lot cheaper than a cab (which will cost about $60 including tip).
  • The M60 bus leaves from Columbia's gates and will drop you at whatever terminal you need at LaGuardia for the regular bus fare.
Local Taxi Services
New York is full of cabs! Just walk to a main street (an avenue such as Broadway or Amsterdam) and flag one down.
Did You Know?
For those who cannot follow directions, Columbia has a website called where students can travel together and split cab fares. Groups have to be created at least a day in advance, so plan ahead.

Safety Escort ServicesWhat's This?

Morningside Heights Evening Shuttle
Daily 6 p.m.-4 a.m.
Student Escorts
(212) 854-SAFE
Daily 8 p.m.-3 a.m.

Public TransitWhat's This?


Ask attendants at subway stations for maps and schedules. Fare is typically $2.25 for a subway or local bus ride. You can buy a 30-day pass for $104.

(718) 330-1234

347 Madison Ave.

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

Newark Liberty International Airport

1 Brewster Road, Newark

(973) 961-6000

LaGuardia Airport

100-15 Ditmars Blvd., Flushing

(718) 533-3400

John F. Kennedy International Airport

JFK Expressway at Van Wyck Expressway

(718) 244-4444

Nearest Passenger BusWhat's This?

Greyhound - NYC

All Greyhound buses leave from Port Authority at Times Square.

625 Eighth Ave., New York

(212) 971-6300

Nearest Passenger TrainWhat's This?

Amtrak - NYC

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 91 responses

  • 29% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.
  • 24% Somewhat accessible with a schedule that usually parallels class times.
  • 13% Moderately difficult to utilize, the pick-up times and locations are far and few between.
  • 3% Extremely difficult to utilize-it's not reliable nor is it convenient for a student's schedule.
  • 31% Nonexistent.

How necessary is it to have a car on campus?    Based on 91 responses

  • 1% Campus is isolated, so students rely mostly on cars to get them where they need to go.
  • 1% The shuttle/bus service often fails to meet student needs, so a car is very practical.
  • 3% Students usually walk or take the bus, but cars are nice for venturing outside the bus line.
  • 59% Cars are totally pointless. Everything you need is within walking distance.
  • 35% You can't have a car here.

Rate the cost of the following transit options    Based on 44 responses

  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of the following transit options    Based on 43 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 43 responses

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

How easy is it to get around town?    Based on 90 responses

  • 74% Very easy.
  • 23% Fairly easy.
  • 1% Fairly difficult.
  • 1% Very difficult.


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