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3 College Sophomore

Transportation: There are a lot of trains nearby but rush hour is ridiculous.

5 College Freshman

Transportation: The public transportation options are what one would expect in New York City - great.

4 College Senior

Transportation: It's a commuter school, there are local trains and buses here. $2.50 per ride and its convenient if you live in a 30 minute radius.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: The subway is the only realistic way to get to my school (unless of course you live close enough to walk)

Taxi's will cost too much and although the subway prices are rising as always (115 for a monthly ) it is still more convenient, you just have to plan your route and expect delays.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: The commute sometimes sucks, but you learn to deal with it.

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Hunter College has its own subway stop. Taking the 6 train to 68th Street brings you directly to campus. It makes the commute a little bit easier to deal with, considering the school is so easy to get to. When traveling about town, public transportation gets you anywhere you need to go. Buses and subway trains run consistently during the day (at night, be prepared for less frequent service) and follow a very comprehensible, if at first confusing, system. When figuring out the subway system, one tip is to get a laminated map that unfolds to a manageable size. Don’t be ashamed of it, either; it will be your best friend until you learn the lines.

The transportation system isn’t immune to New Yorkers’ scorn. Crowded trains, disrupted service, and multiple transfers can get to even the most patient people. They come with the package, though, and for the most part, public transit gets you where you need to go quickly and easily.

Facts & Statistics

Best Ways to Get Around Town
  • Public transportation
  • Taxi
  • Bike
  • If you have the time, walk
Best Ways to Get to the Airport
  • A cab ride to the airport costs anywhere between $20 and $45.
  • Subway and AirTrain to JFK: from Howard Beach or Jamaica Station, the AirTrain brings travelers directly to JFK for a total of $7, plus the hassle of lugging your bags around.
  • The New York Airport Service Express Bus takes about an hour and drops off at Grand Central, Port Authority, or Penn Station. Fare is $13 and is available from 6:30 a.m. to 11:10 p.m.
  • The Super Shuttle is a door-to-door service costing $15 to $19. Reservations are required to but not from the airport.
Local Taxi Services
There are plenty of taxi cabs everywhere, from companies like Caliente Cab to the classic NYC Yellow Cab.

Public TransitWhat's This?

Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA)

(212) 878-7000

347 Madison Ave. #B

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

Newark Liberty International Airport

Located in New Jersey, which is 40 minutes by car out of Manhattan, Newark handles domestic and international flights. It is accessible by taxi and bus.

North Ave. & Spring St., Elizabeth, NJ

(973) 961-6000

LaGuardia Airport

Located in Queens, which is 20 to 30 minutes by car out of Manhattan, LaGuardia handles domestic flights. It is accessible by subway, taxi, or bus.

10205 Ditmars Blvd., Flushing

(718) 533-3400

John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK)

Located in Queens, which is 40 to 60 minutes by car out of Manhattan, JFK handles domestic and international flights. It is accessible by subway, taxi, or bus.

JFK Expy & S. Cargo Rd., Queens

(718) 244-4444

Nearest Passenger BusWhat's This?


625 Eighth Ave.

(212) 971-6300

Nearest Passenger TrainWhat's This?

Metro-North Commuter Railroad

Metro-North runs out of Grand Central terminal to destinations in New York counties directly outside of the city, as well as destinations in Connecticut.

347 Madison Ave.

(212) 340-3000

Long Island Rail Road (LIRR)

The LIRR system runs out of Pennsylvania Station and stretches from destinations from the city to the eastern tip of Montauk, Long Island.

34th Street between 7th and 8th Avenues

(718) 217-5477

Amtrak - Penn Station

Amtrak trains leave out of Pennsylvania Station.

234 W. 31st St.

(800) 872-7245

Student Polls

How convenient is the campus-provided transportation?    Based on 131 responses

  • 25% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.
  • 11% Somewhat accessible with a schedule that usually parallels class times.
  • 5% Moderately difficult to utilize, the pick-up times and locations are far and few between.
  • 0% Extremely difficult to utilize-it's not reliable nor is it convenient for a student's schedule.
  • 59% Nonexistent.

How necessary is it to have a car on campus?    Based on 131 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.
  • 14% Students usually walk or take the bus, but cars are nice for venturing outside the bus line.
  • 53% Cars are totally pointless. Everything you need is within walking distance.
  • 33% You can't have a car here.

Rate the cost of the following transit options    Based on 62 responses

  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of the following transit options    Based on 62 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 61 responses

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

How easy is it to get around town?    Based on 131 responses

  • 59% Very easy.
  • 40% Fairly easy.
  • 2% Fairly difficult.
  • 0% Very difficult.


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