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4 College Freshman

Transportation: It's pretty awesome. When all else fails, there are always taxis

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5 College Freshman

Transportation: Transportation in New York is second to none. You have so many options. Once you get it figured out, you can take local trains and/or buses or those with limited stops. NYU also has a bus that runs until late at night around campus areas for free. It can be expensive to go to the airport, but if you plan your time, there are less expensive trains, buses that you can also take.

5 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Transportation: There are many subway stops near the school with many different trains to choose from, which are convenient for commuters.

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4 College Junior

Transportation: Student busses to all dorms are provided.

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

6 people found this useful Report

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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.

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

Newark Liberty International Airport

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

(973) 961-6000

LaGuardia Airport

Ditmars Blvd. and 94th St., Flushing

(718) 533-3400

John F. Kennedy International Airport

JFK Expy & S. Cargo Rd., Jamaica

(718) 244-4444

Nearest Passenger BusWhat's This?


625 8th Ave.

(212) 971-6300

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

Student Polls

How convenient is the campus-provided transportation?    Based on 300 responses

  • 29% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.
  • 47% Somewhat accessible with a schedule that usually parallels class times.
  • 16% Moderately difficult to utilize, the pick-up times and locations are far and few between.
  • 2% Extremely difficult to utilize-it's not reliable nor is it convenient for a student's schedule.
  • 5% Nonexistent.

How necessary is it to have a car on campus?    Based on 300 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.
  • 8% Students usually walk or take the bus, but cars are nice for venturing outside the bus line.
  • 60% Cars are totally pointless. Everything you need is within walking distance.
  • 31% You can't have a car here.

Rate the cost of the following transit options    Based on 135 responses

  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of the following transit options    Based on 135 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 136 responses

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

How easy is it to get around town?    Based on 300 responses

  • 74% Very easy.
  • 25% Fairly easy.
  • 1% Fairly difficult.
  • 0% Very difficult.


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