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4 College Sophomore

Transportation: St. John's provides shuttle bus service which runs between class times until midnight. These buses stop at off-campus housing, at bus some bus stops, and at train stations which are a fairly distant walk from school.

The Q30 and Q31 buses stop at the front gate of the school. The last stop on both of these is the Jamaica/LIRR stations. Air Tran service to JFK airport is available from here, as well as service on the E and J trains. The Q46 is about a 7 minute walk from Gate 6, and the last stop is Kew Garden's station which provides service on the E and F trains.

3 College Student

Transportation: The only school-provided transportation at St. John's University is the shuttle bus that goes from school to train stations and the Manhattan campus. The schedule is convenient for students to use.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: There are shuttles that are free that come every 40 minutes as well as public buses all around the outside of the campus that are affordable. The ferry is free and the cost of an MTA ride is reasonable.

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3 College Junior

Transportation: Theirs a daily shuttle schedule and Taxi's come and wait for St. John's students to be picked up at all times.

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3 College Sophomore

Transportation: not a big fan mainly because it doesn't help me but it does help many others.


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There are several means of transportation to get students around the city. There are buses for local routes, and subways can get you to any of the other boroughs. Plus, the railroad can take you out of the city for a break from all of the hustle and bustle. Transportation is affordable, runs frequently, and connects with other means of transportation, which makes it possible to get basically anywhere in the city. There are several different routes that students can take to get on and off campus. Even though the fares go up, it is still worth it to take public transportation. Plus, it’s good for the environment.

It is not advised for students who are not familiar with the transportation to ride alone. It’s best to have a friend show you the ropes before you head out solo, because more than likely, you will get lost. Riding alone can be dangerous at times, especially late at night. To all non-New Yorkers, be warned: You may get turned off by the constant cramming, loud school kids, graffiti drawings, and odor of public transportation. But then again, that’s all just part of the experience. People travel from all over the world to fly around the streets in a wild taxi or pack themselves into a crowded subway car. It’s authentic New York.

Facts & Statistics

Best Ways to Get Around Town
  • Ask a friend for a ride
  • Bus
  • Taxi (only if it is totally necessary)
  • Train
Best Ways to Get to the Airport
  • A cab ride to the airport costs $35.
  • Take buses to the Long Island Rail Road station, then transfer to the shuttle.
Did You Know?
St. John's runs shuttle buses for free to its off-campus residences.

Safety Escort ServicesWhat's This?

Escort service
(718) 990-6281
Daily 24 hours

Public TransitWhat's This?

MTA Subway & Buses

Subways and buses run throughout the area.

(212) 878-7000 corporate office

(212) 878-7199 public meeting hotline

(212) 692-7233 anti-terrorism hotline

Long Island Rail Road

LIRR operates 24 hours a day.

(718) 217-5477

93-02 Sutphin Blvd., Fourth Floor, Jamaica

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

LaGuardia Airport

This airport is just 15 minutes from campus.

100-15 Ditmars Blvd., New York

(718) 533-3400

John F. Kennedy International Airport

This airport is about 10 minutes from campus.

JFK Access Road, Jamaica

(718) 244-4444

Nearest Passenger BusWhat's This?


This station is about 30 minutes from campus.

625 Eighth Ave., New York

(212) 971-6300

Nearest Passenger TrainWhat's This?

Amtrak - Penn Station

This station is about 20 minutes from campus.

Eighth Avenue and W. 31st/33rd streets

(800) 872-7245

Student Polls

How convenient is the campus-provided transportation?    Based on 179 responses

  • 27% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.
  • 45% 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.
  • 6% Extremely difficult to utilize-it's not reliable nor is it convenient for a student's schedule.
  • 6% Nonexistent.

How necessary is it to have a car on campus?    Based on 178 responses

  • 3% Campus is isolated, so students rely mostly on cars to get them where they need to go.
  • 14% The shuttle/bus service often fails to meet student needs, so a car is very practical.
  • 66% Students usually walk or take the bus, but cars are nice for venturing outside the bus line.
  • 16% Cars are totally pointless. Everything you need is within walking distance.
  • 1% You can't have a car here.

Rate the cost of the following transit options    Based on 79 responses

  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of the following transit options    Based on 79 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 79 responses

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

How easy is it to get around town?    Based on 179 responses

  • 41% Very easy.
  • 48% Fairly easy.
  • 10% Fairly difficult.
  • 1% Very difficult.


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