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3 College Senior

Transportation: We have a bus that goes around town. We also have taxis. I have a car, but things are accessible via foot.

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5 College Senior

Transportation: Its very easy to get down to New York City from New Paltz as well as Long Island, where many students are from. There is a Trailways station in town at an easy walking distance from campus. The bus also makes rounds on campus to pick up students from different residence halls so they don't even need to walk to town. They have student discounts too. Trains can be caught in Poughkeepsie, about a 30 minute car ride away.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: Everything is within walking distance. I took the shuttle once to the train station and it was free for students.

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3 College Freshman

Transportation: You can definitely walk around campus with ease. The loop is free if you want to get to town, however it is limited during the winter season.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: The "Loop" shuttle bus doesn't come very often and the schedule isn't accurate. However it is free for students. The "Link" bus takes you to Poughkeepsie for free too which is another good thing.

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Transportation on campus is pretty easy. The New Paltz Loop is a free shuttle for students, faculty, and staff that makes dozens of trips around campus and town each day (until 10 p.m.). Just show your student ID and you can ride!

If you'd like to travel outside of the New Paltz area, the Ulster County Area Transit (UCAT) is probably your best bet. It's $1 to board and 25 cents for each additional zone. There are also several inexpensive taxi services around New Paltz. Most drivers will charge less than $5 for a local trip. Students traveling down to NYC or Long Island hit up the New York Trailways bus station, which is located right off campus. Students get discounted bus fares.

Facts & Statistics

Best Ways to Get Around Town
  • Bicycle
  • Car
  • New Paltz Loop
  • Walk
Best Ways to Get to the Airport
  • Airport shuttles
  • Cab ride
  • Metro-North train

Safety Escort ServicesWhat's This?

Escort Service
(845) 237-3338
Daily 9 p.m.-2 a.m.

Campus ShuttleWhat's This?

New Paltz Loop

Students, faculty, and staff can ride the shuttle for free when they show their ID.

(888) 827-8228

(845) 340-3333

Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-10 p.m.

Public TransitWhat's This?

Ulster County Area Transit

All buses require exact fare. It's $1 to board the bus and 25 cents for each additional zone.

(845) 340-3333

(888) 827-8228

1 Danny Circle, Kingston

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

Stewart International Airport

This is the closest airport to campus, at about 30 minutes away.

1035 First St., Newburgh

(845) 546-7200

Nearest Passenger BusWhat's This?

New York Trailways

499 Hurley Ave., Hurley

(800) 776-7548


139 Main St.

(800) 858-8555

Nearest Passenger TrainWhat's This?


Poughkeepsie is only about eight miles away from New Paltz.

41 Main St., Poughkeepsie

(800) 872-7245

Student Polls

How convenient is the campus-provided transportation?    Based on 84 responses

  • 19% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.
  • 46% Somewhat accessible with a schedule that usually parallels class times.
  • 19% Moderately difficult to utilize, the pick-up times and locations are far and few between.
  • 7% Extremely difficult to utilize-it's not reliable nor is it convenient for a student's schedule.
  • 8% Nonexistent.

How necessary is it to have a car on campus?    Based on 85 responses

  • 2% Campus is isolated, so students rely mostly on cars to get them where they need to go.
  • 13% The shuttle/bus service often fails to meet student needs, so a car is very practical.
  • 65% Students usually walk or take the bus, but cars are nice for venturing outside the bus line.
  • 18% Cars are totally pointless. Everything you need is within walking distance.
  • 2% You can't have a car here.

Rate the cost of the following transit options    Based on 39 responses

  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of the following transit options    Based on 38 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 38 responses

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

How easy is it to get around town?    Based on 85 responses

  • 64% Very easy.
  • 35% Fairly easy.
  • 0% Fairly difficult.
  • 1% Very difficult.
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