IPWSD 2012: NYC Transit Details



The IPWSD Planning Committee has compiled this page with travel and transit information to help workshop participants navigate their way around New York City.

For transportation from airport to hostel/hotel or Columbia University:

Travel from JFK Airport

1) Taxi.  Cost: $45.00 flat fare plus tolls and tip (plan to pay $60); cash or credit cards.  Duration: About 45 minutes.

2) AirTrain/Subway (To Columbia University).  Take the AirTrain from JFK Airport. Take the E-Train (subway) from SUTPHIN BLVD-ARCHER AV/JFK to 42ND ST/PORT AUTHORITY. Take the 1-Train (subway) from 42ND ST/PORT AUTHORITY to 116TH ST/BROADWAY. Cost: $7 ($5 for AirTrain + $2 subway fare). Duration: About 2 hrs.

3) New York Airport Service Express Bus. Available from 6:30 a.m. – 11:10 p.m., these shuttles leave every 15-30 minutes. Fare is $13. You can take the bus to:

  • Port Authority Bus Terminal (42nd Street between 8th Ave and 9th Ave)
  • Penn Station (34th Street)
  • Grand Central (120 East 41st between Park and Lex).

From Penn Station take the  1-Train (subway) to 116th St.  (Columbia University). Cost: $13 (but you can save by buying roundtrip tickets online, as they are $22). Duration: 1 hour. More information is available athttp://www.nyairportservice.com

Travel from La Guardia Airport

1) Taxi. Cost: $16-$26 plus tolls and tip (plan to pay up to $35); cash or credit cards. Duration: About 20-40 minutes.

2) Bus (To Columbia University). Take the M60 bus bound for  WEST SIDE BWAY – 106 ST via 125 ST. Get off at BROADWAY & WEST 116TH ST. Cost: $2.00; must have a metrocard or exact change (coins only). Duration: About 40 minutes.

Travel from Newark Airport

1) Taxi. Cost: $70-80 (including $10 bridge toll). Duration: 45 minutes

2) New Jersey Transit. From Newark Airport, take the NIA Tram (Newark airport Airtrain) to NJTRR Station 07102. Transfer to the Newark Airport Railroad Station and take it to New York 34th St.-Penn Station. Transfer to the 1-Train (subway) and take it to 116th St.  (Columbia University). Cost:  $17 (=$15 for New Jersey transit + $2 subway fare). Duration: 1.5 hours

3) Amtrak (train). Take the Amtrak train from Newark Intl. Airport into 34th St.-Penn Station (34th Street). Duration: 50 minutes. Cost: $29-$40 (depending on time of day) plus $2 subway fare.

4) Newark Liberty Airport ExpressThe busses run from about 4am to 1am between:

  • Newark Liberty Airport (terminals A, B, and C)
  • Port Authority Bus Terminal (42nd Street between 8th Ave and 9th Ave)
  • Bryant Park (NW corner of 42nd and 5th Ave)
  • Grand Central (120 East 41st between Park and Lex).

From Penn Station take the  1-Train (subway) to 116th St.  (Columbia University). Cost: $12.50-$14 (discounts available online). Duration: 45 minutes to an hour. More information athttp://www.coachusa.com/olympia/ss.newarkairport.asp.

Additional travel suggestions:

There are also other van services like “Super Shuttle” available that will drop you off at your hotel/hostel. You can pre-book through the Super Shuttle website, although this is not required. Ask the attendant at Ground Transportation for the pickup location.  The Super Shuttle is cheaper than a taxi, but more expensive than public transportation. (http://www.supershuttle.com)

You can purchase an MTA card at the airport and if you plan on staying awhile they have deals for tourists (e.g. unlimited day passes).   You can ask the attendant at the station.  If you want to plan your trip yourself using MTA, you can use http://tripplanner.mta.info/.

If interested in tourist hot spots, please go to http://www.nyctourist.com/.

For more information, the NYC Metropolitan Transportation Authority website can be found here: http://www.mta.info.

Note that IPWSD participants from abroad may be required to obtain a U.S. Visa before travel.  Some information regarding U.S. visas for temporary visitors has been posted [here].

The Sustainable Development Doctoral Society is the official organization of the students in the Ph.D. Program in Sustainable Development at Columbia University.

We would like to sincerely thank our sponsors for this event: the Graduate Student Advisory Council (GSAC) at Columbia University.

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