Traveling to New York City

Regional Train

Amtrak, the Long Island Rail Road, and New Jersey Transit arrive at New York's Penn Station on the West Side of Manhattan. Metro-North Railroad drops passengers at Grand Central Station and at 125th Street, both on the East Side of Manhattan.


Bus lines, such as Greyhound or Trailways, terminate at New York's Port Authority Bus Terminal, located at 8th Avenue and 42nd Street.


Major airports in the New York metropolitan area include LaGuardia Airport in Queens, John F. Kennedy International Airport in Queens, and Newark International Airport in Newark, New Jersey. Each airport is a significant distance from midtown Manhattan, so you will need to plan additional travel once you have actually landed in New York.

There are many travel options to choose from once you land at one of the city's major airports. The easiest, but most expensive way is by taxi.  Other options include the AirTrain from JFK, the MTA's M60 bus from LaGuardia Airport (which drops passengers right at the Morningside Campus at 116th and Broadway), the Super Shuttle, or one of the many bus companies that operate safe and efficient trips to Manhattan, such as Olympia Bus Line and New York Airport Service Express.

Traveling to Morningside Heights


To reach Columbia, taking a taxi from midtown is efficient and costs about $15. A taxi from the 125th Street Metro-North station at 125th Street and Lexington Avenue costs about $10.

From the airports, cab fare varies.  A ride from John F. Kennedy Airport costs a flat fee of $45 (plus any tolls).  Fares from LaGuardia start at around $25 (plus any tolls), while a ride from Newark Airport may cost as much as $65 (plus tolls). Getting a taxi from a taxi stand located in Ground Transportation areas of the airports is the safest way to obtain a cab.

By Public Transportation

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The local Number 1 subway line serves Morningside Heights. Stations are located at 116th Street and Broadway and 110th Street and Broadway. You may take the Number 2 and 3 express trains from downtown, but be sure to transfer to the local 1 train at 96th Street. A one-way fare is $2.50. We recommend that you purchase a multi-ride MetroCard, available at subway stations and news agents around the city.

Five bus lines (M4, M5, M11, M60, M104) also service Columbia and the Morningside Heights area. Buses accept the $2.50 fare in coins, but it is recommended that you purchase a MetroCard, available at subway stations and news agents around the city.

The Morningside Campus

The main entrance to Columbia University is at Broadway and West 116th Street. Upon entry through the Gates, 116th Street becomes College Walk between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue. The main plaza of the campus is flanked by Low Library, the main administrative building and home to the Visitor Center, on the north, and Butler Library, the main University library, on the south. GS’s administrative home, Lewisohn Hall, is to the left of Low Library on North Campus. For more details about the Morningside Campus, please see the Campus Map.

Recommended Routes for Driving to Columbia

From the North (from Connecticut, Westchester, the Bronx)

a) Coastal route. Take I-95 and follow the signs for the George Washington Bridge and Cross Bronx Expressway to the Henry Hudson Parkway. Proceed south on the parkway to the 125th Street exit. From West 125th Street, turn left under the Riverside Drive viaduct and proceed to Broadway, then turn right (south) and drive to West 116th Street.

b) Interior route. Take the Merritt Parkway or Bronx River Parkway south to the Cross County Parkway going west.  Take the Saw Mill River Parkway south and proceed to the Henry Hudson Parkway. Continue as described in a) above.

From the East (from Queens, Nassau, Suffolk)

Follow the Grand Central Parkway past LaGuardia Airport to the Triborough Bridge. Exit from the right lane for Manhattan tollbooths, then proceed to the East 125th Street exit. Turn right onto East 125th Street and continue west across Manhattan to Broadway; turn left and proceed to West 116th Street.

From the South (from New Jersey)

Take the New Jersey Turnpike (I-95) north to Exit 18, the George Washington Bridge. Exit the bridge immediately onto the Henry Hudson Parkway and proceed south to the West 125th Street exit. Continue as described in a) above.

From the West (from New Jersey and Pennsylvania)

Follow Route 80 east to the George Washington Bridge. Continue as described in a) above.


Parking near the Morningside Heights campus is extremely limited. The closest parking garages are listed below. A list of additional parking garages in the vicinity can be found here.

SP+ Parking
511 West 114th Street (between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue)

Rapid Park
480 Riverside Drive (entrance is on 120th Street between Claremont Avenue and Riverside Drive)