To Columbia University (download PDF)
By Train or Bus: Trains to New York arrive at Grand Central Station or Pennsylvania Station, while buses arrive at Port Authority Bus Terminal. Visitors arriving by train or bus can take either public transportation or a taxi north to the campus. From Grand Central, take the Shuttle (S) west to Times Square-42nd Street, transfer to the No. 1 Local uptown, and get off at 116th Street. From Penn Station, take the No. 1 Local uptown from 34th Street-Penn Station to 116th Street.
By New York City Public Transportation: Six bus lines (M4, M5, M11, M60, M104) and one subway line (the No. 1 Local) serve the Columbia neighborhood. The M60 bus is a direct link between the campus and LaGuardia Airport. The stop for Columbia stop is 116th Street, which is located at 116th Street and Broadway. Note that if you take No. 2 or 3 Express trains going north, you must transfer to the No. 1 Local at 96th Street (No. 2 and 3 Express trains do not stop at Columbia University).
By Air: For visitors coming into LaGuardia, JFK, or Newark airports, taxi service is available to the campus (about $40 from LaGuardia; from JFK a flat rate of $52 plus tolls), and there is bus service to Grand Central Station and the Port Authority Bus Terminal. The M60 bus from LaGuardia Airport will take you directly to Columbia (purchase tickets from one of the machines on the curb before you board). The AirTrain and A train from JFK will take you to 59th Street-Columbus Circle, where you can transfer to the No. 1 Local uptown to 116th Street.
By Car from the North: Take the New York State Thruway (I-87) or the New England Thruway (I-95) south to the Cross Bronx Expressway (I-95) in the direction of the George Washington Bridge. Take the exit for the Henry Hudson Parkway south (the last exit before the bridge). Exit the parkway at West 95th Street and Riverside Drive. Go north on Riverside Drive to 116th Street. Turn right and go two blocks to Broadway.
By Car from the South or West: Take the New Jersey Turnpike north or I-80 east to the George Washington Bridge. As you cross the bridge, take the exit for the Henry Hudson Parkway south. Exit the parkway at West 95th Street and Riverside Drive. Go north on Riverside Drive to 116th Street. Turn right and go two blocks to Broadway.
Parking: You may park on the street or use local parking garages: the 512-520 Garage at the corner of 112th Street and Amsterdam Avenue, the Riverside Church Parking Garage on 120th Street between Claremont Avenue and Riverside Drive, or the GMC Garage on 122nd Street between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue.
To walk to the Italian Academy and the School of International Affairs from the subway, enter the campus gates at 116th Street and Broadway and walk east to Amsterdam Avenue. Cross at the light, and walk north toward 118th Street.
Italian Academy (Casa Italiana): 1161 Amsterdam Avenue
The entrance to the Italian Academy faces Amsterdam Avenue.
School of International Affairs: 420 West 118th Street
The most direct entrance to the School of International Affairs is on 118th Street. The doors here enter onto a bank of elevators. Take an elevator to the top (15th) floor. There is another entrance to the School of International Affairs below the underpass on Amsterdam Avenue. If you enter here, keep left around the inner courtyard and descend the stairs to the elevator bank.