New York City, NY

New York can be surprisingly accessible from Williamstown, and is barely farther than Boston. Check below for all your options. Going to the airport? Keep scrolling down to learn the best ways to access each of New York’s major airports.

  • How: Going to or from NYC around an academic break time? The Williams Motorcoach is an easy and quick way to get there, with buses dropping off by Penn Station. The Motorcoach also runs buses on a handful of weekends throughout the academic year, so you may get lucky. More information, including a schedule, can be found on the Motorcoach website.

    Travel Time: ~4:30

    Cost: $42 one-way (a 15% discount is available if you book 20+ days in advance)

    Environmental Impact: This bus goes directly between Williamstown and New York and is often relatively full, making it very efficient per passenger and a great choice environmentally.

  • How: Peter Pan runs two buses a day between the old Williams Inn and NY Port Authority. The buses departing Williamstown generally leave at 9:45 AM and 3:45 PM, and the buses departing New York leave at 9:30 AM and 5:00 PM. Purchase your tickets here.

    Travel Time: ~4:30

    Cost: ~$40-45 one-way (+fees, usually $2.50 per booking). Students can get 10% off Peter Pan Fares through UNiDAYS.

    Environmental Impact: Not quite as good as the Motorcoach because of the stops, but still not a bad option.

  • How: Trailways operates almost 20 express buses a day between Albany Bus Terminal and NY Port Authority. Click here for a schedule and to book tickets through Trailways. Pro tip: also check the ticket prices on Trailways partner Greyhound, as they often have cheaper tickets for the same exact bus. (Not sure how to get to the bus terminal? Check the Albany page for tips.)

    Travel Time: ~2:50 between Albany and NY

    Cost: ~$20-30 one-way (+fees, usually $2.50 per booking)

    Environmental Impact: Buses are not quite as efficient as trains, but generally better than cars.

  • How: Megabus operates a handful of express buses a day between Albany Bus Terminal and NYC (at the intersection of 7th and 27th), and often has the cheapest prices. Click here for a schedule and to book tickets.  (Not sure how to get to the bus terminal? Check the Albany page for tips.)

    Travel Time: ~3:00 between Albany and NY

    Cost: ~$15-25 one-way (+fees, usually $2.50 per booking)

    Environmental Impact: Buses are not quite as efficient as trains, but generally better than cars.

  • How: The Shuttle Company runs shuttles between Albany and all three major airports in the NYC metro area (JFK, EWR, and LGA). Click here for schedules or to book tickets. (Need to find a way to Albany? Check the Albany page for tips.)

    Travel Time: ~3-4 hours between Albany and the airports

    Cost: ~$55-65 one-way

    Environmental Impact: It depends on how full the shuttle is. With many people, this would be about as good as a bus, but with only a few, it could be about the same as driving.

  • How: Amtrak runs over a dozen trains a day from Albany-Rensselaer to Penn Station. Many include stops in Yonkers or other locations on the way if that's closer to your final destination. Click here for a schedule and to book tickets. (Need to find a way to the train station? Check the Albany page for tips.)

    Travel Time: ~2:35

    Cost: ~$45 one-way. Expect fare increases if you book very late, but also look for discounts down to $25 if you book well in advance

    Environmental Impact: Very clean. Trains tend to be the most energy-efficient method of transportation per mile traveled.

  • How: The NYC commuter rail runs all the way to Wassaic, about a 90 minute drive south of campus. Find a schedule here; you can purchase tickets at the station, on the train (for a small fee), or on the eTix app. This is a good option if you don't want to travel all the way into Manhattan, as there are many stops along the way. Unfortunately, there's no easy way to get to Wassaic without using a car.

    Travel Time: 2:00-2:20 from Wassaic to NY

    Cost: $20.25 one-way off peak, $27.25 during peak hours to Manhattan. Less if you don't need to go all the way into the city.

    Environmental Impact: Very small impact from the train itself, but getting to Wassaic could produce some emissions.

  • How: Your best bet is either to take the Metro North train all the way from Wassaic (see above), or to drive down to North White Plains and take the train to Grand Central from there. Trains (including some Express trains) run much more frequently from White Plains, which makes it a good option. There are multiple options to park at North White Plains, but the main one is through LAZ.

    Travel Time: ~2:30 drive + ~45 minute train ride

    Cost: $9.75 one-way off peak, $12.75 during peak hours to Manhattan. $7.25 for 16-hour parking or $10 for 24 hours.

    Environmental Impact: Very small impact from the train itself, but the drive to White plains produces substantial emissions.

  • Travel Time: ~3:15 or more, depending on traffic

    Environmental Impact: The drive down releases a fair amount of carbon, but it becomes really bad once you hit the city. Congestion and slow traffic results in even more emissions, and the crowded streets means the particulate pollution from your car has negative health impacts as well.


Need to know how to get around the city once you’re there? Check out this comprehensive guide. Fun fact: from a carbon emissions standpoint, the NYC subway is among the most efficient public transportation systems in the country per passenger.


Airports

With the exception of the Shuttle Company, most of the above buses and trains take you into Manhattan, but maybe you want to know how to get directly to an airport—JFK, LaGuardia, or Newark. Check below for your best options.

  • Check out this page for all of your best options. Almost all of them include combining the JFK AirTrain with some other subway, bus, or train.

  • Check out this page for all of your options. Many of them include combining the Newark AirTrain with some other train or bus. Your two best options are likely the NJ Transit trains from Penn Station and the NJ Transit express bus from Port Authority.

  • Check out this page for all of your options, most of which are MTA buses.