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Directions to Princeton

By Car

From the north, take the New Jersey Turnpike to Exit 9 (New Brunswick) and follow signs for Trenton (Route 18 north, then Route 1 south). For first-timers, navigating to Route 1 south from this exit can be hair-raising. Take first right after toll booths, onto to 18 north; very quickly, shift to lane second from left, then exit left, less than half a mile from entry point (at the Route 1 overpass). Stay in right lane; the exit to Route 1 south is on your right just beyond the overpass.
    From the south, take the New Jersey Turnpike to Exit 8 (Hightstown); follow signs for Hightstown and then Princeton.
    From the west, take Interstate 95 north from Philadelphia to Route 1 north. Follow Route 1 to Route 571 (Princeton-Hightstown Road) and follow signs to Princeton.
    Note: Detailed instructions for driving to Princeton are available by telephone. For a recorded message, call 609-258-2222 using a touch-tone telephone.

By Train

Trains to Princeton Junction leave New York City's Penn Station and Philadelphia's 30th Street Station regularly. From Princeton Junction, a two-car train (known as the Dinky) makes the five-minute trip to Princeton. The Dinky does not meet every train, so consult a current schedule before making travel plans.

By Airplane

Newark International Airport is most convenient to Princeton. Shuttle service between the airport and Princeton is available through the Princeton Airporter (their courtesy phones are available at the airport terminals' limousine counters). These vans arrive at and leave from the Nassau Inn, located in Palmer Square (one block from the University).
    Buses from Newark International Airport travel to Penn Station in Newark and to the Port Authority Bus Terminal in New York City. The Princeton Airporter also offers limousine service to and from New York's Kennedy Airport. From the Philadelphia International Airport, train and limousine service are available to Philadelphia's 30th Street Station; Amtrak service to Princeton is available from the station.

By Bus

New Jersey's Suburban Transit Corporation provides bus service from the Port Authority Bus Terminal at 8th Avenue and 41st Street in New York City. Buses leave New York and Princeton every half hour during the day for the two-hour trip.

Hotel and Motel Accommodations

A list of nearby hotels and motels, some within walking distance of campus, is available.


Visitors should park in Lot 21 and use the Blue Line shuttle, which operates all day, Monday through Friday. Another option is the municipal parking building located on Chambers Street off Nassau Street. Metered parking on Princeton streets is limited to one hour in most cases, and overtime and illegal parking regulations are strictly enforced.

Campus map

Available in PDF format: map

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