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Arrival Information for International Students

Arrival Date

All international students should plan to arrive at Vassar on Thursday, August 17, 2017. Our three-day International Student Orientation will begin on Friday, August 18, and general New Student Orientation starts up on Monday, August 21.

Shuttle Service from JFK

The Office of International Services will operate free shuttle vans for international students from JFK Airport. Be prepared to spend up to two hours from your flight arrival time in New York waiting to be cleared through U.S. Immigration and Customs.

These shuttles will run on Thursday, August 17, 2017

JFK Shuttle Pickup Times

12:00pm (12:00) New York time

4:00pm (16:00)

8:00pm (20:00)

You need to reserve a place on the shuttle. Director of International Services Andrew Meade will contact you during the summer to give you an opportunity to reserve a place on a shuttle. Upon arrival in the U.S., you must call 1-845-235-9967 to confirm your shuttle pick-up.

Directions to Vassar from Other Major Airports

Students who elect to use public transportation should follow the directions below from their arrival airport to Grand Central Terminal in Manhattan to Poughkeepsie. Be prepared to spend up to two hours from your flight arrival time in New York waiting to be cleared through U.S. Immigration and Customs.

JFK Airport to Grand Central Train Terminal

Go Airlink provides shuttles from JFK to Grand Central. You can find customer assistance at the Ground Transportation Desk in every terminal and ask about the shuttle and schedules. You can also check the schedules or book tickets online at http://www.goairlinkshuttle.com or http://www.nyairportservice.com. The fare is roughly $15 one-way for a shared shuttle.

If you have a round-trip ticket on a New York Airport Service shuttle from Grand Central, you will still have to go to the Ground Transportation Desk and you will be automatically upgraded to the shared shuttle.

You can also take a taxi to Grand Central. You can find a taxi 24 hrs a day at the taxi stands in front of the terminals by following the signs to “Ground/Land Transportation.” The fare should be approximately $50-55, and the ride should take 40-60 minutes.

Newark Liberty Airport to Grand Central Train Terminal

At Newark Airport, follow the Ground Transportation signs to “Olympia Airport Express” Buses. Take the Manhattan shuttle to Grand Central Station. They depart every 20-30 minutes between 4:00am and 11:00pm and the fare is $14. The bus into Grand Central takes about 50 minutes depending on the time of day (longer during peak hours).

If you arrive any earlier or later than this, you will need to take a taxi to Grand Central. You can find the taxi stand by following the signs to “Ground Transportation.” The fare should be approximately $45, and the ride should take about 40-60 minutes.

LaGuardia Airport to Grand Central Train Terminal

Go Airlink provides shuttles from LGA to Grand Central. You can find customer assistance at the Ground Transportation Desk in every terminal and ask about the shuttle and schedules. You can also check the schedules or book tickets online at http://www.goairlinkshuttle.com or http://www.nyairportservice.com. The fare is roughly $15 one-way for a shared shuttle. The bus into Grand Central takes about 40 minutes depending on the time of day (longer during peak hours). If you have a round-trip ticket on a New York Airport Service shuttle from Grand Central, you will still have to go to the Ground Transportation Desk and you will be automatically upgraded to the shared shuttle.

You can also take a taxi to Grand Central. You can find the taxi stand by following the signs to “Ground Transportation.” The fare should be approximately $25-35, and the ride should take 20-30 minutes.

At Grand Central Station:

Transportation from Grand Central Train Terminal to Poughkeepsie via Metro North Train
In the main lobby of Grand Central, purchase a Metro North train ticket to Poughkeepsie. (Be sure to purchase a ticket in the terminal, because they are more expensive when purchased on the train.) One-way fare is $17.00 or $22.75, depending on the time of day. The trains to Poughkeepsie leave about every hour from approx 6:30am to 1:00am (usually on the :45 or :50 of the hour). Check the schedules carefully; not all trains are Metro North trains, and not all northbound trains go to Poughkeepsie. You may check the schedule online at MTA.info (online, when asked, your trip is taking place EAST of the Hudson River). Poughkeepsie is the last stop on the train, so relax and enjoy the trip!

Transportation from Poughkeepsie Train Terminal to Vassar

At Poughkeepsie, head into the station and out the front doors. (If you have a lot of luggage, there are elevators from the platform.) Outside of the station building, you will find a row of taxi vans. Tell the driver you are going to Vassar College (there is a hospital called Vassar as well), and they will drive you to your residence hall (have the name of your dorm/residence hall with you at all times). The fare will cost about $7 per person and the ride to Vassar should be no longer than 10 minutes. If you cannot locate a taxi, you can call Allen’s Taxi at 1-845-485-2411 or AAA Taxi at 1-845-473-7600. Expect to tip (a dollar or two).