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Traveling to Bard
 

Traveling to Bard

This page gives general information in regard to travel, but international visitors are advised to follow a suggested itinerary to avoid inconvenience and delay:

  1. Fly into Newark Liberty International Airport in Newark, New Jersey, which offers the best and easiest connections to rail and other transportation to the College.
  2. From the airport, either rent a vehicle for return to the same location at the close of the Meeting, or take the New Jersey Transport train to Penn Station in New York City (nota bene: not Penn Station in Newark).
  3. At Penn Station, take an Amtrak train directly to Rhinecliff, New York .
    You will enjoy magnificent views if you sit on the left side of the car. The College will provide shuttle service from the station on Tuesday morning, and to the station on Saturday morning.

Click to download an area map pdf.

Directions and Transportation

By train

There are two train stations close to Bard College, one in Poughkeepsie, New York and the other in Rhinecliff, New York. Taxi service is available from either station to bring you to our Annandale-on-Hudson campus.

  • Amtrak Service to Rhinecliff, New York
    Service Details: Amtrak provides service from Penn Station in New York City and from Albany to Rhinecliff, about 9 miles south of our campus in Annandale. Taxi service is available at the station.
    Estimated Travel Time: Approx. 2 hours (1hr 40 min by train, 15-20 min by taxi).
    Contact Information: Rhinecliff station, 845-876-3364; reservations and schedule information, 800-872-7245 (800-USA-RAIL)
  • Metro-North Service to Poughkeepsie, New York
    Service Details: Metro-North commuter railroad provides service from Grand Central in New York City to Poughkeepsie, about 26 miles south of our campus in Annandale. Taxi service is available at the station.
    Estimated Travel Time: Approx. 1.5 hours (1hr 40-50 min by train, 40 min by taxi).
    Contact Information: Poughkeepsie station, 800-638-7646

Shuttles to Campus

Shuttle service will be available to and from the Rhinecliff, New York (Amtrak) station only. Please contact cep@bard.edu with your arrival date and approximate time to ensure that a shuttle will be available when you arrive.

By automobile

The Taconic State Parkway and the New York State Thruway provide the most direct routes to our campus.

  • Taconic State Parkway
    If you are traveling from East of the Hudson River, in New York State take the Taconic State Parkway to the Red Hook/Route 199 exit, drive west on Route 199 through the village of Red Hook to Route 9G, turn right onto Route 9G, drive north 1.6 miles, turn left at the traffic light and continue on Annandale Road through our campus to North Ravine road on your left. You will face the Admissions building and may park in the visitor parking to your left.
  • New York State Thruway (I-87)
    If you are traveling from West of the Hudson River, take the New York State Thruway (I-87) to Exit 19 (Kingston), take Route 209 (changes to Route 199 at the Hudson River) over the Kingston-Rhinecliff Bridge to Route 9G, turn left onto Route 9G, drive north 3.5 miles, turn left at the traffic light and continue on Annandale Road through our campus to North Ravine road on your left. You will face the Admissions building and may park in the visitor parking to your left.
  • GPS: To find directions using your GPS, enter the following address: 51 Ravine Rd., Red Hook, NY 12571.
  • Online Maps: GoogleMaps; MapQuest

By air

Bard College is accessible from Kennedy and LaGuardia airports in New York City; and from the airports in Newark, New Jersey, and Albany and Newburgh, New York. The airports closest in proximity to our campus are Stewart International Airport in Newburgh (about 45-50min) and Albany International Airport (about 1hr). Taxi and car rental services are available at all airports.

Local Taxi Service

  • A-1 Transportation call 845-473-7600
  • Red Hook Taxi call 845-758-1478
  • Rhinebeck Taxi call 845-876-6600; 845-876-TAXI
  • Tivoli-Bard Taxi call 845-705-4183
  • Chariot Town Car & SUV Service Inc. call 845-876-3000
  • OM TAXI call 845-417-7547 

Sample Itineraries

From Newark Liberty International Airport (Newark, NJ) to Bard College

Step From Mode To Details
1. Newark Airport Rail Station (EWR)

New Jersey Transport Rail
(NJTransit)

Penn Station, New York City Time: approx 30 minutes
Cost: approx $12.50.
2. Penn station Train
(Amtrak)
Rhinecliff
station (RHI)
Time: approx 1 hour and 45 minutes
Cost: approx $26-$33. (See Amtrak website for fares and schedules)
3. Rhinecliff station Shuttle
Bard College campus The College will provide shuttle service from the station on Monday and Tuesday, and to the station on Saturday morning.
  alternative
Rhinecliff
station
Taxi
(see list)
Bard College campus Time: approx 15 minutes (8 miles).
Cost: approx $20 (w/o tip).

From the JFK-International Airport to Bard College

Step From Mode To Details
1. New York JFK
Airport (JFK)
AirTrain
(Jamaica station route)
Jamaica
station
Time: approx 15 minutes
Cost: $5
(See AirTran website information for details)
2. Jamaica
station
Train
(Long Island Railroad)
New York's
Penn Station
(NYP)
Time: approx 20 minutes.
Cost: $5.25-$7.25 (depends on day and time)
(See the MTA LIRR website for more details)
3. New York's
Penn station
Train
(Amtrak)
Rhinecliff station
(RHI)
Time: approx 1 hour and 45 minutes
Cost: approx $26-$33.
(See Amtrak website for fares and schedules)
3. Rhinecliff station Shuttle
Bard College campus The College will provide shuttle service from the station on Monday and Tuesday, and to the station on Saturday morning.
4. Rhinecliff
station
Taxi
(see list)
Bard College
campus
(Admission Office)
Time: approx 15 minutes (8 miles).
Cost: approx $20 (w/o tip).

From the Albany-International Airport to Bard College

Step From Mode To Details
1. Albany-
International
Airport (ALB)
Taxi Albany-
Rensselaer
station (ALB)
Time: approx 20 minutes (13 miles).
Cost: approx $32 (w/o tip).
2. Albany-
Rensselaer
station
Train
(Amtrak)
Rhinecliff
station (RHI)
Time: approx 45 minutes.
Cost: $20 to $31.
(Check the schedule and purchase tickets at www.amtrak.com. Tickets can be purchased at the station without prior reservation, but it is possible for the train to sell out.)
3. Rhinecliff station Taxi
(see list)
Bard College campus
(Admission Office)
Time: approx 15 minutes (8 miles).
Cost: approx $20 (w/o tip).
3. Rhinecliff station Shuttle
Bard College campus The College will provide shuttle service from the station on Monday and Tuesday, and to the station on Saturday morning.
Bard College