If you live on campus or in the nearby Princeton area, then it is likely that you won’t need a car on a daily basis. Princeton offers a number of car-free modes of transportation. This information is offered as a convenience for Princeton International students and scholars. If you have questions or need more information please contact the specific transportation link provided below. For comprehensive transportation information, visit the Princeton Transportation and Parking Services website.
Princeton University is a bicycle (bike) friendly campus. There are many walking and biking pathways. You can rent or purchase a bike. Be sure to buy a bike helmet which is required by law and a good bike lock. We also recommend that you register your bike so it can be easily tracked if it is lost or stolen.
Campus Mobility Safety
Bike and Scooter Registration
Places to rent or purchase a bike in Princeton:
Bike Rentals & Bikeshare on Campus
Bike Exchange, (Used bikes)
Kopps’s Cycles 38 Spring Street, Princeton
Jay’s Cycles, 249 Nassau Street, Princeton
This shuttle bus system is a Princeton University free shuttle bus that offers stops at academic and administrative buildings; faculty, staff, graduate and undergraduate student housing; Nassau Street; and the Forrestal Campus and Princeton Plasma Physics Lab. Buses are equipped with web-based Global Positioning Systems (GPS) in which you can track buses (TigerTracker).
NJ Transit buses are public buses that travel all over the state of New Jersey. The fee for these buses depends on the destination. There are several stops in town including Nassau Street. You can also take the NJ Transit bus to New York City from a stop on Nassau Street. The bus fare to the city is less than the train fare but the trip is longer.
NJ Transit trains are convenient for Princetonians since we have our own train station located on Alexander Road called the Dinky Train Station. You can take the Dinky Train to Princeton Junction where you will switch trains to travel east toward New York City or west toward Philadelphia. Be sure to buy your ticket in the ticket machines and it is best if you buy a ticket that will take you through the Dinky and beyond to your connecting train at Princeton Junction. This will alleviate the need to stop and buy another ticket when you get to Princeton Junction.
Other Public Transportation Options
Enterprise Carshare is a membership program that allows Princeton students and scholars who have a valid drivers license to rent a car for a short period of time. Cars are conveniently located at several places on campus. The membership and rental fees are reasonable and include the cost of gas.
State Shuttle is a van service available for ground transportation to Newark Liberty and Kennedy Airports. For more information about schedules and fares, visit the State Shuttle website.