This page is intended to help you figure out how to get around NYC once you get here. If you need to figure out how to get here, then check the directions page.
In most of NYC, walking is the best way to get around short distances!
Taxis are plentiful (12,000!). The price of a taxi is $2.50 upon entry and then $0.40 for each additional unit. The unit fare is based upon: increments of one-fifth of a mile, when the taxicab is traveling at 6 miles an hour or more; or 60 seconds when not in motion or traveling at less than 12 miles per hour. Taxis also have the following surcharges:
- night surcharge of $.50 after 8:00 PM & before 6:00 AM
- peak hour Weekday Surcharge of $1.00 Monday - Friday after 4:00 PM & before 8:00 PM
is the most efficient for of transportation in NYC and the Metrocard is the most convenient form of payment (as well as allowing you to transfer from bus to subway). The bus
is more scenic, but slower. There are online maps
of the routes.
The Columbia University subway stop is at 116th Street and Broadway (and shown as the 116th Street stop) and is serviced by the Number One
line subway trains. Make sure you are traveling on the Number One line uptown to the 116th Street stop. The buses that serve the Columbia area are the M11
(on Amsterdam Avenue), the M4
and the M104
(on Broadway). Buses generally stop every two blocks or so.
Here is some info on the Metrocard, and what it looks like:
The fare is $2.25. When you pay with MetroCard, you have choices that can result in your paying less than $2.25.
There are 3 kinds of card:
Unlimited Ride MetroCard
lets you ride all you want for one price. The more you ride the less each ride costs. You can buy 7-Day and 30-Day MetroCards or 30-Day Express Bus Plus MetroCard.
The Fun Pass
- here is more information on the Fun Pass
gets you 12 rides for the price of 10.
If you have some free time in the city, feel free to explore - it is the best way to get to know the city!