Travel

  • If you are taking the train from the Newark Airport (or elsewhere), please note the shuttle from Princeton Junction to Princeton is currently not operating. There is a bus service instead, which you can find the schedule for here.
  • If you were offered a travel subsidy on your dashboard, or if you paid a bus deposit, you must visit our travel booth between 4:30 PM and 6:00 PM to claim reimbursement. Save your receipts and make sure to have a copy of them on-site.

Charter Buses

This semester, we will be sending one charter bus to Waterloo, Canada. Since demand is high, spots on these buses will be available on a first-come-first-served basis for students at or traveling from near those schools. Once at HackPrinceton, we will completely reimburse the cost of your ticket at our travel booth. After you purchase your ticket, the bus captain will reach out to you via email with further details within a couple of weeks.

You can sign up here.

Travel Subsidies

If you applied for a travel reimbursement in your application, you may be eligible for a travel subsidy to help offset the cost of travel. The amount you receive is based on the region you are traveling from and is displayed on your dashboard.

Our travel booth is open from 4:30 - 6:00 at the front desk in the Friend Center on Saturday. You must come to the booth to receive your travel or bus subsidy.

Whether you have your return receipts yet or not, you still must come to the booth to receive your subsidy. If you do not come to the booth during this time, you will not be eligible for the reimbursement. We will provide instructions for submitting any return receipts at the booth. To save time, please bring some form of ID (unless you used it to borrow hardware).

If you carpooled here or purchased multiple tickets on one receipt, please come as a group to help us combine your subsidies. We can only reimburse people who come to the booth, and cannot reimburse individuals on behalf of others.

In order to be eligible for the subsidy, you must be an accepted attendee and have checked in at registration. All expenses must have an accompanying itemized receipt. Subsidies may only be applied to transportation or gas costs, and may not be applied to travel upgrades (e.g. premium class, priority boarding), change fees, food, or other incidental expenses. We reserve the right to deny reimbursement.
Note: the amount you are eligible to receive is the amount displayed on your dashboard. If you were assigned to a charter bus, we will reimburse the deposit if you took the bus. Unfortunately, we are not able to provide reimbursement if you were assigned to a bus but took alternative travel.

Travel subsidies are available on a limited basis, and thus we are unable to make adjustments except in extenuating circumstances.

Arriving by Car

Please park in the North Garage, which will be open after 5 pm on Friday, November 9th. There will be signs posted throughout the University to direct you towards Friend Center. For a detailed parking map, go to http://www.princeton.edu/parking/Parking_Lots.pdf.

Arriving by Plane

If you’re flying to HackPrinceton, we recommend arriving at one of these airports: Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) or Philadelphia International Airport (PHL). Both airports are connected by train to Princeton, with EWR being the closer of the two.

Arriving by Train

The Princeton campus is serviced by an offshoot of the NJTransit Northeast Corridor train line. There will be a shuttle bus between Princeton and Princeton Junction.

Note that there are two stations with “Princeton” in their name: Princeton Station and Princeton Junction. Princeton Station is your final destination, and you must transfer there from Princeton Junction. You can buy a single train ticket all the way to Princeton Station and keep it for the transfer.

  • Train from New York City: From Penn Station, take the NJTransit Northeast Corridor (NOT Northeast Regional) train to Princeton Station, boarding in the Trenton-bound direction. At Princeton Junction, transfer to the “Dinky” train's replacement bus to continue to Princeton Station. Exact train times can be looked up on the NJTransit site or on Google Maps.
  • Train from Newark Airport (EWR): Once you leave the secure area, follow signs for the AirTrain, the inter-terminal monorail. Board the AirTrain for the RailLink station. Upon arrival, head up the stairs to the left and cross the bridge to the train station. From the blue-and-orange machines, purchase a ticket on the NJTransit Northeast Corridor (NOT Northeast Regional) train to Princeton Station. Then head to Track 5 to board the train towards Trenton. At Princeton Junction, transfer to the “Dinky” train's replacement bus to continue to Princeton Station. Exact train times can be looked up on the NJTransit site or on Google Maps.
  • Train from Philadelphia (including PHL): Take the train from the to 30th Street Station (the main station in Philly). Transfer here to the eastbound SEPTA train towards Trenton. At Trenton, transfer to the Newark/New York City- bound NJTransit Northeast Corridor (NOT Northeast Regional) train to Princeton Station. At Princeton Junction, transfer to the “Dinky” train's replacement bus to continue to Princeton Station. Exact train times can be looked up on the NJTransit site or on Google Maps.

Additional Questions

If you have any additional questions about traveling to Princeton, feel free to reach out to our travel team at [email protected]