The Princeton campus was designed for pedestrians and bikes, but you'll find that other modes of transportation are easily accessible if you need them.
Bicycles on campus are encouraged, and for the best routes on campus, take a look at the University bike map.
Register your bike on the Transportation & Parking Services website, which also has bike policies and safety regulations. For a fee, the Department of Public Safety can provide a U-shaped lock to secure your bike to the many bike stands on campus. If you want to hang your bike in your rental unit, contact the Facilities Customer Service Center to install hooks.
Bike Storage Lockers
Princeton University will be offering bike storage lockers in the West Garage. The lockers will consist of a mesh gated area located in the North West corner of the West Garage, providing storage for up to 20 bikes. Rental of lockers will be available during the following periods:
January 1 – May 31
June 1 – August 31
September 1 – December 31
Transportation & Parking Services will be assigning access and renting out the lockers. This program is open to ALL commuting members of the Princeton community. Lockers will not be available to undergraduate or graduate students residing in University housing.
A short term bike rental program is available at the new Princeton "Dinky' Train Station on Alexander Road. Renters become members of the program and then rent as needed. There will be 10 bicycles available at the station. For more information and to apply for membership please visit the Bike Rental at the Arts and Transit Plaza website.
You might want to consider buying a used bike at TigerTrade, the campus website that lists pre-owned items.
Get help with bike repairs
Cyclab, Princeton's do-it-yourself community bicycle repair shop provides access to the tools, space, and the knowledge you need for fixing your bike. The Cyclab is staffed by volunteer mechanics who will assist with repairs and is located in Rockefeller College.
The TigerTransit shuttle is a great way to get around campus—and it's always free. The shuttle buses stop at academic and administrative buildings, undergraduate and graduate housing, Nassau Street, and even the Forrestal Center and Princeton Plasma Physics Lab.
TigerTransit operates on a fixed route schedule, with late night transportation for the Princeton Junction Station available on-demand when the Dinky isn’t running.
The TigerTransit Saturday Shopper goes to various shopping centers and grocery stores near campus. Refer to the TigerTracker app for the real-time location of the shuttle buses.
You may sign up for a Enterprise Car Sharing (formerly known as WeCar) membership to rent a car for a few hours or for the day whenever you need it. Seven carshare locations serve campus.
The Rideshare Carpool Service is a free matching service for Princeton University faculty and staff who want to commute with others. It's a great way to meet new people and split the cost of gas and tolls.
The campus is connected to New Jersey Transit and Amtrak at Princeton Junction by a two-car train known fondly as the "Dinky." You will find the Dinky station just below McCarter Theater on the campus map.
The new Transit Plaza accommodates a number of transit options and services.
- Pedestrian: A variety of pedestrian paths and sidewalks link the station to the town and campus.
- Bicycles: The station features bike racks and a new bike rental program. Additionally, bike storage lockers have been added to the West Garage.
- Cars: The station has permit and metered parking, as well as a taxi stand. A "kiss-and-ride" area allows motorists to drop off or pick up commuters. The University also has created a new access road between the campus and Alexander Street, called North Station Drive, which provides easy access to the West Garage. The garage is restricted to permit holders weekdays from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is open to the public on evenings and weekends.
- Buses: A bus stop in front of the station serves NJ TRANSIT buses, the University's TigerTransit shuttle and the Town of Princeton's FreeB shuttle.
- Trains: The Dinky provides service to and from Princeton Junction, where riders can connect to trains traveling along the East Coast.
- Wawa: The new convenience store is open 24 hours a day and offers public restrooms for commuters.
Short ride to the city
From Princeton Junction, a one-hour train ride will take you to Manhattan or Philadelphia.
New Jersey Transit buses stop in a number of places on the Princeton campus and downtown. Both the #605 and #606 buses serve the Princeton campus and Nassau Street.
An airport shuttle will pick you up from campus and drop you off at Newark Liberty, Philadelphia International, JFK and LaGuardia Airports. Return service is also available, and reservations for the shuttle can be made online.
Taxi service to airports is also available.
- A & A Princeton Taxi: (609) 581-2565
- AAA Princeton Taxi: (609) 921-1177
- Princeton Economy Taxi & Limo: (866) 880-7433