Travel and Transportation

Traveling to Bard

  • By train Amtrak provides service from Penn Station, New York City, and from Albany to Rhinecliff, about 9 miles south of Annandale. Taxi service is available at the station.
  • By automobile 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 and drive north 3.5 miles.
  • By air Bard College is accessible from Kennedy and LaGuardia airports in New York City; Newark in New Jersey; and Albany and Newburgh in upstate New York.

Cars on Campus

All students are allowed to bring cars to campus; however, Bard encourages biking and alternative methods of travel as a part of the College’s commitment to sustainability. An annual $200 vehicle registration fee goes toward the Green Fund, which supports campus sustainability projects and scholarships. You may pay Student Accounts on the day that you arrive on campus. Please note that students are only allowed to park in designated student parking lots.

Shuttles and Transportation

During the semester, a free shuttle travels through Tivoli, Red Hook, and Bard’s campus. Free shuttles also run to local grocery stores, the mall, and, on weekends, the local train stations. During breaks and at the end of the semester, there are shuttles from campus to NYC and Albany airports for a $30 fee. When returning, students make their own arrangements to get to the Poughkeepsie or Rhinecliff train station, where they can take the free shuttle back to campus.


Bard works with 511NY to maintain a ride-sharing service; students are encouraged to register, whether they have a car or not, at Bard has also partnered with Zipcar to bring self-service, on-demand car sharing to campus. Visit to learn more about the program and to sign up.