Plan Your Stay in New York


Note:  Accommodation is not included Engineering Executive Education courses. 

The links below provide detailed hotel listings and information. When searching for a hotel, we recommend looking for hotels on the Upper West Side or Midtown West of Manhattan. They are the closest neighborhoods to Columbia University.

Dress Code

The dress code for our courses is business casual. We also encourage you to bring a light jacket or sweater to wear during the classroom sessions as room temperatures may vary. If you have time to explore New York, comfortable shoes and casual clothes are recommended.



John F. Kennedy (JFK)
website / airlines / taxi information
Distance to Columbia: 18.8 miles / 30.2 km
Travel Time: From 27 minutes to 1 hour and 20 minutes in traffic

LaGuardia (LGA)
website / airlines / taxi information
Distance to Columbia: 8 miles / 12.8 km
Travel Time: From 16 minutes to 40 minutes in traffic

Newark (EWR)
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Distance to Columbia: 19.8 miles / 31.9 km
Travel Time: From 34 minutes to 1 hour in traffic

Note: Distances are approximate and travel times will vary according to traffic and weather conditions. Please allow for delays.

Airport Transportation

Airport Shuttle
If you don't mind sharing a ride and making multiple stops along the way, this is a good option to consider.

Go Airlink NYC
Super Shuttle
NYAS (New York Airport Shuttle)
New York City Airporter 

Light Rail
The light rail AirTrain links terminals at both JFK and Newark, which also provides quick service to airport parking, car rental companies and mass transit stations connecting to the City’s five boroughs.

AirTrain JFK

Car and Taxi Services

For travel from most New York City airports to Manhattan, you will find taxi stands outside every terminal. Please do not accept rides from anyone who approaches you. Please wait at a taxi transportation booth outside of the terminal. These booths will be clearly marked.

Please note the flat fare for yellow taxis from JFK is $52 plus tolls and optional tip. There is no flat-rate service between LGA and Manhattan, but a typical ride into midtown will cost between $25-$40 (depending on traffic) plus tolls and optional tip.

General information about New York City Taxi Rates

Car Service
If you would like to arrange car service in advance, there are a number of car services servicing the New York area. Below is a short list of car service providers:

Leros Point to Point
Dial 7 Car & Limousine Service 
Carmel Limo

Directions to Columbia University Campus

Four Manhattan bus lines stop in front of the main entrance to the Columbia campus which has main entrances at 116th Street and Broadway and 116th Street and Amsterdam Avenue.


The #1 train provides direct access to the Columbia University Campus. The station stop is 116th Street and Broadway. #1 train route and station stops.

General New York Public Transportation Information
About the MetroCard
Manhattan Bus Map (all routes)
Manhattan Bus Schedules (all routes)

Download Columbia Area Parking Information Sheet
General information about New York City Parking Regulations


If you require special accommodations while on campus, Columbia’s Disability Services office can coordinate reasonable accommodations and support services for Columbia visitors. Accommodations include note taking, sign language interpreters, or assistive technology. Please notify your program manager at least 10 days in advance of the program to request these services. Certain accommodations, such as sign-language interpreting services, require advance notice to coordinate.

Visa Requirements

Please note that you are responsible for complying with all visa and other applicable US regulations. Because our programs are short-term professional development programs, and not degree granting or credit-bearing, generally our students do not require a student visa, but a B1 business visa.

For information regarding travel into the United States, refer to the US State Department website. Under University policy, we cannot contact an embassy directly on behalf of a participant. Please note that the visa process may be very lengthy, therefore we strongly encourage all participants to begin the process immediately upon enrollment.