1. Communication to SUNY Cobleskill prior to coming to campus:
SUNY Cobleskill requires all travel arrangements (flight numbers\times, and train or bus schedules to campus) 14 business days prior to coming to campus. You must report this information to Dr. Susan Jagendorf-Sobierajski in the Office of International Education. The office is open Monday through Friday 9:00am – 5:00pm. The office is closed Saturday and Sunday.
2. Air Transportation to Albany, NY:
We recommend that you fly into Albany International Airport (ALB). That is the closest airport to SUNY Cobleskill. However, some international students arrive in the U.S. at John F. Kennedy (JFK) International Airport in New York City or Newark (EWR) Liberty International Airport in New Jersey. It is best to fly to Albany if you first arrive in Newark. If you are continuing by airplane to Albany International Airport (ALB), use only a direct, non-stop connecting flight. While going through U.S. Customs upon arrival in the U.S., be sure to have your passport and I-20 student visa available to show U.S. Customs officials. You will need to claim your luggage and walk through U.S. Customs before rechecking your luggage again if you are flying to Albany International Airport. Click here for information regarding U.S. Customs.
3. JFK Airport or Newark Liberty Airport to New York City Train and Bus Stations:
a) The “AirTrain” travels from JFK and Newark airports to Penn Station in New York City. The fare is between $5 and $18 US, depending on the airport distance from NYC. Click here for information on the AirTrain. From Penn Station you can take the A, C or E subway line one stop to the Port Authority Bus Station to get a bus to SUNY Cobleskill (Adirondack Trailways or Shortline companies). Trains from Penn Station go to Albany, but you will still need transportation to Cobleskill after that. Therefore, it is better to take a bus. The bus trip is a longer ride, but you can arrive right on the SUNY Cobleskill campus (you will be directed to change buses in Albany).
b) Several transportation companies offer reliable, direct bus connections between JFK and Newark airports and bus or train stations in New York City. You can purchase a one-way ticket from the “Ground Transportation” counter in the baggage claim area. We recommend that you do not hire a taxi: travel is expensive and taxi service may not be reliable or safe. If you plan on taking the train from New York City to Albany, make sure you take the bus routed to “Penn Station”. If you plan on taking the bus from New York City to Albany, make sure you take the bus routed to “Port Authority” bus station.
4. New York City to Albany via Train:
(New York Penn Station (NYP) to Albany – Rensselaer Station (ALB) via Amtrak Train) Penn Station in New York City is located on 7th and 8th Avenues between 31st and 33rd Streets under Madison Square Garden. Amtrak trains leave Penn Station daily from 7:00am – 7:00pm, and the ride to Albany is about 2 ½ hours. The fare ranges from $38- $65. Reservations can be made online or by phone; you may also purchase a ticket at the train station. For more information regarding reservations and baggage please view: www.amtrak.com. To find out how to get to Cobleskill, see number 6 below.
5. New York City to Cobleskill via Bus:
The Port Authority Bus Terminal is located at 625 8th Avenue, between 40th and 42nd Streets. Adirondack Trailways and Shortline bus companies provide reliable bus service to the SUNY Cobleskill campus. The trip takes about 4-5 hours, and the fare is approximately $40. For additional information go to: www.trailwaysny.com
6. Transportation from Albany Airport or Train Station:
After your arrival at the airport or bus station you should look for a SUNY Cobleskill representative if pickup for a group has been arranged in advance. If you arrive late or alone, have a written address for your final destination (residence hall name) and a phone number in Cobleskill. Make sure it is written in English. If transportation to Cobleskill has not been arranged in advance, you will need to take a taxi to SUNY Cobleskill. Please note that the cost for the taxi can be more than $100 US.
7. Important Travel Tips:
Before departing from your home, photocopy all important documents, including your passport and student visa (I-20). Be sure to keep the photocopies in your carry-on luggage. To conveniently get to campus, be sure to book flights that arrive in the U.S. during the daytime. Getting to campus late in the evening can be difficult. Also, never leave your
bags unattended when traveling.