travel information

visa information
See the visa page for information about obtaining a visa for coming to AAMAS.

air travel
There are three major airports convenient to New York City:

There is also MacArthur Airport, Islip, Long Island, NY (ISP), which is a small domestic airport, accessible by train into Manhattan. Southwest flies into Islip, as well as commuter flights from the major airlines. This airport is less convenient but may offer an opportunity for cheaper fares.

Each of the pages linked above contain detailed information on travel into Manhattan from each airport. Here's a quick synopsis:

The Super Shuttle runs from all three airports. It will cost more than the AirTrain but less than a taxi.

train travel
Trains into New York City stop either at Grand Central Station or Penn Station. Amtrak trains stop at Penn Station. The New Yorker Hotel is located across the street from Penn Station, so this is very convenient.

bus travel
Busses into New York City stop at Port Authority, which is located on 42nd street and 8th avenue, six blocks north of the New Yorker Hotel.

car travel
Car travel into New York City is greatly discouraged. Not only because NYC drivers are crazy, but also because parking will be very difficult and expensive. However, if you choose to drive, there are garages where you can leave your car and you should expect to pay on the order of $25 a day to park the car (if you leave it in the same garage for 24 hours).

We are pleased to offer special rates at two area hotels (The New Yorker Hotel and the Hotel Newton), each a subway ride from Columbia's campus. Also, Columbia Campus Housing is available at rates much lower than typical New York hotels. See the accommodation below for details.

In NYC, it is generally acceptable to tip a taxi driver 10% of the total on the meter.
In restaurants, the standard tip is 15% of the amount on the bill before tax. If the service is really excellent, then it is also common to tip 20%. Note that some restaurants put the "gratuity" on the bill, especially for large parties (like 5 or 6 or more), so make sure you check the bill to see if there is already a gratuity added.


Sinem Guven
Dept. of Computer Science
Columbia University
New York, NY 10027