Traveling to Bard

Bard College's main campus is located in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, on the east bank of the Hudson River, about 90 miles north of New York City and 220 miles southwest of Boston. Use the information below to plan your trip to Bard or follow one of our sample travel itineraries.

Getting to Bard

Bard is 90 miles (two hours) north of New York City and approximately 50 miles (one hour) south of Albany, with Amtrak service to Rhinecliff, New York, about nine miles south of Annandale.
  • By train: Rhinecliff Station is the closes station to Bard College (apporx. 9 miles south of Annandale). Amtrak provides service to Rhinecliff from New York City (Penn Station) and from Albany. MetroNorth provides service to Rhinecliff from New York City (Grand Central Station). 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 J.F. Kennedy and LaGuardia airports in New York City; Newark in New Jersey; and Albany and Newburgh in upstate New York.

Arrival and Departure

The non-IIE FLETs will be provided round-trip air transportation between their home country and New York City. To arrange this travel, they need to call or email Star Travel, (; 845 876-1500). The travel agent will charge the expenses to Bard’s FLET account.

Arriving in New York: The new tutors should arrive at New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport on the appointed date, which is usually 5 days before the first day of classes. A Bard driver and van will be there to meet them. If they are unable to arrive on the appointed date, they will have to make their own transportation arrangements and/or use public transportation to travel to Bard College, which is 2.5 hours from Kennedy Airport. Bard will reimburse travel costs (up to $ 100 per trip) of FLETs who arrive separately.

Arriving on Campus: Jeff Smith in Transportation will need the travel details for each FLET: the airline name, flight number, and departure and arrival times. The driver will first take the FLETs to Security to pick up and sign for their keys. A packet containing a map, a welcome letter, and a "FLET Survival Sheet" will also be given upon their arrival. The same driver will transport the tutors to their respective housing. Chartwells will provide FLETS with basic food items in their refrigerator.

Departing Bard: Expected Program end date is the Tuesday before graduation (normally around 25 May). As when they arrive, transportation is available for one trip to JFK. Most FLETs purchase open-ended round-trip tickets (with no firm return date, in other words). Ed Schmidt usually determines the date and time of the single airport shuttle; we will communicate that date to the tutors when the time arrives. Many tutors remain in the U.S. after the semester ends and will not need airport transportation.