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How to Get to Clinton, NY

Clinton is located in upstate New York, about 250 miles (400 Kilometers) from New York City. Because of the distance, Hamilton cannot provide transportation to campus from your point of arrival in the US. Students arriving from overseas must plan to continue from their port of entry in the US (usually John F. Kennedy Airport in New York, Newark Airport, or another large airport) to Syracuse, NY or Utica, NY.  College-arranged transportation may not be available for fall 2020 due to COVID-19 regulations in New York state..  Also, please bear in mind that you may NOT enter the US more than 30 days in advance of the program start date on your I-20 form.


The easiest way to get to Syracuse is to continue traveling by plane. Students should book a connecting flight from their point of entry to Hancock International Airport in Syracuse. The airport in Syracuse is about one hour from the Hamilton campus by car.


Students arriving at John F. Kennedy or LaGuardia Airports in New York City may find it a bit less expensive to travel to Utica, NY via bus or train. To do so:

  • Take a taxi or bus from Kennedy Airport to Penn Station (for the train) or Port Authority Bus Terminal (for the bus). This will cost approximately $45 plus tolls and tips by taxi, and about $15 by bus. Check transportation schedules for an airport shuttle bus that will allow you to make a connection to a train or bus to Utica. Be sure to allow adequate time for customs and the trip into the city. Also, since international flights sometimes arrive when the currency exchange at the airport is closed, bring some US currency with you for the taxi or bus.
  • Train travel to Utica is via Amtrak and costs between $50 and $100. You may make reservations for an Amtrak train on-line or by calling 1-800-872-7245. The trip takes about 5 hours.
  • Bus travel by Greyhound also takes about 5 hours. You can check the Greyhound bus Schedule and/or pre-purchase a ticket (costing about $65) at the Greyhound website or by calling 1-800-231-2222.

Both the bus and train arrive at the Utica Train Station. If you notify the Dean of Students office in advance of your expected arrival time, we can make arrangements to meet you and transport you to campus.

Notify Us of Your Travel Plans

When your travel plans are set, please notify the Dean of Students Office of your flight number and arrival time in Syracuse, or your anticipated train or bus arrival time in Utica. We want to have the opportunity to meet you at the airport or bus/train station and bring you to campus. Please notify us of your travel plans as soon as they are available, using the International Travel Arrival Information Form.

Contact Information

Allen Harrison

Assistant Dean for International Students and Accessibility
Elihu Root House
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