The nearest train station (Amtrak) and airport (Albany International) are in Albany, NY, which is about 45 miles from Bennington College. For Amtrak, please call 800-872-7245 or go to amtrak.com for information. Be aware that reservations are required for some trains. The trip from Manhattan takes about 2.5 hours and is quite pleasant. Enterprise has a car rental agency in Bennington (800-736-8222). There are also all the usual car rental agencies at Albany airport.
Ride-sharing system from Albany
The Office of Student Life will coordinate a reasonably-priced, ride-sharing system so that those arriving at either the Albany airport, train, or bus station may be able to pool together to share the 45-mile ride to campus. Dawn Dayton, our Program Coordinator, will email you the details by Dec 1. Shuttle Schedule.
Coordinating your own ride
If you need or prefer to coordinate a ride yourself (using the student directory, which will be included in the workshop-packet mailing to contact other students), OR if you are coming in early or late and need a way to get to Bennington, please contact:
- AJ Private Transportation: 802-442-7129
- Carmen's Car Service: 802-442-6050
- GMX/CABS/Green Mountain Express: 802-447-0477
The cost of a one-way trip from Albany is about $100, excluding gratuity (check details when you call). If the pooling effort works out you might be able to split the cost two or three ways. Confirm the cost of the trip when you make the reservation.
A caveat: There will be more than 150 students, staff, and faculty arriving for the residency, many needing rides from Albany. If you wait too late to make reservations for transportation, you may have to wait a very long time for a ride, so be sure to make your transport arrangements as much ahead as you can. You might also be thinking about making car-pool arrangements and reservations for your return trip to the airport at the end of the residency.
Directions to the College
For complete directions to the College, click here.