Guidance Required for New York City & Amherst

Old Jun 3rd, 2021, 10:30 PM
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Guidance Required for New York City & Amherst

Hi All,

We will be a family of four - 2 adults and 2 teenagers. We will be arriving in New York in mid August 2021 and will be proceeding to
UMass Amherst. This is our first visit to USA.

We will be depending on public transport. What is the best way to reach UMass Amherst from New York Airport.
Also, are there restrictions to travel from one state to another.

Also, in case we decide to stay in New York City, which is the area we should look at. We are okay with using the underground metro trains.

We are foodies and would love to have the sandwich at Katz's Deli in case we decide to stay in New York. Any other recommendations for New York City and Amherst for first timers are welcome.

Thank you.
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Old Jun 4th, 2021, 02:27 AM
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There are 3 airports that serve the NYC area, two of which are internatioal airports. (JFK, and Newark). Which one are you flying into?
If your first destination is Amherst then Newark may be a better option due to proximity of train lines. If you are flying into JFK airport then your public transportation options are more limited, more convoluted, and more time consuming

To get to Amherst you will travel through Springfield, MA.

Options NYC to Springfield are:
a) Amtrak train - several departures each day. Amtrak trains also run right by Newark airport.
b) Bus - run by the "Peter Pan" bus company.

From Springfield to Amherst, it's ~30km distance (~20 miles), so your best option will likely be a taxi or car service or Uber/Lyft. I'm not familiar with what is available in that area. Your contacts at UMass may offer you some guidance and even know of someone who will pick you up. There is bus service from Springfield to Amherst but it will take you about 1.5 hours on a local bus to travel that 30km.

There are no restrictions on travel from state to state.

Others can give you advice on staying in NYC. We call the underground metro trains in NYC subways,

If you have other questions feel free to ask away.

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Old Jun 4th, 2021, 03:53 AM
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Compared to Europe, many parts of the USA's public transport infrastructure are quite rudimentary. You should contact UMass Amherst for their advice. Perhaps adding a flight leg from NYC (which airport?) to Hartford/Springfield may be useful to you. Train service in Northeast US is not very good.
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Perhaps you have already seen it, but this is the information UMass offers about getting there from various points. https://www.cics.umass.edu/grads/arriving-amherst



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