Travel and Buses


  • Registration opens at 5:00pm on Friday, November 10 at the Friend Center. Make sure to bring your student ID for registration - we’ll include a reminder in the packing list.
  • For public transit travel routes, see the travel page for tips on getting to campus by train.
  • To join a charter bus waitlist, email [email protected].
  • If you’re arriving by car, train, or plane, refer to our travel page for details about parking and getting to campus.
  • If you were offered a travel subsidy on your dashboard, or if you paid a bus deposit, you must visit our travel booth on Saturday to claim reimbursement. Save your receipts and make sure to have a copy of them on-site. Details on the claim process are posted on the travel page.

Location / Dates / Times

HackPrinceton registration and check-in will take place in the Friend Center (map), at the northeast corner of campus. The building is located at the following address:

You should plan on arriving around 5-6pm on Friday, November 10th and leaving around 3pm on Sunday, November 12th.

Charter Buses

We will be sending charter buses out to help accommodate travel to and from certain schools. Since demand is high, spots on these buses will be available on a first-come-first-served basis for students at or traveling from near those schools. Once at HackPrinceton, we will reimburse the cost of your ticket at our travel booth. After you purchase your ticket, the bus captain will reach out to you via email with further details within a couple of weeks.

Routes and Schedules

Route Name School Pickup (Fri) Dropoff (Sun/Mon)
Waterloo University of Waterloo (200 University Ave W, Waterloo, ON N2L 3G1 - on Ring Road south of Hagey Hall) 6:30 AM 11:15 PM
Toronto-McMaster-Cornell University of Toronto (27 King’s College Circle Toronto, ON M5S 1A1 (Office of Convocation)) 6:00 AM 2:00 AM
McMaster University (1280 Main St W, Hamilton, ON L8S 4L8) 7:30 AM 1:00 AM
Cornell University (106 East Ave, Ithaca, NY 14853 (Sage Hall)) 12:00 PM 8:30 PM
Northeast MIT (77 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA) 11:00 AM 9:30 PM
Yale University (344 College St, New Haven, CT (Phelps Gate)) 1:45 PM 7:00 PM

In order to guarantee a spot, you will need to purchase a (fully-reimbursable) ticket through the relevant Eventbrite link below. The links will open at exactly 3 PM on Wednesday October 18, 2017. Spots are available on a first- come-first-serve basis.

Bus FAQs

How will the deposit be refunded? We will refund participants on-site through our subsidy process. More details on how this works are in the subsidies section of this page.

What if I purchase a ticket but can’t come? Please cancel your ticket order on the Eventbrite link immediately so that someone on the waitlist will be notified and have time to claim their spot on the bus. The deadline to cancel and request a refund through Eventbrite is Thursday, November 9, at 5:00PM EST. If you cancel after this time, or if you purchase a ticket and do not come to the hackathon, we are not able to provide a refund. Note that we are not able to provide any reimbursement for travel to the bus pickup location.

Can I purchase a ticket if I’m not assigned to a bus route?
Yes, but we discourage you from doing so because bus space is limited.

I’m on the waitlist but the confirmation deadline passed, can I still confirm after the deadline if a spot opens up?
Yes, we will extend the confirmation deadline for anyone who accepts a spot off the bus waitlist.

Can I reserve a ticket for someone else?
Yes, but list the emails of your entire team when you reserve the tickets.

Travel Subsidies

If you applied for a travel reimbursement in your application, you may be eligible for a travel subsidy to help offset the cost of travel. The amount you receive is based on the region you are traveling from and is displayed on your dashboard.

Our travel booth is open Saturday, November 11 from 2pm - 4pm and 7:30pm - 9:30pm at the front desk in the Friend Center. You must come to the booth to receive your travel or bus subsidy.

Whether you have your return receipts yet or not, you still must come to the booth to receive your subsidy. If you do not come to the booth during this time, you will not be eligible for the reimbursement. We will provide instructions for submitting any return receipts at the booth. To save time, please bring some form of ID (unless you used it to borrow hardware).

If you carpooled here or purchased multiple tickets on one receipt, please come as a group to help us combine your subsidies.

In order to be eligible for the subsidy, you must be an accepted attendee and have checked in at registration. All expenses must have an accompanying itemized receipt. Subsidies may only be applied to transportation or gas costs, and may not be applied to travel upgrades (e.g. premium class, priority boarding), change fees, food, or other incidental expenses. We reserve the right to deny reimbursement.

Note: the amount you are eligible to receive is the amount displayed on your dashboard. If you were assigned to a charter bus, we will reimburse the deposit if you took the bus. Unfortunately, we are not able to provide reimbursement if you were assigned to a bus but took alternative travel.

Travel subsidies are available on a limited basis, and thus we are unable to make adjustments except in extenuating circumstances.

Arriving by Car

Please park in the North Garage (map), located near Friend Center at the northeast corner of campus. If the garage is full, you may also park in the Ivy Lane (map) parking lots or Lot 2 (map). Note that the permitted lots are different from last spring and fall. Parking in any of these lots is free and you will not need to display a parking permit or overnight permit. Lots 21, 4, 5, 25, and Western Way will not be open. For a detailed parking map, go to

Arriving by Plane

If you’re flying to HackPrinceton, we recommend arriving at one of these airports: Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) or Philadelphia International Airport (PHL).

Both airports are connected by train to Princeton, with EWR being the closer of the two.

Arriving by Train

The Princeton campus is serviced by an offshoot of the NJTransit Northeast Corridor train line. A train station (called the “Dinky”) is located at the southwest corner of campus. The train from this station travels between two stops, Princeton Station and Princeton Junction - the first is the one on campus, and the second is on the main Northeast Corridor route. You’ll need to transfer from the main route onto the second train to reach campus.

Note that there are two stations with “Princeton” in their name: Princeton Station and Princeton Junction. Princeton Station is your final destination, and you must transfer there from Princeton Junction. You can buy a single train ticket all the way to Princeton Station and keep it for the transfer.

Train from New York City: From Penn Station, take the NJTransit Northeast Corridor (NOT Northeast Regional) train to Princeton Station, boarding in the Trenton-bound direction. At Princeton Junction, transfer to the “Dinky” train to continue to Princeton Station. Exact train times can be looked up on the NJTransit site or on Google Maps.

Train from Newark Airport (EWR): Once you leave the secure area, follow signs for the AirTrain, the inter-terminal monorail. Board the AirTrain for the RailLink station. Upon arrival, head up the stairs to the left and cross the bridge to the train station. From the blue-and-orange machines, purchase a ticket on the NJTransit Northeast Corridor (NOT Northeast Regional) train to Princeton Station. Then head to Track 5 to board the train towards Trenton. At Princeton Junction, transfer to the “Dinky” train to continue to Princeton Station. Exact train times can be looked up on the NJTransit site or on Google Maps.

Train from Philadelphia (including PHL): Take the train from the to 30th Street Station (the main station in Philly). Transfer here to the eastbound SEPTA train towards Trenton. At Trenton, transfer to the Newark/New York City- bound NJTransit Northeast Corridor (NOT Northeast Regional) train to Princeton Station. At Princeton Junction, transfer to the “Dinky” train to continue to Princeton Station. Exact train times can be looked up on the NJTransit site or on Google Maps.

Additional Questions

If you have any additional questions about traveling to Princeton, feel free to reach out to our travel team at [email protected].