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Directions to the department

The department is in the Serin Physics Laboratory on Frelinghuysen Road on the Busch Campus of Rutgers University in Piscataway, New Jersey, across the Raritan River from New Brunswick.

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Serin Physics & Astronomy Lab
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Local street map near Lab
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Physics Lecture Hall
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From Newark Airport

From Newark Airport you can

  • take a train,
  • take a taxi (about $50 with double tolls and tip),
  • take a shuttle service:
    • State Shuttle to Serin Lab or to any local hotel (about 60-75 minutes depending on other stops, $35 plus tip),
    • Princeton Airporter (about 30 minutes to the Hilton Hotel in East Brunswick, then a taxi ride, $26 plus tip plus about $10 for a taxi from the Hilton)
  • rent a car.

From Newark Airport by train

A monorail can be boarded from Newark airport which takes you to the train station in Newark, where one can board a NJ Transit train to Edison or New Brunswick (see the directions below for travel from NYC by train).

From Newark Airport by taxi

If you take a taxi, the taxi dispatcher at the curb will write the basic fare on a card (typically $40 or a bit more). Double tolls come to about $3. Adding a tip makes the total cost about $50.

The taxi driver is unlikely to know how to reach Serin Laboratory. You will need to have with you the directions from the New Jersey Turnpike.

From Newark Airport by State Shuttle

State Shuttle is a shared ride shuttle service to the Piscataway area. It will drop you at Serin Laboratory or at a local hotel.

Reservations should be made 24 hours in advance. The telephone numbers are (800) 427-3207 and (201) 729-0030.

At the airport, call the (800) number to rendezvous with the driver. Bring with you the directions from the New Jersey Turnpike to show to the driver.

From Newark Airport by Princeton Airporter bus

For the Princeton Airporter shuttle, follow the signs from the baggage claim area to Ground Transport, then to "shared limo services". Advanced recommendations are recommended The telephone number of Princeton Airporter is (609) 587-6600 (1-800-468-6696 within New Jersey).

The Princeton Airporter shuttle will drop you at the Brunswick Hilton Hotel on route 18 in East Brunswick. You will need to take a taxi from the hotel to the Serin Physics Lab, Frelinghuysen Road, Busch Campus, Piscataway. The New Jersey Turnpike directions below give directions from route 18, if the taxi driver does not know the way.

From Newark Airport by car

If you rent a car at the Newark Airport, use the New Jersey Turnpike southbound (following the directions given below).

From JFK Airport

To reach Serin from JFK (Kennedy) Airport, about 15 miles east of Manhattan, you can:

  • take the Princeton Airporter shuttle ($49 + tip) to the Hilton Hotel in East Brunswick, then a taxi (about $10) to Serin.
  • take a taxi, bus or subway to Manhattan, then take a train or bus to New Brunswick (See From New York City by train or bus.)

(Since Newark Airport is considerably closer to Rutgers than JFK, fly to Newark if practical.)

From JFK Airport by Princeton Airporter bus

These buses run roughly every hour during the day. You can get information at the ground transportation desk in the baggage claims area, or by calling 1-609-587-6600.

From JFK Airport to Manhattan by taxi

Taxis can be picked up outside the terminals. The fare will be $30 + $3 tolls + about 15% tip.

From JFK Airport to Manhattan by bus

Go to the ground transportation desk in the baggage claim area for information about Carey Transportation $13 buses to the Port Authority Bus Terminal or Gray Line's $16 buses to several points in Manhattan

From JFK Airport to Manhattan by Subway

Take the free shuttle bus to the long-term parking lot. This bus also goes to the Howard Beach subway station. There take the A subway train to Manhattan ($1.50) Get off at 34th Street for Penn Station (train) or 42nd Street for the Port Authority Bus Station.

From New York City by train or bus

The cheapest alternative is the bus to New Brunswick then the campus bus to Serin Lab (about 90 minutes total). The fastest alternative is the train to New Brunswick then taxi to Serin Lab ($10.50 train + $10 taxi, about 70 minutes total).

From New York City by train

Trains leave frequently (every half-hour at worst) from Pennsylvania Railroad Station (at 33rd Street and 8th Avenue) (NJ Transit 800-772-2222, 201-762-5100). Train schedules One way fare to New Brunswick is about $10.50 ($17.75 round trip).

The fastest route is to leave the train at New Brunswick then take a taxi to Serin Lab ($10.50 train + $10 taxi, about 70 minutes total). The cheapest route is to leave the train at New Brunswick, then take a campus bus to Serin Lab (free, about 80 minutes total). The campus bus station is a three block walk.

From New York City by bus

Buses to New Brunswick leave frequently (every half hour at worst, at the hour and the half hour) from the Port Authority Bus Terminal (at 42nd Street and 8th Avenue) (Suburban Transit, 800 222-0492, (212) 563-7043).

Get off the bus at the New Brunswick train station (about 70 minutes from NYC). Then take a campus bus or a taxi to Serin Lab. A taxi will cost about $10 and take about 10 minutes. The campus bus is free, but requires a three block walk and takes a total of about 30 minutes.

From the New Brunswick train station by campus bus

From the train station/bus stop in central New Brunswick, the campus bus can be reached by walking under the train overpass onto Easton Avenue, one block up hill to Somerset Street where you turn right, walk half a block, turn left on College Avenue, walk just over one block to the bus stop across College Avenue from Scott Hall. Take the A or H bus to Hill Center on Busch Campus. Serin Lab is the building to the left of the small flying saucer Physics Lecture Hall.

From the New Brunswick train station by taxi

There are always taxis waiting outside the train station when trains arrive. If the taxi driver does not know the way to Serin Lab, Frelinghuysen Road, Busch Campus, Piscataway, explain how to get to the department from route 18, using the New Jersey Turnpike directions below.

From the Edison train station by taxi

There are sometimes taxis waiting at the Edison station when trains arrive. To be sure of easily obtaining a taxi, arrive at the New Brunswick train station instead. If the taxi driver does not know the way to Serin Lab, Frelinghuysen Road, Busch Campus, Piscataway, directions are as follows. From Edison station, turn left onto Plainfield Avenue. At the third light, turn left onto Ethel Road. When the road ends, turn right onto Suttons Lane. At the first light, turn left onto Metlar's Lane. At the next light, turn right onto Davidson Road. Then left onto Taylor, right onto Bevier, left onto Allison, and Serin Lab is on the left when Allison ends.

From Philadelpha by train

Take a SEPTA train to Trenton, connecting with a NJ Transit train to New Brunswick or Edison. From New Brunswick, take a campus bus or a taxi. From Edison, take a taxi.

From the New Jersey Turnpike and from route 18 northbound

Leave the Turnpike at exit 9 and take route 18 northbound (after the Turnpike toll booths, keep to the right and merge onto route 18 northbound).

Go 3.7 miles, passing over US route 1, through two traffic lights and over the Raritan River. IGNORE the exit for George Street/Rutgers University. Do NOT exit before crossing the river.

After crossing the Raritan River, take the second exit for Campus Road toward the Busch Campus (purple sign).

Continue about 0.3 miles until you come to a traffic circle. Take the 2nd right on the circle, onto Frelinghuysen Road and toward the academic buildings.

After another 0.5 miles you will pass a bus stop and see Parking Lot #53 on your right. Park in one of the visitor parking stalls (lot #53 has a gate so you will not be able to enter). If the visitor spaces are full, go back the way you came about 0.2 miles. The lot #53A entrance is approximately across the street from the bus stop. Please remember to place a pink parking permit in your window (or get one from the department as soon as possible).

From Route 287

Leave 287 at exit 9 south toward Highland Park. You will be on River Road.

You will quickly pass two traffic lights. Continue south on River Road for about 2.5 miles more, until you reach the next traffic light, Hoes Lane.

Turn left on Hoes lane, then about 0.5 miles ahead take Frelinghuysen Road, which splits off to the right at 45 degrees (look for the Rutgers Golf Course, which begins at this intersection, and continues on the right-hand-side of Frelinghuysen Rd.).

After about half a mile, you will see Serin lab on your left (just past the first intersection -- Allison Road). Parking lot 53 is in front of the building. The golf course will be on your right.

There are visitor spaces next to lot 53, which is protected by a gate. If the visitor spaces are taken, continue ~100 meters on Frelinghuysen to parking lot 53A on your right.

Park anywhere in the lot but please remember to place a pink parking permit in your window (or get one from the department as soon as possible).

From Princeton via route 27

The best route from Princeton is via route 27. An alternative is route 1 from Princeton, which takes about the same amount of time (sometimes less) but usually passes through an unpleasant amount of truck exhaust. Total travel time from Harrison Street to Serin Lab is about 30-40 minutes depending on traffic and driving style.

Take route 27 (Nassau Street) north from Princeton towards New Brunswick. Turn left on Franklin Boulevard. Before reaching Franklin Boulevard, you will pass an intersection (Veronica Avenue) with a Getty Gas station on the left and a ShopRite in a mall behind the gas station. Beyond the intersection and to your left is the Tara Greens Gold Course and a the large WCTC radio transmission tower. Franklin Boulevard is the next traffic light after Veronica Avenue.

Follow Franklin Boulevard to the end. It bends to the right, goes straight for several miles, crosses Easton Avenue, crosses the Landing Lane bridge over the Raritan River and ends at River Road.

Turn left on River Road, then after about 100 meters, right on Stuphen Road. Sutphen Road is the first actual road to the right, but a large driveway precedes it.

Take the first left onto Frelinghuysen Road.

Proceed about 0.3 miles to the traffic circle. Take the 3rd right from the circle.

After another 0.3 miles you will pass a bus stop and see Parking Lot #53 on your right. Park in one of the visitor parking stalls (lot #53 has a gate so you will not be able to enter). If the visitor spaces are full, go back the way you came about 0.2 miles. The lot #53A entrance is approximately across the street from the bus stop. Please remember to place a pink parking permit in your window (or get one from the department as soon as possible).

From Princeton via route 1

Take route 1 northbound from Princeton. From route 1 exit onto route 18 northbound (exit right from route 1 immediately after passing under a bridge). Then continue as described in the directions from the New Jersey Turnpike above. (It is 3.3 miles on route 18 from route 1 to Metlars Lane.)