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Traveling to State College

State College is located in Central Pennsylvania and is approximately three hours by car from Pittsburgh, Baltimore, Philadelphia and Ithaca, four hours from Princeton, four and a half hours from New York City and Washington, D.C., and five hours from Syracuse.


University Park airport (airport code SCE) services State College and the surrounding community. Three major carriers offer service from University Park Airport: USAir from Philadelphia, United Airlines from Washington, D.C. and Northwest Airlines from Detroit. For additional information on University Park Airport, please visit: University Park Airport Information. The University Park Airport is located 5.5 miles from the Penn State's University Park Campus. Car rental is also available from University Park Airport through Avis, Hertz and National Car Rental.Train

State College can be reached comfortably by Amtrak train to the Lewistown station from New York, Princeton, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. There is one arrival and departure each day. Lewistown is approximately 40 minutes from State College. It is possible to take a taxi from Lewistown to State College and the cost is approximately $60.00 (USD) one-way.


Bus service by Greyhound or MegaBus is available from Pittsburgh and Philadelphia to State College. Please see their websites for schedule information or to make reservations.


There are three taxi services available in State College:

  • AA Taxi Service - Telephone (814) 231-8294
  • Handy Delivery Taxi - Telephone (814) 353-6001
  • Nittany Express Airport Shuttle - Telephone (814) 867-4647


To obtain directions from your location to University Park, Pennsylvania (zip code: 16802), please check Map Quest or Google Maps.

Parking on the Penn State University Park Campus

All visitors who wish to park on campus must have a parking permit. Permits can be obtained from the Penn State Parking Office (814-863-1436) located on the ground-level of the Eisenhower Parking Deck or from the Centre County/Penn State Visitor Center located at 800 East Park Avenue; 814-231-8123.

Penn State Maps

To view or print a University Park Campus map, please visit: University Park Campus Maps. The administrative office for the Institute for Gravitation and the Cosmos is located at 321D Whitmore Lab. If you have questions please contact the Institute at (814) 863-9605.

State College, Pennsylvania

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