Companions Program

Please scroll down for information on transportation and local attractions.

Welcome to Princeton !

Please register as an accompanying companion on our registration page.
For the registration fee you will receive:

  • Daily bus transportation between Westin/ Hyatt hotels and Princeton University campus with the conference attendees.
  • Monday: Welcome reception in Chancellor Green and special late opening of Princeton University Art Museum.
  • Tuesday: Classical music concert in Richardson Auditorium.
  • Wednesday: Excursion – choose from this list.
  • Thursday: Banquet at Westin Hotel.

Self-guided companion program

This part of the companion program will be self-selected. Please find below information and links on the many cultural attractions in the Princeton area and beyond. If you would like to join other companions for visits please meet daily at 8:30 AM at the registration desk in Alexander Hall corridor and then together make plans for your choice of activities for the day. These activities will be self-financed.

Please be aware that the external links below are provided for your information. We cannot guarantee their availability, or operation. Please click on the links for more information.

General information on Princeton University and on the Princeton area is available at the linked websites. A limited supply of Princeton Discovery maps and self guided tour maps of campus will be available at the registration desk. The Princeton University visitor webpage has much useful information including campus maps and you can also refer to Google maps for the local area.

Princeton University’s campus is served by a variety of public transit options.

BUSES:
Princeton University ‘Tiger Transit’ buses cover the PU campus and PPPL. Check out the TigerTracker real-time bus tracking map.
There is a free local bus service around town.
The surrounding area is served by NJ Transit buses including:
Route 605 serving local shopping malls including Market Fair, Quaker Bridge Mall.
Route 606 serving Hamilton Marketplace
Suburban Transit Line 100 serving New Brunswick, East Brunswick and New York Port Authority bus terminal.

TRAINS: The ‘Dinky‘ branch line train (next to the Lewis Arts Complex) connects Princeton to Princeton Junction. This is the shortest scheduled commuter rail line in the US running 2.7 mi (4.3 km) along a single track. From Princeton Junction you can take NJ transit North East corridor service to Penn Station, New York City, or to Trenton NJ. In Trenton you can change to a SEPTA train to Philadelphia or AMTRAK to Washington D. C.

TAXIS are available from the taxi stand on Nassau St. The fare is set by a zone system and is typically $20 and up.

BICYCLE: Bicycles are available to explore the local neighborhood. Princeton University’s bike-share program, Zagster, Inc. has deployed 50 new cruiser bikes at eight new locations in and around the Princeton campus for on-demand, local trips. Riders can join the program for a one-time $20 membership fee. Rides for members are free for the first two hours, and then two dollars for each additional hour after that. Lake Carnegie, one of Princeton’s most open and natural spaces, is a popular local destination.

ATTRACTIONS:
The following attractions are listed in order of geographical distance. We recommend using your browser search engine to find more information including directions and maps to the options below. For destinations not listed please enquire at the registration desk.

Princeton University Art Museum,is a short walk away on campus. With a collecting history that extends back to the 1750s, the Princeton University Art Museum is one of the few University art museums of truly universal scope. Its collections, which number more than 100,000 works in all media, range from ancient to contemporary and span the globe. Welcoming over 205,000 visitors in the past year, the Museum is pleased to offer a respite from the rush of daily life, a revitalizing experience of extraordinary works of art past and present.
Princeton University offers student-led tours and information sessions to campus visitors. Princeton University virtual campus tour  – a 23-stop, student-led virtual tour of the main campus is available in English, Korean, Mandarin and Spanish and includes 360-degree panorama photos and videos.
• The Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory is 4 miles from campus, and may be reached via Tiger Transit. Please see the following link for entrance procedures.  Public tours are available most weekdays at 10 a.m.
Albert Einstein. There is a small but charming Einstein museum in the back of the Landau’s store on Nassau Street. Einstein’s former residence, is a 15 min walk away at 112 Mercer Street. It is now a private residence but can be viewed from the street. There is an Albert Einstein Monument at 1-7 Stockton St.
Princeton Public Library, a 4 minute walk down Witherspoon St., is an excellent resource for a quiet read and fast internet service.
Morven Museum & Garden is a historic 18th-century house at 55 Stockton Street in Princeton, that boasts a growing collection of fine and decorative arts,
Canoes are available for rent on Carnegie Lake at 483 Alexander St., a 1.4 mile, 26 minute walk from Nassau St or ~6 mins by taxi.
The Delaware and Raritan Canal historic State Park is one of central New Jersey’s most popular recreational corridors for canoeing, jogging, hiking, bicycling, fishing and horseback riding and is a 1.2 mile, 21 min walk from Nassau St.  Here cormorants, swans, eagles, the Great Blue Heron, turtles, may sometimes be seen.
Shopping at local malls. See bus route 605 above for transportation information.
Grounds for Sculpture independent excursion (11 miles, 20 mins by taxi), a 42-acre sculpture park, museum, and arboretum that has become one of the premier cultural destinations in New Jersey.
New York City independent excursion: See above for information on trains. Follow this link for current events in NYC. Discounted tickets for same day’s Broadway shows may be obtained from tkts.com in Times Square. Follow this link for real time listing of available shows  check and add to Wed excursion NYC page when internet is faster.
Philadelphia independent excursion. See the Liberty Bell, Museum of Art and many other attractions.  For current events in Philadelphia follow this link. For transportation information see trains above.
Washington D.C. independent excursion is possible but easiest in a 2-day trip. See the Smithsonian museums, Capitol, White House and many other world class attractions. Train information is above. For current events in Washington see this link.