Directions to the Center

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By Car

From New York City, take the Long Island Expressway (LIE, I-495) east to exit 62, and follow Nicolls Road north for approximately 9 miles. The main entrance to the University will be located on your left (note it is the second entrance heading north on Nicolls). Turn left on Circle Road and follow it until you reach the traffic circle. At the traffic circle, take the first exit onto Campus Drive. At the fourth stop sign, turn right on Campus Drive, then make an immediate left onto John S. Toll Drive. The Simons Center will be on your right just past a large parking lot and group of trees. To find the campus via GPS, use “100 Nicolls Road, Stony Brook, NY 11790.”
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By Train

From Penn Station in NYC, take the Long Island Rail Road’s Port Jefferson line to Stony Brook Station ( Walking directions from the train station to the Simons Center can be seen here. Cross over Circle Road towards the athletic fields. Stay on path until you reach John S. Toll Drive (you will pass a track to the left and a parking lot to the right). Turn right on John S. Toll Drive (near the Sports Complex and a small parking lot). Stay on John S. Toll Drive until you see the Simons Center (glass/brick building, gated parking lot) on your left.

By Bus

The Suffolk Country transit bus runs to/from Stony Brook University via the Route 51 bus. More information can be found here.

By Ferry

Take the Bridgeport ferry to the Port Jefferson ferry. Port Jefferson is a 15-minute drive from Stony Brook University. Ferry information can be found here.

By Car Service

Gold Coast Transportation is a company that the Simons Center uses frequently for local and airport transportation.
Phone number: (516) 629-7537

Local Transportation

Uber and Lyft are frequently used around the island and may be more reasonable than local taxi companies, however, at the Stony Brook and Port Jefferson train stations, there are usually taxis available.


The nearest airports to the Simons Center for Geometry and Physics are:
• Islip-MacArthur Airport: 16 miles
• JFK Airport: 50 miles
• LaGuardia Airport: 50 miles
• Newark Airport: 70 miles

From Islip – MacArthur Airport
Driving Directions: Exit the airport and turn left onto Veterans Memorial Highway (Route 454 West). Merge onto Sunrise Highway (Route 27) and take the second exit onto Nicolls Road. Drive north for 12 miles. The main entrance to the University is on the left.

From JFK Airport
Driving Directions: From the Van Wyck Expressway (I-678N), take exit 1 for the Belt Pkwy E. towards Eastern Long Island. Merge onto the Belt Pkwy/Shore Pkwy W. Continue on Southern State Parkway E. Take exit 28AN to NY 135-N towards Syosset. Take exit 12E for Northern State Parkway E towards Hauppauge. Merge onto I-495 and follow the “By Car”directions above to Stony Brook University.
Public Transportation: Take the AirTrain from JFK to the Jamaica Station via the LIRR ( At Jamaica Station, board a Port Jefferson bound train. Exit the train at the Stony Brook Station.

From LaGuardia Airport
Driving Directions: Take the ramp onto the Grand Central Parkway, then take exit 10E-10W towards I-495/Long Island Expressway/Manhattan/Eastern Long Island. Take exit 10E towards Riverhead and merge on to I-495. Follow the “By Car”directions above from I-495 to Stony Brook University.
Public Transportation: You can take a taxi from LaGuardia to the Long Island Rail Road, Jamaica Station. This should cost between $20-$30. Once at Jamaica Station, board a Port Jefferson bound train and exit at Stony Brook Station.

Alternatively, you can take the Q70-SBS bus from airport terminal B to Jamaica, Queens. The bus will drop you off right across the street from the LIRR station. To view the bus route, please click here: LaGuardia to Jamaica LIRR To see the LIRR times for trains from Jamaica to Stony Brook or Port Jefferson, please click here:

From Newark Airport
Driving Directions: Take US-9 from the airport, then keep right at the fork towards I-95N. Merge on to I-95N towards US-46/Lincoln Tunnel. Take exit 16E towards the Lincoln Tunnel and merge onto NJ-495E. Continue through the Lincoln Tunnel and exit towards Dyer Avenue. Turn right on Dyer and left on W 34th Street. Turn left onto Tunnel Entrance Street and continue on I-495E. Follow the “By Car” directions above to get to Stony Brook University.
Public Transportation: Take the AirTrain from the airport to the New Jersey Transit Once at the NJ Transit, take the train to Penn Station (NYC) ( At Penn Station (NYC), board a Port Jefferson bound Long Island Rail Road train ( Exit at Stony Brook Station.