Traveling to State College

Penn State University Park is one out of twenty-four Penn State campuses in the commonwealth and is the main campus. It is located in the borough of State College, Pennsylvania, near the geographical center of the state. 


By Air

The local airport in State College is the University Park Airport (SCE). It is located approximately five miles from the Penn State campus, The Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center, and The Nittany Lion Inn. The airlines that service the University Park Airport are:

Taxis and car rentals are available at University Park Airport to get from the airport to your final destination in State College. 

Note: This is both a Drawdown conference and a drawdown conference; sponsors are sought to help fund the carbon offsets associated with conference emissions and attendee travel.


By Bus

The Megabus offers non-stop service from New York City, Pittsburgh, Harrisburg, and Philadelphia. If purchased in advance, tickets can be less than $10.00. For detailed schedules, pricing, and ticket purchases visit In State College, the bus arrives in the Walmart Parking Lot at North Atherton Place. Taxis are available for transportation within State College.

Greyhound offers bus services all across the country. Prices and the number of stops vary depending on your origin. Visit the Greyhound Bus website to look up schedules, prices, and book tickets. The Greyhound buses arrive at the State College Bus Terminal on North Atherton Street.


By Car

State College is located near several major international airports

Distance and Time from Major Cities with International Airports
City Airport Distance (miles) Time (hours)
From Philadelphia Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) 195 miles (313 km) 3-4 hours
From Pittsburgh Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT) 138 miles (222 km) 2-3 hours
From New York JFK International (JFK)
La Guardia (LGA)
250 miles (402 km) 4-5 hours
From Newark Newark Liberty International (EWR) 234 miles (376 km) 3-4 hours
From Baltimore Baltimore-Washington Airport (BWI) 178 miles (286 km) 3-4 hours

Getting around State College

Getting around town is safe and simple. There are many stores, shops, and restaurants no more than 10-20 minutes away by bus, taxi, or car.


Centre Area Transit Authority (CATA) Bus Service

CATA provides bus services on campus and throughout State College. Visit the CATA website for routes and schedule. The LOOP and the LINK are free and provide the circulator service around Penn State campus and downtown State College. A single fare regardless of the length of travel is $2 and can be paid in exact change to the bus driver upon boarding the bus.


Taxi Services

Unlike in larger U.S. cities, taxis are usually called to a specific location rather than hailed from the side of the street. Generally, taxis will be waiting at the airport or the bus station when travelers arrive. If you need a taxi from anywhere but the airport or a bus station, call any of the numbers below. The operator will provide you with an estimated time until pick-up (usually 10-20 minutes).

  • Handy Delivery Taxi (814) 355-5555
  • Nittany Express (814) 867-4647

The State College area is also serviced by Uber and Lyft.