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OISS understands that there are numerous ways to get to Lehigh University from around the world. On this page, you will find specific information about transportation to Lehigh from the airports that are closest to the Lehigh Valley.

When to Arrive

You may arrive up to 30 days before the program start date on your I-20 or DS-2019. Students living on campus will receive information from Housing Services about when they can move into their residence hall. If you arrive prior to this move-in date, you will need to find your own housing accommodation until you can move into your on-campus residence. 

Flying in? Lehigh provides limited assistance to new students arriving from airports in New York (JFK only) and New Jersey (EWR). Students arriving into Allentown (ABE) or Philadelphia (PHL) will need to arrange for their own transportation to campus. For more information about airport pickup shuttles, please refer to the New Student Checklist information in iHome.

Where to arrive

There are several airports near Lehigh University:

Getting to Campus

From the airport, you have a variety of options to get to Lehigh's campus in Bethlehem.

Rideshare or Taxi

The Uber and Lyft apps are available to download on your phone. This will be your most expensive option from PHL, EWR and JFK. Taxis are typically waiting in the departure terminals of all airports. Plan to tip the taxi drivers 15-20% of your fare.

Car Service

Depending on the airport where you arrive, car service options include: Affluent Limo Service, Philly Limo Service, Philly Black Car Service, Trophy Limousine Service, Avian Worldwide Chauffeured Limousine Service, Newark Airport Car and Limo Service, and Newark Airport Car Service HQ, JFK Car Service, Black Car JFK Airport Limo, NYC Car Service and J&J Transportation. You can book the service prior to your arrival.

Amtrak

This is an option, though it may be the most complicated. Amtrak offers bus routes to Allentown, though with the exception of Newark, the Amtrak stations are not near the airports. You will need to find transportation to the station. Once you arrive in Allentown, you will need to find transportation to make the final 15-minute drive to campus.

Car share

Students who are arriving on the same flight often split the cost of a rideshare or taxi. It is important to provide your flight information in your New Student Checklist in iHome so we can connect you with other new students.

Lehigh University Shuttle (Fall admits only)

When possible, OISS will provide buses to pick up new students. We cannot accommodate every person, but we try our best to pick up as many students as possible. It is important that you provide your flight information in iHome as early as it is available and monitor your pre-arrival emails for more information about this service.

About the Lehigh Valley

Lehigh in located in the Lehigh Valley, a region of Pennsylvania near Philadelphia and New York City that includes the cities of Allentown, Bethlehem and Easton, as well as many picturesque towns and boroughs. The Lehigh Valley experiences all four seasons; summers are usually very warm and humid while winters are mildly cold with occasional periods of snow. Learn more about Lehigh Valley here.