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Travel Directions to RPI

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Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is located in Troy, N.Y., on a 275 acre hilltop campus overlooking the Hudson River.

In the midst of a culturally rich population center surrounded by the Adirondack, Catskill, Berkshire, and Green mountains, the Rensselaer campus is only a few hours by car from Boston, New York City, and Montreal.

Within easy driving distance from campus, Rensselaer students, faculty, and staff enjoy world-class alpine and cross-country skiing, hiking, camping, sailing, biking, golf, whitewater kayaking, and more.

From north, east, south, or west, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is centrally located near major highways in New York state.

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Driving Directions:

From the South:
Take I-87, the New York State Thruway, North to Exit 23. At Exit 23, get on I-787 North to Route 7 East. Follow the directions to campus (below).

From the North:
Take I-87, the Adirondack Northway, South to Exit 7 East. Get on Route 7 headed Eastbound. Follow the directions to campus (below).

From the East:
From I-90 (Massachusetts Turnpike, Berkshire Spur of the New York Thruway), take Exit B1. Continue East (13.5 miles) to the exit for I-787. Take I-787 North to Route 7 East. Follow the directions to campus (below).

From the West:
Take I-90, the New York State Thruway, to Exit 24. From Exit 24, continue onto I-90 East. Exit onto I-787 North. Take I-787 North to Route 7 East. Follow the directions to campus (below).

Directions to Campus:

Admissions Visitors

You will want to be in the right lane of Route 7. Take the exit for Downtown Troy. You will be on 6th Avenue. At the second traffic light, make a left turn onto Federal Street. Continue up the hill (becomes Peoples Avenue). At the second traffic light, make a right turn onto 15th Street. You will see the large granite Rensselaer sign and flags at the intersection of 15th Street and Sage Avenue. Make a left turn onto Sage Avenue. The admissions building will be directly in front of you.

Please check in at the front desk upon arrival to register for your visit and to obtain your campus parking permit. Limited parking is available behind the admissions building.

Campus Visitors

You will want to be in the right lane of Route 7. Take the exit for Downtown Troy. You will be on 6th Avenue. At the second traffic light, make a left turn onto Federal Street. Continue up the hill (becomes Peoples Avenue). At the second traffic light, make a right turn onto 15th Street. You will see the large granite Rensselaer sign and flags at the intersection of 15th Street and Sage Avenue. Continue on 15th Street past this intersection, and drive under the pedestrian bridge. You can park in the Public Safety parking lot located just past the pedestrian bridge, on your left.

Campus parking permits are available for purchase in the Parking and Transportation Office at 2144 Burdett Avenue.

By Plane or Train:

If you are arriving by plane, fly into the Albany International Airport. By train, travel to the Albany/Rensselaer Amtrak station. Commercial taxicabs to campus are available from both locations.

If you’re driving from the airport:

  • Leaving the airport, turn left onto Route 155, follow for 1/10 of a mile.
  • At the traffic light, turn left onto Albany Shaker Road.
  • Get on I-87 North via ramp on the left.
  • Take exit 7 onto Route 7 toward Troy – stay on route 7 for 4.8 miles.
  • You will want to be in the right lane of Route 7.
  • Take the exit for Downtown Troy. You will be on 6th Avenue.
  • At the second traffic light, make a left turn onto Peoples Avenue.
  • Continue up the hill. At the second traffic light, make a right turn onto 15th Street.
  • Follow 15th Street.
  • Drive under the pedestrian bridge.

The Public Safety & Parking Access Offices’ parking lot located just past the pedestrian bridge on your left.

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