Getting to Princeton
The closest major airports are Newark International (EWR) and Philadelphia International (PHL).
If renting a car, they are interchangeable. However, on public transit, EWR is much easier: (1) take Airtrain from any terminal to the Rail Station, (2) catch NJ Transit train south to Princeton Junction, (3) take “dinky” train to Princeton Station. (Note you need to buy a ticket at the Newark Airport Rail Station terminating in Princeton Station.)
There is also a closer regional airport, Trenton Mercer (TTN), which serves a handful of domestic markets on Frontier Airlines. It is much smaller, generally more affordable, and quite convenient if an option.
If you don’t rent a car or take the train to get from the airport to Princeton, there are several car services. A1 Limo (http://a1limo.com) is based in Princeton and can pick you up anywhere. They are generally quite reliable, though somewhat expensive. Uber is also now a potential option (http://www.uber.com/airports/ewr).
Princeton Junction Station is on the Northeast Corridor line. However, Amtrak typically does not stop at Princeton Junction, so you need to get off at a nearby station (e.g., Trenton) and take NJ Transit the rest of the way. Regardless, you will need to purchase a NJ Transit ticket to Princeton Station, to be able to take the “dinky” into town. Taxi service is available from Princeton Junction but is somewhat expensive. Uber is a growing presence though a little spotty at off hours. The walk from Princeton Station to the hotel is 10-15 mins. We can provide other recommendations if this poses a problem.
Staying in Princeton
Although the Nassau Inn is the only hotel located centrally in town, the Hyatt Place is located nearby off one of the main roads leading into Princeton, on the same side of US Highway 1. It is not walkable to the conference venue, but we will provide a shuttle to/from this hotel every day. On the plus side, it is located right next to the MarketFair shopping mall, with plenty of stores, restaurants, and a movie theater.
There are several other hotels that claim to be in Princeton (Hampton Inn, Hyatt Regency, Westin, Marriott, DoubleTree, etc.), but they are outside of town on US Highway 1 and less accessible than the Hyatt Place. You would need to rent a car to drive to town, use the hotel’s own shuttle, or hire a taxi/Uber (not ubiquitous). We will be providing shuttles to/from the Nassau Inn and Hyatt Place only.
Eating in Princeton
more expensive restaurants
Blue Point Grill
more affordable RESTAURANTS
Aurelio’s Cocina Latina
Triumph Brewing Company
Alchemist & Barrister
Ivy Inn (closest thing to a dive bar in Princeton)
Yankee Doodle Tap Room (in hotel)