Planning Ahead - Travel and Transportation

PLEASE NOTE: We are fortunate to be located so close to another country, but remember that you need a valid passport to cross the border between Canada and the United States. We strongly encourage you to bring your passport with you. If you do not already have a passport, we recommend you obtain one prior to your arrival.

Getting Here by Air and Train

Served by the commuter airline CapeAir:

  • Ogdensburg, NY, 30 minutes away.
  • Massena, NY, 45 minutes away.
  • Saranac Lake, NY, 1½ hours away.
  • Watertown, NY, 1½ hours away.

Also:

  • Brockville, Ontario, 65 minutes away, is served by VIA Rail.
  • Ottawa, Ontario, 75 minutes away, is served by VIA Rail and major airlines; rental cars are available at the airport.
  • Montréal, Québec, international airport is about 2½ hours away; also served by VIA Rail.
  • Syracuse, New York, 2½ hours away, is served by major airlines and AMTRAK. Adirondack Trailways bus service (315-379-0923) is available from the Syracuse airport (see below), where rental cars are available.

Getting Here by Bus
The Canton bus stop is a short distance from campus. There are two Adirondack Trailways (315-379-0923) bus runs daily between Canton and Syracuse; bus and train connections can be made there, and the buses also make stops at the Syracuse airport terminal. Adirondack Trailways also offers one round trip a day between Canton and New York City via Albany.

Leave the Driving to Us During Breaks
At University breaks in October, at Thanksgiving, at the end of the fall semester, and for spring recess, St. Lawrence University contracts with a private bus company to provide reasonably priced one-way and round-trip transportation to major Northeast cities. Buses depart from and return to the campus. Recent destinations (subject to change, depending on students’ travel needs) have been Albany, Springfield/Hartford, Boston, Syracuse (airport and downtown), Binghamton, Pocono Summit, PA, New York City, and Rye, NY.

For more information, please call 315-229-7777. Information on the scheduled arrival/departure times and associated costs is distributed to students at the start of each semester and can be viewed here. Your student account will be charged directly for the transportation service. Reservations can be made by e-mailing transportationservices@stlawu.edu or go here.

Taxi Service
For St. Lawrence students only, the University provides a limited, reservation-only taxi service at $25 per ride to the airports/train stations in Ogdensburg, Saranac Lake, Syracuse and Watertown, NY; and Brockville, Montréal and Ottawa, Canada:

  • At each official semester vacation or break.
  • Once each semester per student for personal use.
  • Unlimited family emergency trips as verified by the vice president and dean of student life.

You must show a copy of your airline/train ticket and a valid SLU Campus ID card as verification that you are a St. Lawrence student.

To make reservations, please contact Tonia Friot in the security and safety office, Diana B. Torrey ’82 Health and Counseling Center, 76 Park Street, 315-229-7777 or email transportationservices@stlawu.edu or go here.

Please make your travel arrangements at least 24 hours in advance. You may cancel without charge up to 12 hours prior to departure or pick-up; cancellations made less than 12 hours before reserved times are subject to charge. No-shows will be billed the full price of the service reserved. At times other than University breaks, a limitation on the number of uses per student will apply. Passengers may experience a reasonable wait time (approximately four hours) prior to or after their flight, train or bus ride. Updated information regarding these services is available here.

Visiting Canada
St. Lawrence is less than a 30-minute drive from the Canadian border. If you plan to travel into Canada, you must have a valid U.S. passport in order to be allowed to return to the United States. Foreign drivers entering Canada are encouraged to have a Canada Non-Resident Inter-Province Motor Vehicle Liability Insurance Card in their possession while driving in Canada, to verify they have insurance. This card is available from the insurance agency that issues your automobile insurance coverage and should list the effective date of coverage, expiration date, policy number and insurance agency.