Transportation Options to Connecticut
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Connecticut, southernmost of the six New England states, is easy to reach. Its capital, Hartford, is about 100 miles from either New York City or Boston.
Interstate 95 runs along Connecticut's Long Island Sound shoreline, providing a direct link to all points in the state, whether you come from New York City, Boston, or Providence.
Interstate 91 heads north from New Haven (I-95 interchange) through Hartford, connecting with I-90 (Mass. Turnpike) north of Springfield, MA. It continues north through New England to Canada.
Interstate 84 enters Connecticut at Danbury (I-684 interchange) and runs northeast through Hartford to its link with I-90 at Sturbridge, MA. It also interchanges with I-91 at Hartford.
Interstate 395 enters the northeast corner of Connecticut at Thompson and continues south along the eastern border, and through Norwich until it connects with I-95 in Waterford.
The Merritt Parkway (Connecticut 15) links with New York State's Hutchinson River Parkway at Greenwich; it becomes the Wilbur Cross Parkway near Bridgeport and links with I-91 at Meriden.
Bradley International Airport - Bradley International Airport at Windsor Locks is served on a daily basis by AirTran, American, Carnival, Continental, Delta, Midway, Northwest, TWA, United, USAir, Air Ontario, American Eagle, Business Express, Continental Express, Downeast Express, TWA Express, United Express, and USAir Express. (888) 624-1533
Groton/New London Airport on the state's southeastern coast is served by Action Airline, USAir Express. (860) 445-8549
Igor Sikorsky Memorial Airport, southwestern Connecticut area serves USAir Express. (203) 576-8161
Tweed-New Haven Airport serves United Airlines, Continental Express, and USAir Express. (203) 946-8283
Metro-North Rail Service - Metro North (New Haven Line) carries passengers between New York City's Grand Central Terminal and New Haven, with connecting service from Stamford to New Canaan, South Norwalk to Danbury, and Bridgeport to Waterbury. (800) 638-7646, (212) 532-4900 (NY).
Metro North offers special excursion packages with round-trip rail service from New York City. Sightseeing packages include: Foxwoods Casino, Mystic Seaport and Mystic Marinelife Aquarium, Gillette Castle, Essex steam train and riverboat, Litchfield Hills, Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk and IMAX Theater, American Impressionist Art Trail, and several special events. The packages are sold by Metro North ticket agents on the day of travel at the following locations: Grand Central Terminal, Fordham Station, and 125th Street Station. (800) 638-7646.
Amtrak Rail Service - AMTRAK'S main line runs between New York City's Penn Station and Boston, with stops along the shore. It also links, at New Haven, with service to Hartford and Springfield, MA. (800) USA RAIL (800-872-7245).
Regularly scheduled interstate services are provided for most points in Connecticut by Greyhound/Trailways Bus Line (203) 522-9267, Bonanza Bus Line (800) 556-3815, and Peter Pan Trailways (800) 343-9999.
CT Transit provides services for Hartford and 28 surrounding towns (860) 525-9181. Services to the Greater New Haven region (203) 624-0151. Stamford region (203) 327-7433. I-Bus Express service between Stamford and White Plains, NY (888) BUS-RIDE.
The Bridgeport To Port Jefferson Ferry - Bridgeport to Port Jefferson, NY Ferry, departs from Water Street Dock, Bridgeport. (203) 367-3043 or (516) 473-0286. Year round auto ferry operates daily. Capacity of 90-100 vehicles, 1,000 passengers (summer) 500 (winter).
Chester/Hadlyme Ferry, Rte. 148, Chester. (860) 443-3856. Small ferry crosses the Connecticut River, carries 8 to 9 cars per trip; You can view their ferry schedule on their web site at http://www.dot.state.ct.us/bureau/ap/app/c-sched.html.
Glastonbury/Rocky Hill Ferry, Rte. 160, Rocky Hill. (860) 566-7635. Open flatboat is towed across the Connecticut River by a towboat; May 1-Nov. 24, daily 7 a.m. to 6:45 p.m., including holidays.
The Block Island and New London Ferry - New London to Block Island, RI Ferry, departs from Ferry St., New London. (860) 442-9553, (860) 442-7891. Auto ferry operates mid-June to mid-Sept. Capacity of 1,300 passengers.
New London to Fishers Island, NY Ferry, departs from New London Pier, New London. (860) 443-6851, (860) 442-0165, (516) 788-7463. Year round auto ferries with capacity of 250/210.
New London to Montauk, NY Ferry, departs from State Pier, New London. (860) 444-6713, (516) 668-5700. From Memorial Day through Labor Day, Fri. & Sun., two ferries carry foot passengers and bicycles to Montauk, NY. Capacity 350.
New London to Orient Point, NY Ferry, departs from Ferry St., New London. (860) 443-5281. Vehicle and passenger ferry operates year round, crossing time approx. 1 hour 20 min. Capacity of 35 to 120 cars and 300 to 1,000 passengers. New express passenger service, 40-minute crossing time, 400 passenger capacity.
Connecticut Welcome Centers are located at Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks and at the following locations (# = open Memorial Day to Columbus Day) (* = not staffed, tourism literature available only);
- North Stonington (southbound)
- Westbrook (northbound)#
- Darien (northbound at McDonald's™)
- Danbury (eastbound)
- Southington (eastbound)#
- Willington (westbound)
- Middletown (northbound)*
- Wallingford (southbound)*
- Windsor Locks (southbound)#
Tourism, information is also available at the following privately operated center: at McDonald's´™ restaurants along I-95 (north/southbound) at Fairfield, Milford, Branford and Madison; Olde Mistick Village in Mystic (I-95 Exit 90) also Tourist Information Depot of Mystic (I-95 Ex. 90); New Haven (900 Chapel St.) also Long Wharf Visitors Center (I-95 Exit 47); Old State House in Hartford (I-91 Exit 31); Legislation Office Building, Hartford (I-84 Ex. 48, I-91 Ex. 29A); Hartford Civic Center; Visitors Welcome Center in Glastonbury (Rte. 2 Hebron Ave. Ex.); The Gate Lodge-Mathews Park in Norwalk (I-95 Exit 14N/15S); Norwich Information Center# (I-395 Exit 80); and Old Saybrook Chamber of Commerce Information Center# (I-95 Exit 67N/68S); Falls Village Visitor Center (Rte. 126N, off Rte. 7).
Date last updated Monday, October 28, 2002