Getting Here & Around

 

 

Transportation, Climate and Other Helpful Information

 

Car | Air | Train | Bus | Ferry | Limousine | Welcome Centers | Climate

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.

By Car

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, Massachusetts. 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, Massachusetts. 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.

By Air

Bradley International Airport  at Windsor Locks is served daily by the following major airlines: American Airlines, Delta, JetBlue, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines; and by the following regional airlines: Air Canada, American Eagle.  (860) 292-2000.

Groton-New London Airport on the state's southeastern coast is served by charter flights from Action Airlines. (860) 445-8549.

Tweed-New Haven Regional Airport is served American Airlines. (203) 466-8833.

Public-Use Airports

Danielson Airport, Killlingly. A public use, publically owned airport servicing recreational pilots, personal flight training activity and general aviation.

Hartford-Brainard Airport, Hartford. A public use, publically owned airport servicing corporate jets, single- and multi-engine aircrafts and helicopters.

Waterbury-Oxford Airport, Oxford. A public use, publically owned airport servicing general aviation corporate business and recreational activity.

Windham Airport, Windham. A public use, publically owned airport servicing small to medium sized general aviation aircraft.

Other Major Airports That Service Connecticut

John F. Kennedy International Airport at Jamaica, New York
Served by: Aer Lingus, Aeroflot, Aerolineas Argentinas, Aero Mexico, Air Berlin, Air Canada, Air China, Air Europa, Air France, Air India, Air Jamaica, Alaska Airlines, Alitalia, American (Domestic & Puerto Rico), American (International & Caribbean), American Eagle, ANA (All Nippon), Arik Air, Asiana, Austrian Airlines, Avianca, Azerbailan, British Airways, Brussels Airlines, Caribbean, Cathay Pacific, Cayman Airways, China Airlines, China Eastern, China Southern, Copa Airlines, Delta , Delta Connection, Delta Express, Egyptair, El Al, Emirates, Etihad, EVA Airways, Finnair, Fly Jamaican Airways, Hawaiian Airlines, Iberia, Icelandair, Interject,  Japan Airlines, Jet Airways (India), JetBlue, KLM, Korean Air, Kuwait Airways, Lan Chile, Lan Ecuador, Lan Peru, LOT, Lufthansa, Meridiana, Miami Air (charter), North American, Norwegian Air, OpenSkies, Pakistan International Airlines, Philippine Airlines, Qantas, Qatar Airways, Royal Air Maroc, Royal Jordanian, Saudi Arabian Airlines (Domestic Flights), Saudi Arabian Airlines (International Flights), Singapore Airlines, South African Airways, Sun Country, Swiss, TAM, TAME, Turkish, Uzbekistan, Uzbekistan, Virgin Atlantic, Volaris, WestJet. (718) 244-4444.

La Guardia Airport at Flushing, New York
Served by: Air Canada, American Airlines, American Shuttle, Delta, Delta Connection, Delta Shuttle, Envoy Airlines, Frontier Airlines, JetBlue, Southwest Airlines, Spirit, United Airlines, Virgin America, WestJet. (718) 533-3400.

Newark Liberty International Airport at Newark, NJ
Served by: Air Canada , Air India, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, American Eagle, Austrian Airlines, Avianca, Bahamasair, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Delta, El AL, Icelandair,  Jet Airways, JetBlue, La Compagnie, Lufthansa, OpenSkies, PEOPLExpress, Porter Airlines, SAS, Southeast, Swiss, Tap Portugal, United, United Express, Virgin America, Virgin Atlantic. (973) 961-6000.

T.F. Green Airport at Warwick, Rhode Island
Served by: American Airlines, Cape Air, Condor Airlines, Delta Airlines, JetBlue, New England Airlines, Southwest Airlines, TACV Cabo Verde Airlines, United Airlines, United Airlines Express. (401) 737-8222.

By Train

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.

Metro North offers special excursion packages with round-trip rail service from New York City. Getaways include: Bruce Museum (Greenwich), Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk, Mohegan Sun (Uncasville); seasonal Clarion Hotel & Suites (Hamden), Danbury Railroad Museum (Danbury), Sheffield Island Lighthouse Tour (Norwalk), Courtyard by Marriott (Stamford), Madison Beach Hotel (Madison). Tickets are available at Grand Central Terminal, Fordham Station, Harlem-125th Street Station in New York, and all New Haven-line ticket offices. (212) 532-4900 (NY).

Amtrak's Northeast Regional runs between Washington, D.C’s Union Station, New York City's Penn Station and Boston, Massachusetts with stops along the shore. It also links, at New Haven, with service to Hartford and Springfield, Massachusetts.  Visit Connecticut with a friend on Amtrak Northeast Regional and save 30% on a companion fare through March 28, 2016. The Northeast Corridor has daily arrivals to Mystic, New London, Old Saybrook, New Haven, Bridgeport and Stamford.

Acela Express, Amtrak’s high-speed train, stops in Stamford and New Haven. (800) USA RAIL (800-872-7245).

Shore Line East Commuter Rail Service, provides daily, fast and easy access between New Haven, Old Saybrook and New London. Provides service to and from Bridgeport and Stamford, Monday through Friday. Connecting Metro North New Haven line and Amtrak is available at New Haven’s Union Station.  (877) 287-4337.

By Bus

Regularly scheduled interstate services are provided for most points in Connecticut by Greyhound Bus Line (800) 231-2222, and Peter Pan Bus Lines (800) 343-9999, and DATTCO (800) 229-4879, and Kelley Transit (800) 243-5106.

Connecticut Transit provides services 26 towns in the Hartford area (860) 525-9181, Meriden (800) 441-8901, New Britain/Bristol area (860) 828-0512, New Haven area (203) 624-0151, Stamford area (203) 327-7433, Wallingford (800) 704-3113, and Waterbury area (203) 753-2538. I-Bus Express service between Stamford and White Plains, NY (203) 327-7433.

CTfastrack provides direct service to and from Waterbury, Cheshire, Southington, Bristol, Plainville, New Britain, Newington, West Hartford, Hartford and Manchester with routes that take advantage of the bus-only CTfastrack roadway. (860) 525-9181.

Southeast Area Transit provides daily service in the New London County area with 19 fixed service routes within nine towns.  (860) 886-2631.

Estuary Transit District provides transportation for Chester, Clinton, Deep River, Durham, East Haddam, Essex, Haddam, Killingworth, Lyme, Old Lyme, Old Saybrook, and Westbrook; with connections to New Haven, New London and Middletown areas. Departs from the Middletown Area Transit terminal in Middletown. (860) 510-0429.

By Ferry

Bridgeport & Port Jefferson Steamboat Co. Year-round ferry operates daily. Departs from 330 Water Street Dock in Bridgeport. (888) 443-3779, (631) 473-0286 (NY).

Chester/Hadlyme Ferry. Selden III, a ferry that crosses the Connecticut River near Gillette Castle State Park, carries 8 to 9 cars per trip. Access from Rte. 148. Apr. 1-Nov. 30, daily including holidays except Thanksgiving. (860) 443-3856.

Glastonbury/Rocky Hill Ferry, The Rocky Hill ferry has earned a place in history as the nation’s oldest continuously operating ferry service. The Hollister III, an open flatboat is towed across the Connecticut River by the towboat Cumberland. Access from Rte. 160. May 1-Oct. 31, daily including holidays. (860) 443-3856.

New London to Block Island, RI.  160-foot high-speed catamaran passenger ferry. Air-conditioned cabins with outdoor seating. Arriving in Old Harbor within walking distance of shops, restaurants, beaches. Departs from 2 Ferry St. May-mid-June and mid-Sept.-Oct., Sat.-Sun only. Mid-June-mid-Sept., daily. (860) 444-4624.

New London to Montauk, NY. Passenger ferry, Viking Superstar carries foot passengers and bicycles to Montauk, NY. Food service and lounge aboard. Departs from State Pier. Memorial Day-Labor Day, Fri. and Sun. (631) 668-5700.

New London to Orient Point, Long Island, NY. Year-round vehicle and passenger ferries (closed Dec. 25). Hourly service during summer months. Crossing time approximately 80 minutes; eating facilities. High-speed passenger service, 40-minute crossing time. Departs from Ferry St. in New London. (860) 443-5281.

By Limousine

Connecticut Limo (800) 472-5466, Applewood Limousine (203) 874-7515 (services the New Haven and Fairfield County), State Limousine Service (203) 968-9696 (Stamford), Charity Limousine (860) 752-0031 (Vernon), Premier Limousine (860) 828-9111 (Berlin), Lindsey Limousine (860) 289-5466 (Windsor), Liberty Limousine (203) 235-3257 (Meriden/Middletown/New Britain), Hy’s Limousine (800) 255-5466 (West Haven/New Britain/Cos Cob).

Welcome Centers

Unless otherwise noted, Connecticut Welcome Centers are open daily, year-round.

I-95:

  • North Stonington (southbound - between exits 93 and 92)
  • Westbrook (northbound - between exits 65 and 66, open seven days Memorial Day-Columbus Day; open Thursday-Sunday Columbus Day-Memorial Day).
  • Darien (northbound - between exits 11 and 13).

I-84:

  • Danbury (eastbound at exit 2) #
  • Willington (westbound - between exits 70 & 69)

Rte 15

  • Greenwich (northbound - between exits 27 & 28) #

# = open seasonally

Tourism information is also available at the following privately operated centers: at McDonald's´™ restaurants along I-95 (north/southbound) at Fairfield, Milford, Branford and Madison;
East Lyme Information Center, East Lyme (I-95 Ex. 72);
Guilford Information Center, 32 Church St.;
100 Pearl St., Hartford (I-84 Main St. Ex., I-91 Ex. 32B);
State Capitol/Legislation Office Building, Hartford (I-84 Ex. 48, I-91 Ex. 29A);
Litchfield Hills Information Center# on the Town Green;
Olde Mistick Village in Mystic (I-95 Exit 90);
66 West Main St., New Britain;
Info New Haven, 1000 Chapel St.;
Norwich Information Center#, 69 East Town St.;
Old Saybrook Chamber of Commerce Information Center#, 1 Main St. (I-95 Exit 67N/68S);
Wethersfield Visitor Center, 200 Main St.;
Windham/Willimantic Visitors Center, 411 Main St.

Climate

Despite New England's reputation for rugged climate, Connecticut's weather is relatively mild. In the Hartford area, on average, there are just 19 days a year when the temperature goes above 90°, and only six when it falls to 0° or below. As small as the state is, there is some variation in climate, with temperatures in the northwestern hills occasionally as much as 10° lower than those in the central valley.

Average highs and lows in the Hartford area, by month:

January 35/18 July 84/63
February 36/19 August 81/61
March 46/28 September 74/53
April 59/38 October 64/42
May 70/48 November 51/33
June 79/57 December 38/23

Appreciable precipitation (.01"+) is experienced about 127 days a year, rather evenly divided among the months.

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