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Transportation, Climate and Other Helpful Information

 

Car | Air | Train | Bus | Ferry | Welcome Centers | Helpful Information
State Agencies | Helpful Associations | Climate | Hostels

 

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 on a daily basis by the following major airlines: American Airlines, Continental Airlines, Delta, Frontier Airlines, JetBlue, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines, US Airways; and by the following regional airlines: Air Canada, American Eagle, Continental Express, United Express, US Airways Express. (860) 292-2000

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

Tweed-New Haven Regional Airport is served US Airways Express. (203) 466-8833

Other Major Airports That Service Connecticut

John F. Kennedy International Airport at Jamaica, New York
Served by: Aer Lingus, Aeroflot, Aerolineas Argentinas, Aeromar, Aero Mexico, AeroSvit, Air Canada, Air China, Air France, Air India, Air Jamaica, Air Malta, Air Plus Comet, Alitalia, Allegro, America West (Domestic), America West (International, Canada & Mexico), American (Domestic & Puerto Rico) , American (International & Caribbean) , American Eagle, ANA (All Nippon), Asiana, Austrian Airlines, Avianca, Biman Bangladesh, British Airways, BWIA , Cathay Pacific, China Airlines, Continental, Continental Connection, Continental Express, Corsair (seasonal), Czech Airlines, Delta , Delta Connection, Delta Express, Egyptair, El Al, Finnair, Ghana Airways, Iberia, Icelandair, Japan Airlines, JetBlue, KLM, Korean Air, Kuwait Airways, Lacsa, LAN Chile, LAN Peru, Lot Polish, Lufthansa, Malev Hungarian, Miami Air (charter)+, Nigeria Airways, North American, Northwest, Olympic, PACE Airlines, Pakistan International Airlines, Qantas, Royal Air Maroc, Royal Jordanian, Saudi Arabian Airlines (Domestic Flights), Saudi Arabian Airlines (International Flights), Singapore Airlines, Song, South African Airways, Sun Country, TACA International, TACV Cabo Verde, Tarom Romanian, Thai Airways Int'l., Turkish, United Airlines, United Express, Universal, Uzbekistan, VARIG, VG Airlines, Virgin Atlantic, World Airways. (718) 244-4444

La Guardia Airport at Flushing, New York
Served by: Air Canada, Air Tran Airways, American , American Eagle , ATA, Colgan, Comair, Continental, Continental Express, Delta, Delta Connection, Delta Shuttle, Frontier Airlines, Midwest Express, Northwest, Spirit, United, United (to DCA & BOS), United Express, US Airways, US Airways Express, US Airways Shuttle. (718) 533-3400.

Newark Liberty International Airport at Newark, NJ
Served by: Air Canada , Air France, Air India, Air Jamaica, Air Tran Airways, Alaska Airlines, Alitalia, America West, American (Domestic Flights), American (International Flights), ATA (Domestic Flights), ATA (International Flights), British Airways, Casino Express (charter), Continental, Continental (Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas Flights), Continental (Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas Flights), Continental Express, Czech Airlines, Delta, El Al, Ethiopian Airlines, EVA Airways, Hooters Air, Jetsgo, Lot Polish, Lufthansa, Malaysia, Mexicana, Miami Air (Charter)**, Midwest Express, North American, Northwest, Qantas, SAS, Singapore Airlines, Song, Southeast, Swiss International Air Lines, Tap Air Portugal, United (Domestic Flights), United (International Flights), United Express, USA3000, US Airways, US Airways Express, Virgin Atlantic. (973) 961-6000.

T.F. Green Airport at Warwick, Rhode Island
Served by: Air Canada, American Airlines, Cape Air, Continental Airlines/Continental Express , Delta Airlines, Delta Express, Delta Connection, Northwest Airlines, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines/United Airlines Express, USAirways/USAirways Express. (401) 737-8222.

By Train

Metro North - 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 and Mohegan Sun Tickets are available at Grand Central Terminal, Fordham Station, Harlam-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.  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. (800) 255-7433

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

Connecticut Transit provides services 26 towns in the Capital Region, (860) 525-9181; Greater New Haven region, (203) 624-0151; Stamford region, (203) 327-7433; I-Bus Express service between Stamford and White Plains, NY, (888) 287-7433, (203) 327-7433

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, Essex, 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

WelcomeCenters

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 7 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, Seasonal)
  • Willington (westbound - between exits 70 & 69)

# = 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);
45 Pratt 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# (I-395 Exit 80);
Old Saybrook Chamber of Commerce Information Center# (I-95 Exit 67N/68S);
Wethersfield Visitor Center (200 Main St.);
Windham/Willimantic Visitors Center, 411 Main St.

Helpful Information

Information listed on www.CTvisit.com has been supplied by the operators. While every effort has been made to assure accuracy, you are encouraged to check details in advance of you visit. Facilities are not inspected by the Connecticut Office of Tourism/DECD, nor does listing here constitute the Office's endorsement.

State Agencies

Connecticut Office of Tourism
Department of Economic & Community Development
One Constitution Plaza, 2nd Floor
Hartford, CT 06103
(860) 256-2800

State Parks & Public Outreach Division
Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection
79 Elm Street
Hartford, CT 06106-5127
(860) 424-3200

CT.gov
The Official State of Connecticut Website

Connecticut Department of Agriculture
165 Capitol Avenue
Hartford, CT 06106
(860) 713-2503, (800) 861-9939

Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development
505 Hudson Street
Hartford, CT 06106
(860) 270-8000

Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles
60 State Street
Wethersfield, CT 06161
(860) 263-5700, (800) 842-8222

Connecticut Department of Transportation
2800 Berlin Turnpike
Newington, CT  06131
(860) 594-2000

Helpful Associations

Association of Connecticut Fairs
86 Margaret Henry Rd.
Danielson, CT 06239

Connecticut Campground Owners Association
1728 Route 198
Woodstock, CT 06281
(860) 521-4704

Connecticut Humanities Council
37 Broad Street
Middletown, CT 06457
(860) 685-7570

Connecticut Lodging Association
127 Washington Avenue, 4th Floor West
North Haven, CT 06473
(860) 635-5600

Connecticut Marine Trades Association
20 Plains Road
Essex, CT  06426
(860) 767-2645

Connecticut Restaurant Association 
40 Hungerford St.
Hartford, CT 06106
(860) 278-8008 

Connecticut State Golf Association
35 Cold Spring Road
Rocky Hill, CT  06067
(860) 257-4171

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.

Hostels

American Youth Hostels, Inc. offers low-cost accommodations in Connecticut, identified by the “Hostelling International” logo. For further information, contact Yankee Council AYH, P.O. Box 87, 37 Maple Ave., Windsor, CT 06095. (860) 683-2847.