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New York City and Boston have the major airports serving Connecticut. Trains run along the shoreline between New York and Providence RI and Boston, and there's useful bus service.


Connecticut State Capitol, Hartford CT
The Capitol, Hartford


 

PLANE

North-central Connecticut and south-central Massachusetts are served by Bradley International Airport (BDL) in Windsor Locks CT, 12 miles (19 km) north of Hartford.

For southeastern Connecticut, you may be better off flying into Providence's TF Green Airport. More...

For southwestern Connecticut, one of New York City's five may serve you better. More...

CTTransit scheduled city buses shuttle passengers between Bradley Airport and the center of Hartford CT. Many other bus and limousine services can take you anywhere in New England.

TRAIN

Three train services are available in Connecticut: Amtrak, Metro-North, and Shore Line East.

Amtrak

Amtrak runs a dozen trains daily between New York City's Pennsylvania Station and Boston's South Station along the Connecticut shoreline via New Haven, Guilford, Old Saybrook, New London, Mystic, and Providence.

A few named Amtrak express trains such as The Vermonter travel through central Connecticut stopping at Hartford and Windsor Locks on their way north through Massachusetts along the inland route (via Hartford, Windsor Locks, and Springfield) to Vermont.

Stopovers are allowed at no extra charge on most trains, so if you buy a ticket from New York to Boston, the stops in New Haven, New London, and Mystic, or New Haven and Hartford, need cost no more.

It is usually possible to catch a train from New York in the morning, be in Mystic by noon, tour Mystic Seaport in the afternoon, catch another train around 5 pm, arrive in Providence by about 6 pm and Boston by 8 pm.

The trip from New York to Hartford on Northeast Regional trains takes less than 3 hours; to New Haven, about 1-1/2 hours; to New London, about 2-3/4 hours; to Mystic, about 3 hours. Times are faster—but station stops fewer and fares higher—on the sleek Acela Express trains.

Metro-North

Besides the Amtrak trains, there are frequent and cheaper commuter trains operated on the New Haven Line by Metro-North Railroad. These trains depart New York City's Grand Central Terminal for New Haven hourly from about 7 am until after midnight on weekdays, with even more frequent runs during rush hours. Service on Saturday, Sunday, and holidays is almost as frequent, with trains at least every 2 hours.

The trip by Metro-North to New Haven takes 1 hour and 40 minutes.

The big advantages of the Metro-North trains over Amtrak on the trip to New Haven are the convenience of Grand Central Terminal (midtown NYC), and the great frequency of trains.

Shore Line East

Rail service east of New Haven is provided by Connecticut Commuter Rail's Shore Line East service connecting New Haven with New London via Branford, Guilford, Madison, Clinton, Westbrook and Old Saybrook. More...

BUS

Bonanza Bus and Greyhound Lines operate daily buses between New York City, Providence and Boston, stopping at several Connecticut cities and towns. More...



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Hartford

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Amtrak Train, Mystic CT

An Amtrak train pulls into Mystic CT.

Essex Steam Train, Essex CT
A nostalgic steam locomotive pulls the
Essex Steam Train from Essex CT.