Getting Around Connecticut
Connecticut is located at the heart of the Northeast region, halfway between New York City and Boston. And as the southernmost New England state, we are an easy drive from the larger Northeast cities. If you travel by car, Connecticut has interstates running along the shore (I-95) and through the central part of the state (I-91 and I-84). Traveling by train or bus is also a convenient and affordable way to get to major destinations. There are a variety of express and local buses, complimentary shuttles, and local on-demand services to meet every need.
Connecticut has one of the most extensive rail systems in New England, with rail lines running along the shoreline in conjunction with intercity rail and a new service paralleling the central I-91 Corridor through Hartford. All trains make easy connections to New York destinations, Boston, and beyond. There are also ferries from Long Island to our ports. And international airports in Hartford, Providence, New York, and Boston make it easy to visit.
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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.
New Haven Line – New Haven to New York City’s Grand Central Terminal including the New Canaan, Danbury, and Waterbury lines (operated by MTA Metro-North Railroad).
Shore Line East – New Haven to New London with connections:
- Amtrak at New Haven, Old Saybrook, and New London stations for New York City (Pennsylvania Station) and Boston and beyond
- MTA Metro-North Railroad at New Haven to New York City (Grand Central Terminal)
Hartford Line – New Haven to Springfield, MA with connections:
- Amtrak to Vermont and New Haven for New York City and Boston
- New Haven Line (Metro-North) at New Haven to Grand Central Terminal
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Greyhound Bus Line, Peter Pan Bus Lines, and DATTCO offer regularly scheduled interstate services for most points in Connecticut. GOGO Charters Connecticut offers motor coach and charter bus services.
CT Transit provides services to 26 towns in the Hartford and New Haven areas.
CTfastrak is Connecticut's Bus Rapid Transportation.
Southeast Area Transit provides daily service in the New London County area with 19 fixed service routes within nine towns.
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.
Local and Express Services
CTtransit – local, express, bus rapid transit, and shuttle services in eight urban areas.
Major over-the-road bus providers connect many parts of the state to New York City, Boston, and Providence, RI, among other places. They are:
Other local bus services provided by transit districts are also available in most areas of the state. To find transit services in any area of the state, use CTrides Transit Finder.
Bridgeport & Port Jefferson Steamboat Co. Year-round ferry operates daily. Departs from 330 Water Street Dock in Bridgeport.
Chester/Hadlyme Ferry. Selden III, a ferry that crosses the Connecticut River near Gillette Castle State Park, carries 8 to 9 cars per trip. April-November, daily including holidays except Thanksgiving.
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. May-October, daily including holidays.
New London to Block Island, RI. 160-foot high-speed catamaran passenger ferry with air-conditioned cabins with outdoor seating.
New London to Montauk, NY. Passenger ferry Viking Superstar carries foot passengers and bicycles to Montauk, NY.
New London to Orient Point, Long Island, NY. Year-round vehicle and passenger ferries (closed Dec. 25). Hourly service during summer months, with a crossing time of approximately 80 minutes. (High-speed passenger service, 40-minute crossing time.)
Anton Limo Services (203) 916-4455, toll free (833) 477-8899
Applewood Limousine (203) 874-7515 (services the New Haven and Fairfield County)
Charity Limousine (860) 752-0031 (Vernon)
Connecticut Limo (800) 472-5466
Gateway Limousine, Inc. (203) 753-5466 (Waterbury)
Bill's Limousine (860) 426-1793 (Windsor)