Transportation and Travel

Transportation to New Haven

For those not traveling by car, New Haven may be reached by plane, train, or bus. For air travel, Tweed–New Haven Airport (HVN) is the closest airport to campus—ten minutes by taxi or bus. US Airways Express serves Tweed, with connecting service via Philadelphia to points beyond. Taxi service from Tweed to the Yale campus costs approximately $15–$19 (Metro Taxi 203 777-7777 or Yellow Cab 203 777-7770). Connecticut Transit buses pick up passengers at the airport for $2–$3 (203 624-0151).

Bradley International Airport (BDL), in Windsor Locks, Connecticut, is approximately 45 minutes from New Haven and is served by all major domestic airlines. Connecticut Limousine (800 472-5466), a van shuttle company, offers service between the airport and New Haven between the hours of 7 a.m. and 11 p.m. The company offers a reduced rate of $42 one way for Yale students being picked up or dropped off at Phelps Gate on the Old Campus. When booking, mention that you are a Yale student. Be prepared to show your driver some documentation—the housing letter from your residential college dean for your first trip, your Yale ID for later trips—to qualify for the lower rate. For travel between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m., it is recommended that you book a private car service. Please visit the Yale Travel Services Web site for a list of preferred vendors.

The New York area airports Kennedy (JFK) and LaGuardia (LGA), as well as Newark Airport (EWR) in New Jersey, are two to three hours from campus. Connecticut Limousine (800 472-5466) is available from all three airports into New Haven (approximately $68–$92 one way). The company offers a discounted rate of $95 round trip for pickup and drop-off service from Phelps Gate on the Old Campus. GO Airport Shuttle Connecticut (866 284-3247) also offers service to LaGuardia and Kennedy (approximately $54 one way), but not to Newark. Amtrak trains are available from Newark Airport for approximately $67–$75 one way (800 872-7245).

For travel by train, New Haven is served by two railroad lines—Amtrak (800 872-7245) and Metro-North (800 638-7646).

For travel by bus, two long-distance bus lines—Peter Pan (800 343-9999) and Greyhound (800 231-2222)—have terminals in New Haven.

Note: Taxis meet all trains, buses, and flights in New Haven. Taxi service is per ride, not per person. All quoted rates are approximate and are subject to change without notice.

For more information visit the Yale Travel Services Web site.

Travel during the Winter Recess

Sometimes students and their families make travel arrangements for the winter recess well in advance. However, because Yale College requires that students take their final examinations when they are scheduled, regardless of end-of-term travel plans, it is best to wait until you have submitted your course schedule for the fall term before making any travel arrangements for the winter recess. After you have made your final selection of courses in September, you will be able to determine the date of your last examination from a chart published in the 2014–2015 Yale College Programs of Study (YCPS), which will be published on line during the summer.

If you must make travel arrangements before the fall term begins, bear in mind the possibility that you may have to take an exam as late as December 17, the last day of the final examination period for the fall term. The last examination is over at 5.30 p.m. on that day. In the heavy travel season at the end of the year, a minimum of three hours should be allowed for travel to Kennedy, LaGuardia, or Newark airports, and a minimum of two hours for travel to Bradley International Airport. Student rooms must be vacated by noon on Thursday, December 18, and will reopen for occupancy on Wednesday, January 7, 2015. All freshmen are required to attend a registration meeting in their residential college on the evening of Sunday, January 11, 2015. Spring-term classes begin on Monday, January 12, 2015.

Campus Parking

Information and applications for parking during the upcoming academic year are available on the Yale Transportation Options website. Available parking space is limited, so applications should be submitted as soon as possible. All assignments are made on a first-come, first-served basis.

Mailing address:
Yale University
Parking and Transit Service
221 Whitney Avenue
P.O. Box 208316
New Haven, CT 06520-8316

If you choose to pay by check or credit card, you will receive information about payment on confirmation of your parking space. If you elect to pay by the Yale Charge Account, be sure to sign the appropriate line on your application.