As beautiful as Connecticut is, the major highways can frankly be a pain to drive on. Congestion, construction and too many trucks mean that your trip through Connecticut can be a chore. This is especially true on I-95, the major route between New York City and Boston.
My suggestion: get off the big highways as much as possible, and get on some of the smaller roads. Some are still congested, but you'll see the real Connecticut.
Take the Merrit Parkway if you can. Travelling through Conn. and NY to New Jersey, you have a wonderful ride spring or fall on the Merrit.....and then it will tie you into the Tappanzee Bridge. It's such a civilized drive. Cooler and more beautiful by FAR than the RTe 95 to the George Washington Bridge. I love it when there is no traffic to save time on the GW.....but when taking the more northerly approach, I highly recommend a drive through the parkway. Each bridge is designed a little differently and there are rest stations all the way along, spaced nicely. My dog had some grassy area to walk on too.
The Metro-North Commuter train is the best way to get from Connecticut to New York. From the station in New Haven to Manhattan's Grand Central Station, it is an hour and a half ride. Cost is approx. $17 each way.
The trains run every hour and go through towns like Milford, Bridgeport, Stamford, Norwalk, etc.....before finally reaching the New York stateline.
It saves you the hassle of driving into the city and having to find parking.
I was hopping that train it seems every Saturday!!
If you ever plan to go to Connecticut coming from New York or other states further south, don´t take I 95. I 95 is the major interstate highway leading from the Big Apple to New Haven, Ct. But it is much nicer to take the parkway. I don´t remember the exact name of that parkway anymore. But it follows the same directions as I 95. Just a few miles further north. Should be marked as a major highway on every map. Why it is better to take the parkway than the interstate? No trucks are allowed on the parkway. That means less heavy traffic. And the parkway really earned its name. It goes through a park-like forest for most of the time.
We flew from Amsterdam to Newark, NJ with singapore airlines. It was the cheapest option. Newark is only a few hours by car from Connecticut.
Rent a car! As you can see in cultural tips you are nothing in the USA when you don´t have a car.
From NYC: Most points can be reached via MetroNorth and then by taking local transportation.
Car is the best way - most towns that are not on the Long Island Sound do not interconnect with any public transportation.
When traveling in most CT towns be aware a lot of towns are still small farm towns. There still may be tractors riding down the road at 15 MPH. It may not smell the best at times :-) Just remember to be respectfull of the small towns when passing through.
Public Transportation to the smaller places in CT is terrible. You will need to rent a car if you want to travel into the countryside.
However, trains to New York City from are great. All the way from New Haven to NYC. Much better than driving and not expensive ($11.50 from New Haven to NYC - not during rush hour). And leave just about every hour.
Within the cities, buses and cabs are the only alternative to your own car. Buses are not necessary for the downtown areas of any CT city ... and really only serve to get folks from downtown to their homes. Cabs are cabs ... but don't wait on the corner for them as you would in NYC. You have to call and order one.
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