Hartford, Connecticut's Capital, is located about 117 miles northeast of New York City.
To get from New York City to Hartford there are several transportation options. We will help you consider the pros and cons of each choose the best transportation for your situation. Keep in mind that booking many of these options in advance can offer additional savings.
Hartford is a manageable day trip from New York City. Depending on what brings you to Hartford (work? pleasure?) it might be worthwhile to spend the night to truly experience this New England city!
New York City To Hartford By Train
Traveling to Hartford by train from New York City is a quick, low-stress option. Trains travel from Penn Station in Manhattan to Hartford's Union Station. The trip takes roughly two hours and forty minutes, and there are both direct trains and service that connects through New Haven, CT. You can purchase tickets in advance on Amtrak's website or in person at Penn Station.
Tip: If you live in or near Hartford and drive, it might be easier to drive to New Haven and take the train from New Haven to NYC, since there is more frequent service between New Haven and NYC than between Hartford & NYC.
Pros: quick, direct from Manhattan to Hartford, CT
Cons: pricey (costs $34-99 each way, depending on route & times)
New York City To Hartford By Bus
Bus service from New York City to Hartford, CT is an easy, affordable option for visitors. Trips take about two-and-a-half to three-hours but can be longer depending on traffic. Only Greyhound & Peter Pan depart from within Port Authority Bus Terminal, while other bus services depart curbside. Mega Bus arrives/departs in Hartford from Columbus Blvd between Morgan & Talcott St, which is about 3-4 blocks from the Convention Center, but Greyhound & Peter Pan arrive at Hartford's Union Station.
Pros: cheap, frequent service
Cons: traffic, not as comfortable as train
New York City To Hartford By Plane
Flying to Hartford, CT is the fastest way to travel, with the flight taking just under an hour, but that doesn't include time spent getting to and from the airport, clearing security, etc. Bradley International Airport (BDL) is the closest and most convenient airport to Hartford and is located about 12 miles north in Windsor Locks. Direct flights to Hartford are available through Newark Airport (EWR). For details on getting to downtown Hartford from the airport, consult Kim's Bradley International Airport Guide. In most cases, it doesn't make a lot of sense to fly to Hartford from New York City.
Cons: airport hassles, NYC & Hartford airports are outside of the city
New York City To Hartford By Car
You can drive from New York City to Hartford -- the most direct route takes you through Connecticut on I-95 or the more scenic CT-15 along the CT shoreline to I-91 which heads north and is about 117 miles. The drive passes through New Haven, Connecticut, which can be troublesome during rush hour. For most visitors it doesn't make a lot of sense, since you won't need a car in either city and parking can be difficult and expensive. Plan on about two-and-a-half hours of travel time, though stops and traffic will add to overall time. You can rent cars in Manhattan, though rates at the airport tend to be cheaper.
Pros: good value if traveling with a group, no schedule to adhere to
Cons: traffic, parking