Getting to the U.S. and New London, Connecticut
A few general suggestions when traveling:
Label all your baggage, inside and outside!
Please note: All forms of transportation to the College (shuttles, connecting flights, buses and trains) are primarily available during daytime hours. Late night or evening arrival may necessitate a stay overnight at the airport hotel until the next day. Notify the Dean of Studies/International Student Adviser's office in advance at 1 (860) 439-2050. Remember: if your train or plane does not seem to be there or if you are in a strange city and want to take a bus, ASK ONLY UNIFORMED EMPLOYEES who work for the company (airline, bus company, Amtrak) for information.
It is most convenient to get to the College if you land at Logan Airport in Boston (about 2 hours from the College). If you arrive at Logan Airport in Boston you can take the "T", which is the Subway train that brings you to South Station ($1.25) where you can take the Amtrak train (about $30) to New London, Connecticut.
If you arrive at T.F Green Airport in Providence (45 minutes-1 hour from the College) you can take a taxi or an airport shuttle ($9- $12) to the Amtrak train station or the Greyhound bus station in Providence and from there take the train ($19- $24) or the bus ($15- $20) to New London, Connecticut.
If you arrive at JFK Airport in New York you can take the airport shuttle or AirTrain from inside the JFK terminals, to the Howard Beach Station. Then take the Manhattan-bound A train (blue line) to 34th Street-Penn Station. In Penn Station you can take the Amtrak train (about $60) to New London, Connecticut, or alternatively you can take the shuttle to Port Authority where you can take the Greyhound bus ($20-$25) to New London.
Another alternative is to book a ride with Connecticut Limousine Services to take you from JFK Airport to New Haven, Connecticut ($75) where you can take the Amtrak Train to New London, Connecticut. Call to make a reservation in advance at 1(203) 878-2222.
From the City of New London to the College
Once you arrive at the New London Greyhound/ Amtrak (train) station (Union Station) especially during the evening or night hours, you can easily take a taxicab to the college ($7 +10-15 % tip. The cabs are usually parked in front of the train station. The following taxicab companies serve the New London/Groton Area: Yellow Cab (1-860-443-4321) or Harry's Cab (1-860-442-4054). Phone calls from the train station cost $0.50.
INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL (SPRING BREAK/WINTER BREAK VACATIONS)
If you will be traveling out of the U.S. on holiday and you are here in the States on an F-1 visa, make sure you have a valid re-entry signature on page 3 of I-20. The signature is valid for 12 months. If your signature is more than 12 months old, please go to the office of the International Student Adviser to get a new one.
Air travel within the U.S.
You need to have a government-issued ID when you fl y within the U.S. This means an U.S. driver's license if you have one, your passport, a state issued ID but NOT a student ID. You can get tickets by contacting the airlines directly on the phone or on the Web, by looking at Web sites that find cheap tickets (like http://www.lowestfare.com/ or http://www.priceline.com/), or by using a travel agent. Connecticut College students often fly out of and into Providence, RI, or Hartford, CT.
Connecticut Limousine (http://www.ctlimo.com/) will pick you at La Guardia, JFK, Newark or Bradley Airport and take you to New Haven, CT. Prices are approximate: La Guardia/JFK: $40 one way; Newark: $45 one way, Bradley: $26 one way. Call 1-800-472-LIMO (1-800-472-5466) at least ten days in advance.
Buses and Trains: New York and Boston Greyhound (http://www.greyhound.com/). Check the website or call 1-800-231-2222 or the New London bus station at (1-860)-447-3841. Amtrak http://www.amtrak.com/). Check the website or call 1-800-USA-RAIL (1- 800-872-7245) or the New London train station at (1-860)-444-4929. The Student Advantage Card costs $20 per year and gives you 15% off on Greyhound and Amtrak fares. It can be obtained through Greyhound (online) or Amtrak (at the station). ISIC: Greyhound gives 10% off to International Student Identity Card holders. This card is probably available in your home country's student bureaus for a $5 fee, and provides discounts all over the world. Ask your travel agent or go to http://www.isic.org/.
The Connecticut College art/art history departments have a bus that goes to New York for $30 round trip once a month on Saturdays. Call the department at Ext. 2740 to reserve a seat. Reservations are required.
Travel and explore the Northeast U.S.
New London is situated in a great place for accessing interesting travel destinations. New York City is three hours away and Boston is only two. New Haven (Yale University) and Providence (Brown, RISD, etc.) are both 40 minutes away by train. The trains (http://www.amtrak.com/) are expensive, so you might want to try the bus (http://www.greyhound.com/). The train/bus station is only a five-minute drive from campus. Most major cities on the East Coast are reachable from New London with only one train.
If you plan to travel farther, Providence and Hartford have big airports with frequent domestic flights to all over the States.
Don't always assume the train will be the cheaper option. In some cases planes might as well be much cheaper on some routes (a flight from Providence to Baltimore, Maryland, costs half as much as a train ticket).
Travel in the New London area
Taxis and Limos: Yellow Cab: (860)-443-4321, Harry's Cab: (860)-442-4054, New London Limousine: (860)- 440-3898.
To get a driver's license, call Connecticut DMV (Department of Motor Vehicles) at 1-800- 842-8222.
Camel Van, a shuttle service, provides students and other members of the Connecticut College community with transportation to retail and entertainment venues in the greater New London area as well as to the transportation center downtown. The van operates Thursday through Sunday.