Getting to the U.S. and New London, Connecticut
From the airport to New London you will find that it is most convenient to get to the College if you land at Newark International, NJ or Boston Logan, Mass.
From the Newark International there is an Amtrak train that will takes you directly to New London.
From Boston Logan there is a bus that connects with the train in South Station. The bus from the airport to South Station is called "Silver Line". Once you are at the train station you can take an Amtrak train with or without reservations to New London (one-way ticket $30-42).
If you cannot find a flight to Newark or Boston, then you can fly into Kennedy Airport in New York (JFK). JFK Airport serves most airlines, which means that it is often very busy. If you arrive at JFK, you can take the shuttle to the Howard Beach subway station. Then you can take the A-train to Port Authority or to Penn Station depending on whether you want to use the bus or the train (single-ride subway ticket costs $3).
You can also take a taxicab from the west terminal of JFK to Penn Station or Port Authority where you can take the Greyhound bus (between $26 and $43 for a one-way ticket) to New London.
From Penn Station you can board an Amtrak train (between $39 and $83 for a one-way ticket) to New London.
Or arrange with Connecticut Limousine Service to bring you to New Haven, Conn., where you can make connections with Amtrak railroad to take you to New London. For more information check http://www.ctlimo.com/ or call 1-800-472-5466 or 1(203) 878-2222.
For limousine service at the airport - when you arrive at JFK - go to ground transportation on the Baggage Area where you can ask for a ticket at the ground transportation desk or use a courtesy phone. To use a courtesy phone-dial 12 and you will be connected to the CT Limousine Service. The service runs every two hours from New Haven beginning at 6:45 am to 2:30 pm and every hour from 2:30 pm to midnight. The one-way cost is about $65.
From the City of New London to the College
Once you arrive at the New London Greyhound/Amtrak (train) Union Station, take a taxicab to the College ($10 from the train station plus 10-15% tip). There are usually cabs waiting outside the station. The following companies serve New London/Groton area: Harry's Cab, (860) 442 4050 or Yellow Cab, (860) 443-4321.
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.
Flying Camel Shuttle
Connecticut College offers students an airport shuttle service at discounted fares for shuttle transportation between campus, John F. Kennedy International Airport (in New York, N.Y.), T.F. Green Airport (in Warwick, R.I.), or New London's Union Train Station during August student arrival, Thanksgiving, winter, spring and summer breaks.
The cost each way is $30 for shuttles to/from T.F. Green and JFK and $5 for shuttles to/from New London Train Station, which is billed to your Camel Cash account.
Reservations for the shuttle can be made online using this form http://goo.gl/forms/nxItBxtYjBuKZI7E2. You will need your student ID number to make a reservation.
The deadline to reserve is August 14, 2016. Reservations made after that date will increase by 50% to $45 one way.
The deadline to make a reservation and receive the discounted fare rate is August 14, 2016 for August student arrival. After August 14, the price increases by 50% to $45 one way.
August 2016 Student Arrival Shuttle Dates & Times
Airport Departure Time:
Tuesday, August 23 1 p.m., 6 p.m. (First-year students only)
Sunday, August 28 1 p.m., 6 p.m. (Returning students only)
Air travel within the U.S.
You need to have a government-issued ID when you fly 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 websites 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, Rhode Island, or Hartford, Conn.
Connecticut Limousine (http://www.ctlimo.com/) will pick you at La Guardia, JFK, Newark or Bradley Airport and take you to New Haven, Conn. 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. From New Haven's Union Station, you can take Amtrak to New London.
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/.
Travel and explore the Northeast U.S.
New London is served by Amtrak, with convenient rail service to and from New York; Boston; Providence; Washington, D.C. and beyond. New London's Union Station at 27 Water Street is just a 10-minute taxi or bus ride (approx. $7-$10) from the College. Taxis are available in front of the station. (See "Taxis" section on this page.)
Visit the Amtrak website for travel specials, reservations, schedules and station hours, or call Amtrak at 1-800-USA-RAIL (1-800-872-7245).
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.