Interstate 95 between New York and Providence skirts the shoreline of New Haven; I-91 from Springfield, Massachusetts, and Hartford ends here. Connections can also be made from the south along the Merritt and Wilbur Cross parkways. Downtown traffic isn't too congested, except at the usual rush hours, and there are ample parking lots and garages near the Green and Yale University, where most visitors spend their time.
Tweed-New Haven Airport (tel. 203/466-8888; www.flytweed.com; airport code HVN) primarily handles private and charter traffic. Currently, the only commercial passenger flights are offered by US Air Express (tel. 800/428-4322; www.usairways.com), and only between New Haven and Philadelphia. The airport is located southeast of the city, near exits 50 and 51 off I-95.
Amtrak (tel. 800/USA-RAIL; www.amtrak.com) has several trains daily that run between Boston and New York and stop in New Haven. New York is 1 1/2 hours away; Boston, about 3 hours. Metro North (tel. 800/638-7646 or 212/532-4900; www.mta.nyc.ny.us/mnr) commuter trains make many daily trips between New Haven and New York. Metro North tickets are much cheaper than Amtrak's, but its trains take longer.
The Greater New Haven Convention & Visitors Bureau (tel. 203/777-8550; www.visitnewhaven.com) maintains an office at 169 Orange St. Downtown, INFO New Haven, at 1000 Chapel St. (tel. 203/773-9494; www.infonewhaven.com), is open daily year-round. In addition to stocks of useful brochures, attendants can make theater and restaurant reservations, and there is a computer terminal at which visitors can check their e-mail.
A bus designed to resemble an electric trolley makes a circuit of downtown, with frequent stops outside important attractions. In operation from 11am to 6pm Monday through Saturday, it passes along its fixed route every 15 or 20 minutes. At this writing, it is free, but check before boarding or call the New Haven Trolley Line (tel. 203/288-6282).
Important events are the new International Festival of Arts & Ideas (www.artidea.org), held at many sites around the city in late June, and a free jazz festival on the Green from late July to early August. Call INFO New Haven (above) for dates and details.
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.