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4 College Junior

Transportation: Free shuttle takes you almost everywhere you need to go. It doesn't always keep to schedule though, and on weekends they cut down on the number of buses quite a bit.

3 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Transportation: Gets me where I need to go. Fast, and free.

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4 College Sophomore

Transportation: The shuttles are convenient and useful to get to class on time.

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3 College Junior

Transportation: When the shuttle is running on time, it's pretty convenient, but it often does not function well and having to wait outside in the cold is terrible

5 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Transportation: The shuttles are everywhere, so it's easy to find one.

1 person found this useful Report

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The easiest way to get around New Haven? Walk or bike it. Besides being environmentally friendly, walking is an effective and hassle-free method of getting where you need to go, since most places like the drug store or movie theater are nearby. The campus and surrounding areas are pedestrian friendly and easy to navigate. There is also a bike-share program (a recent winner of the annual 5K project) if you need to go a bit farther.

The easiest way to catch a ride up Science Hill or to the Med School is the Yale Shuttle. Students can access an online map that uses GPS to track the shuttles in real-time, so you never have to wait outside in the cold for your bus. (Check it out at During the evening hours, students can call the Mini-bus, which picks up and drops off students anywhere on campus all through the night. A student escort service, known as 2-WALK, is also available for students to ensure safety late at night.

The public buses in New Haven can take students farther afield, such as the Milford Mall or Lighthouse Point. The buses are very cheap and easy to use. Taxis are also available, but make sure to call ahead.

Getting to the airport can take a bit of time and effort: the nearest major airports are in Harford and New York City, so it's necessary to take a shuttle or cab. Factor in extra time for transport in the winter. Train access in New Haven is definitely great. The Yale Shuttle drops off students directly in front of Union Station. A trip to New York's Grand Central takes approximately two hours and costs $25–$35 round trip. Tickets to Boston or Providence are a bit more expensive, but reasonable. Essentially, New Haven is connected to a train network that allows a traveler to access every part of the Northeast.

Facts & Statistics

Best Ways to Get Around Town
  • Walk!
  • Bike
  • Yale shuttle system (during the day)
  • Yale Minibus (during evening hours)
Best Ways to Get to the Airport
  • Connecticut Limo picks up from Phelps Gate and goes to both Hartford and New York airports. Ask for a Yale student discount.
  • Split a taxi with friends. Call ahead and make sure to specify a van for luggage. It will probably end up about $30 a person (including tip).
Did You Know?
  • Choosing a transportation option isn't just about convenience. It's also important to consider the environmental impact. At Yale, sustainability is very important and students are encouraged to think twice before they use a car. The bike-borrowing program is part of an initiative to get students to use their own power to get around campus.
  • Yale has partnered with Zipcar to make cars easily avilable to students who do need them. Cars are conveniently located at the center of campus. Best of all, you can rent by the hour or the day, just as much as you need.

Safety Escort ServicesWhat's This?

Yale 2-WALK
(203) 432-9255
Daily 24 hours
Yale Minibus
(203) 432-6330
Daily 6 p.m.-7:30 a.m.

Campus ShuttleWhat's This?

Nighttime Minibus

(203) 432-6330

Daily 6 p.m.-7:30 a.m.

Daytime Campus Shuttle

Monday-Friday 7:20 a.m.-6 p.m.

Public TransitWhat's This?

CT Transit

Operates local and express bus lines, which lead to the Yale campus and the New Haven Green. Fares must be paid in exact change.

(203) 624-0151

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

Tweed New Haven Airport

Tweed New Haven Airport is seven miles and approximately 10 minutes from Yale.

(203) 466-8833

Nearest Passenger BusWhat's This?

Greyhound Union Station

The Union Bus and Railroad Station is approximately 1.5 miles from campus (about a 20 minute walk).

50 Union Ave., New Haven

(800) 231-2222

Nearest Passenger TrainWhat's This?


Amtrak Union Station is approximately 10 minutes away from campus (a $10 cab fare).

50 Union Ave., New Haven

(800) 872-7245

Student Polls

How convenient is the campus-provided transportation?    Based on 69 responses

  • 48% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.
  • 41% Somewhat accessible with a schedule that usually parallels class times.
  • 6% Moderately difficult to utilize, the pick-up times and locations are far and few between.
  • 3% Extremely difficult to utilize-it's not reliable nor is it convenient for a student's schedule.
  • 3% Nonexistent.

How necessary is it to have a car on campus?    Based on 69 responses

  • 1% Campus is isolated, so students rely mostly on cars to get them where they need to go.
  • 3% The shuttle/bus service often fails to meet student needs, so a car is very practical.
  • 32% Students usually walk or take the bus, but cars are nice for venturing outside the bus line.
  • 58% Cars are totally pointless. Everything you need is within walking distance.
  • 6% You can't have a car here.

Rate the cost of the following transit options    Based on 29 responses

  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of the following transit options    Based on 28 responses

Very convenient
  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of long-distance transportation to travel between home and school    Based on 29 responses

Very convenient
  • Airport
  • Passenger bus
  • Passenger train
  • Ride sharing

How easy is it to get around town?    Based on 69 responses

  • 51% Very easy.
  • 42% Fairly easy.
  • 7% Fairly difficult.
  • 0% Very difficult.
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