Flying into Bradley (BDL) is the easiest way to get to Hartford – it’s just 20 minutes north of the city. New routes and nonstop flights are constantly being added; for shorter flights connecting points in the Northeast U.S. and Canada, look into their regional airlines, or see how Bradley’s major airlines are serving every corner of the country.
The Hartford Star Shuttle is a FREE, downtown circulator service. It operates in a continuous loop (about every 12 minutes) from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Monday – Friday and from 3:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. on Saturdays, with stops all over the place including: CT Convention Center, the Riverfront, the Arts and Entertainment District, various restaurants, and downtown hotels.
There’s a pretty good AAA discount on the fair to and from New Haven. But even more interesting is that if you lived in, say Windsor, CT, you could get into downtown Hartford for $4. You could come downtown, eat dinner, see a show, have a drink, and hop on a train at 11:50 p.m. and be back in Windsor before the clock strikes midnight.
CT Transit runs all the city buses in the area. If you have any questions about which bus to take where, the website is really helpful, but if it’s not helpful enough, their customer service line listed above is answered by an actual person, who totally knows how to get you where you’re going.