Visiting Yale

Travel Arrangements

Yale is located in New Haven, Connecticut, a small city of 130,000 residents situated two-and-a-half hours south of Boston and one-and-a-half hours north of New York City. New Haven has many attractions. Aside from Yale, the city has a thriving downtown district with parks, shops, museums, hotels, and restaurants. Its neighborhoods are home to historic buildings and diverse communities. Beyond the city limits lie beautiful beaches, peaceful lakes, charming New England towns, and pastoral suburbs. New Haven is easily accessible by car, train, bus, and airplane.

Airplane

If coming from abroad, the easiest way to travel to Yale University is by air. There are a number of nearby airports serviced by international airlines.

Amtrak provides services from Newark airport to New Haven’s Union Station. For all other airports, private shuttle services are available through Connecticut Limousine (800.472.5466) and GO Airport Shuttle (866.284.3247). Please be sure to make reservations for shuttle services well in advance. Taking a taxi from any of these airports except for Tweed is not recommended.

Train

If traveling from within the United States, it is convenient to take a train to New Haven Union Station, minutes from Yale’s campus.

  • Metro-North Railways (800.638.7647) offers frequent train service between New Haven and New York City.
  • Amtrak (800.872.7245) provides train service to New Haven from Vermont, Providence, Boston, and Washington DC.

Once you reach the station, we suggest that you use a local taxi service to reach campus. There is a taxi stand at the station; a taxi ride costs approximately $10. Alternatively, local shuttles and bus services are also available for travel between Union Station and Yale.

Bus

If traveling from within the United States, it is also possible to take a bus to New Haven Union Station, which also serves as a bus terminal.

Car

There are multiple driving routes that you can take to arrive on campus:

From Route 15 (Wilbur Cross/Merritt Parkways)

  • From the north: Take exit 61. Drive south on Whitney Avenue for about five miles. Shortly after passing Sachem Street on your right, the road will split. Stay to the right. You are now on Temple Street and the heart of Yale’s campus
  • From the south: Take the Merritt Parkway to the I-95 exit. Turn off Interstate 95 at the I-91 North (Hartford-Springfield) exit and continue for a short distance. Take exit 3 (Trumbull Street) and follow the signs to Yale’s central downtown campus.

From Interstate 95
Turn off Interstate 95 at the I-91 North (Hartford-Springfield) exit and continue for a short distance. Take exit 3 (Trumbull Street). Follow the signs to Yale’s campus.

From Interstate 91
Take exit 3 (Trumbull Street). Stay in the middle lane and continue straight on Trumbull Street and follow the signs to Yale’s campus.

Immigration Services

Yale University attracts a diverse set of international visitors – students, faculty and staff, and visiting lecturers and short-term guests. Foreign citizens traveling to the United States must generally obtain nonimmigrant visas for temporary stays.

Students

Visit the Office of International Students and Scholars to learn more about the necessary immigration procedures required for incoming international students.

Scholars

Visit the Office of International Students and Scholars to learn more about the necessary immigration procedures required for incoming international scholars. Furthermore, contact the Yale Department offering you the employment or research appointment.

Faculty & Staff

Consult with the Yale Department that is offering you the employment appointment. In addition, consult the United States Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs and Yale University’s visa information for visa categories that best match your situation.

Other (visiting lecturers, short term guests, etc.)

Consult with the Yale Department inviting you. In addition, consult the United States Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs and Yale University’s visa information for visa categories that best match your situation.

Tours: Visitor Center

The Yale Visitor Center, located at 149 Elm Street, offers visitors a glimpse into the history and architecture of the University. Hear about Yale’s rich 300-year history and aspects of student life within Yale’s twelve residential colleges.

International groups can request to have a tour given in a foreign language by contacting the Visitor Center at least two weeks prior to the tour. Call the Visitor Center (203.432.2300) or check their website for more information.

New Haven Attractions

New Haven is a vibrant cultural hub with renowned locally-owned restaurants, world-class theaters and museums, and an eclectic mix of shops and boutiques for visitors and locals to enjoy.

Local Accommodations

The following hotels are in New Haven, Connecticut and are located within a short distance of the Yale campus: 

The New Haven Convention and Visitors Bureau maintains a complete list of area hotels to assist you in planning your trip to New Haven.