Yale is located in New Haven, Connecticut, one of the best small cities in America, 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 including 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.
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.
Bradley International Airport (BDL) in Windsor Locks, Connecticut
John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) in New York City
LaGuardia International Airport (LGA) in New York City
Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) in Newark, New Jersey
Tweed New Haven Airport (HVN) in New Haven, Connecticut
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.
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.
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.
There are multiple driving routes that you can take to arrive on campus. As a result, we recommend entering your intended Yale destination into your GPS.
Yale 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 may need visas for temporary stays. Admitted students and visiting scholars should contact their program to learn more about the necessary immigration procedures.
Health insurance coverage
To access health insurance coverage at a reasonable rate for incoming short-term international students, scholars and other visitors to campus, individuals are encouraged to do their own research and read any plan documentation carefully before enrolling. One available option is Cultural Insurance Services International (CISI), which has experience working with academic customers and provides a plan that exceeds the requirements for J-1 visa holders. (Please note, this plan is not endorsed by Yale; the link below is provided for infromational purposes only).
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.
The following hotels are in New Haven, Connecticut and are located within a short distance of the Yale campus:
1157 Chapel Street866.930.1157
155 Temple Street800.THE-OMNI or 203.772.6664
30 Whalley Avenue
800.321.2211 or 203.777.6221
229 George Street800.644.6835 or 203.498.3100
616 Prospect Street888.562.7121 or 203.562.7121
3 Long Wharf Drive866.458.0232 or 203.777.5337
400 Sargent Drive
800.753.3757 or 203.562.1111
The New Haven Convention and Visitors Bureau maintains a complete list of area hotels to assist you in planning your trip to New Haven.