Located just 40 miles northeast of Manhattan, Connecticut's Coastal Fairfield County is a diverse region in southwestern Connecticut composed of three cities Stamford, Norwalk and Bridgeport and their neighboring communities. Here the blend of city, coast and country come together for an authentic New England experience that is rich with early American and maritime history, exceptional waterfronts and vibrant culture.
Stamford to Hartford – 80 miles
Stamford to New York – 40 Miles
Stamford to White Plains (NY) – 15 miles
Stamford to Bridgeport – 20 miles
Stamford to New Haven – 40 miles
Norwalk to Hartford – 75 miles
Norwalk to New York – 45 miles
Norwalk to White Plains (NY) – 20 miles
Norwalk to Bridgeport – 15 miles
Norwalk to New Haven – 35 miles
Bridgeport to Hartford – 65 miles
Bridgeport to New York – 55 miles
Bridgeport to White Plains (NY) – 30 miles
Bridgeport to New Haven – 25 miles
Atlantic City NJ – 175 miles
Baltimore MD – 230 miles
Boston MA – 160 miles
Hartford – 70 miles
Litchfield Hills – 70 miles
New York, New York – 40 miles
Mystic, CT – 85 miles
Newport RI – 130 miles
Philadelphia PA – 135 miles
Providence RI – 130 miles
Washington DC – 270 miles
Two major arteries connecting the eastern and western regions of Fairfield County (though designated as north/south routes) are Interstate 95 (6-lane east-west highway) and the Merritt Parkway (4-lane east-west Parkway). Below is a description of major roads in Fairfield County.
INTERSTATE 95 (Connecticut Turnpike):
Major highway running north-south from Key West, Florida to Maine. Within Connecticut, the highway actually runs east-west (though posted as north and south.)
MERRITT PARKWAY (Rte. 15):
1930’s WPA Project, the Merritt Parkway is a four-lane National Scenic Byway running east-west (although marked north and south) and offers some of the most scenic views of fall foliage in New England. Commercial traffic (including motorcoaches) is prohibited on this road, which is limited to passenger cars only.
Predecessor of Interstate 95, Route 1 is known as "The Old Post Road" from its days as a Pony Express route. The road still runs, in one form or another, from Maine to Florida offering travelers a more scenic view.
This is one of Fairfield County's three major north-south arteries that links Fairfield County to Litchfield Hills. Route 7 begins in Norwalk as a six-lane super highway and continues through Wilton, Ridgefield, Danbury, New Milford and Kent to points north as a scenic two-lane country road.
The second major north-south artery, this route links Fairfield County and the city of Bridgeport with points north such as Waterbury, Southbury and Danbury in the Litchfield Hills.
Just beyond Fairfield County's easternmost border connects the Merritt Parkway and I-95 at their closest point.
In addition to the above roadways, the following north-south routes connect Interstate 95 and the Merritt Parkway:
Rte. 33: Westport-Wilton
Rte. 58: Westport-Easton
Rte. 104: Stamford-Westchester County, NY
Rte. 136: Norwalk-Easton
Rte. 137: Stamford-Westchester County, NY
Seven airports are located within a 1.5 hour drive of Fairfield County. Four of them- JFK and LaGuardia (in New York City), Newark Liberty (New Jersey), and Bradley (Hartford, CT) are International airports. Nearby regional airports include Tweed in New Haven and the Westchester County Airport in White Plains N.Y. is thirty minutes from Stamford. Private and charter jets use Sikorsky Airport in Bridgeport. The region is served by more than 100 airlines that provide approximately 1200 inbound flights daily.
US Helicopter offers scheduled service from Skiorsky Airport to New York's Downtown Manhattan Heliport with continuing service to JKF International Airport. US Helicopter also flies to Newark International Airport and 24th Street in Manhattan.
Bradley International Airport (BDL)
located in Hartford/Windsor Locks is Connecticut's major airport, approximately one and a half hours from Fairfield County. It is large enough to be served by most of the major carriers and provides leisure and business travelers alike the perfect alternative to other congested, big city airports in the northeast. For specific information on Airlines serving Bradley International Airport, Flight Schedules, Flight Tracking, Parking & Ground Transportation, Air Cargo, Airport Guide, Weather, and Construction Information please visit their website at http://www.bradleyairport.com or call 860-292-2000.
La Guardia Airport (LGA), (718) 533-3400. LaGuardia has been operated by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey since 1947. In 2004, the Port Authority and the city of New York concluded an agreement that ensures the agency's continued operation of LaGuardia and JFK International through 2050. It is located in the borough of Queens, New York City, bordering on Flushing Bay and Bowery Bay. The airport is 8 miles from midtown Manhattan.
New Jersey's Newark Airport (EWR). (973) 961-6000. Operated by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey since 1948. More than 40 airlines operate out of Newark. http://www.panynj.gov
John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK). (718) 244-4444.
JFK is the nation's leading international gateway, with more than 80 airlines operating from its gates. http://www.panynj.gov/airports/jfk.html
Sikorsky Airport (BDR)
Private and charter aircraft service plus helicopter shuttle service between Newark and JFK Airports, Manhattan and the Hamptons. www.ci.bridgeport.ct.us
Tweed Airport (HVN)
Tweed New Haven Airport (HVN), 155 Burr St. New Haven, CT. General community relation's 24 hr hotline: (203) 466-8888. General Number: (203) 466-8833. Tweed-New Haven Regional is a commercial service airport serving the state of Connecticut, accommodating both scheduled airlines, and general aviation activity, including a growing volume of corporate aircraft operations. For detailed information, please visit their website at http://www.flytweed.com
Westchester County Airport (HPN), 240 Airport Road, Suite 202, White Plains, New York. Airlines:(914) 995-4860. Airport Operations: (914) 995-4850. General Information: (914) 995-4856.The Westchester County Airport is owned by Westchester County, New York. The airport community offers a diverse mixture of commercial, business and private aviation services. The airport is conveniently located about five miles east of the City of White Plains and approximately 30 miles north of Manhattan. It has been operated as a public-use airport since 1945. http://airport.westchestergov.com.
Connecticut Express Shuttle. (203) 673-8410 Tollfree: (888) 392-4776. Serves: Greenwich, Stamford, Darien, Norwalk, Westport, Fairfield, Bridgeport, Stratford to and from JFK and LaGuardia. http://www.ctshuttle.com.
Connecticut Limousine, 230 Old Gate Lane, Milford, CT 06460. Serves Bridgeport, Greenwich Hyatt, Norwalk and Stamford to JFK and Laguardia. Reservations and Information: 1-800-472-LIMO (5466) or (203) 783-6800. http://www.ctlimo.com.
Go Airport Shuttle Connecticut. Leading Shared Ride company with 24 hour reservations available online. Service areas cover most towns along the Interstate 95 corridor between New Haven and Greenwich as well as Danbury and surrounding towns off Interstate 84. Door-to-Door service to LaGuardia, JFK, Westchester County Airport, Bradley Airport, and Newark Liberty Airport. (203) 891-1280 x245 Tollfree: (800) 377-8745. http://www.2theairport.com
Red Dot Airport Shuttle, 1262 State St., Bridgeport, CT 06605. 1-800-6-RED-DOT (1-800-673-3368). Red Dot Airport Shuttle formed in 1993 by Chauffeured Limousine Service Inc. to provide affordable, safe and convenient share-a-ride transportation from over 40 locations in Connecticut and Westchester County, N.Y. to New York's LaGuardia and John F. Kennedy airports. http://www.ridethedot.com.
Say Connecticut Express. (203) 395-9665. Skype name: www.ct95express.com. Serves: Bridgeport, Darien, Fairfield, Greenwich, Norwalk, Southport, Stamford, Stratford, Trumbull, and Westport. SAY Connecticut Express is an airport (JFK, LGA) passenger transportation service with a new customized Mercedes Benz built Sprinter van with free wifi and newspapers. http://www.ct95express.com.
Carey International, Stamford, CT (203) 541-2000 or (800) 336-4646. Offers chauffeured services and ground transportation logistics management. http://www.carey.com.
Park Avenue Limousine & Coach, 30 Oakwood Avenue
Norwalk, CT 06851. 203-325-9905 or (800) 627-7257. Provides transportation from 10 to 31 passengers in luxury coaches and vehicles. http://www.shleppyou.com.
Long Ridge Limo, 970 Summer St., Stamford, CT 06905. 203.324.1995 or 800.999.7271. Provides reliable professional service to any destination within the Tri-State area.
Amtrak serves two rail stations in Fairfield County: Stamford (STM) and Bridgeport (BRP). Amtrak's high-speed ACELA trains stop at Stamford and nearby New Haven, on trains serving Boston, New York and Washington D.C. 1-800-USA-RAIL. http://www.amtrak.com.
Metro - North Railroad
Metro North's New Haven Line connects Fairfield County with New York City's Grand Central Terminal. Daily connections link Greenwich, Cos Cob, Riverside, Old Greenwich, Stamford, Glenbrook, Springdale, Talmadge Hill, New Canaan, Noroton Heights, Darien, Rowayton, South Norwalk, East Norwalk, Westport, Green's Farms, Southport, Fairfield, Bridgeport, and Stratford with Grand Central.
http://www.mta.info. Travel Information Center: 212-532-4900. Group Sales: 212-499-4398.
Bridgeport and Port Jefferson Steamboat Company, 330 Water Street Dock, Bridgeport, CT 06604. (102 West Broadway Port Jefferson, NY 11777). Long Island Phone: (631) 473-0286. Connecticut Phone, Information ONLY (888) 44 - FERRY. FOR RESERVATIONS ONLY: (888) 44 - FERRY. This daily service connects Bridgeport CT with Port Jefferson NY. There are 11-16 crossings daily and transit time is approximately 1.25 hours. You can drive, walk or ride your bicycle aboard one of their three ferries. As the ferry cruises across the Sound you can enjoy a meal from their Snack Bar, or a cocktail in the Steamboat Lounge. http://www.bpjferry.com.