Safety

As with any city, there are several common sense things you should do to protect yourself from petty crime:

  • Never walk alone, especially at night. Stay in well-lit areas.

  • Pay attention to your surroundings.  

  • Do not leave your belongings unattended. Keep your wallet, cell phone, and valuables close to you at all times, especially when walking on the streets.

  • Lock your car. Do not leave valuables visible in the car (e.g. GPS, money, coins, food, etc.).   

  • In case of emergency, call 911.

One should always take the necessary precautions to ensure safety, no matter where they go.

Transportation

Here are some recommended transportation options for getting into and around New Haven:

By Train

Metro-North Railroad and Amtrak - purchase tickets in advance. Both stop at New Haven's Union Station. For your safety, we recommend taking a taxi or Uber from the train station to the medical school (~5 min), especially at night.


By Bus

A number of long-distance busses service downtown New Haven -- Megabus or Greyhound bus both stop at New Haven's Union Station (train station). Purchase tickets in advance. From Union Station, we recommend taking a taxi or Uber to the medical school (~5 min), especially at night.


By Car

Refer to the hackathon schedule on the homepage {link to homepage} for the addresses of the venues. Please budget additional time for your commute. There is usually a traffic jam on I-95. Refer to the parking map {link to parking map} for parking options at the hackathon.


We recommend flying into one of the following airports:

  • Hartford/Bradley International Airport (BDL) in Hartford, CT (~55 miles / ~45 min - 1 hr from New Haven by GO Airport Shuttle or CT Limo van-share services)

  • La Guardia Airport (LGA) in New York (~75 miles / ~1.5 hours from New Haven by GO Airport Shuttle or CT Limo)

  • John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) in New York (~80 miles / ~1.5-2 hours from New Haven by GO Airport Shuttle or CT Limo)

  • Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) in New Jersey (~95 miles / ~2-2.5 hours from New Haven by GO Airport Shuttle or CT Limo)

The Tweed/New Haven Airport is also an option, and is closest to Yale, however in our experience flights are frequently canceled or delayed more often than at the above airports.

If you’re traveling with a large group (i.e. 6 or more on the same flight), Hy’s Limo offers group pick-ups sometimes at a lower rate than booking individually via GO Airport Shuttle and CT Limo.

By Plane


Metro taxi: 203-777-7777

Uber and Lyft are also options

By Taxi