Looking for a bus or train service running between NYC and Bristol, CT
November 27, 2005 11:46 AM   Subscribe

Simple question: is there a direct bus or train service running between NYC and Bristol, CT? Googling about for a while leads me to believe that there might not be...
posted by Cobbler to Travel & Transportation (8 answers total)
 
There are buses from Hartford and Bridgeport, but none seem to make stops in Bristol.
posted by mykescipark at 12:07 PM on November 27, 2005


That's the closest I got, too. I guess the question would have been better phrased, "what's the easiest way to get from NYC to Bristol CT, using public transport?"
posted by Cobbler at 12:14 PM on November 27, 2005


One option would be Greyhound from NYC to New Britain, CT, and then the New Britain-Plainville-Bristol bus run by CT Transit.
posted by bemis at 12:48 PM on November 27, 2005


Well, Hartford is certainly the closest access point from Bristol. Connecticut's public transportation is nonexistent, so the hardest part may in fact be getting from Bristol to Hartford, assuming you don't own a car or have friends or family to help. Dattco offers what looks like very limited commuter service between Bristol and Hartford, but they don't operate on weekends and you'd have to travel on a "day job" schedule.
posted by mykescipark at 12:52 PM on November 27, 2005


... on the other hand, bemis offers a very practical solution, too.
posted by mykescipark at 12:53 PM on November 27, 2005


You could go to Hartford, CT via Greyhound, Peter Pan, or Amtrak, and then Dattco runs a bus from there to Bristol.

If you happen to have a drivers' license, it might end up being cheaper and more direct to take Metro North to Stamford, CT ($12ish peak fare, $9ish off-peak; approx. 1 hour travel time) and then rent a car at the Hertz lot there ($55ish is the cheapest), and drive to Bristol (1.5 hours).
posted by xo at 3:03 PM on November 27, 2005


If you happen to have a drivers' license, it might end up being cheaper and more direct to take Metro North to Stamford, CT ($12ish peak fare, $9ish off-peak; approx. 1 hour travel time) and then rent a car at the Hertz lot there ($55ish is the cheapest), and drive to Bristol (1.5 hours).

Having lived in Stamford for 8 years, I can attest that this is probably the most direct method. A series of train and bus trips is going to cost you a lot of time, as the trains and buses in that region are all optimized on time schedules to get people in and out of NYC on a regular work-day schedule. Places off the beaten path are...well, SOL.

The Hertz lot is right there at the Stamford Train Station, so right off the train, you have about 50 feet of walking to get to your car. They're very reasonable, and have good availability (as compared to the other rental places in the area). I only speak from personal experience here.

If, however, you don't need general mobility when you get to Bristol, you may want to consider calling for a town car from Stamford Taxi (phone numbers for them and other services similar are here). Surprisingly, car service in CT isn't horribly expensive -- there are a number of companies, and competition is fierce. There's a lot of business to be had, so economics 101 does the rest, and you end up with a community used to getting a town car to go anywhere.

Any chance you could change your travel arrangements to fly into Bradley airport in Hartford? I think you might have a cheaper rate if you got car service out of there.
posted by thanotopsis at 9:03 PM on November 27, 2005


Thanks for the help, everyone.

Looks like it's not going to be easy. I'm in the country little more than 72 hours, and including an overnight trip to Bristol might just be extending the trip beyond the bounds of sanity.
posted by Cobbler at 1:59 PM on November 28, 2005


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