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Greenwich Transportation Resources

Greenwich’s location offers a bucolic lifestyle in a woodsy, slower-paced environment less than a hour from the business and cultural mecca of Manhattan. Its proximity to New York connects Greenwich to the to the major transportation routes of the U.S. by air, railway and road.

The leading global airlines and the U.S. domestic carriers fly out of five airports in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, all conveniently or reasonably accessible by motor vehicle from Greenwich, either private car or limousine and scheduled van and bus service.

Four railway stations in Greenwich link its community center to New York’s Grand Central Station and central Manhattan with express and non-transfer Trains, with most trips less than an hour. Neighboring Stamford is part of the Amtrak network with regularly scheduled trains to and from Boston, along the Eastern seaboard and extending across the U.S. and Canada.

Greenwich is also bisected by two major roads, Interstate 95, a major three lane highway, and the Merritt Parkway, a wooded, scenic two lane route limited to non-commercial traffic. These roadways tie the community to New York and major cities north and south like Hartford, Boston, Washington, D.C and Albany.Greenwich is within reasonable proximity of five active airports that among them serve the major airlines covering the globe and the domestic U.S. market. . All are linked to various forms of ground transportation and offer parking hourly, metered, short-term parking and long-term.

Air Travel

 

LaGuardia Airport: From downtown Greenwich, LaGuardia is 28 miles away and between 44 and an hour and 15 minutes by car, depending on traffic. LaGuardia is served by 25 airlines and 400,000 flights in and out a year, largely domestic.

John F. Kennedy International Airport: JFK is 44 miles away and from 51 minutes to an hour and 25 minutes by car. JFK’s 80 airlines and 320,000 arrivals and departures a year make it America’s leading international gateway.

Newark International Airport: Newark, 47 miles from downtown Greenwich, is an hour and 15 minutes to an hour and 45 minutes by car. Also largely domestic, Newark is served by 50 airlines with annual traffic that exceeds 430,000 flights.

Bradley International Airport: Farthest away but without the frenetic pace of larger airports is Bradley, 95 miles, about 12 miles north of Hartford, CT and up to two hours or more by car. Seventeen carriers offer service in an out of Bradley, linking with U.S. destinations, Canada and Puerto Rico. Annual traffic reaches 100,000 flights.

Westchester County Airport: Westchester offers the convenience of being minutes away by car, off King Street (Route 1230A, north of the Merritt Parkway), just across the New York state border and less than five miles from downtown Greenwich. Eight airlines link up 34 cities in the eastern half of the U.S. and Toronto, Canada. The airport is also the base of one of the largest fleets of U.S. corporate jets.

Buses

 

Greenwich is served by two main bus routes running across the community, linking Port Chester, NY to the west and Stamford, CT to the east. The service is provided by CTTransit, an agency of the Connecticut Department of Transportation which provides mass transit in communities statewide, either directly or by sub-contract.

Stamford to Portchester: This Greenwich bus route operates daily and weekends and generally follows East Putnam and West Putnam Avenues, commonly known as Route 1 or the Post Road, with a loop to Delevan Avenue, Armstrong Court, Hamilton Avenue and Field Point Road. The route incorporates 27 runs with 12 scheduled stops on each run between 5:43 a.m. and 9:36 p.m.

Stamford to Old Greenwich: This smaller bus route operates Mondays through Fridays and loops south into Old Greenwich, following Sound Beach Avenue and Shore Road. There are six scheduled stops on each run with three runs in the morning rush hours and four other runs spaced into the evening rush hour.

Between scheduled stops on both routes, where practical the drivers make unscheduled stops for passengers who signal. All buses are equipped with bicycle racks.

 

Car Rentals

Budget Rent A Car 
44 Railroad Avenue 
Greenwich, CT 06830 
203.629.8500 
Web site

Budget Trucks 
142 Railroad Avenue 
Greenwich, CT 06830 
203.661.5548 
Web site

Hertz a Car 
111 West Putnam Ave 
Greenwich, CT 06830 
203.622.4044 
Web site

Enterprise Rent-A-Car 
15 Edgewood Avenue 
Greenwich, CT 06830 
203.622.1611 
Web site

Toyota Rent a Car 
246 West Putnam Avenue 
Greenwich, CT 06830 
203.661.0236 
Web site

 

Rail

 

Greenwich has two major rail lines which cross the community daily. These lines are Metro-North Commuter Railroad and Amtrak. 

Metro-North: Greenwich has four stations on the 73-mile Metro-North Railroad line running between New York’s Grand Central Terminal and New Haven, CT and is also less than five miles from the Stamford Metro-North station. The Metro-North line extends from Greenwich east to Port Chester, NY and west to Stamford from the four stations--Greenwich, Cos Cob, Riverside and Old Greenwich.

On a typical weekday cycle, Metro-North runs 171 trains for commuters to Grand Central Station from the four Greenwich railway stations and a corresponding number of trains back to the four stations in Connecticut from Grand Central Station. The trip runs from 41 minutes for a non-stop express out of Greenwich to slightly longer than one hour for trains that make several stops from all four stations.

Greenwich Station: There are 51 trains out of the Greenwich Railway Station (between 5:09 a.m. and 12:34 a.m.) In peak periods, in addition to the 41-minute express out of Greenwich there are two trains that make one stop en route to Grand Central Station and four trains that make two stops.

Cos Cob Station: 40 daily trains out of Cos Cob (between 5:06 a.m. and 12:34 a.m.) with one full express, two one-stop and two two-stops trains.

Riverside Station: 40 daily trains out of Riverside (between 5:04 a.m. and 12:27 a.m.) with one express, two one-stop and three two stops trains. Old Greenwich Station: 40 daily trains out of Old Greenwich (between 5:02 a.m. and 12:27 a.m.) with one express, five one-stop and two two-stop trains.

Greenwich Commuter  Schedule
Greenwich Schedule
Cos Cob Commuter  Schedule
Cos Cob Schedule

Riverside Commuter  Schedule
Riverside Schedule

Old Greenwich Commuter  Schedule
Old Greenwich Schedule

 

Metro-North Railway can be contacted for up to the minute schedules and news at 800-metro-info or at MTA-METRO-NORTH

Amtrak: This train line, which crosses via the Metro-North-Port Authority of New York rail system serves the Eastern U.S and linked to the rail network across the U.S. and in Canada. The Amtrak service out of Stamford offers up to 12 trains daily to Boston’s downtown South Station and Route 128 Station and an equal number to Washington’s Union Station. Up to five of the Boston trains are express runs of three hours or so and the others are regional runs that take from three hours and 11 minutes up to more than 3 ½ hours. The basic adult coach fare one-way is $62. to both stations. To Washington, up to four of the trains are express runs of 31/2 hours or more and the other regional trains of more 4 ½ hours with an $88 basic one-way adult coach fare.

Amtrak can be contacted for up to the minute schedules and news at 800-USA-RAIL. www.amtrak.com

 

Taxis and Limousines

 

Taxis

Greenwich Taxi (203.869.6000): The only taxi stand in Greenwich is situated at the Greenwich Train Station and operated by Greenwich Taxi but door-to-door taxi service is also available by calling the Greenwich Taxi dispatcher

Limousines-Shuttle

Connecticut Limo (800.472.5466): This service operates a regular round-the-clock schedule of vans and buses from a Stamford terminal in the parking garage of the Stamford Marriott Hotel to and from LaGuardia, JFK and Newark. The basic fare is $57 one-way, luggage included, exclusive of gratuity. There are 15 daily runs each way between Stamford and both LaGuardia and JFK and five each way between Stamford and Newark. 

Red Dot Airport Shuttle (800.673.3368): This service runs a service to and from LaGuardia and JFK out of the Hyatt Regency Greenwich, 1800 East Putnam Ave., 12 shuttles daily to each airport for $52 one-way, including tolls but not gratuities. Return service is available on-call from the airports.

Limousines-Private

Off-duty Greenwich Police (203.622.8007): Off-duty officers of the Greenwich Police Department and retirees also provide a personalized chauffeured service to and from the airports using your own vehicle and gasoline. The officers drive to your home or business, pick you up in your car, drive to the airport and then return in your car to meet your return flight and drive back to Greenwich. A sample of one-way charges (return rate contingent on conditions): $80 for LaGuardia, $100 for JFK, $120 for Newark and $35 to $50 for Westchester. The service runs as-available and has no official connection with the police department.

Town Cars and Stretch Limousines: A number of limousine services also run door-to-door between Greenwich and the five airports, dispatching town cars that seat up to four people, plus luggage in the trunk. Trip rates generally range between $71 and $145 one-way to LaGuardia, $82 to $160 to JFK, $99 to $126 to Newark, $198 to $250 to Bradley and $43 to $79 to Westchester. There are discount rates for return tickets. In most cases tolls and gratuities are not included. The limousines are also available at a flat rate for social and corporate functions.

A representative list of available limousine services:

Exclusive Limousine Service
203.629.5466

Greenwich Private Car Service
203.661.1616

Hoyt Limousine
203.966.5466

Michael’s Limousine Service
203.629.2500

Red Dot Airport Shuttle
800.673.3368

Rudy’s Limousine 
203.609.800 (800.243.7339)

Teddy’s Transportation
800.888.3339

 

Within the Southwestern, Connecticut region (including Greenwich) there several transportation groups and organizations that work to make regional commuting easier. These groups include: The Connecticut Department of Transportation, Connecticut Commuter Rail (Metro-North), Metropool, and the Rideshare Company (with Easy Street®).

 

The Connecticut Department of Transportation 
2800 Berlin Turnpike 
Newington, Connecticut CT 06131-7546 
860-594-2000 
Web site

 

Transportation Service Organizations

The Connecticut Department of Transportation works with the public, transportation partners, state and federal legislators, and other state and local agencies to provide a safe and efficient transportation system for the people traveling in Connecticut.

The Connecticut Commuter Rail-MTA Metro-North

MTA Metro-North Railroad
Peter A. Cannito
President
347 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10017-3739
800.METRO-INFO
Web site

MTA Metro-North Railroad, the second largest commuter railroad in the United States, provides approximately 250,000 customer trips each weekday and some 73,000,000 trips per year. A subsidiary of New York State's Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Metro-North was founded in 1983 when the MTA assumed control of Conrail commuter operations in the states of New York and Connecticut.

CT Transit 
100 Leibert Road, P.O. Box 66
Hartford, CT 06141-0066
860-522-8101

Connecticut Transit (CTTRANSIT) is the Connecticut Department of Transportation (CDOT)-owned bus service. Several companies under contract to CDOT operate services in metropolitan areas throughout Connecticut.

The Greenwich region is served by two main bus routes linking Port Chester, NY to the west and Stamford, CT to the east.

Stamford to Portchester: This Greenwich bus route operates daily and weekends and generally follows East Putnam and West Putnam Avenues, commonly known as Route 1 or the Post Road, with a loop to Delevan Avenue, Armstrong Court, Hamilton Avenue and Field Point Road. The route incorporates 27 runs with 12 scheduled stops on each run between 5:43 a.m. and 9:36 p.m.

Stamford to Old Greenwich: This smaller bus route operates Mondays through Fridays and loops south into Old Greenwich, following Sound Beach Avenue and Shore Road. There are six scheduled stops on each run with three runs in the morning rush hours and four other runs spaced into the evening rush hour.

Between scheduled stops on both routes, where practical the drivers make unscheduled stops for passengers who signal. All buses are equipped with bicycle racks.

Fares: The basic fare on all runs is $1.25 with discounts for seniors, youths between the ages of 5 and 18 and multi-trip tickets. Children 4 or younger ride free.

 

Metro Pool Inc. 
One Landmark Square, 8th Floor
Stamford, Connecticut 06901
800.346.3743 (1.800.FIND-RIDE)
Fax: 203.348.9252
Web site

 

A range of free transportation assistance covering ride-matching, guaranteed rides and direct employer outreach is offered to commuters by MetroPool which serves serves Southwestern Connecticut and the Lower Hudson Valley Region of New York.

MetroPool has been in operation for two decades and currently administers programs for nearly 300 companies. The number of single-occupied vehicles removed from the road, an estimated 21,000, would fill three lines of traffic bumper-to-bumper for 33 miles.

Rideshare Company
100 Corporate Drive
Windsor, Connecticut 06095
860.692.1224
Web PDF

The Rideshare Company is a Windsor, Connecticut non-profit transportation solutions entity which helps Connecticut business’ improve the quality of life for Connecticut workers through efficient transportation programs. It provides van pooling for commuters, schools, camps and municipalities via its Easy Street® vanpooling service as well as Fleet Management Consulting for companies with their own vans. The Rideshare Company came into existence in 1980 with former Connecticut Governor Ella Grasso spearheading collaboration between government and the heads of several Connecticut companies

Easy Street®-a service of the Rideshare Company
800.972.3279
Web site 
Easy Street Schedules

Easy Street® is statewide commuter van services non-profit company (operated by the Rideshare Company) designed to help people who live or work in Connecticut get to their jobs. It offers over 300 routes daily transporting 3,000 riders.

Despite Easy Streets® 300 routes across the state there is none that directly services the Greenwich, Connecticut area. There are a few routes which service nearby Stamford, Connecticut as well as the other Fairfield County towns of 

In communities like Greenwich where Easy Street® is not directly available a business with five potential full time riders and a driver can start one. For the five person van, a minivan vehicle would be provided, while companies with eight full-time riders would be allocated a 12-passenger van.