Transportation and Travel


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Travel by plane, train or bus

For information about travel by plane, train or bus go to Yale Transportation Options.

Travel by car

If you are traveling to campus by car, read the Opening Days Instructions for Unloading Your Car (see link above). Print out a copy of your residential college's parking sign (see link above). Place the sign in your car's windshield when you arrive to campus. The traffic police will look for the sign and direct you to the unloading area for your college.

For more information about parking on Friday and Saturday, read Parking During First-Year Orientation (see link above).

For more information about student parking during the academic year go to Yale Transportation Options.

Travel by taxi

Taxis meet all trains, buses, and flights in New Haven. Taxi service is per ride, not per person. All quoted rates are approximate and are subject to change without notice. For more information about Taxi’s go to Yale Transportation Options.

Travel during the Winter Recess

Sometimes students and their families make travel arrangements for the winter recess well in advance. However, because Yale College requires that students take their final examinations when they are scheduled, regardless of end-of-term travel plans, it is best to wait until you have submitted your course schedule for the fall term before making any travel arrangements for the winter recess. After you have made your final selection of courses in September, you will be able to determine the date of your last examination from a chart published in the Yale College Programs of Study (YCPS), which will be published on line during the summer.

If you must make travel arrangements before the fall term begins, bear in mind the possibility that you may have to take an exam as late as December 18, 2019 the last day of the final examination period for the fall term. The last examination is over at 5.30 p.m. on that day. In the heavy travel season at the end of the year, a minimum of three hours should be allowed for travel to Kennedy, LaGuardia, or Newark airports, and a minimum of two hours for travel to Bradley International Airport. Student rooms must be vacated by noon on Thursday, December 19, 2019 and will reopen for occupancy on Wednesday, January 8, 2020. All first-years are required to attend a registration meeting in their residential college on the evening of Sunday, January 12, 2020. Spring-term classes begin on Monday, January 13, 2020.