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About Hartford

Hartford is the capital of Connecticut, and a New England destination with literary attractions, charming parks, and engaging activities for families.

The homes of Mark Twain and Harriet Beecher Stowe, both in Hartford, have been turned into museums to learn more about these authors and their lives. If you prefer Edward Cullen to Tom Sawyer, you may appreciate that a more contemporary literary giant, Stephanie Meyer, was born in Hartford too.

The Elizabeth Park Conservancy is a spread of formal gardens and grounds where you can walk, picnic, and catch outdoor concerts or tours. Kids will love the antique carousel in Bushnell Park, as well as the hands-on exhibits at the Connecticut Science Center. For those who prefer to wander through cute downtowns, West Hartford offers some of the best shopping in the area.

With a large nearby airport, and many intercity bus and train services providing access to hubs like Boston and New York, getting to Hartford is about as easy as a walk in Bushnell Park.

Station Information

Union Station

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Union Station is a historic bus and train station located in the downtown area of Hartford, CT. Built in 1889, the station serves as the main stop in Hartford for all four Amtrak train lines that pass through the city, including the Northeast Regional, the Vermonter and the Valley Flyer, as well as the Hartford Line commuter train. Union Station is also used by bus carriers Greyhound and Peter Pan Bus Lines as their main bus stop in Downtown Hartford. The station is easily accessible from all parts of the city and its surrounding areas through a variety of local and express transit bus lines. At Hartford’s Union Station, you will find some fast food options and vending machines, as well as restrooms and a waiting area.

Popular bus stations in Hartford:

  • Union Station - 1 Union Pl

  • Pearl and Ann St.

  • Asylum St. At Bushnell Park

  • Pearl and Lewis St

  • State St

  • Union Station area- North side of Church St

  • 419 Asylum Street (Across Union Sta)

  • Pearl and Trumbull St

  • Central Row at Old State House

  • Market and Talcott St

What bus companies travel to Hartford, Connecticut?

Located in Connecticut, Hartford is accessible by bus from 12 other cities. You can choose from 238 daily scheduled trips when you search for buses to Hartford on Wanderu. Peter Pan Lines usually has the most buses on any given day.

Looking for other ways to get there? Train tickets to Hartford are also available.

Bus companies serving Hartford

BusRoutesAvg. TimeAvg. Price
FlixBus US21010h 8m$75.07
Greyhound565h 34m$41.66
Peter Pan Lines383h 54m$38.49
OurBus42h 28m$20.45
  • FlixBus US is the American branch of German bus company FlixBus, known for providing sustainable, affordable, and modern bus travel. The company offers cheap bus tickets to popular urban destinations throughout the United States. FlixBus US buses include many amenities, including comfortable seats, free WiFi, power outlets at every seat, and an online portal for free entertainment.

  • Greyhound is the largest nationwide bus carrier in the United States, offering cheap, safe and reliable service across the country. Greyhound has become a household name, serving over 16 million passengers per year with daily trips to over 2,400 destinations. Greyhound buses are outfitted with power outlets, free WiFi, restrooms, and air conditioning for your comfort.

  • OurBus is an intercity bus company based in New York City. OurBus provides cheap bus tickets to some of the most popular cities in the United States. All OurBus coaches come equipped with a generous roster of amenities, including extra legroom, freshly cleaned restroom, free WiFi, power outlets at every seat, and complimentary bottled water. With cheap bus tickets, OurBus is one of the best ways to travel by bus if you are looking for comfort at a good price.

Which bus carrier has the best service to Hartford?

Based on customers travel reviews, travelers who booked on Wanderu rave about traveling to Hartford by bus with Go Buses giving them a 5 rating out of 5.

Travelers also mentioned that Peter Pan Lines had the most comfortable bus service to Hartford taking into account the seats and amenities that Peter Pan Lines offers. They rate Peter Pan Lines a 4.2 out of 5 when it comes to just how relaxing and enjoyable their experience was onboard.

If you are looking to arrive to Hartford punctually, travelers suggest that FlixBus US has the best on time performance on their bus schedules to Hartford, rating them a 5 based on their on time arrivals.

Frequently Asked Questions

$3.00 is the cheapest price for a bus ticket to Hartford, according to recent searches on Wanderu. You can use our search to check if this price is currently available on buses from your city to Hartford. In the last month, buses from Springfield to Hartford had the lowest average price at $8.52.

The busiest bus station in Hartford is Union Station - 1 Union Pl. There are several other active stations in addition to this main station. The most popular bus stations in Hartford are:

  • Union Station - 1 Union Pl
  • Pearl and Ann St.
  • Asylum St. At Bushnell Park

In terms of accessibility to other parts of the city, you can’t beat staying in downtown Hartford. Public transportation is nearby, and because Hartford is less expensive than a lot of nearby cities (like Boston and New York), it’s surprisingly affordable.

That said, there are some other neat neighborhoods to stay in Hartford. The Front Street District, just south of downtown, will put you near the Wadsworth Athenum Museum of Art, as well as the Connecticut Science Center.

Asylum Hill and Frog Hollow offer some beautiful Victorian architecture, and you can find a real deal on accomodations in Barry Square, a bit southwest of downtown.

CTtransit, the local bus service, is the best option for getting around Hartford. A single-fare pass costs $1.75 and an all-day pass costs $3.50, both of which are sold onboard the bus. Local buses make stops approximately every 2–3 blocks.

Travelers can also jump on the Dash Shuttle, a free circulator shuttle that stops at major downtown sites. Service operates every weekday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., departing every 15 minutes from the Connecticut Convention Center.

In addition, the Bradley Flyer offers express transportation between Bradley International Airport and the Connecticut Convention Center and/or Union Station in Hartford. Rides cost $1.30 each.

Hartford is a terrific city if you like history and spending time outdoors in the park. Make sure to visit the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center and the Mark Twain House and Museum for in-depth looks at two authors whose novels had far-reaching effects on the U.S. And if you like art, the Wadsworth Atheneum is the oldest continually operating public art museum in the entire country.

When you’re ready to head outside, check out Bushnell Park, the Mortensen Riverfront Plaza and the Elizabeth Park Rose Garden, and stop by the Ancient Burying Ground for graves dating back to 1648.

Hartford, Connecticut, has been called “New England’s foodie heaven,” and the city has some great restaurant options, many of which are downtown. Max Downtown is pricey, but a Hartford favorite. Other popular options include Black-Eyed Sally’s, ON20, Firebox, and City Steam Brewery and Cafe.

If you’re in the market for cheap eats, we recommend the Middle Eastern food at Tangiers International, and the hearty plates of Carribbean food at Dunns River Jamaican Restaurant.

New England is known for its beauty in autumn. Consider coming to Hartford in fall, when the leaves change and the air is crisp. In summer, it’s also an easy getaway from crowded New York City and Boston.
Hartford is the most popular bus destination in Connecticut. It also ranks number 51 in United States. Hartford has the most bus connections in the region. There are 98 bus schedules arriving in Hartford each day.
The population of Hartford is 124006. Hartford ranks number 3 in terms of population in Connecticut and number 191 in all of United States.
Bus tickets to Hartford range from $3 for a short trip to Hartford, while a 60 to 200 mile bus trip to Hartford starts at , and a longer trip by bus to Hartford can be as cheap as . Looking to travel across state or province lines? A trip from out of your region will be as low as $3.
People who take the bus to Hartford are most often visiting their families or loved ones. With frequent schedules, the ability to book and hop on a bus last minute make taking a bus to Hartford easy whether you're planning a trip far in advance or need some quality time with loved ones at the last minute.
The closest bus station to the city center of Hartford is 419 Asylum Street (Across Union Sta), located just 0.3 miles away. Select 419 Asylum Street (Across Union Sta) as your arrival if your plans call for exploring the downtown area of Hartford. Search on Wanderu and in the search results you can filter travel options by arriving or departing station.

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