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Driving Directions

By Car

From I-91 traveling south (from Hartford, CT)

  1. Take exit 4 (State Street). Note: There is no exit 5 -- exit 4 follows exit 6.
  2. Take a right at the end of the ramp onto Humphrey St.
  3. Follow Humphrey Street until it runs into Gibbs Parking Lot (3 stop lights).
  4. Park in the Gibbs parking lot and use the local directions.

From I-95 traveling north (from NYC, NY or Providence, RI)

  1. Get on I-91 North in New Haven.
  2. Take exit 3 (Trumbull Street). The ramp will loop around and end at a light.
  3. Go straight through 1st light (at the end of the ramp) onto Trumbull St.
  4. Take a right at 2nd light onto Whitney Ave.
  5. Take a left at 2nd light on Whitney Ave. into Gibbs Parking Lot (across from Humphrey St., just after the Peabody Museum).
  6. Park in the Gibbs parking lot and use the local directions.

By Rail

There are two train lines that serve New Haven

  1. Amtrak—Metroliner: Service from most places in the U.S.
    (800) 523-8720, New Haven station is NHV.
  2. Metro North Railroad: Service from NYC and Southwestern CT
    (800) 638-7646, Reservations are not needed. Tickets can be purchased at the station.

Starting at Union Station in New Haven

  1. Turn right onto Union Avenue heading north.
  2. After about 0.8 miles Union Avenue becomes State Street. Continue on State Street until you come to Humphrey Street.
  3. Turn left onto Humphrey and follow it into the Gibbs Parking Lot (2 stop lights).
  4. Park in the Gibbs parking lot and use the local directions.

However, best way to get to the department from train station is to take a taxi.

By Air

Bradley International Airport (BDL)

Bradley Airport is nearest large airport to New Haven, CT; it is about 50 miles from Yale University. To get to the Astronomy department, you will either need to rent a car or take the Connecticut Limo (a shuttle bus service). The Connecticut limo will cost about $60 roundtrip, and expect to take a taxi from their New Haven terminal to the department (another $7 one-way). If you choose to take the Connecticut Limo, reservations are highly recommended, especially if you are arriving or departing on an early or late flight. For those that wish to rent a car, here are the driving directions:

  1. Head southeast on I-20 (Following signs for Hartford) for about 2.5 miles.
  2. Take the exit for I-91 south (Hartford).
  3. Follow I-91 south about 47.5 miles into New Haven.
  4. Follow the driving directions for I-91 south above.

Tweed New Haven Airport (HVN)

Tweed Airport is a regional airport, with limited service. It is frequently a better idea to fly into Bradley Airport. To get to the department from Tweed, you must take a taxi, or have someone meet you. Directions from Tweed are listed below:

  1. Follow signs from Tweed to I-95.
  2. Take I-95 south towards New Haven.
  3. Follow the driving directions for I-91 south above.

By Taxi Within New Haven

There are many taxi companies in New Haven. Here is a list of some of them.

Checker Cab Company (203) 468-2678
Metro Taxi (203) 777-7777
New Haven Taxi Cab Company (203) 877-0000
Yellow Cab (203) 777-5555 or (203) 484-7777

Taxi fares from either Union Station (railroad) or the CT Limo station to the department should be $8-10 one-way.

  1. Tell the taxi driver you want to go the northern part of Yale University (Science Hill, near Peabody Museum) address 260 Whitney Avenue.
  2. On Whitney heading North, pull left into parking lot at first light after passing Peabody Museum.
  3. Get off at the Gibbs parking lot and use the local directions.

Local Directions: From Gibbs Parking Lot

The Astronomy Department

The Astronomy Department is on the 2nd floor of the Gibbs Laboratory, which is 6-story, white & blue-green building on the hill directly behind the large parking lot. The front entrance of Gibbs (and most of the parking lot) are secured electronically. Call the department in advance at (203) 432-3000 to arrange for admittance. Then take one of the slanted walks up the hill into the double doors and then either take the stairs or the elevator to the second floor. If you parked in the lot between 8am and 4pm, you must come into the department and get a one-day parking permit from Ann Giangarra in Gibbs 203.

Yale University Student Observatory

The Yale University Student Observatory is located in Farnam Memorial Gardens at the corner of Prospect St. and Edwards St. From the Gibbs parking lot, turn left onto Whitney Avenue and take your first left onto Edwards St. At the top of the hill, take a right onto Prospect St. The observatory driveway is your first right after turning onto Prospect. There is very limited parking at the observatory (and it's only about a 50 foot walk from the street) so, if you are attending a public event there, please park on the street, if possible.

Image Credits: (header) ASA/ESA, John Clarke (University of Michigan); (left) Bruce Balick (University of Washington), Jason Alexander (University of Washington), Arsen Hajian (U.S. Naval Observatory), Yervant Terzian (Cornell University), Mario Perinotto (University of Florence, Italy), Patrizio Patriarchi (Arcetri Observatory, Italy) and NASA

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  • Astronomy Department

J.W. Gibbs Laboratory, Second Floor
260 Whitney Avenue
Yale University
New Haven, CT 06511

  • Mailing Address

Astronomy Department
Yale University
P.O. Box 208101
New Haven, CT 06520-8101 USA


Express Mail

(e.g. FedEx, UPS, USPS Express Mail)
260 Whitney Avenue
Astronomy Department
Yale University
New Haven, CT 06511 USA

  • Phone | (203) 432-3000
  • Fax | (203) 432-5048
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