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About Bradley International Airport (BDL)

The busiest airport in Connecticut, Bradley International Airport is located near the state’s northern border with Massachusetts and serves the cities of Hartford and Springfield. Our Bradley International Airport guide includes information regarding terminal facilities, public transportation routes and nearby accommodation options.


Two information booths, located in the baggage claim area (tel: +1 860 292 2056) and departures area (tel: +1 860 292 2075), offer tourist information and assistance, as well as paging services.


Driving directions:

Bradley International Airport is situated near exit 40 from the Interstate 91 north-south connector road.
From central Hartford take the Interstate 84 eastwards and connect to Interstate 91, heading north, to the airport exit (journey time: 20 minutes).
From central Springfield, Massachusetts, take State Street westwards towards the river and connect to Interstate 91, heading south towards the airport (journey time: 20 minutes).

Transfer between terminals:

Terminal A is within walking distance to Terminal B.

Airport Info

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Bradley International Airport is situated 20km (12 miles) north of Hartford in Connecticut and 20km (12 miles) south of Springfield in Massachusetts.

No. of terminals:

+1 860 292 2000

Public Transport

Public transport road:

Bus: Connecticut Transit (tel: +1 860 525 9181; run buses between downtown Hartford and Bradley International Airport, including the express Bradley Flyer (journey time to Hartford: 30 minutes; fare: US$1.50). Buses depart from the roadway outside the Arrivals building.
Shuttle: Valley Transporter (tel: +1 413 253 1350; offers a door-to-door shuttle service to numerous destinations, running hourly from the terminal until 2330 – ticket desks are located in the baggage reclaim area. The fare from the airport to Hartford/Springfield is roughly US$50. Thomas Transportation (tel: +1 603 352 5550; also operates a scheduled shuttle service from the airport.
Taxi: A taxi service (tel: +1 860 627 3128) is available from ground transportation counters outside Terminal A. Taxis can be called from airport phones or hailed from the kerb outside baggage reclaim. The fare to Hartford is around US$45, and the journey takes 20 to 30 minutes.

Terminal facilities


ATMs are situated at various points throughout the terminal.


There are numerous restaurants, snack bars, fast-food outlets and cafés at Bradley International Airport. These include a small food court that houses a full-service restaurant, a pizza outlet and a Martini bar.


There is a newsagent before the security screening area of Terminal A, and a small choice of similar outlets and gift shops in the departures area.


Lost and found property within the airport is handled by the State Police (tel: +1 860 292 7400), who can assist passengers wishing to report or claim a lost item. For items left at the security check points, call TSA (tel: +1 860 804 4109).


Other facilities available at Bradley International Airport include a shoeshine stand in each concourse.

Airport facilities

Conference and business:

There are executive lounges within the terminal, including The Admirals Club Lounge (tel: +1 860 386 1693), which is located near boarding gate 24; facilities here include telephones, workstations and conference space. The lounge is open to American Airlines or US Airways Club members, along with some approved lounge partners.
The on-site Sheraton Hartford Hotel Bradley Airport (tel: +1 860 627 5311; has a range of business services and meeting space. A few minutes away, the state-of-the-art Connecticut Convention Centre (tel: +1 860 249 6000; also offers excellent conference facilities.

Communication Facilities:

Free Wi-Fi internet access is available throughout the airport.

Disabled facilities:

Bradley International Airport is accessible to physically disabled passengers, with lifts and ramps in and around the terminal building. Wheelchair-accessible toilets are omnipresent and family toilets are also available There are reserved spaces for disabled travellers in the long- and short-term car parks. 'Skycap' luggage assistance is available on the upper level of the terminal.
Any passengers who may require additional assistance are advised to contact their airline in advance of travel.

Car parking:

TThere is a choice of on- and off-site parking (tel: +1 860 627 3555) at Bradley International Airport. A 3,500-space multistorey car park offering short- and long-term parking is located directly in front of Terminal A. Four long-term car parks (car parks 1, 3, 4, and 5) are served by courtesy shuttle buses, 24 hours a day.

Car rental:

Car hire companies represented on-site at Bradley International Airport include: Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz, National and Thrifty. Car rental companies provide complimentary shuttle service to their business locations.

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