Springfield is the largest city on the Connecticut River, in the Pioneer Valley of Massachusetts. It is nicknamed “The City of Homes” because of its grand, Victorian architecture, and “The City of Firsts” because of the numerous innovations that took place there.
Eight large commercial airports are within 20 to 140 miles of downtown Springfield:
Bradley International (BDL) Windsor Locks, Connecticut – 25 minutes from downtown Springfield; served by Air Canada, American/American Eagle, Delta, JetBlue, Southwest, United, US Airways/US Airways Express. 25 minutes door-to-door from the terminal to the IJA hotels. Beautiful, modern 2-level airport terminal. The hotels don’t have airport shuttles, but you can go between Bradley Airport and Springfield with The Valley Transporter, which requires reservations to be made ahead of time. Other options are taxis at about $60 and Uber or Lyft at about $30; confirm availability before you travel.
Boston Logan International Airport (BOS) Boston, Massachusetts – 94 miles from Springfield / 3 hr 20 min by Peter Pan Bus (6 round-trips a day BOS-Springfield, $23 each way); served by all US airlines plus over 20 international carriers.
Albany International Airport (ALB) Albany, NY – 95 miles from Springfield; served by American, United, Air Canda, Southwest, US Airways, Delta, Cape Air (seasonal summer)
Providence Green Airport (PVD) Warwick, RI. 95 miles to Springfield; served by Delta, JetBlue, Southwest, United, US Airways, New England Airlines, Condor Airlines (seasonal summer)
3 additional airports in New York City, NY – 140 miles (LaGuardia, JFK, Newark Liberty); served by over 100 airlines and 2,000 flights/day.
Our main hotels do not offer complimentary shuttle service. Independent services such as Peter Pan Bus Lines or other airport shuttle services are recommended. Between Bradley Airport and Springfield, you can make a reservation (required) with The Valley Transporter. Additional ground transportation options from the airport to downtown include car rental, taxi, limousine, Uber, Lyft and Pioneer Valley Transit Authority (PVTA) .
The center of Springfield is at the intersection of I-90 and I-91, within a day’s drive of 150,000,000 Americans and 70% of all Canadians. Here are the driving times from nearby cities:
|New York: 2.5 Hours
|Manchester: 2 Hours
|Boston: 1.5 Hours
|Providence: 1.5 Hours
|Albany: 1.5 Hours
|Hartford: 30 Minutes
Amtrak trains are a great way to reach the festival. Here are some sample rates:
Springfield to New York Penn Station – $45 one-way, 1 hr 45 min, 10 trains a day.
Springfield to Boston South Station – $21 one-way, Lake Shore Limited – 1 train daily each way.
The Peter Pan Bus Company is the largest and oldest independent bus company in the country, and was founded in and is still headquartered in Springfield, with their main bus terminal two blocks from our HQ hotels. Peter Pan busses connect Springfield to all of New England with frequent, safe, inexpensive scheduled bus service, including multiple daily runs in both directions to New York City, Boston, Philadelphia, Rhode Island, New Jersey, Washington D.C., and most cities in Connecticut and Massachusetts. Their state-of-the-art fleet of new 54-passenger coaches provides a comfortable, safe ride with free Wi-Fi on board, tilt-back seats, work/reading lights, tray tables, seat belts, and on-board restrooms.