Transportation Options

Whether you're a student or an employee, there are many ways for you to get around Middletown or off-campus without your own car.  Read more about bus and other transit options, electric vehicle charging, biking, Zipcars, ridesharing, carpooling, and rewards via the tabs below.

Try the new WesPass!

For the 2021-22 academic year, riding Middletown Area Transit and 9-Town Transit buses is FREE for students!  Just show your WesID when you hop on a bus and you're good to go.  Wesleyan is serviced by the Middletown Area Transit (MAT) routes 583, 584, and 590 - you can view the bus stops on the Wesleyan campus map or this handy poster of nearby destinations. You can catch these and all MAT and 9-Town Transit buses at the downtown terminal at 340 Main St.  View all of MAT schedules here or use MAT's Trip Planner to find all the details in one place (scroll down below the map). 

Traveling off-campus: MAT Route 590 gets you to Meriden Train Station in less than 20 minutes.  In Meriden, you can connect to New Haven, Hartford, Springfield, Bradley Airport, and beyond via train.  This poster gives more information on how to connect to other transit using MAT, or read more below.

  • Public Transit - Middletown/Local
    • The Ride: If you're just looking to get around campus more easily, hop on The Ride, the free campus shuttle that runs nightly from 7 PM to 4 AM.
    • Middletown Area Transit (MAT) Buses stop at the corner of William/High Streets (Route 583, Route 584, and Route 590) every 50 minutes. Use MAT's Trip Planner to figure out your route, your stop, and when the bus is coming (scroll down below the map). Additional bus stops near campus are now on the Wesleyan map. Links to MAT bus schedules are below.   
    • 9-Town Transit buses leave from the downtown terminal.
      • Route 644 connects Middletown to Old Saybrook, where you can get on an Amtrak or Shoreline East train
      • Route 645 connects Middletown to Haddam, Killingworth, Clinton, and Madison (home to Hammonasset State Park)


    Eco Facilitator Kayla Loubriel '22 created a map of Middletown Area Transit routes to make it easier for you to get around! Bus routes are color coded; each stop notes what routes stop in the same location.

  • Public Transit - Regional
    • CTrail Hartford Line service offers 17 round trips a day between New Haven and Hartford, with some trips continuing up to Springfield, MA.  Take the Hartford Line to connect to buses and trains continuing on to Boston, New York, and beyond.  The nearest Hartford Line station is in Meriden, which is accessible via a 15-20 minute ride on Middletown Area Transit's Route 590 service.  See how to connect north and south on the Hartford Line via this poster.
    • CT Transit Route 55 offers buses to Hartford and Bradley Airport from the downtown Middletown Bus Terminal (340 Main St.).
    • Transportation Services offers weekly shuttles from campus to the New Haven Train Station.  Before and after breaks, Transportation Services offers shuttles to Bradley Airport, New Haven Train Station, Boston, New York City, and occasionally to Philadelphia/Washington, D.C.  Tickets for all shuttles can be purchased online through Transportation Services.


    Eco Facilitator Kayla Loubriel '22 has created a map of regional transit (bus and rail) to make it easier for you to get off campus without a car! Lines are color-coded for ease of use.

  • Biking
    • Parking: The Wesleyan campus map shows bike parking locations on Wesleyan's campus and in downtown Middletown (note: Middletown locations are in progress).  Indoor bike racks are available to residents of the following buildings: High Rise, Malcolm X House, Bennet, Clark, Butterfield A and B, Fauver, Nicolson, West College, and Hewitt.  Bikes must be parked at a bike rack and may never block sidewalks, roads, ramps, porches, parking lots, or building doors.  Always lock your personal bike (U-locks recommended and available to purchase for $20 at the Public Safety Office).  
    • Bike Rentals: WesBikes is Wesleyan's semester-by-semester bike rental program. It caters to students for whom owning a bicycle on campus is infeasible for geographical or financial reasons. WesBikes also offers students the opportunity to try out owning a bike on campus.  All proceeds from bike rentals go into maintaining the bike fleet.  Contact Public Safety to rent a bike.

    • Biking Safely: Read the rules below to stay safe.  For more information, visit the Public Safety bicycle safety page
      • Riders should wear a helmet at all times while riding a bicycle.  Public Safety sells helmets for $20 apiece. 
      • Follow all Connecticut state laws regarding bicycling.
      • Ride on the right, moving with traffic.  Bikes going straight may ride in the left edge of a right turn lane.
      • Obey traffic signals and signs, using hand signals to indicate turns and stops.  When making a turn, you can operate like a vehicle, or like a pedestrian, making use of crosswalks and pedestrian lights.
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      • Riders are prohibited from riding bicycles while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
      • Only one person at a time is allowed on a bicycle. 
      • Bicycles are prohibited on Middletown Main Street sidewalks per Section 262-43 of City ordinances. 
      • Bikes are discouraged from riding on City sidewalks elsewhere, but if you need to ride on a sidewalk for safety, you must yield to pedestrians.
  • Electric Vehicle Charging
    • 2 Level 2 stations serving 4 parking spots in Q Lot (behind Freeman Athletic Center)
    • 2 Level 2 stations and 1 Level 1 station serving 2 parking spots in L Lot (corner of Lawn Ave/High St)
    • 5 Level 2 stations serving 10 parking spots in T Lot (behind Center for Film Studies)
  • Zipcar

    Need a car? Wesleyan has partnered with Zipcar to bring self-service, on-demand car sharing to campus. To use Zipcars, simply register as a member, reserve a car online or by phone, use your Zipcard to access the car, and drive away. When you’re done, return the car to the same location where you picked it up.  As a member you get:

    • Access to Zipcars 24/7 at Parking Lot C and Parking Lot E on campus (look for the Zipcar signs).
    • Discounted hourly rates for faculty, staff and students age 18 and older: rates start at just $7.50/hour or $69/day.
    • Gas, insurance and maintenance are included for free.
    • Join for only $25 a year, and receive $35 in driving credit your first month.

    Learn more and get started at  Please contact Zipcar member services with any issues at (866) 494-7227.

  • Rideshare
    Students can share or ask for rides through the WesRides Facebook group.
  • Carpools & Vanpools
    • Set up a carpool for one-time or regular commuting travel.  Carpooling is an arrangement between people to travel together in a single vehicle and is a great way to save money, connect with others, and cut your carbon footprint.  Find your carpool buddy through CTrides!  
    • For a monthly fee, Commute with Enterprise provides a van, insurance, maintenance, and fuel for vanpool groups, which usually meet daily at a pre-determined location. Great for employees in New Haven, West Hartford, and other highly populated areas.  For more information, contact Matt Lyhne at Enterprise.
  • Tools and Rewards
    • CTrides, a program of CT DOT, offers free bus trial rides and has a ridematching service to help you get where you need to go.  CT Rides offers a number of other commuter benefits, too. 
    • CTrides offers rewards every time you walk, bike, carpool, or take public transportation, whether you're traveling for work, school, or just for fun.  Download the Android or iPhone CTrides app to make tracking your trips even easier.

    Watch a CTrides info video to learn more!