Information & Facts
Hartford has four distinct seasons. New England springs tend to
be fleeting, arriving in early May and soon giving way to summer,
which is warm, sometimes hot and humid. Autumn is chilly, but the
landscape is at its most beautiful. Winters are quite cold, and
snow is common.
Walking around the downtown area is possible, although visitors
now have the option of taking the new Star Shuttle, a free shuttle
service that loops the central business district, making 13 stops
near hotels and major attractions. It operates Monday through
Friday, 7am to 11pm, and Saturday, 3pm to 11pm. CTTRANSIT bus
services operate regularly; standard fare is $1.25, but various
passes are available.
English is the most common language but Spanish is often
spoken in south-western states.
The US Dollar (USD) is the unit of currency and is divided into
100 cents. Only major banks exchange foreign currency. ATMs are
widespread and credit cards and travellers cheques are widely
accepted. Travellers cheques should be taken in US Dollars to avoid
hassles. Banking hours are Monday to Friday 9am to 3pm.