What is Shore Line East?
Shore Line East (SLE) is a rail service providing access between New London and New Haven seven days a week. Shore Line East THRU (express) service is also available weekdays to/from West Haven, Bridgeport and Stamford. Connections to Metro-North’s New Haven Line and Amtrak are available at New Haven's Union Station.
Where are SLE train stations located?
Shore Line East trains stop in New Haven at Union and State Street stations, Branford, Guilford, Madison, Clinton, Westbrook, Old Saybrook and New London as well as limited service to West Haven, Bridgeport, and Stamford.
When do SLE trains run?
Shore Line East trains operate seven days a week, including holidays. AM service is primarily westbound, towards New Haven, and PM service is primarily eastbound, towards Old Saybrook and New London. Please refer to the full schedule for departure times.
Where can I park?
Free commuter parking is available at all SLE stations except New London and New Haven’s Union Station. There is no parking available at New Haven’s State Street station. Paid parking is available in nearby parking facilities in New London and New Haven.
How do I purchase a ticket?
One-Way tickets are available for purchase onboard all SLE trains with cash only with no surcharge. All passengers purchasing tickets on board are requested to have exact change or small bills. Passengers wishing to use a credit/debit card or in need of other ticket types must visit a full service ticket window located at the following station locations: New London, Old Saybrook, and New Haven’s Union Station.
How do I purchase a UniRail ticket?
UniRail Tickets are available at New Haven’s Union Station and any New Haven Line station with a ticket window, as well as by mail at: www.MTA.info.
Is my SLE Multi-Ride ticket valid on regular Amtrak trains?
Amtrak accepts Shore Line East Multi-Ride tickets for ONLY the SELECT trains listed on our schedule. Shore Line East Multi-Ride tickets include: Shore Line East Monthly, UniRail, Ten-Trip or Weekly tickets but NOT single ride tickets. All one-way tickets will be charged the full Amtrak fare.
Please be aware that Multi-Ride tickets are nontransferable and only valid for 45 days from purchase date to use on Amtrak trains. Also, Amtrak trains do not make all Shore Line East station stops. Check our schedules or our website Trip Planner to see Amtrak times and stops.
Is the U-Pass CT accepted aboard Shore Line East trains?
Yes, the U-Pass CT is accepted aboard all Shore Line East trains with an accompanying student ID. However, it is not accepted aboard ANY Amtrak train, including Amtrak trains that accept SLE Multi-Ride tickets. For more details on the U-Pass, visit ctrides.com/u-pass.
Where can I find New Haven shuttles?
Monday through Friday, New Haven Connector shuttle buses provide access to locations that are not within walking distance of New Haven's State Street Station and Union Station. Please see the Rider Resources page for further information.
How can I travel beyond New Haven?
New Haven Line trains connect with Shore Line East at New Haven Union Station for travel west of New Haven towards New York. Monday through Friday, two AM and two PM Shore Line East THRU trains travel past New Haven, making stops at West Haven, Bridgeport and Stamford, with connections to Grand Central Terminal in New York.
How will I know if my train has been delayed?
Every effort is made to alert passengers of service interruptions and/or cancellations via announcements made at each applicable train station. Notifications are also available online via Twitter at @SLEalerts. To receive text updates on your phone, Text "Follow @SLEalerts" to 40404. State Street Station and New Haven Union Station alerts are available @MetroNorth.
When traveling to New Haven, should I exit the train at State Street Station or Union Station?
State Street Station is located just two blocks from the New Haven Green and is within walking distance of downtown New Haven. Union Station is where connecting New Haven Line and Amtrak trains stop.
Do I need to enter Union Station to purchase a Metro-North ticket for my connecting New Haven Line train?
Passengers transferring to Metro-North’s New Haven Line may purchase their ticket on board the connecting train with cash only. In order to avoid the surcharge, passengers must show the Metro-North conductor their SLE ticket stub before purchase.
Where can I purchase my SLE Monthly ticket?
Monthly and Monthly Plus tickets are ONLY sold at New Haven's Union Station, Old Saybrook and New London train stations.
Do children ride free?
Up to four children ages 11 and under may travel for free with a Shore Line East fare paying adult. Additional children will be charged the adult fare. Shore Line East's "Child Fare Policy" does not apply to Amtrak - SLE options. If you're continuing your trip on a Metro-North New Haven Line train, for up to four children ages 5-11 traveling with a paying adult, the fare is $1 each. Any additional children ages 5-11 will be charged half the adult fare. Children under 5 years of age travel free.
Are senior discounts available?
SLE Senior (65+)/Disable One-Way tickets are 50% off standard fare; not valid on weekday morning peak trains.
Are military discounts available?
SLE does not offer a military discount.
Can SLE tickets be refunded?
Single Trip Tickets are refundable at ticket windows only. Unused Ten Trip Tickets are refundable by mail only. Monthly Tickets are refundable by mail only. The redemption value of unused or partially used SLE monthly tickets is determined based on the calendar day of the month that the ticket is postmarked for refund. For more details, including mailing address, please see the Ticket Refund Chart.
Can lost SLE tickets be replaced?
Lost, damaged, or stolen tickets can neither be refunded nor replaced.
During AM peak travel, if a SLE train is late arriving at New Haven Union Station, will the connecting New Haven Line train wait?
New Haven Line trains are able to wait up to five minutes to accommodate Shore Line East connecting passengers at New Haven's Union Station.
During PM peak travel, if my New Haven Line train is late returning to New Haven Union Station, will the connecting Shore Line East train wait?
Shore Line East will wait a reasonable amount of time to accommodate passengers connecting from Metro North’s New Haven Line at New Haven Union station.
What do I do if something unforeseen arises - such as working late or a family emergency - and I can't take a scheduled Shore Line East train?
The Emergency Ride Home Program provides up to four (4) free rides per year to SLE monthly ticket holders for such emergencies. Click here for more details.
Do Amtrak trains stop at New Haven State Street Station?
Amtrak trains do not stop at State Street Station. Amtrak service is available via New Haven's Union Station.
What if an item is lost on board a SLE train?
Items lost on board SLE trains or at SLE stations are brought to Amtrak’s Baggage and Claims Dept. in New Haven’s Union station, reachable by calling (203) 773-6176. Please feel free to call 1-877-CTrides (287-4337) with any questions on the Lost and Found process.
Are there restrooms on the trains?
Yes, lavatory facilities are available on trains as well as at stations in New London, Old Saybrook and New Haven's Union Station.
Are pets allowed on trains?
Trained service animals assisting the disabled are permitted without restriction. All pets must either be leashed or confined in a closed, ventilated container to be permitted on-board the train. Pets must also not annoy other passengers and not occupy seats.
Is luggage storage available?
Only items that can be safely carried and stored by the passenger are permitted on-board the trains. Items that may cause safety hazards or inconvenience to other passengers are not permitted. There is no checked baggage on Shore Line East trains.
Can I bring a bicycle onto the train?
Passengers are permitted to bring bicycles on-board Shore Line East trains between New London and New Haven. Passengers are required to safely carry bicycles on and off the trains and safely store bicycles on-board. Most trains have at least one car with bicycle racks for easy storage. Bicycle groups of 5 or more passengers are required to provide one-week prior notification of their travel plans to CTDOT Rail Operations at (203) 789-6955.
Is there WiFi access on the trains?
No, there is no WiFi connection on board the trains.
Are there power outlets on trains?
There are some outlets on each car towards the back, but outlets are limited.
How do I apply for employment with Shore Line East?
To apply for employment with Shore Line East, please visit Amtrak's Career website at Amtrak.com.