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Shore Line East FAQ - Service Schedule
- What is Shore Line East?
- When and where is SLE service available?
- What happens if I need to travel beyond New Haven?
- Do SLE trains run on weekends & holidays?
- 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?
- Where can I get a copy of the complete schedule of SLE trains?
- Do Amtrak's Acela trains stop at State Street Station in New Haven?
What is Shore Line East?
Shore Line East (SLE) is a reliable rail service providing access between Old Saybrook and New Haven seven days a week. Shore Line Express service is also available weekdays to and from Bridgeport and Stamford. Connections to New Haven Line and Amtrak service are available at New Haven's Union Station. Shore Line East service from New London is provided by regularly scheduled Amtrak trains.
When and where is SLE service available?
Shore Line East provides peak-hour morning service from towns along the shoreline between Old Saybrook and New Haven's State Street Station and Union Station seven days a week. There is also an early morning train that travels nonstop from New Haven's Union Station to Old Saybrook. See timetable for details.
Shore Line East also provides peak-hour afternoon/evening service between New Haven's Union Station and State Street Station to towns along the shoreline to Old Saybrook seven days a week.
Select regularly scheduled Amtrak trains honor SLE multi-ride tickets for express afternoon/evening service from New Haven's Union Station to New London. There is also limited express afternoon/evening service from Old Saybrook to New Haven's Union Station. See the timetable for details.
What happens if I need to travel beyond New Haven?
If you are continuing on the New Haven Line in the morning, it's usually as simple as getting off the SLE train at New Haven's Union Station, walking across the platform and getting on the waiting New Haven Line train.
On weekdays, Shore Line Express service, that doesn't require changing trains in New Haven, is available to and from Bridgeport and Stamford.
On the following days, SLE will run on Weekend / Holiday schedule:
- Saturdays & Sundays
- New Year's Day
- Martin Luther King Jr. Day
- Presidents Day
- Memorial Day
- Independence Day
- Labor Day
- Thanksgiving Day & day after Thanksgiving
- Christmas Day
On the following days, SLE will run on Regular schedule:
- Columbus Day
- Veteran’s Day
- Christmas Eve
- Day after Christmas Day
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 Guaranteed Ride Program provides up to four free rides per year to SLE monthly ticket holders for just such emergencies. To arrange a ride, call 1-800-ALL-RIDE, 5:00 AM to 11:00 PM weekdays, and 7:00 AM to 11:00 PM weekends.
Where can I get a copy of the complete schedule of SLE trains?
You can see and print out the timetable here. A printed timetable is also posted at all Shore Line East train stations and at many area merchants and offices. You may also receive one by mail by calling 1-800-ALL-RIDE or (203) 777-7433.