Shore Line East FAQ - Connecting Trains


If I want to travel from a town on the shoreline to Bridgeport, Stamford or Grand Central Terminal in New York, how exactly does it work?
From towns between Old Saybrook and Branford (limited service from New London), take a Shore Line East (SLE) train to New Haven's Union Station, walk across the platform (in most cases) and board the waiting New Haven Line train for travel to your final destination. SLE train conductors always know where your connecting New Haven Line train will be waiting, so feel free to ask.

There is also weekday Shore Line Express service to/from Bridgeport and Stamford. Select trains make all the regular SLE stops between Old Saybrook and New Haven and continue directly to/from Bridgeport and Stamford.

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Do I need to go into the station to buy a ticket for a connecting New Haven Line train?
Passengers transferring to a New Haven Line train may buy their New Haven Line ticket on-board without paying the surcharge. Just show the conductor your Shore Line East ticket when making your purchase.

Passengers returning to Shore Line East on the New Haven Line should purchase their New Haven Line tickets before boarding the train to avoid paying an additional surcharge.

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In the morning, if my SLE train is late getting to New Haven, will the connecting train wait?
Yes. New Haven Line trains will wait up to five minutes for Shore Line East trains arriving late at New Haven's Union Station.

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If my New Haven Line train is late getting back to New Haven in the afternoon or evening, will my connecting Shore Line East train wait?
Yes. Shore Line East trains will wait a reasonable amount of time for late-arriving New Haven Line trains.

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