Hartford Line

This page has been written for people in western Massachusetts who are interested in using the Hartford Line. For more general information please visit the Hartford Line website.

 

CTrail Hartford Line train at Springfield Union Station | June 23, 2018
Photo by Andrew Riedl

The Hartford Line is a regional passenger rail service between Springfield, MA and New Haven, CT with intermediate stops in Wallingford, Meriden, Berlin, Hartford, Windsor, and Windsor Locks.

The new service increases the number of weekday trains serving the corridor from 12 to 34 and reduce travel time between Springfield and New Haven to as short as 81 minutes.

Any ticket (Amtrak or CTrail) may be used on any Hartford Line train between Springfield and New Haven including intermediate stations.

Amtrak trains operating on the corridor reach speeds of up to 110 mph on portions of track between Hartford and Meriden.

Connections are available at New Haven Union Station for:

 

 


Schedule

Current timetable | effective April 14, 2019

Hartford Line Timetable | eff. April 14, 2019 | weekday page view

 

Hartford Line Timetable | eff. April 14, 2019 | Sat/Sun/Holiday page view

Printed copies of the Hartford Line timetable are available at many locations in the Pioneer Valley. A listing of locations is available on this link.

 

Printable Schedule (8.5″x 11″)

 

Further Information
Schedules | Hartford Line website

 


Sample Fares

One-way (Adult)

  • Springfield
  • ⮂ Hartford | $6.00
  • ⮂ New Haven | $12.75
  • ⮂ New York City (Grand Central) off-peak | $30.50
  • ⮂ New York City (Grand Central) peak | $36.25
  • Windsor Locks
  • ⮂ Hartford | $3.25
  • ⮂ New Haven | $10.00
  • ⮂ New York City (Grand Central) off-peak | $27.75
  • ⮂ New York City (Grand Central) peak | $33.50

 

Discount One-way
– senior citizens (65 and older) and people with disabilities

  • Springfield
  • ⮂ Hartford | $3.00
  • ⮂ New Haven | $6.25
  • ⮂ New York City (Grand Central) | $18.00
  • Windsor Locks
  • ⮂ Hartford | $1.50
  • ⮂ New Haven | $6.25
  • ⮂ New York City (Grand Central) | $16.75

 

Children one-way

Up to four children ages 2-12 with a paying adult – $1 per child(*)

Additional children ages 2-12 charged half the adult fare.

Under age 2 – Free

(*) For to travel to New York City,  up to four children ages 5-11 with a paying adult – $2 per child.

 

Weekly, 10-trip, and Monthly tickets are also available.

 

Further Information
Tickets & Fares | Hartford Line

 


Tickets | One Ticket, Any Train (*)

Any ticket may be used on any Hartford Line train between Springfield and New Haven including intermediate stations.(*)

This means that Amtrak tickets will be accepted on CTrail trains and CTrail Hartford Line tickets will be accepted on Amtrak trains — except the Vermonter (Amtrak trains 54, 55, 56, and 57).

Hartford Line tickets can be purchased from the CTrail ticket vending machines located at each each station.

At Springfield Union Station the CTrail ticket machines are currently located at the north end of the concourse near the main waiting room.

 

Special notes about tickets

An Amtrak-issued ticket is valid for travel on any CTrail train *but* it can only be used for travel on the specific Amtrak train listed on the ticket. A CTrail-issued ticket is valid for travel on *all* CTrail and all Amtrak trains on the Hartford Line.

Also, some tickets purchased from Amtrak for travel between Springfield and New Haven will be more expensive than tickets purchased from a CTrail ticket machine. In particular — all Discount/Senior and Child tickets.

One-way tickets may also be purchased onboard a CTrail Hartford Line train with a payment of a $3 surcharge. The surcharge is waived for seniors and people with disabilities.

CTrail-issued tickets are valid for 60 days.

 

Transferring from a Hartford Line train to Metro-North in New Haven?

There is no need to enter the station to buy a Metro-North ticket. You can purchase your ticket for onward travel on Metro-North from any CTrail ticket machine at the start of your trip.

Passengers transferring can also purchase their Metro-North ticket on-board the connecting train with cash or a credit card without paying the on-board surcharge. To avoid the on-board surcharge, passengers must show the Metro-North conductor their CTrail or Amtrak Hartford Line ticket stub/receipt before purchasing their Metro-North ticket.

 

Further Information
Tickets & Fares | Hartford Line

 


Traveling from Springfield

Union Station | Springfield, Ma. | June 26, 2017

Springfield Union Station is located at 55 Frank B. Murray St [map]

 

Tickets | the CTrail Hartford Line ticket vending machines are located at the north end of the station concourse near the main waiting room.

Local and Regional Bus Connections | The Pioneer Valley Transit Authority (PVTA), Greyhound, and Peter Pan Bus Lines provide frequent service to (and from) Springfield Union Station.

Parking | the Day Commuter rate (valid from 5 AM – Midnight) at the Union Station Garage (1755 Main St, Springfield) is $5.

 

Further information
Springfield Union Station | Trains In The Valley

 


Traveling from Windsor Locks, CT

Windsor Lock station | August 24, 2019

Windsor Locks station is located at the corner of South Main Street and Stanton Road. [map]

The station is about 14 miles south of Springfield and is right off Interstate 91 at Exit 42.

 

Tickets | purchase your ticket from the CTrail ticket vending machine adjacent to the station platform.

Parking | Free parking is available in the surface lot adjacent to the station.

 

Further information
Windsor Locks station | Trains In The Valley

 


Other Information

Bikes | bicycles are now permitted on all CTrail operated Hartford Line trains. Please note that for the moment only collapsible and folding bicycles are permitted on Amtrak trains on the Hartford Line.

Service Animals and Pets | click on the Policies page of the Hartford Line website for details.

WiFi | available on all Amtrak trains on the Hartford Line. WiFi is not currently available on CTrail operated trains on the Hartford Line.

 

Further information
Policies | Hartford Line

 

Note that service between Springfield and New Haven is financed primarily through funds made available by the Connecticut Department of Transportation and the Massachusetts Department of Transportation.

 


Customer Service

CTrail Hartford Line Customer Service | 1-877-CTrides (1-877-287-4337)

 


See also

Hartford Line printed timetable pickup locations in the Pioneer Valley

 


Further information

Hartford Line (Official website)

New Haven – Hartford – Springfield Rail Program | CTDOT

“Connecticut bets big with Hartford Line”
By Stuart Chirls | Railway Age | June 19, 2018

 

Page last updated: September 27, 2019
Page last reviewed: June 5, 2018