Union Station, the New Haven railroad station, is where you catch both Metro-North and Amtrak trains as well as find national bus services. Metro-North is the local commuter train and the cheapest, most appropriate choice for a trip to New York City. An off-peak one-way ticket to Grand Central Station costs $14 if you buy it in the station at the ticket window or one of the ticket machines. You will also get a slight discount if you plan ahead and purchase a ticket on the web. The convenient ticket machines are located near the ticket windows and accept cash and debit or credit cards. You can park your car at the garage at Union Station for $1/hour or $8/day.
Amtrak provides national U.S. rail service and offers riders frequent service to Boston and Washington, D.C. It is possible to travel throughout the U.S. or into Canada as well. Service can be slow and spotty, but Amtrak could be a less expensive alternative to air travel. It is not always the case, so it would be wise to compare options. International students and scholars may be interested to know about Amtrak’s special 15 or 30 day USA Railpass for international visitors.
Commuting from Branford Area
For Metro-North shoreline commuters, there is a station on State Street that is more convenient to downtown New Haven. If you are traveling from Branford for example, you can avoid all the rush hour traffic, and travel 15 minutes, one stop to New Haven. Walk to campus from there. Monthly passes Branford/New Haven cost $51 ($2.50 one way).