Hartford Union Station: What Train and Bus Travelers Need to Know

A Guide to Hartford's Historic Train Station

Hartford Union Station Train and Bus Station

Kim Knox Beckius

Station Overview

Union Station, Hartford, Connecticut's train and bus depot, is conveniently located in downtown Hartford. The brownstone station, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, was rebuilt in 1914 following a devastating fire. On the Spruce Street side of Union Station, a colorful, 636-foot mural (see photo) designed in 1988 by artist Cleve Gray makes the train and bus station an easily recognizable Hartford landmark. Titled "Movement in Space," the mural is made of enameled steel tiles.

Here is your guide to Hartford's transportation hub.

Transportation Options

The following train and bus lines serve Hartford's Union Station:

Directions

The main entrance to Union Station is located on Spruce Street in downtown Hartford, Connecticut. From I-84 Eastbound, take exit 48A for Asylum Street and proceed straight onto Spruce Street. The station will be on your right. From I-84 westbound, take exit 48 for Asylum Street. Turn left onto Asylum Street, then left on Spruce Street, and the station will be on your right.

Parking

The Spruce Street Parking Lot is conveniently located across the street from Union Station. Typically, you will not have difficulty finding parking in this lot. Consider parking away from other cars to avoid damage to your vehicle.

As of 2018, rates are $2 for the first half hour and $2 per half hour thereafter with a maximum daily rate of $15. If you are picking someone up or dropping someone off at Union Station, there is no need to park. You can pull in front of the station to pick up or drop off passengers.

Hotels Nearby

There are a number of hotels within walking distance of the train and bus station including:

Red Roof PLUS+ Hartford Downtown
440 Asylum Street, Hartford, 937-328-4246

Homewood Suites by Hilton Hartford Downtown
338 Asylum Street, Hartford, 860-524-0223

Hilton Hartford
315 Trumbull Street, Hartford, 860-728-5151

Residence Inn Hartford Downtown
942 Main Street, Hartford, 860-524-5550

Restaurants and Food Concessions

If you want to grab a quick bite before boarding your train or bus, you'll find a Dunkin' Donuts and a Subway inside Union Station.

If you have time to linger over a meal, or if you're meeting someone in Hartford, the closest restaurant is Chango Rosa, which is located right at Union Place. This cocktail bar and eatery, which serves tacos and other Latin American street food, uses smoked meats in its dishes just like its Hartford sister restaurant: Bear's Smokehouse. The Reuben tacos are a local favorite. Chango Rosa has both indoor and outdoor seating.

Other Recommended Restaurants Nearby (Within Walking Distance)

Tips for Visitors

  • Union Station is small, and you won't have any difficulty finding your way around. For example, there is only one train track—Track 1—so you can be pretty sure you're in the right spot.
  • There is a steep set of stairs leading up to Track 1. If you are unable to climb or are carrying heavy luggage, you'll find an elevator on the opposite side of the station.

Need a Taxi?

If you will need a taxi when you arrive at Union Station, it's always a good idea to call ahead to make arrangements. Here is a list of Hartford taxi services:

A-1 Taxi Service - 860-944-0911
Airport Express Livery & Taxi - 860-836-8294
The Bill Taxi Company - 860-559-1040
Central CT Taxi - 860-833-6949
A City Cab - 860-627-9320
Executive 2000 Taxi Service - 860-635-8222/800-801-0361
Executive Cab Co., Inc. - 860-627-5843
5 Star Taxi - 860-527-5555
Metro-Star Taxi Company - 860-292-6666
United Cab Co. - 860-547-1602
Windsor Taxi - 860-524-5000
Yellow Cab Co. - 860-666-6666

Before you call a cab, see if the free Hartford dash Shuttle might take you to your destination. Uber and Lyft are also options.

Contact

Union Station is owned and operated by the Greater Hartford Transit District. For information, call 860-247-5329.

Union Station
One Union Place
Hartford, CT 06103

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