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About Amtrak Downeaster

The Amtrak Downeaster is a popular regional Amtrak train serving passengers in New England. With terminal stations in Boston, Massachusetts and Brunswick, Maine, the Downeaster train route encompasses 145 miles along the northeastern seaboard. The train also passes through multiple cities in New Hampshire, including Dover, Durham, and Exeter. Favored by passengers in the northern suburbs of Boston, the Downeaster is perfect for weekend trips and commuting to and from Beantown.

In 2019, the Downeaster was used by over 500,000 passengers, with the summer months being an especially popular time to ride the train. According to the Northern New England Passenger Rail Authority (NNEPRA), passengers reported a 91% on-time arrival rate and Amtrak Downeaster scored higher on customer satisfaction than the Amtrak national average. Currently, the train stops in 11 cities in total, making 2506 individual trips per month. Most tickets cost between $4.01 and $40.06, making the Downeaster one of the most affordable trains in the U.S.

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Amtrak Downeaster train coverage

Daily Trips179
stations11
cities11
countries1

Amtrak Downeaster train amenities

Amtrak Downeaster
Air conditioningAir conditioning
RestroomRestroom
Extra legroomExtra legroom
Loyalty rewardsLoyalty rewards
Power outletPower outlet
SnacksSnacks
WiFiWiFi

Amtrak Downeaster reviews from Wanderu customers

Overall review score for Amtrak Downeaster
4.6
Based on 31 reviews
Ratings (Out of 5)
Comfort
4.4
Timeliness
4.7
Staff
4.6
Value
3.9
Condition
4.7
Amtrak Downeaster reviews from Wanderu customers
Melissa
5.0
February 22, 2020Business
Pros
Very convenient and reasonably priced Very convenient and reasonably priced
Cons
Nothing needed Nothing needed
Tips
Will definitely do this trip again !!! Will definitely do this trip again !!!
Brian
4.0
December 16, 2019Visiting friends
Pros
Good seats and staffGood seats and staff
Cons
Train is too slow and I also had to transfer from Portland to Brunswick with a bus because of service repairs.Train is too slow and I also had to transfer from Portland to Brunswick with a bus because of service repairs.
Joseph
1.0
December 8, 2019Visiting friends
Cons
Was late for my bus because the train was late and stopped Was late for my bus because the train was late and stopped
Wendy
4.0
November 16, 2019Vacation
Tips
I was hesitant at first, not booking straight through Amtrack, but received confirmation from Amtrack almost immediately. I was hesitant at first, not booking straight through Amtrack, but received confirmation from Amtrack almost immediately.
Marianne
4.0
November 12, 2019Business
Pros
Very easy and simple to travelVery easy and simple to travel
Cons
Add a quiet car? Add a quiet car?

Frequently Asked Questions

Do Amtrak Downeaster trains have WiFi?

Yes, Amtrak Downeaster offers WiFi on their trains. Although most trips with Amtrak Downeaster will have WiFi as advertised, some trains might not come equipped with WiFi and onboard WiFi can lose its connection in rural areas. We recommend you bring a book or download a movie just to play it safe. Amtrak Downeaster WiFi is generally best used for surfing the web, checking emails and chatting with friends; you shouldn’t count on the WiFi to binge watch your favorite show.

Are there power outlets or USB plugs on the train?

Yes, there are power outlets onboard Amtrak Downeaster trains. You can generally find one or two sockets per row of seats, so be a good traveller and check if your seat neighbor might want to charge up their devices as well. With the onboard power outlets, you can charge both a computer and USB devices with a USB power adapter that typically comes with most phones and tablets.

Since Amtrak Downeaster might sometimes use replacement train vehicles, not all trips are guaranteed to have power points. We recommend to bring a power bank to charge your phone for all trips over 2 hours, just in case.

What is Amtrak Downeaster's schedule?

On a typical day, Amtrak Downeaster has 179 scheduled train trips in total. However, the exact departure and arrival times vary depending on the day and route. The best way to find the exact schedule for your trip is to use the search tool on this page.

Can you pick up will call tickets at the station?

No, Amtrak Downeaster does not offer will call tickets. You should purchase your tickets online and make sure you have everything you need to board before you arrive at the station.

Do you need an ID to get on the train?

Yes, Amtrak Downeaster requires you to present an ID to an agent to be allowed to board the train. Make sure you have identification issued by a government agency that meets the carrier’s requirements. Alternative IDs, such as a college ID, won’t work.

Are there bathrooms on Amtrak Downeaster trains?

Yes, there are bathrooms on Amtrak Downeaster trains. The bathrooms are pretty basic and include a toilet, toilet paper and hand sanitizer. Most bathrooms don’t have running water. As you will be using a bathroom on a moving vehicle, please use caution and hold on to a rail at all times.

Are meals or beverages available?

Amtrak Downeaster provides snacks to satisfy your hunger during your travels. Be sure to pack a credit card and some cash in case you get hungry.

Do you have to print your Amtrak Downeaster ticket?

Amtrak Downeaster does not require a printed ticket to board the train. Instead, an eTicket is sent to you by email when you make your reservation. You can use your smartphone to show this eTicket to the ticketing agent as you board.

Does Amtrak Downeaster offer any premium features like extra legroom or movies?

Amtrak Downeaster goes the extra distance to deliver premium features to its customers.

Do you find yourself squished in a regular seat or just love having extra room to sprawl out? Well you’re in luck as Amtrak Downeaster offers extra legroom seating. Since there is no standard of what extra legroom is, the extra space you get may vary between train lines, but getting extra is always good.

Cheap Amtrak Downeaster tickets recently found on Wanderu

With 179 Amtrak Downeaster trips per day, there are a lot of great deals to uncover for the bargain hunter and Amtrak Downeaster tickets start at just $4.01. Check out some of the latest and greatest deals snatched up by Wanderu users.

Portland to Boston
Travel DateSat Dec 5
Price$32.05
Portland to Woburn
Travel DateMon Dec 7
Price$32.05
Brunswick to Boston
Travel DateSat Dec 5
Price$33.39
Saco to Portland
Travel DateSat Dec 5
Price$4.01
Freeport to Saco
Travel DateSat Dec 5
Price$6.68