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Trip Summary

There are 7 daily trains from Portland to Boston. Traveling by train from Portland to Boston usually takes around 3 hours and 18 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak Downeaster train can make the trip in 2 hours and 32 minutes.

Distance99 mi (159 km)
Fastest train2h 32m
Lowest price$30.72
Trains per day5
Most frequent serviceAmtrak Downeaster
Train lines2

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Portland to Boston

(Based on 11 ratings and reviews)

4.9

4.0

Barbara

April 17, 2022- Solo travel

Amtrak

Pros: Convenient times and food service. Cons: Two tray tables did not work. There were children on the train younger than 5 who were coughing continuously. This made me Covid nervous. There were no signs about health screening. They also were crappy mask wearers.

Pros: Convenient times and food service. Cons: Two tray tables did not work. There were children on the train younger than 5 who were coughing continuously. This made me Covid nervous. There were no signs about health screening. They also were crappy mask wearers.

5.0

Liam

January 9, 2022- Vacation

Amtrak Downeaster

Pros: The trip was quick, clean, quiet, and very relaxing with beautiful views of the passing countryside. Cons: Assigned seating to best spread out travelers. Tips: I didn’t upgrade to business class, the ‘normal’ class was perfectly fine, and at 6’2 I had enough legr...

Pros: The trip was quick, clean, quiet, and very relaxing with beautiful views of the passing countryside. Cons: Assigned seating to best spread out travelers. Tips: I didn’t upgrade to business class, the ‘normal’ class was perfectly fine, and at 6’2 I had enough legroom. Get a nice audiobook, recline the seat, and enjoy the views!

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5.0

Michelle

December 17, 2021- Vacation

Amtrak Downeaster

No stress to travel from Portland to Boston.

No stress to travel from Portland to Boston.

5.0

Meghan

November 5, 2021- Visiting friends

Amtrak Downeaster

Such a total pleasure. I got a lot of work done and enjoyed myself immensely.

Such a total pleasure. I got a lot of work done and enjoyed myself immensely.

5.0

John

September 27, 2021- Visiting friends

Amtrak Downeaster

Pros: I love the ease and comfort of the train and avoiding the traffic! Cons: Better food in the cafe! Tips: Relax and enjoy the ease of train travel!

Pros: I love the ease and comfort of the train and avoiding the traffic! Cons: Better food in the cafe! Tips: Relax and enjoy the ease of train travel!

What is the price of a train ticket from Portland to Boston?

In the last month, $37.45 was the average price of a train ticket from Portland to Boston. This is about as inexpensive as train tickets ever get. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 15 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around $9.69 more than that for a same-day booking.

Average prices by travel date

$58$38$19MayJun

Over the next four weeks, the average daily price of train tickets to Boston from Portland is expected to remain pretty much the same. As a result, a one-way train trip will cost about C$37 regardless of the day you pick to travel.

Monthly average prices

$64$51$38$26$13JJASONDJFMAM
Traveling from Portland to Boston by train will cost you about the same regardless of the time of year for which you plan your trip. In general, train ticket prices for that route don’t fluctuate much throughout the year, so expect to pay around C$38 whenever you decide to board the train to Boston.

Prices as travel date approaches

$64$51$38$26$133020100

Since the average price of train trips from Portland to Boston remains pretty consistent throughout the year, there’s no need to book your tickets too far in advance. However, we still recommend you purchase your train tickets at least 48 hours ahead of departure time to avoid surprise last-minute surges and the risk of the train selling out.

Which train should you take from Portland to Boston?

2 train services operate from Portland to Boston. Amtrak Downeaster usually has more trains scheduled, with 5 trips per day. That said, it's still worth comparing the prices and trip durations:

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak26h 19m$68.59
Amtrak Downeaster52h 33m$31.21
  • Amtrak

    Amtrak

    Amtrak is the largest passenger railroad service in America, offering daily intercity trains to hundreds of destinations across the contiguous United States, as well as several cities in Canada. Every Amtrak train comes equipped with comfortable seats with extra legroom, as well as several four-seat areas with tables in the middle. In addition, each car has a freshly cleaned restroom, free WiFi and power outlets at every seat. There are also snack bars where you can purchase drinks or food during your journey. On average, there are 2 Amtrak trains from Portland to Boston every day, as well as 3 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from $44.

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  • Amtrak Downeaster

    Amtrak Downeaster

    The Amtrak Downeaster provides passenger rail service in New England along the northeastern seaboard. The line is especially popular in the summer months for coastal getaways, and in the fall to see the incredible foliage along the train route. Choose between Coach Class or Business Class, the latter offering more comfortable seating, complimentary non-alcoholic beverages, and a more flexible ticket cancellation policy. All passengers are treated to free onboard WiFi and access to the cafe car to buy a snack or coffee. The Downeaster runs 5 trips from Portland to Boston each day, and with ticket prices starting at just $31, this is one of the most affordable trains in the United States.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Portland to Boston during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Our train partners have implemented several different policies to keep you safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. From limiting vehicle capacity to enhancing cleaning protocols and upgrading air filters, train carriers are committed to maintaining a safe environment. For details on what each company is doing to ensure their fleet remains safe for travel, click here.

In addition, federal law requires all train passengers to wear a face covering for the entire duration of the trip. Please make sure you are wearing a face mask or you may not be allowed to board the train.

Please visit our COVID-19 Travel Guide for more information on all carrier policies and the latest travel advisories issued by every U.S. state, Canadian province, and European country.

Can you take a train all the way from Portland to Boston?

Yes, there are trains that can take you the entire way from Portland to Boston. However, there are also some trips on this route that require you to board another vehicle, such as a bus or a shuttle, during your journey. This is worth paying attention to as you book your trip, since a direct train may be preferable for its speed and convenience.

How long is the train journey from Portland to Boston?

The distance between Portland and Boston is approximately 99 miles, or 159 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 3 hours and 18 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 2 hours and 32 minutes. Although it takes a couple of hours each way, it's still possible to make a round trip in a single day. Since most trains are equipped with Wi-Fi, you should be able to browse the Internet or get some work done during your journey.

When are trains the most crowded?

On a weekly basis, the greatest number of passengers tend to travel by trains from Portland to Boston on Tuesday. Tickets for Tuesday tend to also be the most expensive. For savvy travelers looking for cheaper priced tickets search for travel departing on Saturday. Saturday also tend to have less passengers which may make boarding faster and let you snag your perfect seat.

When are the first and last trains of the day?

The earliest train departs Portland at 5:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 6:00pm. To see all scheduled departure times, use the search function on this page to get the full schedule for your specific travel dates.

Is there a direct train from Portland to Boston?

There are 7 scheduled trains on most days. 5 of these are direct connections to Boston. While direct trains may still make stops along the way, you will not need to switch trains at any point. If you're looking to get to your destination faster, a direct train is the convenient and time-efficient choice.

You can also take a train for your return trip from Boston to Portland.

City Information

Portland

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Portland, ME - POR-1

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Portland is Maine's largest city and, because of that, the main transportation hub in the state. From Portland, travelers can easily reach destinations such as Boston, Albany, and even Gainesville, Texas, by a combination of buses, trains, and ferries. And there’s plenty to do in the city, even if you’re traveling solo.

Since its foundation in 1786, Portland has recovered from no less than four major fires, creating a fascinating blend of old and new. The dedicated Arts District around upper Congress Street has a smattering of important museum collections, including the Portland Museum of Art, the state's oldest public art institution.

The West End hosts the majority of Portland's historic buildings, creating an olde worlde feel. However, the presence of several well-regarded schools and colleges ensures Portland remains one of the most vibrant small cities in the U.S.

After several years of hardship, the Old Port district has once again become the center of the action. Its attractive cobblestone streets and 19th-century red-brick warehouses now contain a selection of on-trend cafes, bars, and boutique stores. At the same time, it's still possible to watch the time-honored tradition of fishermen unloading their lobster pots onto the foreshore.

East of the downtown area, you'll find Munjoy Hill. It's a district with strong Irish and Italian roots, making it one of the best places in Portland to enjoy the authentic cuisine of Italy. It’s no wonder we named Portland one of our top vacation destinations in Maine.

Boston

Boston is one of the oldest cities in the country, but it is kept young and fresh with the help of over 150,000 students who flock to the city’s prestigious universities every year. Beantown’s many sights and activities celebrate American history, prolific sports teams, and New England seafood. So let's spill the tea (into the harbor, if you will):

Boston's Freedom Trail is the best way to see the city on foot and visit some of the most iconic landmarks of the American Revolution: from Bunker Hill and the USS Constitution to the Old North Church and Faneuil Hall. The Freedom Trail officially begins in Boston Common, the oldest public park in the U.S. and a beautiful spot for walking, picnicking, or ice skating in the winter. Foodies will love the Italian cuisine in the North End and the modern eateries of South End, while sports fans can tour Fenway Park, and art lovers can explore the expansive Museum of Fine Arts.

From Boston, travelers can easily get to the beachy summer destination of Cape Cod, or surrounding states like New Hampshire, Vermont, and Rhode Island. With four main train stations and several bus stops in the city, as well as Boston Logan Airport (which, by the way, has some excellent airport food), Boston is a central hub for travel throughout New England and beyond.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Portland?

Departure stations

Because some trains make multiple stops before leaving the city, there are 4 stops and stations in Portland where you can board the train.

All train stations in Portland:

  • 100 Thompsons Pt Rd

  • Bangor Transportation Center

  • Augusta Transp Ctr - 9 Industrial Dr

  • Lewiston-Auburn Transportation Center

Where is the train station in Boston?

North Station - BOSNST-0

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Arrival stations

North Station is an important intercity and commuter rail station in Boston. Four key routes of the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority (MBTA) Commuter Rail begin at North Station. It is also one of three Amtrak stations in Boston and serves the Downeaster, connecting Boston to Maine. A pedestrian concourse from the station leads to Boston's subway transit system (a.k.a. the T), where you can access its Orange and Green lines. North Station shares a building with TD Garden, home of the NHL's Boston Bruins and the NBA's Boston Celtics. North Station has seen a lot of rebuilding since the first station came up at this site in the 19th century. In 1928, the original station was pulled apart and a new one was built from scratch. The current version results from decades of intermittent rebuilding, renovation, and expansion, with many new amenities and services to show for it.

Train stations in Boston:

  • North Station

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