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Journey Information

Portland to Boston bus - cost & duration

Cheapest price$14.00
Shortest Duration1h 55m
Trips per day16
Bus lines2

Frequently Asked Questions

What buses go from Portland to Boston?

Three bus companies offer service between Portland, Maine, and Boston: Concord Coach Lines, Greyhound and Megabus.

Concord Coach Lines offers 21 daily trips, which is the most offered by a carrier. The average travel time on a Concord bus is 2 hours, with tickets costing an average of $26.

Greyhound offers 2 daily trips, at an average travel time of 2 hours and 20 minutes. A ticket through Greyhound is around $18, which is the cheapest of the bus companies covering this route.

Megabus offers 9 daily trips, at an average travel time of 1 hour and 57 minutes, the fastest of any bus company covering this route. A bus ticket through Megabus costs an average $18.

Is there a train from Portland to Boston?

Yes, the Amtrak Downeaster travels between Portland and Boston. There are 5 daily routes to Boston from Portland, and tickets average about $24. (For comparison, bus tickets average $13.) Travel time on the Downeaster is about 2 hours and 32 minutes, with the first train of the day departing at 3:00 a.m. and the last train of the day departing at 6:00 p.m.

What is the best way to get from Portland to Boston?

The best way to get from Portland to Boston is probably by bus. The average travel time for a bus is around 2 hours, which is actually faster than the Amtrak Downeaster, and tickets average $10 less per person. There are 33 buses that cover this route per day, all direct, meaning you have plenty of options to fit your schedule.

Is it safe to travel by bus from Portland to Boston right now?

We stand behind CDC guidelines that caution passengers against non-essential travel during the coronavirus outbreak. That said, we recognize not everyone is in a position to completely abstain. Whether it’s for work, to take care of family or to get back home, some circumstances inevitably require travel. If you’re one of those individuals who still needs to book a trip, you can continue to do so on Wanderu.

Know that most bus companies are still running at this time, though some have limited service. Visit our COVID-19 travel guide for resources and daily updates on the coronavirus and COVID travel restrictions.

In order to keep vehicles as clean and sanitized as possible, bus companies are taking extra precautions for coronavirus. For details on what various companies are doing to ensure their fleet remains safe for travel, click here.

Does the bus take you directly from Portland to Boston?

Unfortunately there are currently no buses that go the entire distance from Portland to Boston. At some point, you will need to switch onto another vehicle to complete the journey, such as a local shuttle or even a train. More details are available as you peruse individual tickets.

How much is a bus ticket from Portland to Boston?

Based on daily average prices in last 30 days, $22.45 was the low point for bus fares from Portland to Boston. Buses from Boston to Portland are similarly priced. Any tickets cheaper than $22.45 could be considered a great deal.

The best way to find cheap deals on bus tickets is by booking as early as possible, since most bus companies increase the price as the travel date approaches. You should book at least 27 days in advance. By doing so, you could save $4.40 on your ticket compared to booking at the last minute.

How long is the bus ride?

The bus usually takes around 2 hours and 5 minutes to cover the 99 miles (159 kilometers) from Portland, ME to Boston, MA. However, the fastest bus only takes 1 hour 55 minutes. It's the perfect amount of time to take a nap, get some work done, or watch a movie.

What is the busiest day of the week to travel by bus?

Because many passengers travel from Portland to Boston at the beginning of the work week, Monday is usually the busiest day for buses. If you are planning to travel on a Monday, you should make sure to book tickets well in advance as they may sell out.

On the other hand, Wednesday is typically the least busy day for bus travel on this route. If you're looking for some extra space on the bus, traveling mid-week is your best bet.

When do the earliest and latest buses leave Portland?

The first bus leaves at 4:00am and the last bus leaves at 5:00pm. To see the times for all buses from Portland to Boston, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

How many buses are there each day?

There are 16 scheduled buses that travel from Portland to Boston every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. Furthermore, all of these are direct buses which you can take the entire route from Maine to Massachusetts without transferring.

Need more travel options? Consider taking the train from Portland to Boston; ticket prices start at $24.00.

What bus companies travel from Portland to Boston?

There are a couple of bus lines that have daily service from Portland, Maine to Boston, Massachusetts. Of these two services, Concord Coach Lines usually offers more choice, with 15 bus trips per day.

BusDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Concord Coach Lines152h 5m$26.82
Greyhound12h 20m$19.03

Where does the bus leave from in Portland?

Portland, Maine has two bus stations with service to Boston, Massachusetts:

  • 100 Thompsons Pt Rd
  • Bus Terminal - 950 Congress St

Where does the bus arrive in Boston?

These are the two stations where buses may stop when they arrive in Boston, Massachusetts:

  • South Station Bus Terminal
  • Logan Intl Airport - Term A

Price trends for buses from Portland to Boston

Average prices by travel date

$30$20$10SepOct

Monthly average prices

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Prices as travel date approaches

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bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for buses from Portland, ME to Boston, MA
4.9
Based on 16 ratings and reviews

Based on 11 reviews
Overview
Users that traveled with Concord Coach Lines report that they were happy with the WiFi on board 100 percent of the time.
Ratings (Out of 5)
Comfort
4.8
Staff
4.9
Value
4.2
Condition
4.9
Haley
5.0
February 15, 2020Couples trip
Pros
First NHL game!
Cons
The wifi connection.
Tips
Bring a phone charger, there is plugs on the bus!
Cynthia
5.0
October 19, 2019Solo travel
Pros
driver was super respectful and kind. bus didn't fill up so everyone had lots of space. there were trays, cupholders, and wifi outlets
Cons
kind of old
Susan
5.0
October 7, 2019Solo travel
Pros
Portland and the surrounding area
Cons
Driver was a little brusk with me when I didnt see they were loading.
Tips
bring your own snacks. they have water and pretzels...good but if you want more, it on you.
Jennifer
5.0
September 18, 2019Visiting family
Pros
Ease Staff kindness Promptness when traffic is a real crap shoot!!
Cons
If Portland was 55 minutes closer to Boston.... 🤗
Tips
Do this!!!
Paul
4.0
August 20, 2019Visiting family
Pros
convenient going to Logan

Based on 5 reviews
Overview
Users that traveled with Megabus report that they were happy with the WiFi on board 100 percent of the time.
Ratings (Out of 5)
Comfort
4.4
Staff
4.4
Value
4.2
Condition
4.6
Carolyn
5.0
November 16, 2019Visiting friends
Pros
On time and fast moving line. I appreciate not needing a printed ticket.
Katie
5.0
October 24, 2019Visiting family
Pros
It was convenient and I couldn't have found a better price elsewhere.
Olga
5.0
September 4, 2019Visiting family
Pros
Concord bus is always comfy offers water, pretzels, movie and headphones for free.

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