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Journey Information

You can pick from 30 daily bus trips between Portland and Boston. The average bus journey from Portland to Boston takes 2 hours and 3 minutes, but some Concord Coach Lines bus trips are as short as one hour and 50 minutes.

Distance99 mi (159 km)
Shortest duration1h 50m
Cheapest price$14.99
Trips per day30
Most frequent serviceConcord Coach Lines
Bus lines2

Bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Average score for buses from Portland to Boston

(Based on 63 ratings and reviews)




August 10, 2023- Solo travel

Concord Coach Lines

Safe courteous driver



August 9, 2023- Visiting friends

Concord Coach Lines

Pros: Great value for the money. Clean station in Portland, Logan drop off very convenient to catch a flight. Cons: Driver really salty and should not have a customer facing job.



March 23, 2023- Business

Concord Coach Lines

Pros: Comfort and spaciousness. Cons: arrival time Only charging for one way if that is your intent instead of being charged a full round trip ticket! Tips: Nice way to travel but you will get charged a round trip ticket if you only go one way!



February 19, 2023- Visiting family

Concord Coach Lines

I had great experience with concord coach.Seat was very comfortable and internet was fast.



February 5, 2023- Solo travel

Concord Coach Lines

Pros: organized. Driver helpful in getting me to correct stop. Cons: Driver was impatient to other travelers boardered on rude.

How much is a bus ticket from Portland to Boston?

The average price for a train ticket from Portland, ME to Boston, MA is $25.18, Compared to most train fares, this is an excellent price. By booking your trip at least 19 days in advance, you increase your chances of scoring even cheaper tickets. But if you wait until the day of your trip to book tickets, expect to pay $2.03 more.

Average prices by travel date


Over the next 30 days, a one-way bus trip from Portland to Boston will cost between $22 and $28. Book in advance to secure the best price in the next few weeks.

Monthly average prices

Taking the train from Portland to Boston usually costs about the same throughout the year. In general, train ticket prices for this route are fairly consistent, so expect to pay around $29 whenever you decide to travel.

Prices as travel date approaches


The price of bus trips from Portland to Boston doesn't fluctuate much throughout the year, so you don’t need to book your tickets super far in advance. However, to avoid last-minute price surges or sold-out tickets, we recommend purchasing your bus tickets at least 48 hours before departure.

What bus companies travel from Portland to Boston?

There are two bus lines that have daily service from Portland to Boston that you can compare and book on Wanderu. Of these two carriers, Concord Coach Lines usually offers more choice, with 29 scheduled trips per day.

BusDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Concord Coach Lines291h 59m$28.72
Greyhound12h 30m$20.30
  • Book Concord Coach Lines from Portland to Boston from $27. There are 29 trips per day offered by Concord Coach Lines from Portland to Boston and you can expect on average to pay for a Concord Coach Lines ticket to Boston. In Portland, Concord Coach Lines departs to Boston from 100 Thompsons Pt Rd . In Boston, Concord Coach Lines arrives at South Station and one other station.

    An average trip on Concord Coach Lines from Portland to Boston takes 1 hours and 59 minutes , while the fastest available Concord Coach Lines trip will get you to Boston in 1 hours and 50 minutes .

    On weekends, Concord Coach Lines offers 29 trips per day. A one way ticket costs for a weekend trip to Boston.

  • Greyhound is the largest nationwide bus carrier in the United States, offering cheap, safe and reliable service across the country. Greyhound has become a household name, serving over 16 million passengers per year with daily trips to over 2,400 destinations. Greyhound performs about 1 bus trips from Portland to Boston every day, with the average journey taking around 2 hours and 30 minutes to complete. Bus tickets for Greyhound trips to Boston usually start from $15.

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

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.
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.

Our bus 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, bus 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.

Although masks are no longer required on public transportation, we stand behind CDC guidelines that encourage passengers to wear a mask over their nose and mouth while on the bus or in stations.

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.

The bus takes an average of 2 hours and 3 minutes to cover the 99 miles from Portland to Boston. However, the fastest bus only takes an hour and 50 minutes. It's the perfect amount of time to take a nap, get some work done, or watch a movie. Keep in mind that your actual bus may arrive earlier or later than scheduled, depending on whether there is more or less traffic than usual.

Buses departing from Portland to Boston tend to have the most passengers on Monday. With higher demand ticket prices also tend to be higher on Monday. If you are trying to snag a cheap bus tickets or just want an emptier bus you'll have better luck by booking travel departing on Friday as the least number of people tend to travel then.

The first bus leaves at 3:00am and the last bus leaves at 8:00pm. To see the times for all buses from Portland to Boston, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

There are 30 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 Portland to Boston without transferring.

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

City Information


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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 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 tasting 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 does the bus leave from in Portland?

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Main departure station: 100 Thompsons Pt Rd

The Portland Transportation Center is located at 100 Thompsons Pt Rd, about two miles from Portland's Old Port area. Concord Coach Lines buses and Amtrak's Downeaster trains en route to Boston or Brunswick stop at this station. Inside the station, you'll find plenty of seating, restrooms, vending machines, and information desks for each travel company. In addition, there is plenty of paid parking in front of the station available to passengers.

All bus stations in Portland:

  • 100 Thompsons Pt Rd

  • Park & Ride - 274 Marginal Way

Where does the bus arrive in Boston?

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Main arrival station: South Station

South Station is the largest and busiest train station in Boston, and a major transportation hub for the greater New England area. South Station's 13 tracks are used by Amtrak, Acela, the MBTA commuter rail, and the MBTA subway system (a.k.a. the "T") with connections to the Boston Logan International Airport. You can also access intercity bus service in the adjacent South Station Bus Terminal. South Station's historic train terminal opened in 1899 right in downtown Boston, and is close to many points of interest like the Boston Common, the Freedom Trail, and the hip Seaport district. At the terminal, you'll find free WiFi, luggage storage, a 24-hour information booth, and 14 dining options, including that New England favorite, Dunkin'.

All bus stations in Boston:

  • South Station

  • Boston Logan Airport

  • 748 Atlantic Avenue - Alongside South Station Bus Terminal

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