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Train Trip Information: Boston to Portland

There are 23 daily trains from Boston to Portland. Traveling by train from Boston to Portland usually takes around 8 hours and 38 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak train can make the trip in 2 hours and 30 minutes.

Distance99 mi (159 km)
Fastest train2h 30m
Lowest price$24.00
Trains per day5
Most frequent serviceAmtrak
Train lines2

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Boston to Portland

(Based on 11 ratings and reviews)

4.9

5.0

Michael

March 16, 2022- Visiting friends

Amtrak Downeaster

Pros: I got there safe and on time and the staff was great. Cons: Nothing to improve. Tips: Enjoy and relax.

Pros: I got there safe and on time and the staff was great. Cons: Nothing to improve. Tips: Enjoy and relax.

5.0

Stephen

December 1, 2021- Vacation

Amtrak Downeaster

Convenient

Convenient

5.0

Alma

October 10, 2021

Amtrak Downeaster

Pros: I like it, very nice ride, so quiet. I was impressed that the female chauffuer was signing to me to keep me informed when I arrived in Portland. I like to see the chauffers to communicate with deaf people to keep them informed. I was very pleased about it. Cons: ...

Pros: I like it, very nice ride, so quiet. I was impressed that the female chauffuer was signing to me to keep me informed when I arrived in Portland. I like to see the chauffers to communicate with deaf people to keep them informed. I was very pleased about it. Cons: N/a. Tips: N/a.

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4.0

Helen

August 27, 2021- Visiting friends

Amtrak Downeaster

Pros: Great value, comfortable train, didn’t have to deal with traffic. Cons: Wifi was slow and unreliable. Tips: Bring a sweater. AC is blaring.

Pros: Great value, comfortable train, didn’t have to deal with traffic. Cons: Wifi was slow and unreliable. Tips: Bring a sweater. AC is blaring.

5.0

Karen

August 14, 2021- Visiting family

Amtrak Downeaster

Pros: Super easy, stress free way to get from Logan Airport to my family in Maine. Cons: Food on the train would be great. Though I fell asleep pretty quick so there may have been and I just didn’t know about it.

Pros: Super easy, stress free way to get from Logan Airport to my family in Maine. Cons: Food on the train would be great. Though I fell asleep pretty quick so there may have been and I just didn’t know about it.

Boston to Portland Route Map

Boston Portland

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

The average price for a train ticket to Portland is $104.92, If you are able to find a ticket cheaper than $104.92 you have found a unique deal. We recommend that you should complete your reservation promptly as prices can change quickly. Wanderu ensures that you find great deals on train tickets everytime, we search all of the best train options to present you the lowest prices available from our partner carriers.

Average prices by travel date

$165$110$55MayMay

Over the next 30 days, the average cost of a one-way train trip from Boston to Portland will vary between $90 and $157. Planning a train trip to Portland within the upcoming week? The cheapest train ticket you can find from Boston over the next 7 days is $105. Make sure to book your trip as soon as possible as train fares tend to go up as you get closer to your travel date.

Monthly average prices

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If you are trying to decide when to travel from Boston to Portland by train so you can score the best possible deal, your best bet would be to plan your trip for December. That’s when the average price for a train ticket is expected to be just $26 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Boston to Portland in April, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to $128 at that time of year. However, if you book your trip ahead of time, you have a high chance of scoring a ticket at a lower price.

Prices as travel date approaches

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If you want to score the best deal, you should plan to book your train trip online on Wanderu at least 27 days ahead of time. If you do that, your train ticket to Portland from Boston will be about $55.01 cheaper compared to what you would pay if you book at the last minute.

Which train should you take from Boston to Portland?

2 train services operate from Boston to Portland. Amtrak usually has more trains scheduled, with 19 trips per day. That said, it's still worth comparing the prices and trip durations:

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak198h 55m$129.94
Amtrak Downeaster52h 30m$24.39
  • 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 19 Amtrak trains from Boston to Portland every day, as well as 155 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from $24.

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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 Boston to Portland each day, and with ticket prices starting at just $24, this is one of the most affordable trains in the United States.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Boston to Portland 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 Boston to Portland?

Yes, there are trains that can take you the entire way from Boston to Portland. 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 Boston to Portland?

The distance between Boston and Portland is approximately 99 miles, or 159 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 8 hours and 38 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 2 hours and 30 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?

Friday is the busiest travel day for trains as people head from Boston to Portland for the weekend. If you are planning to travel on a Friday, you should make sure to book tickets well in advance as they may sell out.

On the other hand, Monday is typically the least busy day for train travel on this route. For a less crowded trip, try to book your train travel for the beginning of the week.

When are the first and last trains of the day?

The earliest train departs Boston at 1:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 10:00pm. To see all scheduled departure times, use the search function on this page to get the full schedule for your specific travel dates.

How many train trips to Portland are there per day?

There are 23 scheduled trains on most days. 5 of these are direct connections to Portland. 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 Portland to Boston.

City Information

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.

Portland

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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.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Boston?

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Main departure station: Union Station

Union Station in New Haven is Connecticut’s most important transportation hub and is also one of the busiest stations in Amtrak’s national rail network. The station serves interstate Amtrak passenger trains that run along the Northeast Corridor between Washington, DC and Boston. Additionally, there are several commuter rail services operated by Amtrak, MTA and CTrail that connect New Haven to the likes of New York and Hartford. Union Station also accommodates CTtransit’s local buses services as well as intercity bus travel from carriers including Greyhound and Peter Pan Bus Lines. In addition, a free shuttle service is available from Union Station to New Haven Green in the city’s modern downtown.

All train stations in Boston:

  • Union Station

  • Penn Station

  • New London Union Station

  • Amtrak/Metro North Station

  • Providence Station - 100 Gaspee St

  • Amtrak/SEPTA Station

  • Union Station

  • Newark Penn Station

  • Amtrak - MARC Station (BWI)

  • Penn Station - 1500 N Charles St

  • 30th St Station - 2955 Market St

  • 100 Middlesex Essex Tpke

  • 72 S Clinton Ave

  • Metro-North Station - 1 Railroad Plz

  • 525 Water St

Where is the train station in Portland?

Main arrival station: 100 Thompsons Pt Rd

Portland has one train station.

All train stations in Portland:

  • 100 Thompsons Pt Rd

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