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Trains from Portland to Boston

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Trip Summary

There are 24 daily trains from Portland to Boston. Traveling by train from Portland to Boston usually takes around 3 hours and 33 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$21.00
Trains per day7
Most frequent serviceAmtrak
Train lines2

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Portland, ME to Boston, MA

(Based on 6 ratings and reviews)

5.0

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!

5.0

Heather N

September 22, 2021- Couples trip

Amtrak Downeaster

Pros: I love taking the Amtrak train! It’s always on time and comfy and clean. Cons: Nothing.

Pros: I love taking the Amtrak train! It’s always on time and comfy and clean. Cons: Nothing.

5.0

Kevin

September 6, 2021- Vacation

Amtrak Downeaster

Pros: The price, cleanliness and convenience were top-notch. We highly recommend it for everyone. Cons: Temperature control and airflow could be improved, it was too warm on our train. Expand your railway access (add more lines) further upstate in Maine and to New Hamp...

Pros: The price, cleanliness and convenience were top-notch. We highly recommend it for everyone. Cons: Temperature control and airflow could be improved, it was too warm on our train. Expand your railway access (add more lines) further upstate in Maine and to New Hampshire and Vermont. Tips: Use this service, it was easy to book, buy, change and enjoy.

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5.0

Norma

August 10, 2021- Vacation

Amtrak Downeaster

Pros: Pleasant, spacious seats, easy to make a reservation. Cons: Nothing. Tips: Use the train.

Pros: Pleasant, spacious seats, easy to make a reservation. Cons: Nothing. Tips: Use the train.

5.0

Haylee

July 3, 2021- Visiting friends

Amtrak Downeaster

Booked last minute to go to Portland from Boston would use this form of transportation again!

Booked last minute to go to Portland from Boston would use this form of transportation again!

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

In the last month, $28.50 was the average price of a train ticket from Portland, ME to Boston, MA. 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 4 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around $2.63 more than that for a same-day booking.

Average prices by travel date

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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 $29 regardless of the day you pick to travel.

Monthly average prices

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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 $30 whenever you decide to board the train to Boston.

Prices as travel date approaches

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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, Maine to Boston, Massachusetts. 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
Amtrak194h 1m$32.06
Amtrak Downeaster52h 34m$24.10
  • 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 Portland to Boston every day, as well as 18 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from $21.

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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 33 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?

Trains from Portland to Boston are the most crowded on Friday. Tickets also tend to be more expensive then. If you are looking for a great deal on your train tickets or just want extra room to stretch out, consider traveling on Monday instead, as it tends to be the least crowded day of the week.

When are the first and last trains of the day?

The earliest train departs Portland at 3:00am 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 24 scheduled trains on most days. 7 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. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from Portland to Boston for $9.99.

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.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Portland?

Departure stations

There is one train station in Portland.

Where is the train station in Boston?

Arrival stations

Boston receives travelers from Portland at its two active train stations.

Train stations in Boston:

  • North Station

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