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Trip Summary

How much are train tickets from Portland to Boston?

Lowest Price$24.00
Fastest Train2h 24m
Trains Per Day15
Train Lines2

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train 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 train 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, train 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.

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.

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

In the last month, $29.59 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 $1.91 more than that for a same-day booking.

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 24 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 2 hours and 24 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 Wednesday. 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 Sunday 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 4:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 5:00pm. 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 15 scheduled trains on most days. 4 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 $23.00.

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 11 trips per day. That said, it's still worth comparing the prices and trip durations:

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak113h 47m$32.61
Amtrak Downeaster42h 32m$24.50

Where is the train station in Portland?

There is one train station in Portland:

  • 100 Thompsons Pt Rd

Where is the train station in Boston?

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

  • Back Bay Station - 145 Dartmouth St
  • North Station

Price trends for trains from Portland to Boston

Average prices by travel date

$45$30$15NovDec

Monthly average prices

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Prices as travel date approaches

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train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Portland, ME to Boston, MA
5.0
Based on 1 ratings and reviews

Based on 1 reviews
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Users that traveled with Amtrak Downeaster report that they were happy with the WiFi on board 100 percent of the time.
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