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Exeter - Boston Train Schedule

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Trip Summary

There are usually 7 daily train trips available from Exeter to Boston. Traveling by train from Exeter to Boston usually takes one hour and 29 minutes, but the fastest Amtrak Downeaster train can make the trip in one hour and 11 minutes.

Distance43 mi (70 km)
Fastest train1h 11m
Lowest price$9.00
Trains per day7
Most frequent serviceAmtrak Downeaster
Train lines2

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Average score for trains from Exeter to Boston

(Based on 11 ratings and reviews)

4.5

5.0

Tyler

October 14, 2023- Couples trip

Amtrak Downeaster

Pros: Comfy seats & easy way to travel. Cons: Air flow kind of like an airplane with the small vents. Tips: You aren’t the only ones on the train.

5.0

Barbara

March 7, 2023- Visiting family

Amtrak

Very impressed. I haven't traveled by train for years and that was a most enjoyable journey. Thinking about taking long-haul trip with my husband later this year now.

5.0

Stacey

September 24, 2022- Visiting family

Amtrak Downeaster

The staff were all very friendly and accommodating.

5.0

Tem

June 19, 2022- Solo travel

Amtrak Downeaster

Honestly everything was perfect!!

4.0

John

May 22, 2022- Vacation

Amtrak Downeaster

Pros: I always enjoy a comfy train ride, we only traveled for 1 hour 10 mins. Cons: There were no warnings of the coming stops on and intercom etc, i has to watch the gos on my phone. There was a wheel wobble that was a bit sickly on the stomach. Tips: Rely on gps! So you wont miss your stop.

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

Over the past month, a train ticket between Exeter and Boston cost $18.80, on average. This is about as cheap as train fares get on this route. Booking your trip at least 24 days in advance can help you secure tickets at the best price. For same-day bookings, you’ll likely have to pay around $0.82 more.

Average prices by travel date

$30$20$10MayMay

The average cost of a one-way train trip from Exeter to Boston is expected to fluctuate between $15 and $20 in the next 30 days. If you’re planning a train trip to Boston in the upcoming week, the cheapest price in the next 7 days for a ticket from Exeter is $19.

Monthly average prices

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Taking the train from Exeter 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 $14 whenever you decide to travel.

Prices as travel date approaches

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The price of train trips from Exeter 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 train tickets at least 48 hours before departure.

Which train should you take from Exeter to Boston?

2 train services operate from Exeter to Boston. Amtrak Downeaster usually has more trains scheduled, with 5 trips per day. That said, it's still worth comparing the prices and trip durations:

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak22h 8m$20.26
Amtrak Downeaster51h 12m$18.89
  • 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 2 Amtrak trains from Exeter to Boston every day, as well as 1 trips on the weekends, with prices starting from $19.

  • 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 Exeter to Boston each day, and with ticket prices starting at just $9, this is one of the most affordable trains in the United States.

Frequently Asked Questions

The distance between Exeter and Boston is approximately 43 miles, or 70 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 1 hour 29 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 1 hour 11 minutes. As a relatively short ride, taking the train is an easy way to travel between these two cities.

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

The earliest train departs Exeter at 6:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 7:00pm. To see all scheduled departure times, use the search function on this page to get the full schedule for your specific travel dates.

There are 7 daily scheduled trains, all of which are direct trains that take you the entire way from Exeter to Boston.

You can also take a train for your return trip from Boston to Exeter.

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 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 is the train station in Exeter?

Main departure station: 60 Lincoln St at Railroad Ave

There is one train station in Exeter.

All train stations in Exeter:

  • 60 Lincoln St at Railroad Ave

Where is the train station in Boston?

North Station - BOSNST-0

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Main arrival station: North Station

North Station is an important intercity and commuter rail station in Boston. Four key routes of the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority (MBTA) Commuter Rail begin at North Station. It is also one of three Amtrak stations in Boston and serves the Downeaster, connecting Boston to Maine. A pedestrian concourse from the station leads to Boston's subway transit system (a.k.a. the T), where you can access its Orange and Green lines. North Station shares a building with TD Garden, home of the NHL's Boston Bruins and the NBA's Boston Celtics. North Station has seen a lot of rebuilding since the first station came up at this site in the 19th century. In 1928, the original station was pulled apart and a new one was built from scratch. The current version results from decades of intermittent rebuilding, renovation, and expansion, with many new amenities and services to show for it.

All train stations in Boston:

  • North Station

  • Back Bay Station - 145 Dartmouth St

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