Portland to Boston train

Cheap train tickets from Portland to Boston

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32

The best way to find a cheap fare is to book your ticket as far in advance as you can and to avoid traveling at rush hour.

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05:18AMPortland Transportation Center2h32 07:50AMNorth Station
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Train schedule from Portland to Boston

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05:18AMPortland Transportation Center2h32 07:50AMNorth Station
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07:58AMPortland Transportation Center2h32 10:30AMNorth Station
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11:48AMPortland Transportation Center2h32 02:20PMNorth Station
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01:43PMPortland Transportation Center2h32 04:15PMNorth Station
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06:33PMPortland Transportation Center2h32 09:05PMNorth Station
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Fastest train times from Portland to Boston

Showing times and prices for Sep 30

Fastest Journey

2 h 32 m

Average

2 h 32 m

Trains per day

5

Distance

159 km

Of the 5 trains that leave Portland for Boston every day 5 travel direct so it’s quite easy to avoid journeys where you’ll have to change along the way.

Fastest
05:18AMPortland Transportation Center2h32 07:50AMNorth Station
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321One-way
Fastest
06:33PMPortland Transportation Center2h32 09:05PMNorth Station
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321One-way
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07:58AMPortland Transportation Center2h32 10:30AMNorth Station
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321One-way
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11:48AMPortland Transportation Center2h32 02:20PMNorth Station
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321One-way
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01:43PMPortland Transportation Center2h32 04:15PMNorth Station
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321One-way

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Overview: Train from Portland to Boston

distanceDistance98 miles (158 km)
durationAverage train duration2 h 32 min
priceAverage train ticket price$26 (€25)
frequencyTrain frequency4 a day
changesDirect trainYes, there are 4 direct trains a day
carriersTrain companiesAmtrak

Trains from Portland to Boston cover the 98 miles (158 km) long journey taking on average 2 h 32 min with our travel partners like Amtrak. Normally, there are 4 trains operating per day, including direct services available. While the average ticket price for this journey costs around $26 (€25), you can find the cheapest train ticket for as low as $26 (€25).

Train companies: Amtrak from Portland to Boston trains

Find the best trains between Portland and Boston with Omio's travel partners Amtrak from $26 (€25). We can find you the best deals, schedules and tickets when comparing and booking the best trip.

Amtrak

Amtrak is the main train company in the United States operating medium and long-distance intercity services in 46 US states as well as in 3 Canadian provinces. There are over 300 Amtrak trains running daily. With Amtrak you can travel by train across the country and explore destinations near and far with routes such as the Northeast Regional connecting cities in the East Coast, the Coast Starlight connecting destinations up and down the West Coast, the Empire Builder connecting Chicago and Midwestern cities to the Northwest, and many more. Amtrak offers different class options suiting any budget, from Coach Class to Business Class, First Class, and the Sleeper Class, where you can book a Roomette, Bedroom, and Bedroom suite among others for night travel. There are several different ticket types including Saver, Value, Flexible, Business and Premium for you to book for your next train journey between Portland and Boston.

Amtrak from Portland to Boston train information:

  • Average Duration: 2 h 32 min
  • Average Price: $26
  • Amtrak frequency: 4 a day

Trains from Portland to Boston

The trains from Portland, ME to Boston, MA run various times throughout the day on every day of the week. There are approximately five trains making this route per day, every two to five hours. The journeys are direct and take more or less 2h 32min to cover the 98 miles (158 km) between Portland and Maine. There is only one type of train operating this route, the Downeaster train, run by Amtrak.

   

Portland to Boston Train Time: Daily Departures

The trains from Portland to Boston run more or less five times a day and around 35 times a week. These routes are all direct, without connections, not having to change trains at any time. The total duration of the journey averages 2h 32min. the first train of the day departs from Portland at about 5:18 a.m. every day. As for the last train of the day, it leaves daily from the Portland station at approximately 6:33 p.m. This route is covered by the Downeaster train operated by Amtrak.

How long is the journey by train from Portland to Boston?

The journey by train from Portland to Boston covers the approximate distance of 98 miles (158 km) in about 2h 32min. All the trains making this trip from Portland to Boston take about the same amount of time. The trip is direct, so passengers do not need to change trains at any point. The first train of the day, departing from Portland, MA at around 5:18 a.m. and the last one of the day at about 6:33 p.m., are generally the fastest ones. However, the ride doesn’t normally take over 2h 42min.

What are the departure and arrival stations for trains from Portland to Boston?

Departure train station: The train for this route departs out of the Portland Transportation Center in Maine. This station is Portland’s main hub for Amtrak trains. The station is located about 3 miles (4.8 km) west of the city center at the Thompson’s Point waterfront. There is public transportation from Downtown Portland that takes you to the Portland Transportation Center in about 20min. The station has a waiting room as well as restrooms and ticket sale offices.

Arrival train station: The trains arrive at the Boston North Station. This station is just northwest in Downtown Boston. Depending on where you wish to get to in the city center, you can either walk or take a public transport route that leaves out of the North Station. Boston North Station has a few shops as well as an ATM and dining options for when you arrive on the Downeaster train.

Boston Cityscape Tourist. Source: Shutterstock

Which train companies travel from Portland to Boston?

The train going from Portland to Boston is operated by Amtrak. The Amtrak train making the route is called the Downeaster. There are about five Downeaster trains per day going from Brunswick, ME to Boston, MA, stopping in Portland, ME on its way south. The Downeaster Amtrak is available every day of the week, about 35 times per week.

The journey between Portland and Boston takes a total of about 2h 32min. The segment between Portland and Boston is direct, so passengers don’t need to change trains at any point. Nonetheless, the train makes eight stops along the way before Boston, passing through both Maine and New Hampshire before arriving in Massachusetts. The first Downeaster Amtrak departs from Portland Station at around 5:18 a.m. and the last one at around 6:33 p.m.

Amtrak trains from Portland to Boston

Amtrak trains from Portland, ME to Boston, MA are direct routes on the Downeaster train. These trains are standard mid-distance trains covering the journey from Maine, Through New Hampshire to Massachusetts. The Downeaster travels on every day of the week from Brunswick, ME to Boston, MA, multiple times a day. It makes five stops per day in Portland, ME on its way south along the Gulf of Maine. The segment between Portland and Maine is only about 2h 32min long and doesn’t require passengers to change trains at any point before arriving in Boston North Station. The first train of the day with Amtrak departs at around 5:18 a.m. There are trains every two to five hours with the last one leaving at around 6:33 p.m.

Train Portland to Boston: Services on Board

When traveling on the train from Portland to Boston, you’ll be riding on the Downeaster Amtrak train. When booking your tickets through Omio you will have a choice of either traveling in Coach Class or in Business Class. In both classes you will get a reserved seat, although Business Class offers extra legroom and a wider seat, along with other amenities. Traveling with Downeaster Amtrak trains, you are allowed two personal items and two carry-on items onboard.

However, for this route, checked bags are not possible. Small dogs or cats are allowed with you on your trip to Boston, but they must be in a pet carrier and it cannot weigh more than 25 lbs (11 kg). This pet carrier counts as one of the passenger’s carry-on item. If you wish to bring your bicycle with you, Downeaster trains allow carry-on bike services as long as you reserve beforehand, by paying a fee. As for accessibility, all Amtrak trains have accessible seating as well as platforms and ramps to help get on the trains.

How to find cheap train tickets from Portland to Boston?

The tickets for trains from Portland to Boston are basically a fixed price. However it’s possible you can find more affordable options if you book your tickets in advance. The later you purchase them the more probable the prices will be more expensive. In addition to that, if you can be flexible with your departure dates, it may help you to pick and choose from the cheaper train rides. Traveling on dates around popular holidays may also increase the price of your train tickets from Portland to Boston. In this case, there aren’t more affordable options offered throughout the day due to having connecting trains or taking a bit longer to make the journey.

Boston George Washington Statue Park. Source: Shutterstock

To Boston by train—travel tips

Catch the Downeaster train from Portland to Boston to explore the beautiful Massachusetts capital city. Boston is known for Fenway Park, home of the Red Sox baseball team, baked beans and the Boston Harborwalk. Make your way downtown to explore the city full of Revolutionary War history and museums.

The Freedom Trail is a part of this historic landmark, taking you through multiple locations significant to the United States’ history. For those visitors who enjoy the outdoors, explore the different parks Boston has to offer such as the iconic Boston Common, Franklin Park or the Boston Harbor Islands State Park. The Boston neighborhood of North End is the city’s oldest neighborhood where you can walk along the cobblestone streets and take in the architecture as well as Paul Revere’s house and the old North Church.

While you’re in Boston you’ll have to try some baked beans as well as experiencing the New England clam chowder. If you’re looking for some ultra-chic dining options, head towards the neighborhood of Back Bay, or to South End for trendy spots with a variety of cuisines.

Travel Tips: Trains from Portland to Boston

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FAQs
Train tickets from Portland to Boston for some dates and times can be found for as cheap as $26 (€25)  one way in the next 7 days.
If you’re looking to book your train tickets in the next week, you can expect the Portland to Boston train price to come in at an average of $26 (€25)  one way.
You should expect to travel around 98 miles (158 km)  from Portland to Boston by train.
The Portland to Boston train duration is on average 2 h 32 min, which is to be expected when traveling 98 miles (158 km) from Portland to Boston. However, the time it takes can vary based on specific dates, weekends, and holidays.
When taking a train from Portland to Boston, you can count on Amtrak for the best way to get you to Boston. You can also check all possible train providers who offer a service from Portland to Boston and compare the amenities they offer before buying a train ticket.
On average, there are 4 trains a day from Portland to Boston. The train times and services may be different on weekends and holidays compared to weekdays.
The first Portland to Boston train departs at 9: 18 AM   and the last train from Portland to Boston leaves at 10: 33 PM. Check out the most up-to-date train schedule from Portland to Boston on Omio and find the best time to travel to your destination.
If you purchase a train ticket from Portland to Boston within the next 7 days, you can find tickets to cost on average $26 (€25) one way. However, we recommend booking your train in advance to get access to the best prices. Train tickets between Portland and Boston are generally on sale a few months before the planned departure date.

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