Downeaster trains travel between Boston and Brunswick multiple times each day with stops in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine. The entire route takes about 3.5 hours, although most passengers use the Downeaster for business commutes or day/weekend trips to specific locations. While on board, you can use the free WiFi and visit the café car. Summer and fall are recommended times to ride in order to enjoy warm weather, beaches and fall foliage.

Things to Know

  • Business class seating is available.
  • Day trips are an option on this route.
  • Trains arrive and depart from Boston’s North Station.
  • Boston to Portland is the most popular segment (source).
  • A dome car is sometimes added to Downeaster trains in the fall for viewing the foliage.


View current schedules on or via the Find Trains tool on the Amtrak homepage. You can also create a custom timetable with your start and end destinations on the Amtrak schedule page.

Schedule highlights:

  • Multiple trains/departures each day.
  • Commute time between Portland and Boston is about 2.5 hours.
  • You can travel between Boston and the first Maine stop (Wells) in less than 2 hours.

Popular Stops

  • Boston
  • Exeter
  • Durham
  • Dover
  • Wells
  • Portland (Maine)


More Information

Top photo credit: MBTafan2011/Wikimedia (Downeaster train in Massachusetts)