Amtrak’s Downeaster route is managed by Northern New England Passenger Rail Authority with service between Brunswick, Maine and Boston. Total trip time from end to end is about 3.5 hours without delays and it is an option for travel to and from Boston if you don’t want to be on the road.

Things to Know

  • WiFi, business class seating and a cafe are available on trains
  • All trains travel between Portland and Boston, but only select trains travel between Brunswick and Boston.
  • A special dome car is usually added to the trains in the fall for viewing foliage (confirm dome car availability before booking)
  • Explore Amtrak trips to Maine for vacation ideas


Visit the Amtrak timetable for the Downeaster train to plan your trip (be sure to verify latest schedules on the Amtrak site). You can also view current schedules via Google Maps or when booking your tickets.

Schedule highlights:

  • Multiple trains per day, with different schedules on the weekend
  • Commute time between Portland and Boston is about 2.5 hours
  • Frequency allows for day trips with morning arrivals and early evening departures
  • A special late-night train departs Boston North Station at 11:25 p.m. on concert and game nights. Plan your trip at to view schedules.



  • Bowdoin College
  • Harriet Beecher Stowe House
  • Thompson’s Point
  • Children’s Museum of New Hamphire
  • University of New Hampshire
  • Nashua Street Park
  • Prince Street Park
  • Museum of Science
  • Copp’s Hill
  • Old North Church

More Information

Amtrak to Boston