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Car, train, bus, plane, ferry to Nova Scotia: all ways to go to and from Portland, Maine.




Portland is 108 miles (174 km) northeast of Boston MA (about a 2-hour drive) and 161 miles southwest of Bar Harbor ME (4 to 5 hours by car) (map).


Coming from Boston and New Hampshire, the Maine Turnpike (I-95), a toll road, is the fastest route to Portland. South of Portland, I-295 branches off from I-95 and takes you north right through the heart of the city, including to the Portland Transportation Center.

The Portland Transportation Center, 100 Thompsons Point Road, just west of I-295 Exit 5 (map), houses the Amtrak train station and the Concord Coach Lines bus terminal. It's less than three miles (5 km) from the Portland International Jetport.


Concord Coach Lines operates 14 buses daily in each direction between Boston and Portland. The trip takes about two hours. Some departures from Portland are express buses directly to Logan Airport with no stops; other departures go to both Logan Airport and Boston's South Station Bus Terminal.

Buses arrive at the Portland Transportation Center, off Interstate 295 Exit 5A, at Congress Street (map), which also holds Portland's Amtrak train station.


Amtrak's Downeaster train travels five times daily on the 2-1/2-hour journey between Boston's North Station and Portland ME (Portland Transportation Center), stopping at Woburn and Haverhill MA; Exeter, Durham and Dover NH; Wells, Saco and Old Orchard Beach ME. The Downeaster continues past Portland to Freeport and Brunswick ME. More...

Train fare is about the same as the bus fare. The train trip is a bit longer, but a more comfortable ride, with snack-and-drink service available.


Portland International Jetport, 4 miles (6.4 km) west of the city center off I-95 and I-295, serves flights by American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Elite Airways, JetBlue Airways, Southwest Airlines and United Airlines, with nonstop flights to Atlanta, Baltimore, Charlotte, Chicago, Detroit, New York City (JFK & Newark), Philadelphia and Washington DC (Dulles & Reagan National)—in short, to most major airline hubs east of the Mississippi.

Portland Metro Bus 5 connects the Jetport with Portland Transportation Center and the Maine Mall.


Portland has a number of different ferry docks to the north of the city center.

Casco Bay Ferries

Casco Bay Lines operates ferries to the islands in the bay east of Portland from the Maine State Pier on Commercial Street at Franklin Street. More...

Portland to Yarmouth, Nova Scotia Ferry

International car ferry service between Portland and Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada, operates from June to October from the International Marine Terminal (also called Ocean Gateway Pier) on Commercial Street at Hancock Street. More...

Portland City Bus

The public bus system in Porland is operated by the Greater Portland Transit District and generally called Metro. The buses connect all of Portland's transportation centers, including the ferry and cruise terminals and the Portland Transportation Center (Amtrak and Concord Coach intercity buses). More...

—by Tom Brosnahan

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Amtrak Downeaster Train, Maine

Above, Amtrak's Downeaster between
Boston MA and Portland ME.

Below, Portland Transportation Center.

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