Planning a visit? New to Portland? Want to know more?
Portland has made a reputation as a great city for eating and drinking, but where do you begin? Where should you go for the best art and music experiences? What are some shops that you can't find anywhere else? And where can you find an adventure or a scenic spot?
If you're mobile or just want to get a lay of the land, use our interactive map and guide to discover places you might otherwise miss. If you have more time, check out the personal favorites of creative locals in the plan your weekend section. And for a deeper read on what Portlanders like to do around town, peruse these profiles.
How to Get Here
Portland is accessible by a variety of public transit options, as well as Interstate 95 and the famous U.S. Route 1 (which begins in Fort Kent, Maine on the Canadian border).
The Portland International Jetport (PWM) is served by Delta, JetBlue, Southwest, United, and U.S. Airways. The jetport is less than ten minutes from downtown Portland and there are a variety of ground transportation options.
The Amtrak Downeaster rail service extends from Brunswick, Maine to Boston's North Station (note that all other Amtrak lines in Boston depart from South Station or Back Bay Station). There are five daily round trips between Portland and Boston, with eight stops in between. The travel time is approximately 2 hours 25 minutes, and there is a cafe car and free WiFi on board.
Two bus lines serve Portland: Concord Coach Lines and Greyhound. The Greyhound system connects Portland to New England and beyond from the station on Congress Street. Concord Coach Lines picks up and drops off at the Portland Transporation Center (shared with the Amtrak Downeaster). The line extends from the University of Maine at Orono to Boston. Trips to and from Boston's South Station and Logan International Aiport leave regularly throughout the day. Travel time for the airport express bus is generally just under two hours, and there is complimentary WiFi and a movie on board.