Portland Transportation Center
The Portland Transportation Center (PTC) is located minutes from downtown Portland.
Ticket Agent Hours
5:15am - 5:00pm Monday & Friday
5:15am - 3:30pm Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
5:30am - 4:30pm Weekends
$4.00 per day. Parking lot hours 4:30am to 2:00am daily.
Quik-Trak Ticketing Hours
4:30am to 10:30pm daily.
Maine's largest city is extremely walkable, easy to get to from the train station, and just over two relaxing hours from Boston.
Portland boasts several minor league sports franchises, dozens of galleries, a world-renowned art museum, professional theater, and venues for every kind of performance you can imagine.
Stroll Portland's cobbled waterfront streets, browse boutiques and antique shops, explore historic sites and museums, and enjoy some of the best restaurants in New England.
It is easy to get around Maine's largest city.
METRO Bus connects most Downeaster trains to destinations throughout the city, including Portland’s Waterfront, Arts District, and Old Port. Visit the Downeaster Café to obtain a FREE one-way METRO Bus ticket.
Taxis are available on site. Fares to downtown Portland are usually under $10.
Concord Coach provides transportation connections between Bangor, Augusta, Portland and Boston.
The Portland International Jetport is Maine's largest airport and is located just five miles from the heart of Portland.
Featured Car-Free Activities
Take the Train to Maine for an exciting culinary adventure! Sit back, relax and enjoy the company of family and friends without the hassle of driving and parking. While onboard, visit the Downeaster Café Car and enjoy a sneak preview of fresh local Maine food and beverages, including Amato’s Italian sandwiches, Wicked Whoopie Pies and Shipyard microbrews – just a glimpse of the delectable cuisine that waits for you in Portland. You’ll arrive in Portland relaxed and ready to experience an authentic Maine Foodie Tour.
But don’t spoil your appetite on the train – lunch opportunities abound upon your arrival in Portland. On a Maine Foodie Tour, you’ll experience award-winning artisan cheese, fresh lobster hors d’oeuvres, smoked seafood, Downeast Maine wild blueberry preserves, the original whoopie pie and dark chocolate truffles featuring Maine potatoes. Or explore the delicious streets on your own and follow your nose.
Enjoy the freshest seafood, Maine-grown produce, and culinary talents of Portland’s best chefs. You can dine indoors or outside on a deck or patio (when the weather is nice!) at the most popular, coffee houses, bakeries, award-winning restaurants, like Fore Street Restaurant, Five Fifty-Five Congress Street or Portland Lobster Company.
Be sure to call ahead and make a reservation for a tour of the Shipyard Brewery, located in Portland’s historic working waterfront. Shipyard offers daily tours on the hour and half hour. Take some time to end your day in Maine with a refreshing beverage of choice. This free tour concludes with a complimentary sample of their specialty ales – a sip you won’t want to miss.
Downeaster Café Car
Visit the Downeaster Café Car for traditional local Maine food and beverages.
Catch a Free Ride
Visit the Downeaster Café onboard the train to receive a ticket for a FREE one-way ride on the METRO Bus. The METRO Bus connects most Downeaster trains to destinations throughout the city.