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The Downeaster

The Downeaster is a 141-mile (227 km) regional passenger train service, managed by the Northern New England Passenger Rail Authority (NNEPRA), and operated by Amtrak. The train runs from North Station in Boston, Massachusetts, to the Portland Transportation Center in Portland, Maine before continuing on to Brunswick Maine Street Station in Brunswick, Maine. The train operates five daily round trips between Portland and Boston and two daily round trips between Boston and Brunswick.


The Downeaster runs north out of North Station towards the historic mill towns of Lawrence and Haverhill, Massachusetts and crosses the Merrimack River before entering New Hampshire. It travels inland through the New Hampshire towns of Exeter, Durham and Dover, and north of Great Bay, before crossing the Salmon Falls River into Maine. From there it travels through the coastal town of Wells and through the Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge. The rail line takes the train back inland through Biddeford and Saco across the Saco River, before heading to the coastal town of Old Orchard Beach. The train station is located one block from the ocean in Old Orchard Beach. From here it continues through the expansive Scarborough Marsh, north to Portland. The train remains inland and runs through the town of Freeport, home to L.L. Bean, before terminating in Brunswick Maine.


The Downeaster operates multiple trains daily, seven days a week, every day of the year. It operates on both a weekday, and weekend/holiday schedule, and some stops and connections are seasonal, for the current schedule click here.


One-way fares range from $6.00 USD to $29.00 USD, can be found at

The Downeaster offers discounts such as half price tickets for Seniors and Children, and discounted fares to Medical patients and Disabled riders, AAA Members, US Military Personnel, and Students.

Other items, such as Rail Passes, are available through Amtrak.

Stations, stops and connections[edit]

Map of Downeaster
Connections Table

Amtrak Connections

Airport Connections Other Rail Connections Bus Connections
1 Brunswick Maine Street Station (Brunswick,ME) Brunswick Maine Street Station on Wikipedia none none none Greater Portland Metro: 1, Breez

Western Maine Transportation Services: Brunswick Link Bus, BlueLine Commuter Bus.

2 Freeport Station (Freeport,ME) Freeport station (Maine) on Wikipedia none
3 Portland Transportation Center (Portland,ME) Portland Transportation Center on Wikipedia Concord Coach Lines

Greater Portland Metro: 1, Breez

4 Old Orchard Beach Station (Old Orchard Beach,ME) none
5 Saco Transportation Center (Saco,ME) Saco Transportation Center on Wikipedia Biddeford Saco Old Orchard Beach Transit
6 Wells Regional Transportation Center (Wells,ME) Wells Regional Transportation Center on Wikipedia none
7 Dover Transportation Center (Dover,NH) Dover Transportation Center on Wikipedia Cooperative Alliance for Seacoast Transportation (COAST): 1,12,13,33,34.

Wildcat Transit: 3

8 Durham-UNH Station (Durham,NH) Durham–UNH station on Wikipedia UNH Wildcat buses
9 Exeter Station (Exeter,NH) Exeter station (New Hampshire) on Wikipedia none
10 Haverhill Station (Haverhill,MA) Haverhill station (Massachusetts) on Wikipedia Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority: Commuter Rail: Haverhill Line Merrimack Valley Transit: 1,13,14,15,16,17,18
11 Anderson Regional Transportation Center (Woburn,MA) Anderson Regional Transportation Center on Wikipedia Connection to Boston Logan International Airport: Logan Express Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority: Commuter Rail: Lowell Line Logan Express
12 North Station (Boston,MA) North Station on Wikipedia none Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority: Green Line, Red Line, Commuter Rail: Fitchburg Line, Lowell Line, Haverhill Line, Newbury/Rockport Line. Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority: 4

On-board services[edit]

Reserved Coach[edit]

Amfleet coach seats

Coach (economy) is the most affordable class of travel and is offered on all trains. Seating is "Reserved Coach" so a ticket guarantees you a seat. The cars, call "Amfleets", carry approximately forty to sixty passengers per car, arranged in pairs either side of the aisle. Seats can be arranged in facing sets of four, but in almost all cases you will find that seats will all face the direction of travel. Luggage racks and spaces for larger items are provided, along with toilets either at the end of the coach.

An Amtrak coach class seat size is roughly comparable with a business class airline seat: there is ample leg room, a reclining seat back and fixed armrests on the outside of each pair of seats. If there is a seat in front of you, a fold-down table will be available. All seats have a reading light and a 120 V outlet.

Business class[edit]

Amfleet business class seats with cafe car

Business class seating is limited on all trains, as Business class is in the other half of the Cafe Car. Seats are arranged in pairs to one side of the aisle, and singly on the other side of the aisle (called '2+1 seating'). There is more room than coach class. Seats include armrest and cup holders as well as an at-seat attendant service with complimentary refreshments and a newspaper. All seats have a reading light and a 120 V outlet.

Cafe Car[edit]

The Downeaster has a café car that offers snacks, light meals, soft drinks and alcoholic beverages. This includes local foods and beers from a local brewery.

Wireless Internet[edit]

Amtrak Connect (Amtrak's wireless internet service) is available on all trains at no additional cost.

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