Downeaster

  • Brunswick
  • Portland
  • Boston
3 hours 25 minutes Train Numbers
680, 681, 682, 683, 684, 685, 686, 687, 688, 689, 690, 691, 692, 693, 694, 695, 696, 697, 698, 699
Frequency: Multiple Departures Daily

Five Round-trip Journeys Every Day between Boston and Portland with Additional Service to Freeport and Brunswick. Make getting there part of the experience with a trip on the Downeaster. With five round-trips daily between Boston and Portland, and two round-trips to Freeport and Brunswick, the Downeaster is your car-free connection to exciting New England destinations all year long. Traveling along the Downeaster's route, you'll find historic colonial cities offering beautiful beaches, a thriving arts and entertainment scene, world-class shopping — and the best seafood in the world. Start planning your car-free adventure today.

Business Class on the Downeaster

Enjoy an enhanced travel experience in Business Class on the Downeaster and you'll have access to exclusive amenities such as a fully refundable ticket if canceled prior to departure,  25% point bonus for Amtrak Guest Rewards members, leather seating with footrests and complimentary non-alcoholic beverages.

Downeaster trains arrive and depart from Boston North Station

All other Amtrak services in Boston depart from South Station and Back Bay Station. Passengers transferring between the Downeaster and other Amtrak services must make their own arrangements for the transfer between stations in Boston. When transferring by taxi it is suggested that passengers connect to their continuing Amtrak train at South Station. Transfer by taxi is recommended for passengers traveling with significant amounts of luggage or young children. We suggest that passengers transferring to Back Bay Station use the Orange Line.

Explore the rugged coastline of Maine and the historic charm of New Hampshire hamlets. Savor lobster rolls and clam chowder. Explore beaches and boutiques. Take your bike along for the ride and hop a ferry to the Casco Bay Islands of Maine where you can pedal, paddle or simply stroll in a place where the salty sea air invites you to breathe deep and savor life in slo-mo.

“Ever since childhood, when I lived within earshot of the Boston and Maine, I have seldom heard a train go by and not wished I was on it..” — Paul Theroux

Features & Amenities

Amenities vary by train.

Downloadable menus are updated regularly, but menu items and prices are subject to change and may be different from what is available onboard.

Take your small dog or cat along with you on the train. Before you go, learn more about the types of pets allowed, pet reservations and fares, approved pet carriers and additional details.

See the Complete Pet Program Guidelines