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Brunswick - Portland - Boston
Downeaster Route Map
Five Round-trip Journeys Every Day between Boston and Portland with Additional Service to Freeport and Brunswick

In Colonial times, Maine shipbuilders created some of the finest sailing vessels ever built, and called them "Downeasters." The sleek and sophisticated service offered by the Downeaster takes you on a magical journey along the New England shoreline between Boston and Portland and on to Freeport and Brunswick. Now you can Experience More Maine.

Brunswick Station and Visitor Center is located within walking distance of shops, restaurants, hotels and the Bowdoin College Campus. It also serves as the gateway to Maine's beautiful Midcoast region.

The Freeport train platform is just steps away from hundreds of national retailers, name-brand outlets and locally owned boutiques all set in a 19th century Maine Village. A variety of restaurants and the LL Bean Flagship Store are also within walking distance.

Traveling to Freeport and Brunswick from Boston along the Downeaster's route, you'll find additional historic colonial cities offering beautiful beaches, a thriving arts and entertainment scene, world-class shopping – and the best seafood in the world.

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, complimentary non-alcoholic beverages and access to premium digital newspapers.

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.

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Schedule (PDF )
  • Effective November 21, 2016
  • Frequency
    Multiple Departures Daily
    Length of Trip
    3 hours 25 minutes
    Cafe Car Wi-Fi
    Amenities & accommodations vary by train.
    680, 681, 682, 683, 684, 685, 686, 687, 688, 689, 690, 691, 692, 693, 694, 695, 696, 697, 698, 699
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