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Downeaster

Brunswick - Portland - Boston
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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.

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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.

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Schedule (PDF )
  • Effective June 5, 2017
  • Frequency
    Multiple Departures Daily
    Length of Trip
    3 hours 25 minutes
    Amenities
    Cafe Car Wi-Fi
    Accommodations
    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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