Visitor's Guide 2015


It's easy to plan a car-free visit with convenient train service to Portland, Freeport, and Brunswick, the start of the mid-coast region.

Photo: courtesy Amtrak Downeaster

TRAVEL ING It’s easy to get here and easy to get around once you arrive, and you’ll be pleasantly surprised at just how close we are — just two hours north of Boston and less than four hours from Hartford.


to downtown, and Casco Bay Lines provides regular ferry service to the nearby islands. Portland Trails main- tains a network of bicycle and pedestrian routes throughout the region such as the Greenbelt Trail on which you can reach several parks in South Portland.

Airplane arrivals and departures average 100 daily, many of which are non-stop flights. The following domestic commercial airlines serve Portland: Continental, Delta, JetBlue, Southwest, United, and US Airways. Flight and airline contact information is available at The airport is conveniently located just three miles from downtown, and many hotels offer free shuttle service. Rental car, taxi, and limousine services are also available at the Jetport. Portland has become a popular cruise ship stop, so your next visit could be planned around a vacation at sea. Cruise ships dock right downtown, letting passengers disembark to stroll the Old Port or take a narrated city

tour or shore excursions to the villages of Freeport or Kennebunkport. Travel to and from Nova Scotia on the new Nova Star ferry service. For motorists traveling from northeast cities, access by auto is a breeze on Interstate 95. Greater Portland is also serviced by national and regional bus lines, offering numerous routes to Maine. Or you can ride the rails to Maine, on the “Downeaster,” Amtrak’s passenger serv- ice between Boston and Brunswick, with stops in Wells, Saco, Old Orchard Beach, Portland, and Freeport. Once here, you will find the region easy to navigate with very little traffic. The Metro bus system offers convenient public bus service from outlying areas


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