Whether you fly into Portland or somewhere more remote, Maine offers plenty of ways to get around.
Surf online on the Downeaster.
Portland International Jetport gets an expansive new look.
Since the return of regular passenger service in 2001, millions of people have ridden Amtrak's Downeaster to reach the Pine Tree State.
Maine is one of the few places where people really do get around by boat. Whether they’re commuting from Peaks Island to Portland’s Old Port or doing a sales call on Vinalhaven, Mainers use the state’s system of ferries to keep the offshore islands an active, vital part of the Pine Tree State. The good news for visitors is that ferries are affordable enough to make for a great daytrip. And if you happen to really be from away, you can use The Cat, a high-speed ferry that zips between Nova Scotia and Bar Harbor and Portland. Visit these sites for schedules and fares.
Believe it or not, you can survive in Maine without a car. Most of the major cities have some sort of public transportation to get you around, and rental car companies can get you behind the wheel whether you’re looking to go across town or across the state. Here are some useful numbers to keep you from having to stick your thumb out.
The beauty of Maine airports is that they’re still easy to navigate. Even in Portland you can go from baggage claim to your car in a matter of seconds (ninety, to be precise – we’ve timed it!). Here are all of the state’s commercial airports, including contact information and the airlines servicing each airstrip. Take that, Logan!
A surprising number of people think Maine is at the end of the earth. Granted, your day-to-day stresses can seem a million miles away once you cross over the big green bridge over the Piscataqua River in Kittery, but in terms of actual miles Maine’s pressed tight up against the largest population concentration in the United States. Whether you decide to fly into Portland, drive up to Katahdin in a rental car, or hop the Downeaster from Boston to Maine, you’ll need to nail down a few details to make your visit as carefree as it can be. Here’s a bunch of handy information to help you click into your Maine vacation before you even arrive in the Pine Tree State.