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New York to Maine via Public Transport

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Written by Town & Tourist

New York City is one of the greatest & most iconic cities in the world, filled with skyscrapers such Empire State Building, one world trade center and the Rockefeller centre!

In addition, to it being a melting pot for culture, from Chinatown to Little Italy. Whereas Maine is the northeastern most U.S. state known for its rocky coastline, maritime history and nature parks such as Baxter State Park, where Moose are common and Mt Katahdin marks the endpoint of the Appalachian Trail.

Head further and you will discover the granite and spruce islands of Acadia National Park.

Fun Facts About Maine: 

  • Maine harvests the Majority of Lobster in the USA and is heaven for a Seafood lover.
  • Maine has 3,478 miles of coastline which is more than California (3,427), and over 5,000 miles of coastline, if you include all of the islands.
  • Maine has the largest selection of historic Lighthouses in the USA, such as the candy-striped beacon at West Quoddy Head.

Discover them all on our: Ultimate Maine Lighthouse Road Trip

How far is Maine from New York?

Maine is 452 miles (727 km) from New York. It takes approximately 7 hours, 20 minutes to drive. If you rent a car see: Ultimate Car Rental Travel Hacks!

Marshall Point Light maine

Marshall Point Light maine. Source: pinterest. (Source; the great Mike Verispall)

Fun Fact:

 The Marshall point lighthouse featured in the classic movie Forest Gump, with Tom Hanks.

Tom Hanks character concluded his cross country run on the runway of Marshall Point lighthouse.

Insider Tip:

At the lighthouse museum in Maine, you will find movie documentation.

Does Amtrak go to Maine?

Yes! Its a great way to avoid the traffic around New York City. Since 2001, the Amtrak passenger rail service has returned thanks to an avid campaign which was supported by the Town&Tourist community.

How long is the Train between New York and Maine?

The Train takes 8 hours with a change over at Boston Back Bay to Boston North Station.

How much does it cost to go from New York to Maine on Public Transport?

It costs between $70-$179 to catch the train between New York and Maine. This depends upon the season and particular train.

New York to Maine via Public Transport (Itinerary)

  1. New York City
  2. Boston
  3. Portland, Maine

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New York to Portland, Maine Public Transport Plan:

Leg of Trip               

(New York to Portland Maine)

Distance (Miles) Train(Time/Cost) Bus (Time/Cost) Bus Operator
1. New York toBoston, MA 231 miles New York Penn Station to

Boston Back Bay Station

3hr 49 mins, (Hourly)

($35-$135),

Amtrak

Acela

/Northeast Regional

4 hr 15 mins.

(Every 3 hours)

($21-$35),

 Mega Bus: tel:877-462-6342

Megabus

2.Boston, MA to Portland, Maine  103  miles (10 min subway between Back Bay & North Station)

Boston North Station to Portland Amtrak Station.

2hr 30 mins

(5 times per day)

($29-$45),

Amtrak

1hr 54 mins

(Hourly)

($25-$35)

Concord Coach Lines
54 /48 /58

Use the above table to compare public transport prices, distances, cost and travel time for each leg. 

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New York to Maine Itinerary

1. New York City 

New York City is one of the most iconic cities in the world and as you might have guessed it has alot to offer!

Drive/walk over Brooklyn Bridge

Brooklyn Bridge is one of the most iconic places in New York City.

Either drive straight over or take the subway to Downtown Brooklyn then take a walk over.

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brooklyn-bridge-

Insider Tip:

The is the perfect place to capture some iconic New York City photos, great for instagram, facebook or just good old fashioned memories!

Best Viewpoints:

  • Empire State Building
  • Rooftop Cocktails at Pod 39 – a Great Empire State Alternative!
  • Top of the Rock Viewpoint, Rockerfella Centre.

New Yorker Highlights:

  • Central Park – Give you a real feel for New York City!
  • Grand Central Terminal – A Vibrant place to visit.
  • Time Square (Busy but FREE!)
  • Ground Zero: 911 Museum – An Emotional Place
  • Bryant Park – Watch the Ice Skaters during the winter.
  • Queens (Flushing Area) – Great local foods/Cultural Hub.
  • Bronx (Arthur Avenue) – Great Italian Food (Better than little Italy!)

Insider Tip:

Check out John Lennons Strawberry Fields at Central Park. This is where his ashes were scattered after his fatal assassination in New York City!

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john-lennon-grave-memorial-in-central-park

Where to Stay in NYC?

For a list of our recommended Hotels to Stay in New York, follow the link HERE.

2. 24 Hours in Boston, MA

Boston is the vibrant capital of Massachusetts and although small it packs a big punch! If your here for just one day I suggest starting early and making the most of it!

9 a.m: Tour of the City! 

Starting early, the best way to way to explore the city is by taking a door! The most popular has to be the “Freedom Trail” walking tour.

The Freedom Trail connects 15 sites of great significance in the Colonial history of the United States. The route marked with a series of painted bricks on a series of sidewalks between Boston Common to Bunker Hill Monument in Charlestown.

There are a variety of interesting stops along the way from churches, notable landmarks, Graveyards and Naval Warships!

Boston Road Trip

Boston Road Trip

How to book a Freedom Trail Tour?

The National Park service has a visitors center located on the first floor of Faneuil Hall.

From here you can sign up for tours, and also get your hands on some free maps of the freedom trail.

Cost of the Freedom Trail:

In general most of the sites along the Freedom trail are free, with some having a place for donations.

Due to the Freedom Trail been ran by the City of Boston’s Freedom Trail Commission.

This is supported in part by grants from various nonprofits and foundations including the Boston National Historical Park.

However, in spite of this a small number of sites charge admission, these include:

the Old South Meeting House, the Old State House, and the Paul Revere House.

Freedom Trail Boston

Great Boston Freedom Trail. A National Historic Trail (National Millennium Trail). Source: thetajboston.com

Bus & Duck tours! 

For those that would rather not walk and would prefer to see the sights on your comfy transport than book the double decker bus tour.

For a unique tour book the world famous duck tour, a half bus/half boat which take you on an epic tour of Boston by land & sea!

Fun Fact: The “Duck” is a renovated World War II amphibious vehicle!

11 am: Check out the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

After your tour head down to the  Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. This is a cultural gem of Boston.

Located inside a 15th century venetian style palace your will discover historic sculptures, paintings, rare books and opulent antique furniture.

Contact tel: +1 617 566 1401

12 p.m: Lunch time at Newbury Street! 

Getting hungry? Head down the famous Newbury Street, where you will discover a pleathora of trendy restaurants, cafes and shops. 

For a sweet treat, check out Georgetown Cupcakes or for a “pick me up” coffee try out Trident Café.

Afterwards take a stroll around Newbury Streets many quirky boutique shops.

This is the perfect place to find a souvenir or gift for loved ones.

Newbury Street Boston Road Trip

Newbury Street Boston Road Trip. Source: urbanland.uli.org

1 p.m:  Copley Square

Copley Square is a cultural hub, here you can find a mixture of breath taking architecture, nature and landmarks.

Take a walk past the Infamous Boston Marathon Finish line  and check out Boston public library a place with astonishing decor inside.

Round the square you will also find a variety of shops & eateries.

2 p.m: Relax at the Boston Common

The Boston Common, is Bostons equivalent to central park.

A place of nature spreading 20ha, the perfect tranquil escape from the energetic city surrounding.

Fun Fact: Dating from 1634, it is the oldest city park in the United States.

Insider Tip: Take a Swan Boat ride on the pond, this is a great family activity.

5 p.m: Boston Red Sox Tour

No matter what your team is, the Boston Red Sox are an iconic baseball team you have to see! Established in 1953, the fans enthusiasm is contagious! Head down to watch a match or take a tour of Fenway park.

8 p.m: Head to a Food Hall! 

Head to one of Bostons most famous food halls such as Quincy Market, which houses nearly 40 gourmet food vendors. Just 10 mins walk from there is Faneuil Hall, in Bostons little Italy district.

Quincy Food Market

Quincy Food Market

For more info on these great food halls check out:

10pm: Stay the Night in Boston

Get some rest at one of these recommended hotels in Boston, before carrying on your road trip in the morning. You could easily spend a few more days in Boston, so feel free to extend your trip.

Where to Stay in Boston?

For a list of our recommended Hotels to Stay in Boston, follow the link HERE.

3. Portland, Maine

Hop of the train in Portland, Maines largest city and a good place to base yourself. Before heading out to explore Maines famous Lighthouses, Nature wonder and of course tucking into some Fresh Seafood!

The Old Port waterfront has a selection of working fishing wharves and converted warehouses equip restaurants and shops.

Close by you will find the Western Promenade,  public park  with scenic river and mountain views.

The West End of Portland is best for history Buffs, where can find Victorian-era homes, including the Victoria Mansion museum.

Owls Head Lighthouse maine

Owls Head Lighthouse maine. source: pinterest

Where to Stay in Maine?

For a list of our recommended Hotels to Stay in Portland, Maine, follow the link HERE.

For an extensive Maine Road Trip,

which covers all of it’s iconic lighthouses check out: Ultimate Maine Lighthouse Road Trip

Our New York to Boston New England Road Trip Covers, these popular spots below.

  • Boston, MA
  • Newport, RI
  • Martha Vineyard, MA
  • New Haven, CT
  • New York City, NY

Check out: Boston to New York City: New England Road Trip!

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