If you want to soak up the sun at Maine’s Old Orchard Beach or a number of other New England spots this summer without the hassle of tolls, traffic, and parking, you can hop aboard the Amtrak Downeaster.
The Amtrak Downeaster is a 146-mile regional passenger train service that runs from Boston’s North Station to Brunswick, Maine. The train services 12 stations and operates five daily round-trips between Boston and Portland, Maine, with three round-trips extended to Freeport and Brunswick, Maine.
Each train offers snacks, light meals, soft drinks, and alcoholic beverages for purchase. Or you can bring your own food (but not alcohol). There is free WiFi and plugs for your devices.
The following are all of the places you can go on the Amtrak Downeaster:
Boston — North Station (BON)
Exter, N.H. (EXR)
Durham, N.H. (DHM)
Dover, N.H. (DOV)
Wells, Maine (WEM)
Saco, Maine (SAO)
Old Orchard Beach, Maine (ORB)
Portland, Maine (POR)
Freeport, Maine (FRE)
Brunswick, Maine (BRK)
Fares range from $6 to $30 one way and you must make a reservation before traveling. Passengers can travel with a small pet (20 pounds or less and in a carrier for a fee of $26 one way) or a bicycle (for an $8 fee) if arranged ahead of time. Seats are unassigned and available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Those interested can check the train schedule here.