navigating greater portland

navigating greater portland

NAVIGATING YOUR WAY THROUGH GREATER PORTLAND

AIR, TRAIN, AND WATER TRAVEL

Getting around Greater Portland is a breeze, whether you arrive by plane, train, or automobile.


PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION

METRO offers public bus services from outlying areas and throughout downtown. Casco Bay Lines provides ferry services to nearby islands.

WALKABLE CITY

Wharf Street Downtown, Photo Credits: Serena Folding
Wharf Street Downtown, Photo Credits: Serena Folding

Everything is close – most points on the Portland Peninsula are a 1-2 mile walk. Walkscore.com rates downtown Portland as a “Walker’s Paradise,” scoring it 95 out of 100.


PORTLAND INTERNATIONAL JETPORT

Only 4 miles from downtown. Many hotels offer free shuttle services. Rental cars, taxi, limo, and ride-sharing services are also available.

PORTLAND TRANSPORTATION CENTER

Bus/train station is 2 and a half miles from downtown. Similar to the Jetport, many hotels offer free shuttle services. Taxi, METRO bus, and rise-sharing services are also available.


TRANSPORTATION SCHEDULES

AIR

Portland International Jetport

The airport offers nonstop flights to over a dozen cities across the U.S. and Canada as well as worldwide connections.

TRAIN

Amtrak Downeaster

Sit back and relax. Car-free connection to a variety of destinations with round-trips daily between Boston & Portland.

BUS

Concord Coach Lines

Offer fast, convenient, non-stop service to Boston, Logan Airport, Augusta, Bangor and coastal Maine.

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION

Greater Portland METRO

Providing bus service throughout the Greater Portland region with connections to several regional transit options.

HARBOR FERRY

Casco Bay Lines

We provide year-round ferry services, scenic cruises and boat tours from Portland to the islands of Casco Bay.

DRIVE DISTANCE FROM PORTLAND

ALBANY, NY260 mi. (4 Hrs)
BALTIMORE, MD550 mi. (8 Hrs)
BOSTON, MA100 mi. (1.75Hrs)
CAPE MAY, NJ450 mi (7.5Hrs)
HARTFORD, CT180 mi (3.5Hrs)
NEWPORT, RI250 mi (4Hrs)
NEW YORK, NY300 mi (6Hrs)
PHILADELPHIA, PA450 mis (7Hrs)
PROVINCETOWN, MA120 mi (3.5Hrs)

WHERE TO PARK IN GREATER PORTLAND

HELPFUL TIPS ON PARKING

Don’t stress! On-street parking, surface lots, and garages in Greater Portland have you covered.

Downtown portland, Photo Credits: GLP Films
Downtown Portland, Photo Credits: GLP Films

PORTLAND

PAY STATIONS

Pay station dashboard receipts can be used at any meter space throughout Portland, and are valid even if the car is moved to other spots. However, posted time limits for spaces apply regardless of receipt’s expiration time.

METERS

$2 per hour, with most allowing a two hour maximum. After posted time limits, the vehicle must be moved to a new spot. Vehicles with a visible handicap tag can park free for twice the posted time limit.

MOBIL PAY

Keep your eyes peeled for Passport Parking signs in designated parking zones and meters. All you’ll need is a smartphone and the Passport Parking app. Notifications are sent when time is running out, so you can extend your time remotely! Posted time limits are expected to still apply.

FREE ON-STREET

All on-street parking in Portland is free 6PM until 9AM Monday-Saturday, all day Sunday, and on major holidays.


PARKING IN GREATER PORTLAND

WESTBROOK– Free 1 or 2 hour street parking in most areas. Downtown lots signs designate free 6-hour/all day public (shared with city employee) parking.

FREEPORT– Free 1 or 2 hour street parking in most areas. Free unlimited parking at Freeport Village Station and L.L. Bean.

SOUTH PORTLAND– Free unlimited parking, except permit areas, and no on-street parking midnight to 6AM from December 1 – April 1.

OTHER TOWNS– Free unlimited street parking unless otherwise designated. Please check with towns for local ordinances.

SNOW BANS– Please check towns for local times, snow ban procedures, and free or discounted lots. Town ticketing, towing, and storage fees may be assessed.

BOAT TRAILER– Portland’s East End Beach and South Portland’s Bug Light.

BOAT– Harbor marinas in Portland, South Portland, Falmouth, and Freeport. Area yacht clubs also welcome visitors.