It’s been a few years since I last rode Amtrak’s Downeaster train, but now I’m wondering why I waited so long. I’m writing this as we rumble to Boston, thanks to free Wifi. Add comfy seats, clean restrooms, a snack car with good choices, and really, what’s not to like?
The Downeast operates between the Portland Transportation Center and Boston’s North Station. If you want to continue south on Amtrak, you have to cab or take the T to South Station.
The Concord Coachlines bus, which is my usual mode of transportation to Boston, docks in South Station (it also goe direct to Logan). Pluses on the bus are it’s a bit faster, it provides free water and pretzels heading south, and shows a movie each way. Like the train, it’s clean and comfy.
Yeah, the train’s a bit pricier and the ride’s a bit longer, but it’s nice to be able to move around the cars, and it edges the coastline for a bit, before veering inland and providing glimpses of communities en route, rather than highways.
Both bus and train are far less expensive than driving, figuring in gas and tolls, and both are less than the price of day’s parking in Beantown. Be sure to check out the promotions page on the Downeaster site–there are some decent deals.
Now if only the Downeaster continued up the coast and/or inland…