Trip to Portland, Maine

Image of Portland Museum of Art and surrounding buildingsPhoto: Corey Templeton, "Towards Congress Square," . Used under Creative Commons license

All spots for this trip are now full. Please the Honors Program if you would like to be added to a waitlist.

Members of the Honors Class of 2020 (and other Honors students, if space permits) are invited to join us for a day in Portland, Maine. It's a chance to get to know fellow Honors students, staff, and faculty while exploring this wonderful little city, famous for its charm, arts community, and fabulous food. It's also an easy train ride from campus.

Tuesday, August 23, 2 PM-7PM (plus travel time)

You pay for transportation and snacks; we'll cover the museum and dinner

Take the Amtrak Downeaster or Concord Coach bus to Portland (or drive yourself). We'll provide a van from the train/bus station to downtown.

Approximate itinerary:
1:55: Amtrak and Concord Trailways arrive at Portland Transportation Center
2:00: Van tour of Portland; coffee stop
3:00: Guided tour of the Portland Museum of Art
4:00: Explore downtown on your own
5:00: Meet for dinner at The Green Elephant
6:30: Take the van to Portland Transportation Center
7:20: Amtrak departs
7:30: Concord Trailways departs

More details:

The Concord Coach Lines bus leaves Boston South Station at 12:01 PM for a 1:55 arrival in Portland. (There is also a bus from Logan at 11:35 AM). It returns to South Station at 9:40 PM.
A round-trip ticket is $46, or $35 if you purchase a ticket at the terminal.

The Amtrak Downeaster leaves Boston North Station at 11:25 AM for at 1:55 arrival in Portland. You can also get on in Woburn, Haverhill, Exeter, Durham, Dover, Wells, and Saco.
A round-trip ticket from Boston is currently $45, or $38.25 with a student discount if you book at least 3 days ahead and bring your student ID. You may find a larger discount by booking within a 3-week window, as described here. The cost is less from other stations; from Durham, for example, it is $22.00 round-trip, or $18.70 with a student discount. The lowest fares do sell out so book as early as you can. NOTE: If you don't currently have an ID, Amtrak will accept your letter of admission to UNH as proof of student status.

You may want to take an earlier train or bus to Portland to give yourself more time for exploring, or to drive yourself rather than taking public transportation. We can provide advice about getting downtown, parking, etc. Email us at with any questions.

We hope to meet many of you in Portland!