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There are 3 ways to get from Portland to Salem by train, bus or car

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Train  •  3 h 28 min

  1. Take the train from Portland Amtrak Station to Boston North Station Downeaster

$36 - $78

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Bus, line 459 bus  •  3 h 49 min

  1. Take the bus from Portland, ME to Logan Airport Southbound
  2. Take the line 459 bus from Terminal C - Departures Level to Salem Commuter Rail Station 459

$25 - $36

1 alternative option

Drive  •  1 h 42 min

  1. Drive from Portland to Salem 95.4 miles

$9 - $14

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The cheapest way to get from Portland to Salem is to drive which costs $9 - $14 and takes 1 h 42 min.

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The quickest way to get from Portland to Salem is to drive which costs $9 - $14 and takes 1 h 42 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Portland to Salem station. However, there are services departing from Portland, ME and arriving at Salem Commuter Rail Station via Terminal C - Departures Level. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 3 h 49 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Portland station to Salem. However, there are services departing from Portland Amtrak Station and arriving at Salem via North Station. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 3 h 28 min.

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The distance between Portland and Salem is 86 miles. The road distance is 95.4 miles.

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The best way to get from Portland to Salem without a car is to train which takes 3 h 28 min and costs $35 - $80.

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It takes approximately 3 h 28 min to get from Portland to Salem, including transfers.

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Portland to Salem bus services, operated by Concord Coach Lines, depart from Portland, ME station.

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Portland to Salem train services, operated by Amtrak, arrive at Portland Amtrak Station.

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The best way to get from Portland to Salem is to train which takes 3 h 28 min and costs $35 - $80. Alternatively, you can bus and line 459 bus, which costs $25 - $40 and takes 3 h 49 min.

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Map of how to get from Portland to Salem.
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  • Distance: 85.8 miles
  • Duration: 3 h 28 min

What companies run services between Portland, ME, USA and Salem, MA, USA?

Amtrak operates a train from Portland to Salem 5 times a day. Tickets cost $30 - $70 and the journey takes 2 h 30 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Portland to Salem via Logan Airport and Terminal C - Departures Level in around 3 h 49 min.

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Amtrak

Amtrak is a rail service that connects the US and three Canadian provinces. Covering 21,000 route miles (34,000km) Amtrak operates more than 300 trains daily. These medium and long distance intercity services operate at speeds of up to 240km/h, to more than 500 destinations. Founded in 1971, it is based in Washington, D.C. and offers four classes of travel: First Class, Sleeper, Business and Coach. Ticket fares are divided into five subclasses: Saver, Value, Flexible, Business and Premium. Amtrak trains are known for their wide seats, plug-in power, big windows and storage capabilities.

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Phone
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Portland Amtrak Station to Boston North Station
Ave. Duration
2 h 30 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$30 - $70
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$30 - $50
Flexi Coach Seat
$55 - $80
Business Coach Seat
$50 - $70
Room
$160 - $230
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Portland to Salem bus services, operated by MBTA, arrive at Salem Commuter Rail Station.

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Portland to Salem train services, operated by Amtrak, arrive at Boston North Station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Portland to Salem is 95 miles. It takes approximately 1 h 42 min to drive from Portland to Salem.

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There are 534+ hotels available in Salem. Prices start at $116 USD per night.

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