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Public transportation in Maine

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Public transportation in Maine

Hi everybody,

I'm thinking of travelling by mysef to Maine in October. Do you know how easy or hard it is to enjoy nature with public transportation?

I understood that Acadia has a bus line up till October 10th. Do you know if other trails and parks have a bus stop next to them? How good is public transportation outside of the cities?

Or in short - do I have to rent a car?

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1. Re: Public transportation in Maine

The quick answer is yes you do have to rent a car.

Public transportation outside of the cities is pretty much non existent. A few of the tourist towns will have an intown trolly or shuttle bus, but there is really no way to travel between most Maine towns on public transport. Maine is just too spread out and low populated to have it cost effective to run public transport.

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2. Re: Public transportation in Maine

Soxfan pretty much summed it up -- If it helps at all with your planning for getting to Maine, where it may be less expensive to rent a car than it would be in a major city like Boston.... the following public transportation systems run year-round in Maine --

Amtrak "Downeaster" train service -- Boston to Portland, ME -- several trips a day....

Concord Trailways and Greyhound Bus lines -- service north from Boston to Maine cities like Portland, Augusta, and Bangor. Less frequent service to some of the communities along US Rt 1 -- but some of the stops on this route are not full bus terminals, but merely convenient places for the bus to stop, with local businesses acting as ticketing agents.

Municipal bus services operate in the areas around Portland, Lewiston-Auburn, and Bangor with more limited service around places like Augusta, Waterville, Biddeford-Saco....

There also is very limited bus service (think one trip per day or less) to extreme Eastern Maine (Ellsworth, Machias and Calais) and extreme northern Maine (Houlton and Presque Isle)....

But none of the areas listed above include the most scenic Maine coastline or woods and forests....and connections between the communities which do have bus service are not always "tourist-friendly".

To really get out and see the "nature" areas of Maine definitely requires a car....

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thank you both for your help

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