Transportation to campus

How to find us

Located in Lewiston, Maine’s second-largest city, Bates College is accessible by car or plane.

You’re welcome on campus anytime, but we recommend that you plan ahead so that you can talk to students, join a tour, and meet with an admissions counselor.

In any case, be sure to check out our class schedule and the events calendar and Campus Life website for a listing of events and activities.

  • Major airlines serve the Portland International Jetport, 45 minutes from campus and the Boston Logan International Airport, 2 hours and 45 minutes from campus.
  • Amtrak service from Freeport, Brunswick, and Portland is provided to Boston.
  • Bus service to/from Lewiston is provided by Greyhound Bus Lines (location listed as “Lewiston Coll, ME” on the greyhound website”) and Concord Coach Lines.
  • The Office of Campus Life provides weekly bus trips to different locations within the state of Maine and to Boston, MA.  All bus trips are free, except for bus trips to Boston, which cost $10.
  • Please note that all forms of transportation are offered by third party companies and are not endorsed by or affiliated with Bates College or the Office of Campus Life.

To and From Portland Jetport

A & S Limo

Concord Coach Lines

  • Departs from Bates and goes to Portland Transportation Center & Boston
    • From the Transportation Center you can either take a taxi/Uber to the Portland Jetport for $8-12 or you can take the Portland METRO bus #5 to the Maine Mall via the Portland Jetport.  To get to the bus stop, walk 0.3 miles (head North on Seawall and then cross to the other side Congress St.) and the bus stop is located at Congress St and Whitney St.
  • Leaves Bates daily at 9:00 AM & 3:30 PM
  • Additional departure times of 4:30 AM & 1:00 PM available around Thanksgiving, Winter Break, February Break, and April Break.
  • Student discount of $5 off a round trip, use Coupon Code: coupon11
  • Phone: 1-800-639-3317
  • Website: https://concordcoachlines.com/

Greyhound Bus Lines

  • Departing from Bates daily at 7:00 AM and 1:20 PM
    • Greyhound stop is directly in front of Chase Hall
    • From the Portland drop-off location, take an $8-12 Uber/Taxi to the Jetport
  • Returning to Bates (return trips do not stop at Chase Hall)
    • Take a bus to Lewiston.
    • Either walk 0.8 miles to campus or take a taxi from the Lewiston Greyhound bus station to campus (23 Campus Avenue).
  • Phone: (800) 552-8737
  • Website: www.greyhound.com

L/A Cab Service

  • Auburn, Maine
  • Phone: (207) 689-5080

Maine Limousine Service

Mermaid Transportation

Mermaid Transportation offers one-way trips for students for $49.00 to/from the Portland Jetport for Thanksgiving and Winter Break.  Click here to make your reservation.  Unscheduled one-way trips to/from the Jetport are also available for $79.

National Cab Maine

  • Offer $65 rides to/from the Jetport for Bates affiliates
  • Phone: (207) 207-766-6669
  • https://nationalcabmaine.com/

Uber

Uber operates cars in the Portland and Lewiston-Auburn areas. It connects you with a reliable ride in minutes – one tap and a car comes directly to you. Your driver knows exactly where to go, and payment is completely cashless.

Zipcar

Bates College offers all members of the community the opportunity to sign up for Zipcar, a car sharing service with locations throughout the world, and two cars on campus.  Membership with Zipcar is open to anyone 18 or older, and your membership allows you to sign out the cars for $8.50 per hour, or $69 per day – gas and insurance included.

To and From Boston, Hartford, and NYC

Amtrak

Traveling by train? Amtrak offers a College 6Tix program. For $86, you will receive six one-way trips on the Amtrak Downeaster. That represents a 50% savings! Trains depart from Brunswick, Freeport and Portland and continue onto Boston North Station. For more information or to purchase the pass, visit http://www.amtrakdowneaster.com/multi-ride-passes.

Break Shuttle

BreakShuttle gives students at Bates College a direct, safe and affordable option to travel home and back during academic breaks.  Break Shuttle offers service to/from Boston, Hartford, and NYC.  Click here to see travel details and to purchase tickets.

Concord Coach Lines

  • Departs from Bates and goes to Portland Transportation Center & Boston
    • From the Transportation Center you can either take a taxi/Uber to the Portland Jetport for $8-12 or you can take the Portland METRO bus #5 to the Maine Mall via the Portland Jetport.  To get to the bus stop, walk 0.3 miles (head North on Seawall and then cross to the other side Congress St.) and the bus stop is located at Congress St and Whitney St.
  • Leaves Bates daily at 9:00 AM & 3:30 PM
  • Additional departure times of 4:30 AM & 1:00 PM available around Thanksgiving, Winter Break, February Break, and April Break.
  • Student discount of $5 off a round trip, use Coupon Code: coupon11
  • Phone: 1-800-639-3317
  • Website: https://concordcoachlines.com/

Greyhound Bus Lines

  • Departing from Bates daily at 7:00 AM and 1:20 PM
    • Greyhound stop is directly in front of Chase Hall.
    • From the Portland drop-off location, take an $8-12 Uber/Taxi to the Jetport
  • Returning to Bates (return trips do not stop at Chase Hall)
    • Take a bus to Lewiston.
    • Either walk 0.8 miles to campus or take a taxi from the Lewiston Greyhound bus station to campus (23 Campus Avenue).
  • Phone: (800) 552-8737
  • Website: www.greyhound.com

U-Save Vans

U-Save by Larry Stewart’s gives Bates affiliates discounted rates on 12 passenger van rentals.  Please note that to reserve U-Save vans, drivers must be van certified by Bates Security & Campus Safety.