Getting to Campus

Bates is located in Lewiston, the second-largest city (pop. 36,000) in Maine. It’s on the Androscoggin River, about 40 miles north of Portland and two hours north of Boston. Lewiston and its twin city, Auburn, are former mill towns with French Canadian roots, a vibrant Somali community and an entrepreneurial spirit. We look forward to introducing you to both Bates and our surrounding community!

On Campus

From June 18, through August 16, your visit will begin in our Summer Visitor Center in Commons, 136 Central Avenue, Lewiston, ME 04240. After August 16, your visit will begin in Lindholm House, 23 Campus Avenue, Lewiston, ME 04240.

Because of construction around our new science facility on Campus Avenue, we recommend that you allow a few extra minutes to navigate campus if you are driving. From June 18, through August 16, we suggest parking in the Merrill Parking Lot, 141 Russell Street; it is around a five minute walk to our Summer Visitor Center. Accessible parking and additional visitor parking lots can be found here. Street parking may also be available along Central and Campus Avenues. Please be mindful of posted parking signs.

Campus map with markers over Lindholm and Commons

Indicates Visitor Parking

Black map marker


Lindholm House

Getting Here

Several airlines serve the Portland International Jetport (45 minutes from campus), and Amtrak’s Downeaster links Boston and Portland. Concord Coach Lines links Boston, Portland, and Lewiston.

Ground transportation from the Portland area is available via taxi, rental car, private van/car or bus.

Bates is nestled in Maine, the second-safest state in the U.S.

Map of United States with Maine highlighted and points of interest, including Lewiston/Auburn, Portland, Boston, and New York City.
  • 45 minutes to Portland International Jetport
  • Concord Coach bus line connecting Bates, Portland, and Boston points – downtown, South Station, Logan Airport
  • PORTLAND – 45 minute drive to the city’s vibrant Old Port
  • BOSTON – 2 hour 20 minute drive
  • NEW YORK CITY – 6 hour 15 minute drive or 1 hour 10 minute flight from Portland to NYC

Area Accommodations

There are a number of area accommodations available in the Lewiston-Auburn area and beyond!


Lewiston-Auburn boasts many dining options, including cafes, restaurants, and fine dining. There are lots of things to do and see in the Lewiston-Auburn area – visit Thorncrag Nature Sanctuary, stop by Museum L-A, or check out the Bates events calendar to see what’s happening on campus! Bates is also close to the Freeport shopping outlets, the Lost Valley Ski Area and the Black Mountain Ski Resort. The Bates-Morse Mountain Conservation Area is a popular site for hiking and beach-going.