Transportation to and from Portland, Boston and beyond

Bates College Transportation is not responsible for any arrangements involving 3rd party services. Content of schedules and services may periodically change. Contact the company directly to plan your trip. This information is presented in an effort to facilitate ease in making those connections. Neither bus service makes a direct stop at the Portland International Jetport; both bus services do make a stop at Boston Logan International Airport…


Bus service to/from Lewiston is provided by:

Concord Coach Lines

Concord Coach has services coming directly to campus!

Concord Coach provides a service to Bates campus during the academic year. The new pick-up and drop-off location on campus will be in the Merrill Lot (off Russell St) in the circle area by the walkway between Underhill Arena and Merrill Gymnasium. A Concord Coach bus stop sign has been attached to the nearby lamp post to identify this new staging area. 

Northbound and southbound buses make stops on campus on their daily routes. (Changes taking effect 11/7/2022 will not continue with the late afternoon bus routes to campus, due to conflicts with commuter traffic – See CCL Notice – and that will also alter the time the bus leaves from Exit 75)

Additional bus service to Bates campus are being scheduled to coincide with Breaks

Concord Coach also has a bus station at Exit 75 in Auburn which has a few additional trip times, and with enough advance notice the Bobcat Express often can assist with getting to that location. When the Bobcat Express is unavailable due to other conflicting primary services, a local taxi, Lyft, or Uber service can be used. Exit 75 is about 15 minutes away from campus. The Exit 75 bus station in Auburn goes to the Portland Transportation Center and to Boston.

*Important to note that there is no direct bus service going to the Portland Jetport. In order to get to and from the Jetport and Transportation Center you can either take a taxi/Uber service, or you can take the Portland METRO bus#5 to the Maine Mall via the Portland Jetport.  To get to the bus stop from the Transportation Center, 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. Several Portland area taxis serving the Jetport are listed below with contact information. Some of these offer services directly to and from Bates campus.

To schedule a trip using Concord Trailways, visit their website: Concord Coach Lines

Phone: 1-800-639-3317

Greyhound Bus Lines

Greyhound Bus Lines has a bus stop terminal in Lewiston, about a half mile from campus. In order to get to the Portland Jetport, it will require taking either a taxi/Uber connection from the Portland drop-off location.

To schedule a trip using Greyhound, visit their website:

Phone: 1-800-231-2222

Train Service 

Amtrak Downeaster train service from Freeport, Brunswick, and Portland is provided to Boston

Amtrak offers a discounted College 6Tix program. You will receive six one-way trips on the Amtrak Downeaster at a reduced rate! Trains depart from Brunswick, Freeport and Portland and continue onto Boston North Station.

To schedule a trip using Amtrak Downeaster, visit their website:

Major Airlines serve the following airports;

Portland International Jetport-

PWM  ( 45 minutes from campus).

Boston Logan International Airport-

BOS (2 hours and 45 minutes from campus).


Independent Transportation Services

National Cab Maine offers rides to/from the Jetport for Bates affiliates. – This taxi service in Portland has transported students with promptness and courtesy for a number of years. Students with plans to depart or return to campus outside of bus times can use them to and from Portland Jetport or the Portland Concord/Amtrak Station with their special Bates price for 1 – 4 passengers. Text or Call them at the number listed below.

  • Phone: (207) 766-6669

Maine Airport Express cab service advertises services to Bates College

Portland Airport Express  Cab offers a flat rate for transportation to and from the Portland Airport, Portland Transportation Center or the Portland Park and Ride. Pets/Service cat/dog permitted.  PAEC has been providing on-time and safe transportation to Bates students for over 15 years.  Also available for transportation to Logan Airport in Boston.

  • Phone: (207) 423-4642
  • Email:

Portland Cab Airport LLC is available 24 hours 7 days a week, you can call for instant taxi ride or make an appointment for future pick up as well.

Mermaid Transportation is a service which will provide one-way service to and from the Portland Jetport on an individual basis.

  • Phone:(207) 885-5630
  • Toll Free: 1-800-MY-MAINE (800-696-2463)

L/A Cab Service– Auburn, Maine

  • Phone: (207) 689-5080

Maine Limousine Service-Scarborough, Maine

Please note that all forms of transportation are offered by third party companies and are not endorsed by or affiliated with Bates College.