Directions & Accommodations


If you drive to campus, best parking options can be found in the Merrill lot behind the Merrill Gymnasium, in the visitor designated sections. To locate this lot, please refer to the Bates campus map.

Bates is located in Lewiston, the second-largest city 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 Eastern African diaspora community, and an entrepreneurial spirit. Learn more about Lewiston and Auburn here.

On Campus

Your visit will begin in the Office of Admission is located in Lindholm House, 23 Campus Avenue, Lewiston, ME 04240.

If you are driving, we suggest parking in the lot directly across from Lindholm House on Wood Street; you may enter 161 Wood Street into your GPS. Accessible parking and additional visitor parking lots can be found here. Street parking may also be available; please be mindful of posted parking signs.

Campus map with red marker over Lindholm House

Indicates Visitor Parking

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 a plethora of activities 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 along the Atlantic coast is a popular site for hiking and beach-going.