Explore Maine by Region - Greater Portland & Casco Bay
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The Greater Portland & Casco Bay Region is home to Maine's largest metropolitan area, which sits right in beautiful Casco Bay, a gateway to historic forts and lighthouses. Here, you'll find more transportation options than anywhere in the state. Explore the islands that dot the coastline - or visit shops, galleries and restaurants that line the city's streets.

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Air Travel

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Portland International Jetport (PWM)

Maine’s largest airport is served by many major domestic and international carriers and is conveniently located just five miles from downtown Portland. The newly renovated facility offers a wide variety of ground transportation options as well as flight connections to other Maine destinations.

Website | 207-874-8877

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Biking

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Greater Portland & Casco Bay by Bike

In Greater Portland & Casco Bay, cyclists can expect a visit filled with scenic beauty, recreational opportunities and a wealth of historic, culinary and cultural attractions.

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Bus Transportation

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BusBank

The BusBank is a nationwide charter bus service that is able to offer a wide variety of options from mini bus service to full size coach buses. The BusBank can handle groups from 15 passengers up to large events of tens of thousands. The BusBank services all regions of Maine.

Website | 1-866-428-7226

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Concord Coach Lines

These buses provide daily service to and from Boston’s South Station and Logan Airport and 12 Maine communities, including Portland, Brunswick, Bangor, Orono and a number of coastal towns.

Website | 1-800-639-3317

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Custom Coach and Limousine

Custom Coach and Limousine's fleet consists of executive sedans, vans, stretch limousines, SUVs, mini coaches, school buses, 29, 49 and 57 passenger Motorcoaches and our all new 20 passenger Limousine-Party Coach.

Website | 1-800-585-3589

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Freeport Transit Inc

A private, for-profit corporation that provides public transportation services in Cumberland County. Freeport Transit provides door-to-door services utilizing agency vans for MaineCare eligible appointments. Freeport Transit operates Monday through Friday.

207-865-9400 | 207-865-9494

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GO Maine Commuter Connections

This free commuter assistance program provides services to commuters who live, work, or travel throughout the State of Maine. Emergency Ride Home Guarantee.

Website | 1-800-280-RIDE (7433)

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Greater Portland Transit Guide

The Greater Portland Transit Guide is a collaborative effort of the Greater Portland transit agencies including: - Amtrak Downeaster - Biddeford, Saco, OOB ShuttleBus – Zoom - Casco Bay lines - Greater Portland Transit District – METRO Bus - Regional Transportation Program – RTP - South Portland Bus Service - York County Community Action Corporation On the site, you will find maps, schedules and links to area agencies.

Website | 207-774-9891 | 1-800-649-1304

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Greyhound Lines

This line provides daily service from Bar Harbor (seasonal), Bangor, Waterville, Augusta, Lewiston, Brunswick, Portland and Wells to Boston’s South Station with direct thru service to and from New York City.

Website | 1-800-231-2222

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Independent Transportation Network

The Independent Transportation Network (ITN) is a non-profit transportation service for seniors and people with visual impairments. The ITN uses automobiles and both paid and volunteer drivers to provide door-to-door service, 7 days a week, 24 hours a day.

Website | 207-854-0505

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Maine Charter Bus Rental Services - US Coachway Inc.

US Coachway Inc. offers charter bus service nationally and throughout Maine.

Website | 1-800-359-5991

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Mermaid Transportation

Mermaid can provide specially equipped wheel chair lift vans that can also accommodate ambulatory passengers. These vans can serve locally or out of state. All Mermaid drivers are trained to operate these specially equipped vans. Mermaid also offers airport and train station shuttles and charters.

Website | 1-800-696-2463

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Metro

METRO is owned and operated by the Greater Portland Transit District, and provides public fixed route transportation in Portland, Westbrook, Falmouth Crossing and the Maine Mall area of South Portland. METRO operates seven days a week.

Website | 207-774-0351

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Northeast Charter & Tour

Northeast Charter & Tour Co., Inc. offers extensive passenger transportation services, ranging from passenger vans for airport shuttle service, minibus, to a full 56-passenger charter bus.

Website | 1-888-593-6328

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Regional Transportation Program (RTP)

A private, non-profit corporation that provides public transportation services in Cumberland County. RTP provides door-to-door service utilizing agency buses and vans, volunteer drivers, and the family and friends reimbursement program for MaineCare eligible appointments, and also provided commuter service to BIW.

Website | 207-774-2666 | 1-800-244-0704

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ShuttleBus

Inter-city service between Biddeford and Portland, via Old Orchard Beach, Scarborough and the Maine Mall (South Portland).

Website | 207-282-5408

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South Portland Bus

Owned and operated by the City of South Portland, provides public fixed-route transit service in South Portland, the Maine Mall area and downtown Portland. South Portland Bus Service operates Monday through Saturday. ADA Accessible service by Regional Transportation through their ADAPT program.

Website | 207-767-5556

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VIP Charter Coach

Established in 1985, V.I.P. specializes in motorcoach tours and charters of all kinds serving the United States and Canada. VIP also services USM Portland-Gorham.

Website | 207-772-4457

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Zoom Turnpike Express

Operating between Biddeford, Saco and Portland.

Website | 207-282-5408

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Car & Driving

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Explore Maine by Car

Sometimes, the only way to get to your destination is by car. In fact, some of the most beautiful and remote areas of the state can only be reached by driving. Make the most of the ride by traveling along one of many scenic byways that wind through the state. And if you need directions or lodging along the way, checkout our information on Maine's Visitor Information Centers.

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Independent Transportation Network

The Independent Transportation Network (ITN) is a non-profit transportation service for seniors and people with visual impairments. The ITN uses automobiles and both paid and volunteer drivers to provide door-to-door service, 7 days a week, 24 hours a day.

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Ferry Service

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Casco Bay Lines

Owned and operated by the Casco Bay Island Transit District, provides public fixed-route ferry service from Portland to six islands in Casco Bay. Casco Bay Lines operates seven days a week, 365 days a year.

Website | 207-774-7871

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Chebeague Transportation

The Chebeauge Transportation Company operates a ferry between Great Chebeague Island in Casco Bay and Cousins Island. Cousins Island is connected to mainland Yarmouth, Maine by a bridge. The ferry takes about 15 minutes each way.

Website | 207-846-3700

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Cliff Island

A tiny island off the coast of Portland. Approximately 60 residents live on the island year-round. Accessible via ferry, the community offers a relaxing summer respite for those on the mainland.

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Great Chebeague Island

Located in Casco Bay off Portland, the Town is comprised of seventeen islands and their adjacent waters. Great Chebeague, the largest island in the town, has a long history of habitation ranging from thousands of years of contact with Native Americans to several centuries of settlement by folks descended from the early New England settlers.

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Great Diamond Island

One of several islands in Casco Bay accessible by Casco Bay Lines in Portland. Great Diamond Island is an island in Casco Bay, Maine. It is part of the city of Portland, Maine. As of the 2000 census, the island had a year-round population of 77. The island is not easily accessible by motor vehicle and has a limited network of roads. The primary modes of transportation are golf carts and bicycles. This fact has become a selling point for the island, marketing the area as "car free" and "kid friendly."[1] The island was used as a military base starting in the late 1800s and continuing through World War II. After the base was decommissioned, the bunkers and residences were left idle for over 30 years before being developed and sold to private citizens.

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Little Chebeague Island

Little Chebeague is connected to Great Chebeague Island at low tide by a narrow sandbar. Both islands are part of the Town of Cumberland. The island gets few visitors as it is an undeveloped park by the Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands. Picnicing, camping and swimming are allowed, but there are no facilities. Great Chebeague Island is accessible by Ferry.

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Little Diamond Island

One of several islands in Casco Bay accessible by Casco Bay Lines in Portland.

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Long Island

Long Island, located in Casco Bay, is one of Maine’s 14 islands with year round communities. Located six miles off the coast of Portland, the only access to the island is by a 45-minute ferry ride or by private boat. The island is three miles long and one mile wide, and has a winter population of 200, swelling to over 1000 in the summer. Many residents, summer and winter, work in the lobster industry.

Website | 207-766-5820

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Peaks Island

Peaks Island is one of over 211 islands in Casco Bay. A short ferry ride from Portland, the island is home to 1,000 or more year round residents. During the summer months, the population grows as people flock here to enjoy the island charm and beauty of Casco Bay.

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Train Travel

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Downeaster, The

The Amtrak Downeaster is your car-free connection to exciting destinations, from Brunswick to Boston and points in between. One-way fares range from $6-$29. Start planning your trip today!

Website | 1-800-USA-RAIL - Train info | 207-780-1000 - Office

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Portland Transportation Center

The Portland Transportation Center (PTC) is located minutes from downtown Portland. Plenty of transportation connections make it easy to get around Maine's largest city - from www.amtrakdowneaster.com.

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