14-Hour Train Ride From Montreal to Boston With Stops in Maine is in the Making
Ditch the car and take the train!
Take the train to Montreal? It could happen. The Bangor Daily News reported in August of 2022 that there could be a train that goes from Montreal to Boston if they get the money for it. It would go from Montreal to Sherbrooke (in Quebec), and then cross over into Vermont. Then it heads into New Hampshire and will go through Bethel, Auburn, Portland, and Old Orchard Beach. Then off to Boston.
It would take 14 hours, and it's an overnight train where you would have dinner and be entertained. If you don't want to drive, what a great option. One way would cost around $212, but that also includes overnight accommodations. It's cheaper than flying, according to the Montreal Gazette. But as they pointed out, it's the comfort of not having to drive.
It's a long time in the making. If they do get the money and backing, the first leg would go between Montreal and Sherbrooke, and that alone would cost $100 million.
It's being touted as a train from Montreal to Boston, but the stops in Maine would be popular too! What Canadian can resist Old Orchard Beach, which already has a train station near the water? According to WMUR, this is not on a fast track. It would be at least two years before this becomes a reality, and that's being optimistic.
An article from the Berlin Sun, republished by NHPR in May 2023, highlighted continued talks on the proposed train service.
I'm all for it. Nothing beats a train ride to see Maine and Canada and Boston!
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