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Old 06-29-2022, 04:25 AM
 
Location: Boonies
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Morning Mainer's or anyone else here who has the experience traveling from central Maine to Boston.

I would like to fly out of Logan airport for an out of the country trip. This is my issue. My flight leaves early in the morning. My return flight gets back around 12 a.m. I'm going to be too tired to jump into my car and hit the road at 1 a.m!

What I would like to do is find a place to stay the day before, get a shuttle to the airport and then upon return stay at a hotel. IS 1:00 a.m. considered to be the next day? The other thought would be Manchester airport, but no good flights. What have you done in this scenario?

Thank you for any suggestions. Have a great day.
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Old 06-29-2022, 06:21 AM
 
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The first part of your question is easy to answer. Take the Concord Trailways bus out of Maine. It makes stops at all the terminals. (just be sure you get the bus to Logan, not South Station) There are multiple stops it makes where you can board, but typically Bangor or Portland is a good place to board since they have ample parking which is very inexpensive. ($4 a day long term at Portland) Where to stay in Boston is a different question. Hilton has a couple properties within a half mile of the airport and both offer 24 hour shuttle, but both are quite expensive. Red Roof Inn has a place on Rt 1A that is not much over $100 a night. It is a nice hotel and very convenient, however they don't offer an airport shuttle. The savings you would have staying there would easily pay for a cab or Uber to and from the hotel to the airport. It's literally 10 minutes from door to door.
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Old 06-29-2022, 08:48 AM
 
Location: Maine
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Second the Concord Coach Lines. My family member uses it frequently from Portland Transportation Center to Boston's Logan Airport. It's excellent--incredibly comfortable, on schedule, WiFi, a bathroom on board, reasonably priced, and low-stress.

https://concordcoachlines.com/stop/portland-maine/
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Old 06-29-2022, 11:56 AM
 
Location: Maine
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I'm just sharing my experience. This was a problem for me as well back in 2019.

One also needs to consider the time of the Concord bus schedule. If you need to be at the airport at 7AM, the bus isn't going to help. From Augusta, you'll get to the airport at 9:25AM. From Bangor, you'll get to the airport at 11:25AM. On the way back, the earliest bus leaves the airport at 7:30AM. This sounds like your case because you're thinking about getting there the day before and sleep somewhere. What I did was rent a car one-way and left central Maine on my own schedule. You just need to compare the costs of (bus + shuttle + hotel + shuttle) vs (car rental + tolls + gas + return car + shuttle to the terminal)

On the way back, I took the bus because it was available and cheaper than the one-way car rental.

My only suggestion about your trip down to Boston is see if you can make it later in the day so that you can take the bus down and save on that 1 day of hotel. Balance that with the total travel time of course so you're not completely exhausting yourself. E.g. Wake up, eat, get to the bus stations (1 hour) + bus from central Maine to Boston (4-5 hours) + airport wait time (x hour) + plane ride (y hours) + getting to your other destination (z hours).

Also consider getting from your house to the bus stop. Can someone drop you off for free and pick you up or do you need to drive there yourself and park there for a daily fee.
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Old 06-29-2022, 02:49 PM
 
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Have you considered that your flight out of Boston might get canceled or delayed? Do you have a friend or family member who could take you to the Boston airport and pick you up when you get back? If yes, you could pay them for their services. ... just a thought...

With all the fenagling you will go through, it might make more sense to fly out of Portland, Maine to a city offering a connecting out of the country flight. Then return to Portland, Maine. A friend recently flew out of Bangor (yes, Bangor) destination Japan. Maybe Boston is not the best departure airport for your situation.

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