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Portland, Maine, Maine, United States of America

How much does it cost to travel to Portland, Maine?

You should plan to spend around $192 per day on your vacation in Portland, Maine. This is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors.

Past travelers have spent, on average for one day:

  • $48 on meals
  • $34 on local transportation
  • $229 on hotels

A one week trip to Portland, Maine for two people costs, on average, $2,688. This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

All of these average travel prices have been collected from other travelers to help you plan your own travel budget.

  • Average Daily Cost Per person, per day
  • One Week Per person
  • 2 Weeks Per person
  • One Month Per person
  • One Week For a couple
  • 2 Weeks For a couple
  • One Month For a couple
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How much does a one week, two week, or one month trip to Portland, Maine cost?

A one week trip to Portland, Maine usually costs around $1,344 for one person and $2,688 for two people. This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

A two week trip to Portland, Maine on average costs around $2,688 for one person and $5,375 for two people. This cost includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

Please note, prices can vary based on your travel style, speed, and other variables. If you're traveling as a family of three or four people, the price per person often goes down because kid's tickets are cheaper and hotel rooms can be shared. If you travel slower over a longer period of time then your daily budget will also go down. Two people traveling together for one month in Portland, Maine will often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

A one month trip to Portland, Maine on average costs around $5,759 for one person and $11,518 for two people. The more places you visit, the higher the daily price will become due to increased transportation costs.

Independent Travel

Traveling Independently to Portland, Maine has many benefits including affordabilty, freedom, flexibility, and the opportunity to control your own experiences.

All of the travel costs below are based on the experiences of other independent travelers.

Is Portland, Maine expensive to visit?

Prices in Portland, Maine are reasonable and comparable to your average travel destination. Hotels, food, and sightseeing are generally within normal price ranges.

Within North America, which is known to be an expensive region, Portland, Maine is a moderately priced destination compared to other places. The overall cost of travel here is fair for the region and comparable to Destin or Chimney Rock and Lake Lure.

For more details, and to find out if it's within your travel budget, see Is Portland, Maine Expensive?

How much money do I need for a trip to Portland, Maine?

The average Portland, Maine trip cost is broken down by category here for independent travelers. All of these Portland, Maine travel prices are calculated from the budgets of real travelers.

Category Cost
Accommodation 1 (Double Occupancy) $229
Local Transportation 1 $34
Food 2 $48
Entertainment 1 $39
Tips and Handouts 1 $1 - 2
Alcohol 2 $12 - 36
Accommodation Budget in Portland, Maine
Average Daily Costs

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The average price paid for one person for accommodation in Portland, Maine is $115. For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price paid for a hotel room in Portland, Maine is $229. This cost is from the reported spending of actual travelers.

  • Accommodation1 Hotel or hostel for one person
  • Accommodation1 Typical double-occupancy room

Hotel Prices in Portland, Maine

Looking for a hotel in Portland, Maine? Prices vary by location, date, season, and the level of luxury. See below for options.

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Actual Hotel Prices
The average hotel room price in Portland, Maine based on data provided by Kayak for actual hotel rooms is $288. (Prices in U.S. Dollars, before taxes & fees.)

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Transportation Budget in Portland, Maine
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  • The cost of a taxi ride in Portland, Maine is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $34 per person, per day, on local transportation in Portland, Maine.

  • Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.

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Food Budget in Portland, Maine
Average Daily Costs

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  • While meal prices in Portland, Maine can vary, the average cost of food in Portland, Maine is $48 per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Portland, Maine should cost around $19 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Portland, Maine is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

  • Food2 Meals for one day

What did other people spend on Food in Portland, Maine?

Typical prices for Food in Portland, Maine are listed below. These actual costs are from real travelers and can give you an idea of the prices in Portland, Maine, but your costs will vary based on your travel style and the place where the purchase was made.

  • Breakfast for 2
  • Dinner for 2

Entertainment Budget in Portland, Maine
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  • Entertainment and activities in Portland, Maine typically cost an average of $39 per person, per day based on the spending of previous travelers. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.

  • Entertainment1 Entrance tickets, shows, etc.

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Tips and Handouts Budget in Portland, Maine
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  • The average cost for Tips and Handouts in Portland, Maine is $1.25 per day. The usual amount for a tip in Portland, Maine is 10% - 20%.

  • Tips and Handouts1 For guides or service providers

Alcohol Budget in Portland, Maine
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  • The average person spends about $24 on alcoholic beverages in Portland, Maine per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day


Portland, Maine On a Budget
Portland, Maine Portland, Maine
The largest city in the U.S. state of Maine, Portland has much to offer with its most visited areas being the historic Old Port and the Arts District. They are a mix of the old and new, with a historic feel of the waterfront port versus the contemporary culture of the local art scene. In addition to these popular locations, the Portland area is marked with historical landmarks and museums, places to shop, award-winning restaurants, and activities in areas just outside the city as well.
Situated above the city, the Portland Observatory is one of Portland's most important landmarks. Since it was built in 1807, the Portland Observatory has offered spectacular views of Portland's busy harbor and served as a beloved symbol of the city's rich maritime heritage. Existing as the only remaining historic maritime signal tower in the United States, the Portland Observatory was recognized as a National Historic Landmark in 2006. Guided tours focus on maritime history, the purpose and importance of the structure, and changes in Portland over the last two centuries. The tour of the tower ends at the top of the stairs with spectacular views of Portland, Casco Bay, Back Cove and Mount Washington.

Another popular site just south of Portland is the Portland Head Lighthouse which marks the entrance to Portland Harbor. Commissioned by George Washington and dedicated by the Marquis de Lafayette, the Portland Head light was first lit in 1791 and is the state's oldest lighthouse. With beautiful views of the rugged Maine coastline and the lighthouse as the centerpiece, the Portland Head Light area is a great place to enjoy the fresh air, crashing waves, and a little piece of Maine's history.
The Old Port is a historic district of Portland, Maine, known for its cobblestone streets, 19th century brick buildings, and fishing piers. While the coastal town has its history, the area is also a center of activity good for shopping and entertainment with a selection of boutiques, galleries, restaurants, and bars. If you take a walk at the water's edge along Commercial Street you can see a great view of the working waterfront. The smell of the sea air, the sound of the foghorn on a distant lobster boat, and the chatter of seagulls flying above all add to the quaint charm of the coastal atmosphere of the Old Port. A few other features to note are Portland's City Hall built by Carrere and Hastings (best known for their design of the New York Public Library), as well as Portland High School, the oldest standing high school in the United States.

Located just a few blocks from the waterfront, Portland's Arts District has been re-imagined from the original department store shopping area to be home to some of Portland's renowned museums and galleries like the Portland Museum of Art and the Children's Museum and Theatre of Maine. The Arts District also houses the Maine College of Art (MECA) as well as attractions like the Salt Institute of Documentary Studies, Cross Insurance Arena, the renovated State Theatre, Portland Stage Company, the Maine Historical Society, Museum of African Culture, and the historic Merrill Auditorium for performing arts. The funky vibes of this downtown area emanate from the collection of museums and art galleries mingled with numerous contemporary music and performance venues, plus some fine and ethnic dining choices. A walk through this part of the city will immerse you in some of the contemporary culture of Portland, a full display of the arts native to the area.

The city of Portland is full of opportunities for shopping, dining, and sightseeing. Once you have had your fill of the Old Port and Arts District, Victoria Mansion is another neat place to see during your visit. The mansion was built between 1858 and 1860 as a summer home for Ruggles Sylvester Morse, a Maine native who made his fortune in New Orleans as the proprietor of luxury hotels. In 1894 the estate and most of its contents was sold to J.R. Libby, a merchant who opened Portland's first department store, and was later saved from demolition in 1940 by William Homes, a retired educator. Holmes opened the mansion as a museum in honor of Queen Victoria, and Victoria Mansion was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1971. With well-preserved, quality interiors the mansion exists as an unparalleled example of pre-Civil War grandeur. It remains a rich piece of Maine's history, and a national gem as well.

If you prefer to get away from the busyness of the city you might enjoy a walk along Portland's Eastern Promenade. The 68.2-acre park offers great views of the harbor's activities overlooking Casco Bay and a variety trails for walking, running, or biking. Sunrise overlooking the Casco Bay Islands is a notable sight, but if you are not an early riser, the views during the day are just as spectacular. If that's not enough, you can even take a day trip via ferry to the Casco Bay Islands, which are sometimes called The Calendar Islands as there are so many you could explore a different island almost every day of the year. The islands offer visitors a chance to enjoy a slower pace of life-exploring nature, watching for wildlife, relaxing on beaches, and admiring works of local artists.
Food and Dining
When it comes to food in Portland, nothing is more renowned than the Maine Lobster. Some of the finer dining options in the city include places like Fore Street, the Back Bay Grill, and Grace which is uniquely housed in the sanctuary of a former church on the National Register of Historic Places in Portland. At any of these places you can splurge and enjoy some of the finer seafood and wines of the city. If you prefer something more casual, there are plenty of pubs and cafes throughout Portland where you can grab a beer and lobster roll. If you are a beer enthusiast you might even want to visit the Allagash Brewery, a local of Portland, Maine. A tour of the brewery takes visitors from the beginning stages of the craft all the way to the bottling room, with samples at the very end of the tour.

The nightlife of the city is also very vibrant with all kinds of cocktail and sports bars thriving with people. Vena's Fizz House is one such cocktail bar that is especially unique. The array of ingredients and knowledgeable staff makes the place more of an apothecary, allowing you to sample complex concoctions and take those fine ingredients home to experiment on your own.

By car, Portland is accessible from I-95 (the Maine Turnpike), I-295, and US 1.

The nearest airport is the Portland International Jetport, where car rental services are available.

Concord Coach Lines bus service connects Portland to 14 other communities in Maine as well as to Boston's South Station and Logan Airport. Amtrak also provides train service to eight towns and cities to the south, ending at Boston's North Station. To the north, the train goes to Freeport and Brunswick. Both the bus and train services can be found at the Portland Transportation Center on Thompsons Point Road. There are also Greyhound Lines on Saint John Street.

The Portland Explorer and the METRO are two public bus systems in Portland. Taxis are also available.


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1 Categories averaged on a per-item basis.
2 Categories averaged on a per-day basis.
For example, the Food2 daily average is for all meals for an entire day, while Entertainment1 is for each individual purchase. Thus, the overall daily average cost is not a summation of the individual categories.