Getting Around Portland

Portland is easily accessible from I-295, and offers various modes of transportation including bus, taxi, train and ferry services. It is also a 10-minute ride from the Portland Jetport (PWM). The city is perfect for walking to enjoy the historic buildings, water views and working waterfront.

Below are directions to find the two major sections of our city by car. Portland offers METRO Bus services, free parking programs, garages and designated metered parking options. As the second most bike-friendly town, there are many bike racks and paths to enjoy, as well as designated free moped & motorcycle parking. Get out on the water to enjoy Casco Bay on our ferries and tours!

The two major sections of Portland are the Arts District covering most of Upper Congress Street to the West End and the Old Port, located along the cobblestone streets, fishing piers and waterfront streets. We have included maps to these two areas of town.

Arts District

From I 295 (North or South) take exit 6A ME-100 S/Forest Ave. Follow Forest Ave until you end at Congress Street. The Arts District area runs along Congress Street to your left and right.

Local map of Arts District [pdf]

Old Port

From I 295 (North or South) take exit 7 (Franklin Street).
Follow Franklin, take a right on Middle Street for the Old Port or continue straight to Commercial Street for the Waterfront.

Local map of Old Port [pdf]