South Portland travel guide

South Portland Tourism | South Portland Guide

You're Going to Love South Portland

With a population of 25,002, South Portland is a must-see destination in Maine, United States. It is among the most popular tourist destinations in the country. South Portland deserves at least 2 full days for you to see its main sights.

Where to Eat in South Portland

If you’re looking for affordable options, Tuscan Table (390 Gorham Rd) and North43Bistro (1 Springpoint Drive) are great picks.

When to visit South Portland

South Portland in January
Estimated hotel price
$119
1 night at 3-star hotel
South Portland in January
Estimated hotel price
$119
1 night at 3-star hotel

How to Get to South Portland

Plane

When flying to South Portland, you’ll arrive at Portland Airport (PWM), which is located 3 miles from the city center. Airlines that fly from the United States to South Portland include JetBlue, Delta and Hawaiian Airlines. The shortest domestic flight to South Portland departs from Raleigh and takes around 1h 59m.

Train

Amtrak is the only carrier operating train routes to South Portland.

Car

Another option to get to South Portland is to pick up a car rental from Boston, which is about 98 miles from South Portland. You’ll find branches of Sixt and Alamo, among others, in Boston.

Bus

Several bus lines operate bus routes to South Portland, including Concord Coach Lines, Greyhound and FlixBus. From Boston, the bus ride to South Portland takes 115 miles and will cost you around $54. From New York, the ticket costs about $170 for a journey of 360 miles. South Portland’s bus station is located 5 miles from the city center.

Plane

When flying to South Portland, you’ll arrive at Portland Airport (PWM), which is located 3 miles from the city center. Airlines that fly from the United States to South Portland include JetBlue, Delta and Hawaiian Airlines. The shortest domestic flight to South Portland departs from Raleigh and takes around 1h 59m.

Train

Amtrak is the only carrier operating train routes to South Portland.

Car

Another option to get to South Portland is to pick up a car rental from Boston, which is about 98 miles from South Portland. You’ll find branches of Sixt and Alamo, among others, in Boston.

Bus

Several bus lines operate bus routes to South Portland, including Concord Coach Lines, Greyhound and FlixBus. From Boston, the bus ride to South Portland takes 115 miles and will cost you around $54. From New York, the ticket costs about $170 for a journey of 360 miles. South Portland’s bus station is located 5 miles from the city center.

Airports near South Portland

Airlines serving South Portland

Lufthansa
Good (4,682 reviews)
KLM
Good (843 reviews)
SWISS
Good (938 reviews)
British Airways
Good (4,723 reviews)
Turkish Airlines
Good (2,197 reviews)
Delta
Good (4,464 reviews)
Austrian Airlines
Good (471 reviews)
Iberia
Good (1,599 reviews)
Air France
Good (970 reviews)
Emirates
Excellent (2,110 reviews)
United Airlines
Good (4,952 reviews)
Qatar Airways
Good (2,377 reviews)
Brussels Airlines
Good (220 reviews)
Air Canada
Good (6,198 reviews)
Finnair
Good (786 reviews)
LOT
Good (675 reviews)
Scandinavian Airlines
Good (784 reviews)
TAP AIR PORTUGAL
Good (1,172 reviews)
Singapore Airlines
Excellent (929 reviews)
Etihad Airways
Good (847 reviews)
Show more

Where to stay in South Portland

Average rates range from around $182 per night for a double room in a 3-star hotel to $715 and up for a 5-star experience. If you’re on a budget, well-reviewed accommodations include Howard Johnson by Wyndham South Portland and Budget Inn.

Where to stay in popular areas of South Portland

Most booked hotels in South Portland

Canopy by Hilton Portland Waterfront
4 stars
Excellent (9, 655 reviews)
$449+
Cambria Hotel Portland Downtown Old Port
3 stars
Excellent (8.7, 449 reviews)
$321+
Tru by Hilton Portland Airport Area ME
2 stars
Excellent (8.5, 488 reviews)
$181+
Holiday Inn Portland-By The Bay
3 stars
Excellent (8.3, 1036 reviews)
$231+
Home2 Suites By Hilton Portland Airport
3 stars
Excellent (8.3, 517 reviews)
$204+
Aloft Portland, Me
3 stars
Excellent (8.2, 773 reviews)
$283+

Renting a car in South Portland

Renting a car in South Portland costs $90 per day, on average, or $181 if you want to rent if for 2 days.

It’s generally cheaper to rent your vehicle outside the airport: locations in the city are around 8% cheaper than airport locations in South Portland.

Expect to pay $3.79 per gallon in South Portland (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your rental car, filling up the tank will cost between $45.42 and $60.57. The most frequently booked car type in South Portland is Compact (Toyota RAV4 or similar). If you’re looking to save money, though, keep in mind that Full-size rental cars (Nissan Altima or similar) are, on average, 64% cheaper than other rental car types in the city.

Renting a car in South Portland costs $90 per day, on average, or $181 if you want to rent if for 2 days.

It’s generally cheaper to rent your vehicle outside the airport: locations in the city are around 8% cheaper than airport locations in South Portland.

Expect to pay $3.79 per gallon in South Portland (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your rental car, filling up the tank will cost between $45.42 and $60.57. The most frequently booked car type in South Portland is Compact (Toyota RAV4 or similar). If you’re looking to save money, though, keep in mind that Full-size rental cars (Nissan Altima or similar) are, on average, 64% cheaper than other rental car types in the city.