Read about the many transportation options available below or visit our list (PDF).
Watch Bowdoin students talk about their ease of travel to and from campus with the twice-daily buses and trains departing from Brunswick for Portland and Boston each day!
Carpooling with the RideShare App
To make carpooling easier, Bowdoin has a private “Rideshare” app and website for students to use, especially during college breaks. Whether you live in New York and have space in your car, or you live in California and need a ride to the airport, there are many opportunities to cut down on car emissions by carpooling. It is simple to use—just post whether you need a ride or whether you have space to give a ride and see what other students have posted. View the Rideshare app on your computer or mobile device.
Carpooling with the Go Maine NuRide Website
GOMAINE.org is where you can find free, money-saving, energy-efficient commuting solutions. GO MAINE is the statewide commuter services program sponsored by MaineDOT and the Maine Turnpike Authority. In the fall of 2015, GO Maine began a partnership with NuRide (now Agile Mile), the nation’s largest commuter rewards program. With NuRide you can now be rewarded for your green transportation choices. It’s easy and free! Simply download the GO Maine mobile app, fill out your profile, find your ride matches, record your trips, and get your rewards. Rewards include restaurant coupons, retailers discounts, and tickets to shows and attractions. And new ones are added often. GO MAINE also offers an Emergency Ride Home Benefit (ERH) to all registered GO MAINE NuRide members. Check out their Facebook page with regular updates about being a commuter in Maine!
You probably know about the Bowdoin Shuttle—the friendly white van that will pick you up at your apartment and bring you anywhere on campus free of charge—but you may not know about the other shuttle options in Brunswick or to Freeport and Portland:
- $5.00 trips to Freeport or Portland: The BSG and Treasurer’s Office provide subsidized taxi fare to downtown Portland, the Maine Mall, and Freeport on all weekends throughout the year. Tickets must be bought in advance with either cash or your Onecard at the Smith Union Info Desk.
- FREE Taxi rides in Brunswick: From 10:00pm – 1:30am on Tuesdays and Thursday-Saturday, Brunswick Taxi (207-729-3688) will give you a free ride within 1 mile of campus. Click here for more information.
- Amtrak Downeaster
- Brunswick is now connected with Portland and Boston via the Amtrak Downeaster's passenger rail service. Just a half-mile walk from campus, students and their families can now take advantage of the two roundtrips to Boston each day. For the complete schedule visit the Downeaster website.
- Concord Coach Bus Lines
- Concord Coach Lines operates a special Bowdoin College stop on campus during the school year. View the schedule. Bowdoin students are eligible for a $5 discount off a round-trip ticket to Portland, ME; Bangor, ME; Boston, MA; and Logan Airport with their college I.D.
- Greyhound Bus Service
- Greyhound Bus Service operates in Brunswick, with a stop on Maine Street at the 7-11. For a schedule visit Greyhound Bus Service.
Academic and Club Trips
Student clubs can sign out campus vehicles from Bowdoin’s Vehicle fleet as long as their group is registered with Student Activities and they have a valid Bowdoin College project code. Student Club drivers must meet all vehicle policy eligibility requirements and complete an Authorization to Drive form for each trip. This policy can be used for events such as going to lectures off-campus or doing trips with the Outing Club. Students can also use Bowdoin vehicles to travel for mentoring projects or academic internships, as long as the Department agrees to sponsor the travel.
Bowdoin EV Charging Stations
Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Stations are now available for the Bowdoin College community and campus visitors. Two Level 2 chargers are located in the Russwurm Parking lot next to the John Brown Russwurm African-American Center on College Street. The chargers are currently free, but cars must be moved when they are done charging. Multi-port Chargepoint chargers are also located in the parking lot next to the Roux Center for the Environment and allow up to four vehicles to plug in at the same time. The chargers are free for the first four hours, but cost $3 per hour after that. This fee is prorated every fifteen minutes and is meant to serve as a gentle nudge to encourage people to move their cars and share the ports.
Charger users must enable Apple Pay on their phones and download the ChargePoint app. Those who want to skip these steps can request a ChargePoint card instead but still need to provide credit card information.