Directions by Plane, Train and Automobile

Getting to Rangeley is easy but does require some planning.

Flying to Maine

We recommend flying into the Portland International Jetport (PWM) but you can also fly into Boston (BOS), Bangor (BGO) or Manchester, NH (MAN). Boston and Manchester are about 4 hours from Rangeley by car. We’re told that Bangor is about the same but in all of Aaron’s years in Maine he never once drove from Bangor to Rangeley so google’s guess is as good as his.

Once you’re in Portland you will need to rent a car, or find a carpool, to drive the approximately 2.5 hours to Rangeley. (The subway doesn’t go there).


Driving to Maine

All directions are from New York City and points south and west by car. With a few exceptions everyone will be driving that way.

There are two good routes, the “back way” and the “front way”. Either way the drive is about 8 hours but the back way provides more opportunity to save time. One of Aaron’s uncle’s owns the record of 6 hours and 11 minutes. We do not suggest you challenge it.

The Back Way

The “back way” is much, much more scenic and pleasant. You follow the Connecticut river valley through Vermont and then across New Hampshire.

Stopping for the night in Hanover and checking out the Dartmouth campus is a nice way to break up the drive.

There is a high likelihood of moose on Maine Highway 16. See our moose driving tips below!

The Front Way

The “front way” will be familiar to any eastern seaboard driver.

You can stop in Boston or Portland for the night or for a meal to break up the drive.

The super secret insider place to stop is Portsmouth, NH, which is a pretty good spot for New Hampshire.

From New York (or Boston) by train:

An alternative to driving from NYC is to take Amtrak to Portland (switch trains in Boston) and then rent a car or join a carpool.

Regarding carpool options: Let us know if you are looking for a carpool and we will try to connect you with others looking to share.


Moose frequent the roadsides in Maine, particularly in the early evening and late at night. A word to the wise: never try to race a moose. They might run alongside for a stretch but are just as likely to turn without warning directly into your car or the path of your car. The best thing to do is slow down until you pass the moose. If a moose is standing in the road, try flashing your brights until it ambles on.