All of the Maine Windjammer Association vessels are homeported in either Camden or Rockland on the shores of Penobscot Bay in Maine’s vibrant midcoast area. The towns are about 1.5 to 2 hours from Portland and 3.5 to 4 hours from Boston.
What’s the best way to get to Camden or Rockland?
Most Windjammer guests fly into the Portland, ME Jetport or into Boston’s Logan Airport. There is also an airport in Bangor, ME, and a very small one in Rockland/Owls Head–the Knox Country Regional Airport.
Portland’s Jetport (PWM): Portland’s jetport is a fairly small and very friendly airport with flights from most major U.S. cities. It’s about 1.5 hours from Rockland and 1.75 hours from Camden. From the Jetport you can rent a car or take a van shuttle service or take the Concord Coach bus up to your windjammer. (See detailed ground transportation information below).
Boston’s Logan Airport (BOS): From Logan, it’s about a 3.5 to 4 hour drive to get to Rockland and Camden. From Logan you can rent a car or take the Concord Coach bus.
Bangor Airport (BGR): Bangor (Stephen King’s hometown!) is about 1.5 -1.75 hours from Camden and Rockland and you’ll find the flight choices a bit more limited than at the Portland Jetport. From Bangor you can rent a car, take Concord Coach bus or schedule a van shuttle. (see ground transportation info below)
Knox County Regional Airport (RKD): This small local airport is serviced by Cape Air with daily flights to/from Boston. Search flights to Rockland, Maine and inquire with your airline or with Cape Air to see what sort of baggage agreement they have. You may need to grab your luggage in Boston and check-in again to Rockland. From this airport it’s a quick taxi ride via Schooner Bay taxi to Rockland and Camden.
Each windjammer has a parking area. Parking is either free or at a small additional cost. For specifics, inquire with your windjammer.
Driving from the South
Driving up from Boston or Portland you’ll be on the interstate most of the way until you reach Brunswick, ME. From Brunswick, you’ll pass through several lovely coastal towns such as Bath, Wiscasset, and Thomaston before getting to Rockland or Camden. In the summer Route 1 can get backed up (especially in Wiscasset) so plan in some extra travel time.
- Take I-95 North to 295 N past Portland and take exit 28 for Rt 1 North.
- Follow Rt 1 North for about an hour through Brunswick, Bath, Wiscasset, and Waldoboro, into Warren where you will see Rt 90 on your left.
- To Rockland: Stay on Rt 1 through Thomaston and into Rockland. Your windjammer will be docked either at Lermond Cove (turn right on Tillson Ave) or North End Shipyard (further up Main St)
- To Camden: Take a left onto Rt 90. This road bypasses Rockland and spits you out onto Rt 1 just South of Camden. (If you want to drive through Rockland, just remain on Rt 1.) Follow Rt 90 to Rt 1. In Rockport, turn left onto Rt 1 North. (If you decided to stay on Rt 1 in step 2, ignore this instruction.). You’ll drive through downtown Camden and take a right on Atlantic Ave.
Concord Coach Busline
Concord Coach voyages between both Rockland & Camden and Portland and Boston once a day in the winter and twice a day in the summer. (It does travel several times a day between Portland and Boston). The bus does not stop at the Portland Jetport – it is based out of the Portland Transportation center, so you will need to taxi/Uber from the Jetport to the Transportation Center.
Sterling Elite Shuttle provides van service between Maine airports and the midcoast. You will need an advance reservation. They can take you right to the dock (and pick you up there as well.)