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We will vacation in Portland from 7/2 to 7/10

Thinking of flying into Logan instead Portland.

Renting car at Logan.

Air fare less expensive?

Good idea?

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Driving time from Logan to Portland can be two hours or more, depending on the day, time of day, backup at the New Hampshire toll booths, etc. That weekend will be one of the busiest on the interstates and tollways between Boston and the tourism venues of Maine.

I can't answer which airport yields less expensive air fare (if indeed that was a question). The balancing act, to me, is weighing the driving time and turmoil of a Logan arrival/departure against the possibly marginal difference in air fares.

Were it me, as much as I enjoy driving, I would opt for Portland.

Edited: 05 April 2011, 07:44
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I do anything to avoid driving to and from Logan. The airport is not easy on/easy off the interstate. Instead, it's about six and one-half miles of heavy, stop-and-go driving with roundabouts and locals that drive like crazies. It's very easy to get frustrated (definitely bring your own GPS if you have one) and if you are a typical New Yorker (don't drive a whole lot) you might not like it.

Your other options:

Fly into Portland (remember, it's only an 90 mins from NYC, so worth paying extra!)

Fly into Manchester, NH airport (much closer to highways)

Fly into Logan, but take the Concord Bus to Portland and pick up a car there

Fly into Logan, take the Amtrak to Portland skipping the roads altogether, and pick up a car there

Edited: 05 April 2011, 09:58
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Check the two different car rental prices, it might offset your savings. Boston Logan has a $10 per day add-on fee to help them pay for the big dig, as well as other fees that Portland doesn't add (though Portland has been getting pricey too, lately)

Manchester NH is another convenient airport.

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Have you looked at Jet Blue? I think you'll find great prices direct into Portland. It's such a quick flight and eliminates the hassles of coming from Logan.

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No way in h*ll would I want to deal with flying into Boston, waiting for my luggage, getting a rental car and driving up to Maine on what will most likely be the busiest traffic day of the year for Routes 1 and 95 from Mass to Maine. You'd have to go through two tolls that are both known to back up for miles on busy summer travel days.

Usually I'd suggest looking at Manchester NH as an alternative airport to Portland. But again, you'd be dealing with one of the tolls known to back up to get to Maine. It would be a better option than Logan though.

Logan or Manchester may be cheaper flights but that could be entirely offset by a more expensive rental car, gas and time sitting in traffic.

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Thank you for the advice.

We will fly into Portland.

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Hubby and I usually take the airport with the cheapest flights. We use Portland, Boston and Manchester. We do not mind driving into Boston. However, if it the price is close go for Portland. Much nicer airport and no traffic to mess with.

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