Ferries

Ferries throughout the region pass through incredible coastal scenery, offering exemplary views of the rocky coastline and it's lighthouses and islands. Hop aboard a ferry boat to get from here to there, to spot marine wildlife at play, or simply to enjoy the sights and sounds of DownEast Acadia coastline!

The Schoodic Ferry offers passenger and bicycle transit (and allows leashed pets) between the Mount Desert Island and Schoodic Peninsula sections of Acadia National Park. This 45-minute cruise allows you to observe lobstermen hauling traps, or greet a harbor porpoise surfing the waves, all while you learn about the intricate workings of Frenchman Bay from on-board scientists! Relax and watch the scenery unfold, book a Science Survey Trip, or join us for a fireworks cruise!

The Downeast Windjammer Ferry operates between Bar Harbor, on Mount Desert Island, and Winter Harbor, on the Schoodic Peninsula, much of which is part of Acadia National Park. At Schoodic, the ferry service connects with Route No. 8 of the Island Explorer, the fare-free shuttle bus that circumnavigates the peninsula connecting Winter Harbor, Schoodic Point, Birch Harbor, and Prospect Harbor. Bicycles are welcome!

Downeast Windjammer Ferry operates between Lubec and Eastport, offering incredible vistas from the dramatic waters of the Bay of Fundy. Bring your passport and your bicycle to explore Roosevelt Campobello International Park, or continue from Campobello Island to St. Andrews in, New Brunswick, Canada.

Isle au Haut Boat Services operates year-round passenger, mail and freight service between Stonington and Isle au Haut, and seasonal service to the Duck Harbor Landing of Acadia National Park (Isle au Haut division). Puffin cruises with a birding expert on board are offered May through August. Isle au Haut Boat Services is offering a special tour of six lighthouses in August and September 2018.

Board the M/V Miss Samantha for a ferry ride out of Bar Harbor to remote Baker Island just southeast of the Cranberry Isles. Debark and join an Acadia National Park naturalist for an interpretive tour of Baker’s natural and human history, including the Gilley Farm and its homestead, farm fields, and orchards; the incredible “dance floor” rock formation—a large, flat expanse of granite at the ocean’s edge; the Baker Island Cemetery; and the Baker IslandLighth that marks the southwestern entrance to Frenchman Bay.

Several private ferry services operate between points on Mount Desert Island and the islands offshore to the south, allowing visitors an opportunity to explore the wonderful scenery, rich history, and island culture of these beautiful offshore locales.

Downeast Windjammer Ferry offers daily passenger ferry service between Southwest Harbor and the Cranberry Isles.

The Beal & Bunker Mail Boat operates between Northeast Harbor and Great Cranberry and Little Cranberry islands, as well as Sutton Island upon request. The Cranberry Cove Boating Co. operates seasonal service from Southwest Harbor to Great Cranberry and Little Cranberry islands, and to Sutton Island upon request. A variety of parking options are available for day and overnight ferry users.

The Maine State Ferry Service operates ferry service between Bass Harbor and Swans Island, and Bass Harbor and Frenchboro on Long Island.

The Island Explorershuttle bus serves all ferry points of departure on Mount Desert Island, so visitors can make a car-free connection to ferry service if desired. The Island Explorer offers free fare and bike racks on the bus make transporting your bike easy! West Bus Service operates daily between Calais and Bangor for $7, and allows bikes only if space is available, so be sure to call and reserve in advance. Downeast Transportation offers bus service from Bar Harbor and Ellsworth to Bangor on Mondays and Fridays.

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