Getting to the Park

Arriving by Car

Dog looking out the car window as he is in a transportation vehicle to Acadia National Park.

Thankfully, you do not need a boat to get to Mount Desert Island and can instead drive from the mainland over the Trenton Bridge. In terms of transportation, driving is the most common way to visit the island. From southern Maine you can follow I-95 north to Bangor, then I-395 to Route 1A, and brings you directly to the island. You can also instead take the more scenic route that starts in Portland and follows Rout 1 up the coast until it connects to Route 1A in Ellsworth.

Coordinates and Addresses for Popular Locations

Arriving by Plane

  • Hancock County Airport
    • 10 miles from Acadia National Park
    • Direct flight from Boston's Logan Airport
    • Car rentals available
  • Bangor International Airport
    • About 1 hour from Acadia National Park
    • National airlines flights
    • Car rentals available

Island Explorer

Island Explorer bus, the ideal way of transportation to popular attractions.

As an alternative, to avoid parking problems, the Island Explorer sponsored by Friends of Acadia is a free shuttle from various locations around the Island. The shuttle links lodging, towns, hiking trails and attractions for visitors to enjoy.

Some popular Island Explorer stops include:

Bar Harbor Village Green,
Hull Cove Visitor Center,
Jordan Pond House,
Thunder Hole,
Sand Beach,
and many more!


Acadia National Park

Pay by Plate Parking sign.

If your selected mode of transportation was a car, you will need to purchase a park entrance pass. From May to October, all vehicles must display a park entrance pass when in the park. There are various parking locations in Bar Harbor and throughout the park, however, the most popular locations often fill up quickly. These locations include Jordan Pond, Echo Lake, and Sand Beach. Parking is also permitted along the right hand side of signed portions of the one-way section of Park Loop Road.

Bar Harbor

Parking is available in several public parking lots and parallel parking spaces in Bar Harbor. Parallel parking is paid by the hour using parking meters and public parking lots are paid by the hour parking kiosks.

More Information About Parking

Research all you need to know about parking and passes using the links below.