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Ferry Fares and Schedules

Schoodic Ferry 2016 Schedule

The Schoodic Ferry sails daily between Bar Harbor and Winter Harbor, Maine Saturday May 28 – Sunday, October 9, 2016. Ferry schedules are listed below.

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Mondays – Fridays


Saturdays – Sundays


*Trips stopping enroute for 5 minutes or less to conduct environmental monitoring research.

^Acadia Centennial Partner trips with narration on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

**Sunset Evening Trips. These trips run on Tuesdays and Saturdays June 27 – September 5 only.

***Trips cancelled on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of each month to conduct routine maintenance.


Special Trips

Research Partner Trips*

In addition to transporting passengers across Frenchman Bay, the Schoodic Ferry also helps local environmental monitoring researchers keep up with the health of Frenchman Bay and its inhabitants. While you can encounter and interact with working scientists and sustainability engineers on any of our trips, some Schoodic Ferry trips include planned stopping time to gather data. Join us on these special trips to meet scientists, ask questions, and see firsthand some of the ground-breaking research going on right here in Frenchman Bay.


Acadia Centennial Partner Trips^

Ever wondered which islands within Frenchman Bay are a part of Acadia National Park? Join us aboard the Schoodic Ferry on Tuesdays and Thursdays May 31 – October 6 as we explore the history of how and when islands within Frenchman Bay came to join this national treasure, and what the preservation of those habitats has meant for the Frenchman Bay ecosystem. Join us as we celebrate the treasure that is Acadia National Park during this Centennial season!


July 4th Fireworks in Bar Harbor Cruise

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Join the Schoodic Ferry Monday, July 4th for a special sunset cruise to see the fireworks in Bar Harbor! Keep an eye out for seals, harbor porpoise, bald eagles, and if we are lucky, perhaps even a minke whale on this special cruise. Deviating from our normal route, the Schoodic Ferry will pass slowly by Mark Island Light, offering beautiful photo opportunities on the way to Bar Harbor. Once we arrive in Bar Harbor, the Schoodic Ferry will moor outside the town pier so you can have a front row view of the fireworks – without having to worry about traffic or parking. Because this is not a regular ferry run, the Schoodic Ferry will leave from and return to the Schoodic Marine Center; we will not land in Bar Harbor. Estimated return to Winter Harbor after the conclusion of the fireworks is 11:00 p.m. Because it is a special occasion, feel free to BYOB and coolers – and get ready to have a fun and relaxing July 4th fireworks cruise! $30.00/person or $25.00/person for Maine residents. No pets please, as fireworks are often a frightening experience for furry friends.



Sunset Evenings Trips**

Ready to experience the nightlife in Bar Harbor or Winter Harbor– without worrying about driving home? Join the Schoodic Ferry Tuesdays and Saturdays June 27 – September 5 for our extra late night runs. In Bar Harbor, considering catching the early show at Reel Pizza or Improv Acadia, or checking out a live show at the Criterion Theatre or many local restaurants. In Winter Harbor, see what the Schoodic Arts for All Festival has to offer, or simply enjoy the romantic quiet of a picnic dinner by the crashing surf – with no one else in sight. Watch the sunset over the water as you cruise back to your port of origin. This is often the time of day when the water is at its calmest, and all the wildlife comes to the surface, so keep your eyes open during your end of day adventure.



The Schoodic Ferry welcomes passengers, their bicycles, and their leashed pets aboard. While we do charge for passengers, bicycles and leashed pets ride free. Customers planning to bring bicycles on the Schoodic Ferry should reserve space for each bicycle, as bicycle capacity is slightly less than passenger capacity.


Proof of residency is required to purchase Maine Resident tickets. Maine driver’s licenses, utilities bills, tax bills, and current pay stubs from Maine-based companies that match an individual’s government-issued photo ID (ex. driver’s license or passport) are all acceptable.

Reservations and Cancellations

Reservations are suggested and can be made through our online ticketing service, or via phone at (207) 801-9444. For private charters, special events, or group sales, please contact us.

Cancellations due to hazardous weather are rare, but do occur. We invite customers to follow the Schoodic Ferry on Twitter, like us on Facebook, or check our website for up to the minute changes in ferry service schedules.