The Schoodic Ferry sails Mondays – Saturdays between College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor and the Schoodic Marine Center in Winter Harbor, Maine Monday June 11 – Saturday, September 29, 2018. Our 2018 Schoodic Ferry schedule is listed below.
*5:45 AM commuter trips operate Mondays-Fridays BY RESERVATION ONLY. Reservations must be made by 6:00 PM the evening before departure.
** Sunset Evening Trips: These trips run on Tuesdays and Saturdays July 1 – August 31 only.
Schoodic Ferry Fares
Maine Resident Round Trip
Maine Resident Bulk Tickets (10 Round Trips)
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 are all acceptable.
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.
Check out our science survey trips to learn which surveys include opportunities for passengers to help collect data. 2018 surveys include marine mammal surveys, plankton surveys and oceanographic surveys.
July 4th Fireworks in Bar Harbor Cruise
Join the Schoodic Ferry Wednesday, 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. Weather permitting, we will also pass slowly by Egg Rock Island, offering the chance to see Egg Rock Lighthouse and our resident population of harbor and gray seals. 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! $32.00/person. No pets please, as fireworks are often a frightening experience for furry friends.
Sunset Evening Trips
Ready to experience the nightlife in Bar Harbor or Winter Harbor– without worrying about driving home? Join the Schoodic Ferry Tuesdays and Saturdays July 1 – August 31 for our 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, eat a romantic dinner overlooking the water at the SaltBox or Fisherman’s Galley, 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.
Interested in seeing live shows at the Criterion this summer? Check out our calendar for special late-night returns and Dinner & a Show packages.
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.
Providing affordable, sustainable public marine transportation to the Frenchman Bay community while simultaneously conducting marine monitoring studies.