Why You Don’t Need a Car

As you plan your time in Bar Harbor, you may wonder, “If I use a shuttle service, won’t I be stranded once I get to Bar Harbor?”

Not at all! If you’re coming to Bar Harbor for a visit in the summer, you most likely don’t need to worry about getting a car for your stay. Here are some reasons why:

  • Getting a taxi from Bangor can cost around $100 each way (more than double the cost of our shuttle).
  • Renting a car is on average $300 for the week and a majority of time it’s parked.
  • You’ll avoid the stress of driving a rental car in an unfamiliar and congested area (after all, you’re here to relax!). You also won’t have to constantly be on the hunt for parking places, which can be few and far between in the summer months.
  • Once you’re in Bar Harbor or on MDI, there are plenty of different ways to get around. The Island Explorer Shuttle service is a free service that has regular routes serving all of MDI and Ellsworth. You can take your dog and/or your bike with you and catch it at different points, great to start a hike at one location and end at another. They even have an app you can download to see approximate arrival times and bus schedules of different routes. The buses are very good about running regularly and on time. 
  • If you want to go when you want to go, there are variety of local taxi services and Uber during the busy summer months. Many of the local hotels and bed & breakfasts will have a list or be able to recommend a service for you and some even offer their own in-town transportation options. 
  • Many of the attractions in Bar Harbor are within walking distance. When you’re on foot, you can really absorb the sights around you, too!
  • Biking and kayaking are not only great ways to get around but a great way to see the island. Mopeds are also available to rent at several locations.
  • Tours like Olley’s Trolley can drive you through Acadia National Park and the surrounding areas, and they’ll give you a history lesson while they do so.

Bar Harbor Shuttle makes it easy to get to Bar Harbor, and you’ll have plenty of options for transportation once you’re here. Plus, you’ll be ‘going green’ and help our community deal with in season traffic congestion (see image below, and the full article from the Bangor Daily News here).

ACADIA NATIONAL PARK, Maine - 09/16/15 - Cars and pedestrians crowd the parking lot about noon Wednesday at the summit of Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park. Seasonal traffic congestion at the top of Cadillac, which has resulted in the summit road temporarily being shut down four times this summer, is one thing park officials hope to address by developing a traffic management plan. Bill Trotter|BDN

ACADIA NATIONAL PARK, Maine – 09/16/15 – Cars and pedestrians crowd the parking lot about noon Wednesday at the summit of Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park. Seasonal traffic congestion at the top of Cadillac, which has resulted in the summit road temporarily being shut down four times this summer, is one thing park officials hope to address by developing a traffic management plan. Bill Trotter|BDN

If you’re here to relax, why not take a vacation from driving, too?