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You can transfer from Amtrak to either Concord Coach or Greyhound at Boston's South Station to reach Bangor. It is a moderate walk from the train platforms to the bus depot.

Greyhound offers service between Boston and Bangor. Concord Trailways offers express bus service between Boston and Bangor. See below for travel options between Bangor and Bar Harbor.

Make sure your Amtrak train will arrive in Boston early enough to catch the bus.
You should look for a train that arrives in Boston at least one-half hour before the bus leaves. It would be better to leave a full hour or more in case trains are delayed.
     If you are will arrive too late to catch the bus to Bangor, an alternate strategy might be to ride the bus to Portland and stay overnight in Portland.

At Boston's South Station, walk from the train platforms to the intercity bus terminal.
It is a bit of a walk from the trains to the bus terminal and this may cause you some trouble if you are transporting heavy luggage. Facing the train platforms, walk to your right and then turn left for the walkway to the bus station.

Bangor to Bar Harbor
There are various strategies for traveling from Bangor to Bar Harbor. Here are some ways to do this, starting with the least expensive:

1. Downeast Transportation departs Bangor for Bar Harbor year-round on Mondays and Fridays only. This bus does not operate on Monday holidays. It departs Concord Coach at 2:30 p.m. Visit DowneastTrans.org for detailed schedule and fare information.

2. The Bar Harbor-Bangor Shuttle offers up to five trips a day from Bangor to Bar Harbor. Advance reservations are required.

3. Rental cars and taxis are available at the Bangor airport. The local BAT Community Connector transit service links Bangor bus terminals and the airport.

The Island Explorer is operated by
Downeast Transportation
PO Box 914
Ellsworth, ME 04605
(207) 667-5796

For email inquiries, info@exploreacadia.com