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Cape Air and Pen Air offer flights from Boston's Logan International Airport to the Bar Harbor-Hancock County Airport. Free Island Explorer buses operate every half hour and hourly in the evening between the airport and the Bar Harbor Village Green. Rental cars and taxis are also available.

Step 1: Make travel arrangements with an airline

Visit the web site for the Hancock County Bar Harbor Airport for schedule information and links to Cape Air and Pen Air.

Step 2: Proceed to Logan Airport Terminal B or C
Cape Air flights depart from Terminal C. Pen Air flights depart from terminal B. If you arrive at another terminal, ride to Terminal B or C on the MassPort Shuttle. This free service operates approximately every 5 minutes. Clear automated announcements will notify you when you are approaching Terminals B and C.

Step 3: Fly to Bar Harbor
Flying time is typically about 50 minutes.

Step 4: Ride the free Island Explorer Shuttle from the Airport to your inn, hotel, or campground

Check the Island Explorer Trenton bus timetable for scheduled inbound pick-up times at the airport. All outbound Trenton route buses will stop at the airport to drop off riders on request.. The bus stop is located near the front entrance to the Airport. Buses stop at five private campgrounds on their way into Bar Harbor.
     At the Bar Harbor Village Green you can transfer to other Island Explorer routes, including buses to Northeast Harbor, Southwest Harbor, Acadia National Park's Blackwoods Campground, and hotels on Eden Street in Bar Harbor. Many Bar Harbor Inns and B&B's are located within walking distance of the Village Green.

Luggage Tip: Arrive in the Afternoon
Island Explorer buses do not have luggage compartments. Buses to Bar Harbor can be quite crowded in the morning. Try to arrive in the afternoon when there will be extra room for your bags.
     Buses returning toward the airport are often full in the late afternoon. The best time to leave with luggage is in the morning.

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

For email inquiries, info@exploreacadia.com