The Ogunquit Trolley Company runs several Molley Trolleys through the main streets of Ogunquit, shuttling visitors from the main beach to Perkins Cove and all points in between. If I recall correctly the fare was 35 cents per ride. The trolley has an open air portion which allows the riders to feel the wind in their face as they hitch a ride through town. There are several designated stops throughout town. An interesting side note is that the Molley Trolley is actually manufactured in Ogunquit (/www.mollytrolley.com).
Driving in Ogunquit
Driving through Ogunquit wasn't bad but there was a fair amount of traffic even on a Tuesday morning in the shoulder season. In the peak summer season, I imagine that roads are choked with traffic.
As throughout the entire state, you must stop when pedestrians are crossing at designated crosswalks that are not regulated by a traffic light, most of the time pedestrians will wait until you've come to a stop before crossing but sometimes they don't.
We parked at our B&B and walked everywhere but should you need to park near the beach, there are pay parking lots. There's also a trolley that runs through Ogunquit, I believe it was $1.50 per ride.
Parking in Ogunquit can be kind of a pain. If you're staying near the beach then you won't have to worry about it, but otherwise you have a few options. The first is the parking lot at the beach. This costs $4 per hour. The advantage of it is that it is really right at the beach so you can leave stuff in your car that you might need (extra towels, etc) instead of lugging it around. The disadvantage is that it's really badly designed. There is just one little gate leading out and if a lot of people decide to leave around the same time you can wait up to an hour in line to get out of there. Another option is a small parking lot just up the street from the beach. This is, in my opinion, the best option, but you have to get there early because it fills up quickly. It's $15 for the whole day and easy to get in and out of. Lastly, you can park in town near the police station. This stinks. They have a weird system of charging you. You have to pay in advance for hourly parking. Like $10 for three hours, $15 for five, etc. This is bad because should you decide that you want to stay longer than you originally thought, you get towed or something, but if you stay for less time you still end up paying the whole amount. Try to avoid parking there.
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Getting there by car is very...
Getting there by car is very easy, maps can be found on the internet. If you are coming from afar, you can take the plane to Boston and then drive to Ogunquit.
You might want to have a car to travel to the nearby cities like Kennebunk Port, Kittery, etc., but in Ogunquit itself, the best way is the trolley bus, there are stops everywhere, it is only a dollar and saves you alot on traffick and parking money.
Fly into Portland and then you...
Fly into Portland and then you need to drive to Ogunquit on the coast. We drove up from the Boston area (just outside of Logan Airport) and that was about a 2+ hour drive. You're on a toll road once you get into New Hampshire ($1.00). I'm not sure if it's a toll road from Portland Airport. But it was a pleasant drive up and we didn't feel rushed or trapped in traffic. When you're from Boston, that's a PLUS!
The Ogunquit Trolley is great if you don't want to walk or drive around in the bumper to bumper traffic once you get there. Avoid summer traffic and hop on this open-air trolley, which shuttles families between the major hotels and popular spots. Fare is $1 per ride for adults and 50 cents for kids. For a map, call the Ogunquit Chamber of Commerce; 800-639-2442 or 207-646-2939.
The best way to travel to get...
The best way to travel to get to Ogunquit is by car.
The best ways to get oround is to take a trolley or walk. There isn't alot of parking available. Any parking that is available you have to pay for.
Take the trolley EVERYWHERE. Do not drive, it is not worth the headaches. Two lane US 1 could cause road rage and the traffic in the middle of Summer in this small town is insane. The trolley goes all over town and to Perkins Cove and it is $1.00 for each person each time you board. Well worth the $$$$. Plus you will avoid driving into the intersection that is do deadly.....