Getting Around Maine

  • Transportation
    by machomikemd
  • Transportation
    by machomikemd
  • Transportation
    by machomikemd

Most Viewed Transportation in Maine

  • PA2AKgirl's Profile Photo

    Want to get to Nova Scotia by way of Maine?

    by PA2AKgirl Written Sep 22, 2004

    4.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    You can! The CAT ferry is the fastest ferry in North America. And let me tell you, if you're not into driving, it's a long way by road from Maine to Nova Scotia. It leaves at 8am from Bar Harbor and gets to Yarmouth, Nova Scotia 3 hours later...traveling a distance of 600 miles or 1000 km. It does run only from May to October, but it's not just any old ferry. From the numerous ads we heard and saw, it's apparently more like a short haul cruise ship, complete with movies and a casino.

    It seems they don't post the fares anywhere but at the terminal and on the website which made me think it was going to be ridiculously expensive...they aren't that bad, really...

    At the Bar Harbor terminal
    Related to:
    • Casino and Gambling
    • Cruise

    Was this review helpful?

  • richiecdisc's Profile Photo

    car gives you the freedom you need...

    by richiecdisc Written Nov 17, 2003

    4 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Getting around Maine is much more fun by car. You can stop where you like, when you like and see great old mansions like this one just outside of Camden. The coastal ride is only five hours from Bar Harbor to Portland and you can be in the mountains in a similar amount of time too.

    old mansion on Maine's coastal road

    Was this review helpful?

  • Bwana_Brown's Profile Photo

    By Road

    by Bwana_Brown Written May 30, 2003

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Motor transport is the most practical way of enyoying Maine. It gives you the choice of exploring the enormous northern forests, the rugged coastline or the many interesting cities and towns. The road system is quite good, but it does get crowded along the coast during the summer months. On our last major excursion into Maine, we used our 1990 Plymouth Acclaim with a roof carrier since there were only 2 adults and 2 children to pack in (my beloved old van was long gone!).

    On Top of Cadillac Mt. (1992)
    Related to:
    • Family Travel
    • Budget Travel

    Was this review helpful?

  • BabciaMaine's Profile Photo

    an auto is nessesary to see the authentic Maine

    by BabciaMaine Written Mar 29, 2003

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    As many other places it is better to avoid rush hours for driving , although there is a small population. there are large numbers of visitors from out of state so main roads get congested. Also many of the roads are narrow and not wide enough to accommodate seasonal traffic patterns in many instances so be aware of this and adjust your travel times. That being said it is really not possible to get around to see the state with out a private auto.

    outcropping near Bear Mountain
    Related to:
    • Road Trip
    • Backpacking

    Was this review helpful?

  • german_eagle's Profile Photo


    by german_eagle Written Sep 12, 2009

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    To explore Casco Bay you best rely on Casco Bay Lines whose ferries deliver mail, freight and visitors to the islands. Simply hop aboard one of those; they are quite comfortable even for a longer trip like we did to Long Island. They also offer touristy cruises in the bay. However, part of the fun for us was to watch the locals on the ferry, coming from doing business (or whatever) in Portland.

    All ferries and cruises depart from Casco Bay Lines ferry terminal on Maine State Pier in Portland. Fares are inexpensive, but watch the schedules - the running ferries thin out in shoulder season. See website for more info.

    Ferry in Casco Bay jetty for ferry in Casco Bay Diamond Cove jetty

    Was this review helpful?

  • Florida999's Profile Photo

    Driving North To Canada

    by Florida999 Written Aug 9, 2007

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    If you wish to go from Bar Harbor, Maine to Nova Scotia and do not want to take the ferry, the fastest and easiest way to get there is to go back to Bangor and take I-95 north to Canada, and then the Canadian highway to Moncton . U.S. Hwy 1 along the coast was horrible and it took us 5 hours to get from Bar Harbor to Calais ( the border) . Really. There is construction on U.S. 1 at the moment that backs traffic up for miles. When we went, the flagger only let traffic from the other side through, for half an hour, while our side just backed up for I don’t know how many miles. So, we turned around, and took the next side road over to U.S. 3….which also had construction. They actually had some of the road surface taken up completely, and for like 10 miles we drove on something worse than a bad dirt road in the woods. Good thing I have a truck and good tires. It was not fun. On the sections they were not working on, the road was full of very large potholes and caved in on the edges in some areas. I did an average of maybe 25 mph. Forget it! Take the interstate…

    Related to:
    • Road Trip

    Was this review helpful?

  • ladyanne's Profile Photo

    Golf Carts....and bicycles! Cliff Island

    by ladyanne Written Jun 6, 2005

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Most of the small Maine Islands, (Calendar Islands 365,) Casco Bay in particular, have very little the Golf Cart has taken over as the main transportation.

    Golf Carts have expanded with new technology, the old timers who have been around a long time, love the new fancy carts, charged electric, space ship forms for protection from rain and even snow. The summer tradionalists will go for the old disposed carts with the bare essentials.

    Bicycles are also varied, one of my favorites is a 1940's version painted bright yellow, with a great woven basket on the front handlebars.

    Cliff Island Website below.

    Bikes & golf carts..main transportation. Cliff Is.
    Related to:
    • Beaches
    • Fishing
    • Kayaking

    Was this review helpful?

  • DesertRat's Profile Photo

    If you plan, like most people,...

    by DesertRat Updated Sep 12, 2002

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    If you plan, like most people, to come up from Boston, and you want to get there reasonably quickly, you can would take Interstate 95 to Bangor, where you turn southeast on a fairly unremarkable and rather narrow tarmac road that leads to a causeway over to the island. This will take 5-6 hours. The other option, and the one I would recommend, is to follow twisting, scenic, US Highway 1, from which you can branch off onto side roads and visit the many interesting 'down East' fishing towns and villages scattered along one of America's most dramatic coastlines.

    Photo: A topographical diorama of Mt. Desert Island and Acadia National Park in the Park Visitors' Center

    Was this review helpful?

  • KaiM's Profile Photo

    Riding the rental car

    by KaiM Written Sep 12, 2002

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Hey, this is the nation of the automobile. And that´s the way how I got around in Maine. With my Ford Focus rental car. Highways are good and usually not too crowded. At this picture I stopped at a beautiful lake.

    My rented Ford

    Was this review helpful?

  • Hcamper's Profile Photo

    Bicycle routes

    by Hcamper Written Jan 2, 2010

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Maine Dept of Transportation provides a great free catalog of bike routes in Maine. There are about 4 for the southern coast of maine and I have ridden all of them. They do a great job of providing info on facilities, where to park, if the roads are busy etc.
    Many of the local bike stores (Kennebunkport) have the catalogs.

    light houses behind and ocean in front! Black Point, Scarborough Maine beach plum roses  Wells Maine
    Related to:
    • Cycling
    • Beaches

    Was this review helpful?

  • davecallahan's Profile Photo

    Maine D O T

    by davecallahan Updated Mar 29, 2007

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    The Maine Department of Transportation has a good website for tourists who are driving through the state.

    The website shown below has maps for accidents and detours and road constructions to help you drive your way around obstacles. There are webpages for realtime cameras on the major highways in the state. They have links to webpages that recommend tourist sites and predict weather conditions. They provide a phone number you can call while on the road to get the latest information to help your travels.

    I found the website useful in planning our trip and avoiding some slow traveling areas.

    Related to:
    • Road Trip

    Was this review helpful?

  • roamer61's Profile Photo

    Harbor Cruise

    by roamer61 Updated Mar 30, 2004

    2 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    During the main visitor season, May-September, one can take a Harbor Cruise around the smaller outlying islands. Here, one may see Harbor Seals, Gray Seals, Porpoises and an assortment of birds. The cruise takes 2 hours and is a must for any visitor interested in Natural History and Nature. Boats depart from the main pier in Bar Harbor.

    One of the islands seen is Egg Island. In the picture, you see its lighthouse and a number of Harbor Seals basking in the sun.

    Egg Island

    Was this review helpful?

  • Sunshine64's Profile Photo

    Flew into the Bangor Airport. ...

    by Sunshine64 Updated Aug 25, 2002

    1.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Flew into the Bangor Airport. It's a very small airport, but is serviced by Delta, American, and some smaller carriers.
    Rented a Blazer. It was good for transporting luggage and gear, and traversing the sometimes not-so-smooth roads.

    Was this review helpful?

  • Well, we came in from Quebec,...

    by dzni Updated Aug 26, 2002

    1.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Well, we came in from Quebec, Canada near Moose River, along US 201. It was a very small border station too, but the INS agent was very friendly. I think a lot of logging trucks go through here too.

    Was this review helpful?

  • sbrookes's Profile Photo

    US Route 202 takes you to much...

    by sbrookes Written Aug 24, 2002

    1.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    US Route 202 takes you to much of Maine. You will see the back road areas, small towns, lakes, and the character of non-coastal region as well as the highway ends in Bangor. Bangor is an inner seaport with a tidel river where commercial barges travel.
    Need the car... reminds me KEEP TO THE RIGHT except when PASSING is the law in Maine

    Was this review helpful?

Maine Hotels

See all 612 Hotels in Maine

Top Maine Hotels

Ogunquit Hotels
99 Reviews - 155 Photos
Bar Harbor Hotels
216 Reviews - 544 Photos
Old Orchard Beach Hotels
65 Reviews - 130 Photos
Kennebunkport Hotels
128 Reviews - 312 Photos
York Beach Hotels
37 Reviews - 68 Photos
Popham Beach Hotels
See nearby hotels
Goose Rocks Beach Hotels
See nearby hotels
Rockland Hotels
31 Reviews - 57 Photos
Wells Hotels
11 Reviews - 22 Photos
Portland Hotels
332 Reviews - 565 Photos
Camden Hotels
11 Reviews - 66 Photos
Millinocket Hotels
12 Reviews - 21 Photos
Camp Ellis Hotels
See nearby hotels
Bangor Hotels
61 Reviews - 79 Photos
Boothbay Harbor Hotels
22 Reviews - 41 Photos

Instant Answers: Maine

Get an instant answer from local experts and frequent travelers

86 travelers online now


Maine Transportation

Reviews and photos of Maine transportation posted by real travelers and locals. The best tips for Maine sightseeing.
Map of Maine