Ferry for a Day
Mainers still use the ocean for commuting, giving visitors an affordable daytrip.
Maine is one of the few places where people really do get around by boat. Whether they’re commuting from Peaks Island to Portland’s Old Port or doing a sales call on Vinalhaven, Mainers use the state’s system of ferries to keep the offshore islands an active, vital part of the Pine Tree State. The good news for visitors is that ferries are affordable enough to make for a great daytrip. And if you happen to really be from away, you can use The Cat, a high-speed ferry that zips between Nova Scotia and Bar Harbor and Portland. Visit these sites for schedules and fares.
(Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, to Portland and Bar Harbor)
Casco Bay Lines
(Portland to Peaks, Little Diamond, Great Diamond, Long, Chebeague, and Cliff islands)
Maine State Ferry Service
(Mainland terminals in Rockland, Lincolnville, and Bass Harbor. Island terminals on Vinalhaven, Swans, North Haven, Matinicus, Islesboro, and Frenchboro islands.)