View of The Cat Ferry in Bar Harbor, Maine


In just 3.5 hours, The CAT High Speed Ferry will transport you to Yarmouth, Nova Scotia from Bar Harbor, Maine. Along the way, you will get to see fantastic views of the rocky coast of Maine and Nova Scotia while enjoying the onboard entertainment and amenities. RVs, pickups, SUVs, cars, tour buses, motorcycles, and bicycles are welcome as well as walk-on passengers and your four-legged friends. Leave the navigation to us as you experience your new sea adventure onboard The CAT!

Amenities include live music featuring regional musical talent, a gift shop, movie theater, the Sip at Sea Café and the Scotia Market Cafeteria. There is a Business center with three computers and Internet access (20-minute limit). To learn more about Yarmouth and Nova Scotia, there is a Nova Scotia Visitor Information Center as well.

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GPS: 44.3986902°N, -68.2252916°W


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The CAT Ferry in Bar Harbor, Maine
Location map for The CAT Ferry Terminal in Bar Harbor, Maine

Location & Requirements

The Bar Harbor terminal is at 121 Eden Street on the Northeastern side of the island along Route 3 just before entering the main business center of Bar Harbor. If you have arrived before your departure date, you should explore the area via Acadia Magic to become familiar with the geographical layout. The island is likely larger than you are aware of. There often are not any direct routes to-and-from areas of interest. Take your time. It is a truly gorgeous location.

ID & Travel Requirements
All guests traveling on The CAT Ferry operating between Bar Harbor, Maine and Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, must have one of the following travel documents completed BEFORE arrival and ready to show our agents as part of the check-in process:

  • A Passport (required for air travel)
  • Passport Card
  • Enhanced Drivers License or an Enhanced ID Card (EDL/ID) applicable to select states/provinces only (MI, MN, NY, VT, WA; ON, BC, MB)
  • NOTICE: If you are not a United States or Canadian born citizen, you will be required to have a passport and possibly a Visa.
  • Additional Notice: The NEXUS is not available on this route.

Contact Information

  • Free Island Explorer Bus Service: (207) 667-5796
    PO Box 914, Ellsworth, ME 04605
  • Hertz Rent A Car: (800) 654-3131
    Direct: (207) 667-5017
  • Enterprise Rent A Car: (800) 736-8222
    Direct: (207) 664-2662
  • Acadia GEM EV Rentals: (207) 288-8983
    All Electric Vehicles
  • At Your Service Private Tours: (207) 288-9222
  • Bar Harbor Coastal Cab: (207) 288-1222
    8 Oak Street, Bar Harbor, ME
  • Y&P Taxi Services: (207) 412-8934

The CAT is Back!

The CAT was a well-known source of adventure, entertainment, and travel in Bar Harbor for many years. Then, much to the disappointment of many, it left for several years. But finally in 2022 it has returned. It is not difficult to explain how important The CAT Ferry Service was for those whose only option was to travel over land to Nova Scotia. Driving from Bangor to Yarmouth takes about 6.5 hours. From Bar Harbor it would take about 7 hours. Doing it by ferry takes about 3.5 hours. But that is not why most of you are here. It is for the thrill of something new and different. It is also for the spectacular coastal views that you cannot experience in any other way. And while you are enjoying the splendid views, you are also getting to enjoy the onboard amenities and doing something truly unique with your loved ones. This will be one of those great memories.

Acadia and Bar Harbor Resource Guide