Getting to the
Bold Coast National Scenic Byway

No matter how you choose to travel, you can definitely get here from there.

Whether you think the Bold Coast is in the middle of everywhere or at the edge of the world, you’ll be so glad you came!

From the West

The Bold Coast region officially begins on US Highway 1 in West Gouldsboro, approximately 22 miles east of the city of Ellsworth, 38 miles northeast of Bar Harbor, 49 miles southeast from Bangor, 59 miles east of Belfast, and 176 miles northeast of Portland.

From the North and East

From northern Maine and the Maritimes, the Bold Coast begins in the city of Calais. Calais is located on US Highway 1, approximately 71 miles west of St. John, New Brunswick, Canada, 90 miles south of Houlton, Maine, or 95 miles east of Bangor on Route 9.

By Air

The Bangor International Airport offers numerous direct flights and international connections. The Hancock County Bar Harbor Airport is a smaller airport located in Trenton, between Ellsworth and Bar Harbor, with connections from Boston.

Car rentals are available in Bangor, Ellsworth, Trenton, and in St. Stephen, New Brunswick, Canada.

By Boat

Visitors can access the region directly from Bar Harbor via the Frenchman Bay Research Ferry or the Downeast Windjammer Ferry. Visitors can also connect by the East Coast Ferry from St. Andrews, New Brunswick, and Canada via Campobello Island.

By Bus

Connect to the Bold Coast from Bar Harbor on the Island Explorer. From the Concord Coach Lines bus station in Bangor, or from the Bangor Airport, connect with the Bold Coast via West’s Coastal Connection.

By Bicycle

Roll into the region via the East Coast Greenway, US Bike Route 1, or through Calais via St. Stephen, New Brunswick, Canada.

Bring your bike on the Winter Harbor Ferry from Bar Harbor, or the Island Explorer (free fare and bike racks bus make transporting your bike easy!)

West’s Coastal Connection charges $7 and allows bikes only if space is available, so be sure to call and reserve in advance!