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Downeast Transportation now offers midday public bus service between Bar Harbor and Bangor five days a week, Monday through Friday. In the past, this service was limited to just two days a week.

The Bangor bus departs the Bar Harbor Village Green Monday through Friday at 8:00 a.m. and arrives Bangor International Airport at 9:55, Concord Coach at 10:00, and the Bangor Mall at 10:10 a.m. Buses will continue, on request, to Eastern Maine Medical Center and downtown Pickering Square. Return buses depart Pickering Square at 1:30 p.m., EMMC at 1:35, the Bangor Mall at 1:40, Concord Coach at 1:50, and Bangor International Airport at 1:55 p.m. The fare for a same-day round-trip ride between Bar Harbor and Bangor is $9. The one-way fare is $9.

The Hancock County transit system also recently increased the capacity of Monday-through-Friday commuter service from Bangor and Brewer to the Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor. One bus departs Bangor Odlin Road at 5:30 a.m., while a second bus departs the Brewer ice rink at 5:30 a.m.. Downeast offers a Bangor and Brewer to Bar Harbor subsciption commuter fare of $20 per week.

Financial support for expanded bus service between Bar Harbor and Bangor is provided by the Federal Transit Administration, the Maine Department of Transportation, and Jackson Laboratory.


Improved commuter service between Ellsworth and Bar Harbor eliminates more than one million vehicle miles a year from local roadways. It means cash savings for area workers, new job opportunities for people without cars, less congestion, and a reduction in greenhouse gases linked to global climate change.

     Downeast Transportation provides popular year-round shopping trips to Ellsworth and Bangor, and in-town shuttle service for Bucksport, Ellsworth, and Bar Harbor. Downeast Transportation also operates the Island Explorer serving Acadia National Park and neighborhing towns from June 23 through Columbus Day.

picture of DTI bus in front of Ellsworth City Hall

"I get to work safely and on-time, and I save gas and miles on my car."
-Jackson Lab commuter from Surry

"My driver is dependable and safe, and is better in the snow than I am. The commute allows me to rest to and from work."
-Jackson Lab commuter from Franklin

"I like it a lot because it allows me to get out and about on my own."
-Bucksport resident on the Bucksport Shuttle

"I might not go if I had to drive myself. Drivers are wonderful. The bus is clean and comfortable."
Passenger from Bar Harbor on the midday bus to Bangor

"I like the friends, the ride, the drivers, getting out, the route, the passing countryside."
-Passenger from Sedgwick on the Stonington bus

Downeast Transportation, Inc.
PO Box 914
Ellsworth, ME 04605
(207) 667-5796

All services operated by Downeast Transportation, Inc. are open to the general public.

info at downeast transport dot org