Should you visit Acadia National Park or Bar Harbor?
If you're trying to decide where to visit between Acadia National Park or Bar Harbor, this travel cost comparison can help. The overall cost of travel is usually a consideration when deciding where to go next, and the cost comparison below can help you decide based on the average prices from other travelers along with your own travel budget.
Acadia National Park
Located in the U.S. state of Maine, Acadia National Park encompasses much of Mount Desert Island, including smaller islands just off the Atlantic Coast. Once inhabited by the Wabanaki people, the region was a hub for seasonal fishing, hunting, and gathering berries, clams, and other shellfish on the coast. Acadia officially became a National Park in 1919, though it wasn't named Acadia until 1929 in honor of the former French colony.
Bar Harbor is a seafront town located on Mount Desert Island just off the coast of Maine. The Wabanaki Indians who seasonally fished, hunted and gathered berries, clams, and other shellfish in the area, called it the ‘clam-gathering' or ‘clambake' place. Eventually the area was settled by Europeans who established industries in fishing, lumbering, shipbuilding, and agriculture. Its maritime scenery even attracted artists of the Hudson River School like Thomas Cole, and the area soon became a seasonal resort for the affluent, comparable to that of Newport, Rhode Island.
Which city is cheaper, Bar Harbor or Acadia National Park?
These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.
The average daily cost (per person) in Acadia National Park is $138, while the average daily cost in Bar Harbor is $161. These costs include accommodation (assuming double occupancy, so the traveler is sharing the room), food, transportation, and entertainment. While every person is different, these costs are an average of past travelers in each city. Below is a breakdown of travel costs for Acadia National Park and Bar Harbor in more detail.
The prices for places to stay in Acadia National Park can vary by date, location, and type. Generally, the average cost for accommodation per person is $77, while a typical double-occupancy hotel room for two people will cost around $154.
The average price for accommodation for two people in Bar Harbor is $188. This is for two people sharing a typical double occupancy hotel room.
Hotel or hostel for one person
Acadia National Park $77
Bar Harbor $94
Typical double-occupancy room
Acadia National Park
The average traveler spends about $36 per day in Acadia National Park for food, but obviously this is dependent on the type of restaurant and the amount of food ordered. To save money you can grab a lighter lunch or dinner, or you can try fast food or street food.
Food in Bar Harbor costs travelers about $45 per day on average. Restaurants can vary significantly in price, so choose wisely if you're trying to save money. Fast food and street stalls are typically your cheapest options, which sit down restaurants can be significantly more expensive.
Meals for one day
Acadia National Park $36
Bar Harbor $45
Typical Food prices in Acadia National Park
For Acadia National Park, here are some examples of average food and meal prices for travelers:
Typical Food prices in Bar Harbor
Some typical examples of dining costs in Bar Harbor are as follows:
West Street Cafe (for 4)
Acadia National Park's transportation costs can vary by the type of transport chosen by visitors. Naturally, taxis and private drivers cost much more than public transportation options. On average, visitors spend $37 per person, per day on transportation in Acadia National Park.
The cost of a taxi ride in Bar Harbor is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $28 per person, per day, on local transportation in Bar Harbor.
Is it cheaper to fly into Acadia National Park or Bar Harbor?
Prices for flights to both Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park change regularly based on dates and travel demand. We suggest you find the best prices for your next trip on Kayak, because you can compare the cost of flights across multiple airlines for your prefered dates.
Sightseeing, admission tickets, things to do, and other entertainment expenses in Acadia National Park can vary widely by price. On average, visitors spend around $27 per person, per day on entertainment and sightseeing here.
Entertainment and activities in Bar Harbor typically cost an average of $31 per person, per day. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.
Typical Entertainment prices in Bar Harbor
Some typical examples of activities, tours, and entrance ticket prices in Bar Harbor are as follows:
Tours and Activities in Bar Harbor
Some specific costs of activities, tours, and entrance tickets for Bar Harbor are as follows:
2-Hour Tall Ship Cruise from Bar Harbor:
3 Hour: ACADIA NATIONAL PARK TOUR Cadillac Mountain, Sand Beach & Thunder Hole:
Acadia National Park Self-Driving Audio Tour:
Acadia National Park Self-Guided Driving Tour:
Bar Harbor, Maine: Culinary Walking Tour with Tastings:
Historical Guided Walking Tour:
Premium Narrated Bus Tour of Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park (3.5 Hours):
Savor Bar Harbor Culinary Walking Tour:
Typically, people visiting Acadia National Park spend on average $8.67 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.
The average person spends about $24 on alcoholic beverages in Bar Harbor per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.
When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Acadia National Park and Bar Harbor, we can see that Bar Harbor is more expensive. And not only is Acadia National Park much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Acadia National Park would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Acadia National Park and be able to afford a more luxurious travel style by staying in nicer hotels, eating at more expensive restaurants, taking tours, and experiencing more activities. The same level of travel in Bar Harbor would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Bar Harbor than you might in Acadia National Park.
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