Should you visit Bar Harbor or North Conway?
Trying to figure out where to travel next? This travel cost comparison between Bar Harbor and North Conway can help. For many travelers, the cost of a destination is a primary consideration when choosing where to go.
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.
North Conway is a small town in New Hampshire in the Mount Washington Valley (MWV). The entire valley is a popular vacation area year-round due to the multiple ski resorts and summer activities including amusement parks, hiking, outdoor activities, and more.
Which city is cheaper, North Conway or Bar Harbor?
These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.
The average daily cost (per person) in Bar Harbor is $128, while the average daily cost in North Conway is $179. 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 Bar Harbor and North Conway in more detail.
The average price for accommodation for two people in Bar Harbor is $164. This is for two people sharing a typical double occupancy hotel room.
An average hotel room with basic furnishings costs about $200 in North Conway For the most convenient locations and nicer amenities you can expect to pay a bit more.
Food in Bar Harbor costs travelers about $23 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.
North Conway food costs typically run travelers around $51 per day. Eating every meal in a nicer restaurant will drive the cost up, and grabbing fast food or casual meals will help you save money.
Meals for one day
Bar Harbor $23
North Conway $51
Typical Food prices in Bar Harbor
Some typical examples of dining costs in Bar Harbor are as follows:
West Street Cafe (for 4)
The cost of a taxi ride in Bar Harbor is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $38 per person, per day, on local transportation in Bar Harbor.
Public transportation tends to be much less expensive in North Conway than paying for a taxi or private car service, as is expected. Typically, people spend $42 on transportation in North Conway on average per day.
Entertainment and activities in Bar Harbor typically cost an average of $14 per person, per day. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.
Sightseeing expenses in North Conway, including the cost of admission tickets for day tours, museums, and attractions, usually cost an average of $30 per day, per person.
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:
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:
Alcoholic beverages can often be a significant portion of a traveler's budget, and the costs can vary greatly from person to person. In North Conway, the average amount that a visitor spends on alcoholic beverages per day is $27.
When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Bar Harbor and North Conway, we can see that North Conway is more expensive. And not only is Bar Harbor much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Bar Harbor would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Bar Harbor 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 North Conway would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in North Conway than you might in Bar Harbor.
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