A Travel Price Comparison for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons Bar Harbor vs. Pocono Mountains

Should you visit Bar Harbor or Pocono Mountains?

Trying to figure out where to travel next? This travel cost comparison between Bar Harbor and Pocono Mountains can help. For many travelers, the cost of a destination is a primary consideration when choosing where to go.

Bar Harbor

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.

Pocono Mountains

The Poconos are a region of mountains, small towns, and natural areas in Eastern Pennsylvania. Located just a few hours from both New York City and Philadelphia, this region of 4 counties (Wayne, Pike, Monroe, & Carbon) consists of plenty of mountain scenery, gorgeous lakes, historic small towns, ski resorts, state parks, water parks, and more.

Which city is cheaper, Pocono Mountains 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 Pocono Mountains is $139. 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 Pocono Mountains in more detail.




Accommodation

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.

The average price for accommodation for two people in Pocono Mountains is $142. This is for two people sharing a typical double occupancy hotel room.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Bar Harbor $82
    Pocono Mountains $71
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Bar Harbor $164
    Pocono Mountains $142


Food

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.

Pocono Mountains food costs typically run travelers around $42 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.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Bar Harbor $23
    Pocono Mountains $42
Typical Food prices in Bar Harbor

Some typical examples of dining costs in Bar Harbor are as follows:


  • West Street Cafe (for 4)
    $70


Local Transportation

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.

The average price of local transportation around Pocono Mountains is $39 per person, per day. As this average includes both taxis and public transport, keep in mind that the prices of private drivers and taxis are significantly more expensive than public transportation.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Bar Harbor $38
    Pocono Mountains $39


Entertainment

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.

Pocono Mountains's costs for entertainment, tickets, attractions, and tours will often cost around $24 per person, per day. This cost can vary widely by the type of activity, however, as this includes admission tickets, day tours, museums, and other things to do.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Bar Harbor $14
    Pocono Mountains $24
Typical Entertainment prices in Bar Harbor

Some typical examples of activities, tours, and entrance ticket prices in Bar Harbor are as follows:


  • Acadia National Park Entrance Fee
    $25
  • Sunset Cruise (for 4)
    $96

Tours and Activities in Bar Harbor

Some specific costs of activities, tours, and entrance tickets for Bar Harbor are as follows:

  • Acadia National Park Self-Driving Audio Tour: $2.50
  • Historical Guided Walking Tour: $35
  • Premium Narrated Bus Tour of Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park (3.5 Hours): $65
  • 2-Hour Tall Ship Cruise from Bar Harbor: $76
  • Bar Harbor, Maine: Culinary Walking Tour with Tastings: $85
  • Savor Bar Harbor Culinary Walking Tour: $109
  • 3 Hour: ACADIA NATIONAL PARK TOUR Cadillac Mountain, Sand Beach & Thunder Hole: $590


Alcohol

The average person spends about $11 on alcoholic beverages in Pocono Mountains per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Bar Harbor -
    Pocono Mountains $11



When comparing the travel costs between Bar Harbor and Pocono Mountains, we can see that Pocono Mountains is more expensive. However, the two cities are actually relatively comparable in price, as the difference is somewhat minimal. Generally, this means that you could travel with generally the same travel style and level of luxury in each place. Since both cities are in North America, it's no surprise that their costs are relatively close, as many destinations here have somewhat similar travel prices overall.

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