Park Entrance Station on the Park Loop Road

Entrance Fees

This shows the Park Entrance Station located on the Park Loop Road just north of Sand Beach on the eastern side of Mount Desert Island. You may simply pay the entrance fee here or choose to pay at several other locations before driving into the park. There are a variety of ticket choices including individual, per vehicle, senior, weekly, yearly, and commercial.

Sand Beach Entrance Station (Info & Fees) GPS: Latitude 44.338797; Longitude -68.183168

Passes Required May 1 - Oct. 31


7-Day Pass

The following are for entrance into Acadia National Park for 7 days, including date of purchase.

  • Private Vehicle: $20
    Admits private, non-commericial vehicle (15 passenger capacity or less) and all vehicle's occupants.
  • Motorcycle: $5
    Admits one individual on a private non-commercial motorcycle.
  • Individual: $5
    Admits one individual (pedestrian, motorcycle, bicycle, etc.).

One Year Pass

Good for one non-commercial vehicle (driver and occupants) for one year from the date of purchase.

  • Acadia Annual Pass: $40

Senior Pass

This is a lifetime pass for U.S. citizens or permanent residents age 62 or over. It provides lifetime access to, and use of, federal recreation sites that charge an entrance or standard amenity fee. The pass is non-transferable and generally does not cover or reduce special recreation permit fees or fees charged by concessionaires.

  • Lifetime Senior Pass: $10

Military Pass

This is a free pass for active duty military personnel and their dependents, with valid documentation (CAC Card or DD Form 1173).

  • Access Pass: $0.00

Disabilities Pass

This is a lifetime pass for U.S. citizens or permanent residents who have a permanent disability (documentation required). It provides lifetime access to, and use of, federal recreation sites that charge an entrance or standard amenity fee. The pass is non-transferable and generally does not cover or reduce the cost of any special recreation permit fees or fees charged by concessionaires.

  • Access Pass: Free

Where to Purchase?

All passes, including those for commercial tour vehicles, can be purchased at the following locations:

  • Hulls Cove Visitor Center
  • Park Headquarters on Route 233
  • Village Green Park in Bar Harbor
  • Blackwoods Campground
  • Seawall Campground
  • Thompson Island Information Center
  • Park Loop Road Entrance Station

In addition, tickets may also be purchased here:

  • Ann's Point Inn
  • Appalachian Mountain Club, Echo Lake
  • Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce
  • Bluenose Inn
  • Cadillac Mountain Gift Shop
  • Jordan Pond Gift Shop
  • Southwest Harbor & Tremont Chamber

If you have needs not covered here, contact the National Park Service at: (207) 288-3338.

Information on this page is from the Acadia National Park Service web site 6/12/2014.

Commercial Tour Fees

Commercial tour fees are dependant upon vehicle capacity, not the actual number of passengers. Permits (issued through commercial use authorizations) are required for all commercial tours, regardless of size. For up-to-date information, download this brochure: Commercial Tours Information

  • Commercial Sedan: $25 + $5/person
    Good for one entrance for commercial tour sedan with a passenger capacity of 1-6. (not to exceed $50)
  • Commercial Van: $50
    Good for one entrance for a commercial tour van with a passenger capacity of 7-15.
  • Commercial Mini-Bus: $60
    Good for one entrance for a commercial tour mini-bus with a passenger capacity of 16-25.
  • Commercial Tour Bus: $150
    Good for one entrance for a commercial tour bus with a passenger capacity of 26 or more.

Fees do not apply to situations involving educational groups for whom a waiver of entrance fees has been approved. Waiver must be shown at the entrance station upon arrival.

Fees are payable upon arrival in cash, by US check or money order, or by Visa or Mastercard. Make check or money order out for the exact amount of the fee payable to the National Park Service.

Bus drivers are asked to turn their engines off at all stops. The noise and pollution are distracting, irritating, and lessen the visitor's enjoyment of the area. The park's and your patrons and visitors will appreciate your compliance.

If you have further questions concerning commercial tour fees, please call: (207) 288-3338.

Additional Information

Greg A. Hartford, photographer, author, publisherIf your accommodations are in Bar Harbor or elsewhere on the North side of Mount Desert Island, there are several options for where you can purchase your park entrance pass. As a matter of fact, even before you pass onto Mount Desert Island, there is a little information center on the right side of the road on Thompson Island. In the case where you want to enter the park upon arriving, I suggest either accessing the Park Loop Road at the Hulls Cove Visitor Center or take Route 3 straight through Bar Harbor, past Jackson Lab, then take a right at the entry point near where Route 3 crosses over the Park Loop Road. (View Acadia MDI Map.) Tip: Very early in the morning, before anyone is at the Entrance Station, the gates are still open. Policy is that you must have a pass when in the park, and that it should be displayed. However, the doors are wide open. It is a matter of trust.