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. 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. You may also purchase non-commercial passes online here:

Park Passes Park Headquarters

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: $25
    Admits private, non-commericial vehicle (15 passenger capacity or less) and all vehicle's occupants.
  • Motorcycle: $20
    Admits one individual on a private non-commercial motorcycle.
  • Individual: $12
    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: $50

Senior Pass (Note Price Change!)

This pass is for U.S. citizens or permanent residents age 62 or over. It provides 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.

  • Senior Pass: $10 (only available through August 27, 2017)
  • Lifetime Senior Pass (New): $80 (begin selling on August 28, 2017)
  • Annual Senior Pass (New): $20 (begin selling on August 28, 2017)

Non-Commercial Organized Group

For organized groups such as scouts, rotary clubs, youth groups, churches, reunions, etc. that do not qualify for an Educational Fee Waiver are charged as follows.

  • $15 per vehicle: Non-commercial vehicles with 15 or less capacity
  • $12 per person: Non-commercial vehicles with 16 or greater capacity • Youth 15 and under are admitted free of charge

Please refer to Educational Fee Waivers for more information.

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?

You may purchase non-commercial passes online.

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

  • Hulls Cove Visitor Center
  • Sand Beach Entrance Station (Park Loop)
  • Village Green Park in Bar Harbor
  • Blackwoods Campground
  • Seawall Campground
  • Schoodic Woods Campground
  • Thompson Island Information Center
  • Park Loop Road Entrance Station

In addition, tickets may also be purchased here:

  • Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce
  • Cadillac Mountain Gift Shop
  • Jordan Pond Gift Shop
  • LL Bean in Freeport, ME
  • Mount Desert Town Office, Northeast Harbor
  • Schoodic Institute, Rockefeller Hall (Welcome Center)
  • Southwest Harbor & Tremont Chamber

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

Additional contact information can be found on the Park Headquarters Information page.

Info from Acadia National Park Service web site as of August 11, 2017.

Commercial Tours

Note: A commercial tour is now defined as consisting of one or more persons traveling on an itinerary that has been packaged, priced, or sold for leisure or recreational purposes by an organization that realizes financial gain through the provisions of the service. A commercial use authorization is required for all tours entering the park.

For some, the requirements and procedures about what is broadly defined as Commercial Tours has become more complicated and relatively constrictive, especially for small operators and creative endeavors. Consequently, further details and pricing information is no longer included here.

For up-to-date information, including details about procedures, required forms and pricing, view Doing Business Within the Park.

Nevertheless, 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 and requirements, please call: (207) 288-3338.

Additional contact information can be found on the Park Headquarters Information page.

Additional Information

Greg A. Hartford, photographer, author, publisherIf at all possible, purchase your tickets Online before arriving. This will save much time and possible confusion or miscalculation. The National Park Service has recently begun more stringent enforcement measures against anyone not having their passes shown in vehicle's windows. If your accommodations are in Bar Harbor or elsewhere on the North side of Mount Desert Island, there are several options 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. If you are issued a ticket for invalid entry, you may have 24 hours to purchase a valid entrance pass. Inquire with the National Park Service.