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Please be aware that pass sales have been temporarily suspended due to impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic. Please continue to monitor this page for status updates. We appreciate your patience and understanding.

All Acadia National Park visitors are required to have and display their pass or purchase an entrance pass from May through October. Purchase a park pass at one of these contact stations before visiting any parking area or trailhead or buy and print your pass online before entering the park. All vehicles must display a park pass at all times. Passes are non-transferable.

Plan ahead by seeing which contact station is closest to the area you will be visiting first and decide which purchase option is best for you. Review all available passes below.

Non-commercial and commerical organized groups have different rules and should follow the guidelines below.


Entrance Fees

To enter Acadia National Park, you must purchase and display a weekly, annual, or lifetime pass. Purchase then print your pass online.or stop by one of our many fee stations.

Private Vehicle: $30

Valid for seven days

Admits private, non-commercial vehicle (15 passenger capacity or less) and all occupants.
If the vehicle pass is purchased, no other pass is necessary.

Motorcycle: $25

Valid for seven days
Admits one or two passengers on a private, non-commercial motorcycle.

Per Person: $15

Valid for seven days
Admits one individual with no car (bicyclist, hiker, pedestrian). Youth 15 and under are admitted free of charge.

Acadia Annual Pass: $55

Valid for 12 months from purchase date. This pass provides access to Acadia National Park only. This pass admits the pass holder and passengers in a non-commercial vehicle.

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Buy Your Digital Pass on Recreation.gov

Whether you’re planning a single visit or coming back to Acadia National Park multiple times a year, enjoy the convenience of purchasing then printing your pass before you arrive. This allows you to head directly to a trailhead or parking lot without having to stop at one of our fee stations first.

Learn more about your pass options, find the right pass for you, and buy then print your pass online.

The National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass Series

These passes are good for entrance to all federal recreation lands, including Acadia National Park.

Interagency Annual Pass: $80

Valid for 12 months from purchase date.

Annual Senior Pass: $20

This is an annual pass for U.S. citizens or permanent residents age 62 or older.

Lifetime Senior Pass: $80

This is a lifetime pass for U.S. citizens or permanent residents age 62 or over.

Interagency Annual - Military Pass: $0

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

Access Pass: $0

Valid for life. This is a lifetime pass for U.S. citizens or permanent residents with permanent disabilities.

Interagency Annual Volunteer Pass: $0

This pass is for volunteers acquiring 250 service hours on a cumulative basis.
Learn about volunteer opportunities at Acadia.

Every Kid Outdoors 4th Grade Pass: $0

This is a free pass for U.S. 4th grade students. Please visit www.everykidoutdoors.gov for instructions
on how to obtain the voucher required to exchange for the pass. This pass is valid for 12 months beginning
September of the year the student begins 4th grade and valid until the following August.


Where Can I Buy A Pass?

Purchase your park pass at the following park contact stations or buy your pass in advance online. Remember, if you purchase your pass online, print it before you arrive and display it on your dashboard.

  • Hulls Cove Visitor Center

  • Sand Beach Entrance Station

  • Bar Harbor Village Green
  • Thompson Island Information Center
  • Blackwoods Campground

  • Schoodic Woods Campground

  • Seawall Campground

You can also purchase certain types of passes at third-party sellers. These locations are not operated by the National Park Service so please call ahead for more informatin.

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

Non-Commercial Organized Group Fees

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.

  • $30 per vehicle: Non-commercial vehicles with 15 or less capacity.
  • $15 per person: Non-commercial vehicles with 16 or greater capacity. Youth 15 and under are admitted free of charge.

Commercial Organized Group Fees

Are you operating a business that provides leisure or recreational services while in the park? If so, it is considered a commercial group and you are required to have a Commercial Use Authorization.

A commercial group is 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. Learn more about what is required by visiting our Do Business With Us page.


Fee Free Days in 2020

Combine great scenery and history with great savings and visit a national park for free on one of these five fee free days in 2020:

  • Monday, January 20 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • Saturday, April 18 First day of National Park Week
  • Tuesday, August 25 National Park Service Anniversary
  • Saturday, September 26 National Public Lands Day
  • Wednesday, November 11 Veterans Day

How Your Fees Help the Park

The fees you pay when visiting Acadia make a difference. Under the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act, Acadia keeps 80 percent of all fees collected and uses that money to improve visitor services and fund critical deferred maintenance projects in the park such as:

  • Maintain and rehabilitate park carriage roads and hiking trails
  • Maintain and repair campgrounds, buildings, and picnic areas
  • Maintain and repair paved roads and parking areas
  • Improve park accessibility for visitors with disabilities
  • Operate and maintain the Island Explorer bus service
  • Provide lifeguards at Sand Beach and Echo Lake Beach
  • Provide unique interpretive programs
  • Support and maintain museum exhibits
Find out more by visiting our Your Fees at Work page.

Last updated: May 11, 2020

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