Service Updates

The Island Explorer features bus routes linking hotels, inns, and campgrounds with destinations in Acadia National Park and neighboring village centers. Clean propane-powered vehicles offer Mount Desert Island visitors and residents free transportation to hiking trails, carriage roads, island beaches, and in-town shops and restaurants.

Employment Opportunity

The Island Explorer cordially invites bus drivers with commercial licenses (CDLs) to apply for the 2023 season. Flexible shifts, a team-oriented environment, and a wage scale well above most in the region ($23 per hour plus shift differentials for nights and weekends) make this a fantastic choice for your summer / fall job. We offer full and part-time seasonal work.

Click here for more information and to obtain an employment application.

2023 Service Calendar

Island Explorer buses will operate on Mount Desert Island from June 23, 2023 through October 9, 2023. Fall schedules will go into effect on August 23.

The Schoodic bus begins on May 24.

Bus schedules on this web site are for summer service only. Timetables for the fall will be added in early August.

Maps and timetables on this site were updated for 2023 on May18, 2023.

Small map of Island Explorer bus routes
Village Green photo

"A wonderful service. Best way to get around. Fun to ride. Happy drivers."
-Island Explorer passenger from Texas

"Using the bus really helped us to see and visit a lot more of the island. "
-Acadia National Park visitor from England

"This makes the week a real vacation."
-Island Explorer passenger from Massachusetts

"Free is the way to be. I like your bus service."
-Island Explorer passenger from Franklin, Maine