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In 2019, Portland, Maine was replaced by Bar Harbor as the US port for the international ferry service toYarmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada. The voyage takes as little as 5-1/2 hours each way.



The Cat, a fast ocean-going catamaran car-and-passenger ferry, used to speed between Portland ME and Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada, but in June 2019 this service relocated to Bar Harbor, whence it can still take you on a Two-Nation Vacation. More...

Don't Forget Your Passport!

Remember to bring your passport, Global Entry card or other acceptable border-crossing identification document. (Note: a normal driver's license or birth certificate is not sufficient for border crossings! More...)

Aboard The Cat

The vessel, The Cat, is a fast, comfortable catamaran car-and-passenger ferry boasting cafés, a cafeteria, movie area, children's play area, and gift shop.

The Cat fast ferry, Portland ME - Yarmouth NS
The Cat under way between Bar Harbor ME & Yarmouth NS...

Spend the Night in Nova Scotia

The Cat departs Yarmouth in the morning and Bar Harbor in the afternoon. This means that if you go from Bar Harbor to Yarmouth, you will stay at least one night in Nova Scotia. The next ferry from Yarmouth to Bar Harbor departs the next morning.

Use this handy Hotel Search Box to compare prices and facilities among lodgings in Yarmouth for the night:

To explore Nova Scotia on your Two-Nation Vacation, you may find it less expensive to rent a car in Yarmouth than to ferry your own car between countries.

Driving to New Brunswick

Don't want to ship your car, or at least not both ways? Pack your passport (or other acceptable ID) and drive from Lubec ME to Roosevelt Campobello International Park; or drive via Calais ME into New Brunswick, Canada, and enjoy the charming, delightfully uncrowded summer seaside resort town of St Andrews-by-the-Sea. More...

Saint John NB to Digby NS

You can also benefit from ferry service to Nova Scotia by driving via Downeast Maine to Saint John, New Brunswick, and taking the car ferry across the Bay of Fundy to Digby, Nova Scotia. More...

Fundy Rose ferry, Portland ME to Yarmouth NS
Fundy Rose ferry between Saint John NB & Digby NS...

—by Tom Brosnahan

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The CAT ferry, Bar Harbor ME

The CAT, the luxury catamaran ferryboat that zooms between Bar Harbor ME and Yarmouth NS Canada.

Lounge on The Cat catamaran car ferry, Portland ME to Yarmouth, Nova Scotia

Comfortable lounge on board The Cat...

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