The crossing is approximately 3.5 hours.
The CAT operations are not affected by wildfires in Nova Scotia. Please contact us if you need to change your reservation.
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The crossing is approximately 3.5 hours.
The CAT ferry departs from Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, at 9:30AM Atlantic and from Bar Harbor, Maine, at 3:00PM Eastern.
All travellers whether personal vehicle or walk-on, are strongly encouraged to make a reservation. A reservation will guarantee your spot, ensure a quicker check-in, and allow us to plan the loading of vehicles. Book your spot online or call 1-877-762-7245 to make a reservation.
A complete list of current offers and promotions can be viewed on our Special Offers page. Special rates are available for groups of 10 or more traveling on foot or bicycle. Please contact our Yarmouth Ferry Terminal at [email protected] for group rates.
If using a rental vehicle, please enter “RENTAL” in the license plate field when booking online.
When making your reservation, be sure to select Electric Vehicle when selecting the vehicle type. Please note that electric vehicle charging is not available on The CAT at this time.
All travelers are required to show a valid passport to enter both Canada and the United States. For more information on identification requirements, please check for Canadian requirements, http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/visit/visas.asp, and U.S. Customs and Border Protection at https://www.cbp.gov/.
Effective May 12, 2023, the United States will no longer require non-U.S. travellers entering the country to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and provide related proof of vaccination.
When traveling by land or sea, U.S., or Canadian children under age 16 and infants are required to provide proof of citizenship. They may present one of the following documents:
If both birth parents are not present, you must provide a signed (preferably notarized) statement from the parent(s) authorizing the child to travel out of the country or proof of custody.
Children from countries other than the U.S. or Canada will require a passport and possibly a Visa. Failure to provide such evidence may deem you inadmissible to Canada.
Your dog must be healthy and have a valid rabies vaccine certificate to enter the United States. Puppies younger than 4 months old cannot enter the United States. Cats are permitted to enter the United States at any age without certificates but must be free of any evidence of disease communicable to humans when examined by an inspector at the port of entry. For more information, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website for information on animal importation, www.cdc.gov/importation. Service dogs must also meet the requirements.
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If making a reservation online, we encourage registering for a user account. This will provide the ability to amend or cancel your reservation online. Alternatively, our reservations line (1-877-762-7245) or our ferry terminals (in the operating season) can assist you.
Bay Ferries (The CAT; Maine – Nova Scotia service) has identified a series of changes to our operations to effectively provide a safe environment for both passengers and employees to combat the spread of COVID-19. Read More
The Yarmouth ferry terminal is open from 8:00AM – 5:00PM Atlantic from April 1 – May 24 and October 10-30. During the operating season (May 25 to October 9), hours are 7:00AM – 9:00PM Atlantic.
The Bar Harbor ferry terminal is open from 8:00AM – 5:00PM Eastern , closed on Tuesdays until June 26. From June 29 – October 9 hours are 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM.
Bay Ferries, operators of The CAT, will send you an email advisory and options on how to rebook or cancel your reservations.
If you have not provided an email address, our agents will attempt to call you as soon as possible.
Please be sure to give us contact information (both email and mobile phone) that you will have access to while traveling. If you are traveling out of country, please keep cell phone data access in mind.
When in doubt, please call our toll free line or ferry terminals – they will be able to advise you of service interruptions and help you rebook/cancel.
All passengers, including walk-on, must check-in at least 1 hour prior to the schedule departure time. For Yarmouth departures, check-in is same day only. For Bar Harbor departures, customers may also check-in the evening prior to travel between 3:00PM and 5:00PM local time or on the morning of travel between 8:00AM and 11:00AM and receive an express pass for boarding. Express pass holders should not arrive for loading prior to 1:30PM.
CAT ferry boarding cards are printed at check-in. All passengers on a reservation must check-in together and present their passport for ID verification. If traveling in a vehicle, you must also verify your vehicle license plate number.
At check-in in Bar Harbor, passengers will be issued a Customs declaration form to complete before arrival in Nova Scotia. Upon arrival to port, all passengers will present their passport and declaration form to Customs for entry into the country. No declaration form is currently required for entry to Bar Harbor, Maine.
Passengers traveling via vehicle or bicycle will drive to a Customs checkpoint where they will present documents for entry.
Passengers traveling without a vehicle will present themselves to Customs with all their bags in hand.
Only Customs can determine if you are permitted to enter the country. Bay Ferries Limited cannot be held responsible in any way for individuals who are inadmissible or who do not hold the necessary documentation to enter Canada or the United States.
Persons with a felony may be denied entrance into Canada. If you have been convicted of a crime in the United States it may be considered a felony in Canada. A Driving Under the Influence conviction (DUI) is considered a felony in Canada. Visit the Citizenship and Immigration Canada website for more information.
All passengers are required to clear Customs before they have access to public areas. Family and friends can meet you in the terminal lobby.
Parking is not available at the Yarmouth ferry terminal; however, there is parking available nearby. To arrange parking in Yarmouth, please call 902-740-3791. Please plan and leave ample time to get to the ferry terminal from the parking facility. An onsite parking lot is available for use at the Bar Harbor ferry terminal for a fee of $12/night. Payment for parking in Bar Harbor is collected at the ferry terminal.
We offer a crew operated lift from the car deck to the passenger deck. All amenities are located on the passenger deck. For more information, visit our Guests with Disabilities page.
In Bar Harbor, RVs will back on/back off the vessel. It is a very straightforward process with plenty of space to maneuver and you will be directed by an experienced crew member. Alternatively, drivers may sign a waiver to allow a vessel crew member to back their vehicle on board. In Yarmouth, RVs and oversize vehicles will drive on/drive off the vessel.
No – safety regulations require passengers to exit their vehicles.
For safety reasons, there is no access to the vehicle deck during the voyage.
Seating is available on a first come, first served basis, and cannot be reserved (apart from motorcoach groups who have made prior arrangements). Throughout the passenger deck, there are a variety of seats, including airplane style seating, oversize leather seating, booth seating, and café style seating.
There are three access points to the outside: two side decks, which can be found at the top of two stairwells and lead to/from the vehicle deck, and a large deck at the stern (back) of the ship. For safety reasons, the captain will close the stern (back deck) while getting underway or if sea conditions do not permit.
To support the health and wellness of our passengers and employees, Bay Ferries Limited provides a smoke-free environment on board The CAT. No smoking of any kind is permitted including vapour products, e-cigarettes, and cannabis.
The Scotia Market Gift Shop features authentic Nova Scotian products.
Duty-free shopping for alcohol and other usual duty-free products is not offered on board or in either port/port town.
We are pleased to offer complimentary Wi-Fi access. To ensure a pleasant travel experience for all passengers, data size is limited to 1 Mbps per passenger. Due to limited bandwidth, certain webpages are slower than others, particularly sites displaying video and images.
We feature a new release movie on every crossing and live entertainment on specific dates throughout the season. Please visit our Seaside Experiences page closer to our season start for the full entertainment lineup.
The Forchu Lounge serves a selection of wines, beers, as well as cocktails and spirits (some locally made in Nova Scotia). Passengers must be 21 years of age to obtain alcoholic beverages on The CAT and are responsible for strict compliance with driving/alcohol laws in the U.S. and Canada.
The CAT has three food service locations for your dining pleasure.
Forchu Lounge – Enjoy a selection of local wine and craft beer from Nova Scotia. Pair it with a cheeseboard, bacon wrapped scallops, or your choice of specialty snack.
Scotia Market – Offers freshly made breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily. Options for those with dietary restrictions are also available.
[email protected] Café – Serving over 20 loose teas, espresso-based beverages, smoothies, and homemade gelato.
The unsupervised children’s play area offers a selection of children’s movies, toys, and books.
Dogs and cats are permitted to travel on The CAT and can remain comfortably in their owner’s vehicle or in an onboard kennel located on the vehicle deck. For safety reasons, pet owners are not permitted to visit pets during the voyage, therefore we ask that you ensure your furry friend has adequate food, water, and fresh air. Crew members monitor the vehicle deck during the voyage and will be sure to make pet owners aware of a distressed pet. Guests traveling with pets should call to notify us so we can note it on their reservation. Appropriate veterinarian-issued certificates are required and must be shown at check-in.
Production companies may be permitted access to The CAT and terminals as a venue for filming or photo shoot efforts. Film/photo shoots must be coordinated in advance with Bay Ferries to minimize the impact on operations.
For more information, please contact:
There are three partnerships that work together seamlessly to provide an enjoyable onboard passenger experience. If you are a safety-focused team player with strong customer service skills and a desire to serve ferry customers, please consider working for one of our partners:
Concession & Gift Shop Retail Services: [email protected] Café, an affiliate of Sip Café, based on Main Street in downtown Yarmouth, offers freshly made food, snacks, specialty coffees and souvenirs on board The CAT.
Tourism Services: Yarmouth & Acadian Shores offers tourism information at our onboard Visitor Information Center.
How do I apply for a job in Bar Harbor with shore-side services? Please contact our U.S. contractor, Atlantic Fleet Services at [email protected] for ticket clerk and traffic direction positions.
Vessel and Cabin crew: Seaward Services Inc., is a proud member of the HMS Global Maritime family of companies and is contracted by Bay Ferries Limited to provide vessel and cabin crew on board The CAT. Employment opportunities on the Alakai can be found here.