Travel Tips: Getting to Balfast, Maine

Wanderbird in Belfast harborBelfast is located just off U.S. Route 1, across the Bridge from Searsport. This is where we greet our guests, spend our first night aboard, and then set sail on our Maine Cruises.

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At Home in Our Port of Belfast:

Your Arrival:

You should plan on arriving in Belfast between 6 and 9 PM on the evening before your cruise departure date. You may check in at our Ship's Office anytime prior to boarding. You may stay aboard the WANDERBIRD, as our guest the night before your cruise departs, but plan on finding dinner in town at a local pub, seafood restaurant or tapas bar. (We have a good list of recommendations below). The first meal we serve aboard will be breakfast on the morning of departure. We will serve cold drinks, tea & coffee that evening and you may want to explore our colourful and friendly new home port, and pick up a few last minute items.

The Docks:

Just follow Main Street downhill to the water and you will see us at the town docks! Expedition Vessel Wanderbird. Free Parking is available nearby.

Our Office & Northern Lights Gallery:

Located at 33 Main Street, the office is a very short uphill walk from the docks. Check out our collection of Inuit art, First Nations art, fine northern handicrafts & sculpture, scrimshaw, Labradorite & pewter sea-theme jewellery - all found during our travels aboard Wanderbird. We also have our own line of Wanderbird hats, shirts, fleece jackets & vests, aprons & more!

Directions to Belfast:

If you are flying: the Bangor International Airport (approximately 1 hour drive), the Portland Jetport (2 hours drive) or Boston (4-1/2 hours drive). Car rentals are available at all three airports.

From Bangor Internationl Airport/Area:

Start out going NORTH on GODFREY BLVD. approximately 0.2 miles and
continue to go STRAIGHT toward EXIT TO CITY for 0.1 miles.
Stay STRAIGHT to go onto GODFREY BLVD. approximately 0.2 miles and
turn RIGHT onto MAINE AVE. for 1.5 miles.
MAINE AVE becomes US-2 / ME-100 / ODLIN RD: Follow this 0.8 miles.
Turn LEFT onto I-395 E. and continue 0.7 miles and then merge onto US-202 W via EXIT 2 toward HAMPDEN - continue 4.1 miles.
US-202 W becomes WESTERN AVE / ME-9, follow this 0.4 miles.
Turn RIGHT onto US-1A / MAIN RD N. Continue to follow US-1A South for 19.2 miles. Turn SLIGHT RIGHT onto US-1 W / ME-3 W. for 9.9 miles and
stay STRAIGHT to go onto MAIN ST. for 0.6 miles.
Turn SLIGHT LEFT to stay on MAIN ST. and continue for 0.2 miles to end of Main St., Belfast, ME 04915, US

Total Est. Time: 1 hour, 2 minutes
Total Est. Distance: 36.73 miles

From the Portland International Jetport/Area:

Start out going EAST on JETPORT ACCESS RD. for 0.1 miles.
Turn SLIGHT LEFT to stay on JETPORT ACCESS RD. and continue for 0.1 miles,
then turn LEFT to stay on JETPORT ACCESS RD. for another 0.2 miles
and finally Turn SLIGHT RIGHT to stay on JETPORT ACCESS RD. for another 0.1 miles. Turn RIGHT onto INTERNATIONAL PKWY. and go 0.3 miles.
Turn RIGHT onto CONGRESS ST / ME-9 / ME-22. and travel 0.1 miles
Stay STRAIGHT to go onto CONGRESS ST / ME-9 / ME-22 and
Continue to follow CONGRESS ST. 1.7 miles.
Merge onto I-295 N toward FALMOUTH for 23.9 miles.
Take the US-1 exit- EXIT 28- toward COASTAL ROUTE / BRUNSWICK / BATH for 1.2 miles.
Stay STRAIGHT to go onto US-1 N / BLUE STAR MEMORIAL HWY.
Continue to follow US-1 N. for 43.9 miles. Turn LEFT onto CAMDEN RD / ME-90. Continue to follow ME-90 for 10.7 miles. Turn LEFT onto US-1 / COMMERCIAL ST. Continue to follow US-1 for 1.9 miles. This road ends at US-1.
Take a left and drive NORTHEAST on ELM ST / US-1 toward MECHANIC ST.
Continue to follow US-1 for 16.6 miles. For the Belfast exit, turn SLIGHT RIGHT onto NORTHPORT AVE. and go 0.9 miles.
NORTHPORT AVE becomes HIGH ST., continue on for 0.5 miles.
Turn LEFT onto MAIN ST and go approximately 0.2 miles to end of Main St., Belfast, ME 04915, US

Total Est. Time: 2 hour, 27 minutes
Total Est. Distance: 102.75 miles

From the Downtown Bar Harbor Area:

Start out going NORTH on MAIN ST / ME-3 toward ME-3 / MT DESERT ST. for 0.1 miles.
Turn LEFT onto ME-3 / MT DESERT ST. and go 0.4 miles
then turn RIGHT onto EDEN ST / ME-3. for 0.2 miles.
Stay STRAIGHT to go onto EDEN ST / ME-3.
Continue to follow ME-3 N. for 19.3 miles. Turn LEFT onto MAIN ST / US-1 / ME-3. Continue to follow US-1 W / ME-3 for 37.0 miles.
Take the ramp toward ME-137 / DOWNTOWN BELFAST AND WATERFRONT for 0.1 miles and
keep RIGHT at the fork to go on HIGH ST. for 0.7 miles.
Turn RIGHT onto MAIN ST and go approximately 0.2 miles to end of Main St., Belfast, ME 04915, US

Total Est. Time: 1 hour, 37 minutes
Total Est. Distance: 58.04 miles

 

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