ROCKLAND — The Maine Department of Transportation is announcing today that Maine State Ferry Service customers are now able to buy ferry tickets online. This new online ticketing system went live earlier this week and can be accessed by visiting maine.gov/ferrytix.
Customers who choose to purchase ferry tickets online can either print their tickets to present in person or display their tickets on their devices during the boarding process. Customers will still have the option to buy tickets at ferry terminals. Ticket prices are not changing.
"We are pleased that the successful launch of this new ticketing system will help improve travel for Maine State Ferry Service customers," said Bruce Van Note, Commissioner of the Maine Department of Transportation, in a news release. "Thousands of Mainers rely on the vital connections provided by the Maine State Ferry Service. Many more people from both within and beyond our state's borders use this service to enjoy Maine's beautiful island communities. This modernization will improve transportation for our residents and visitors."
A part of the Maine Department of Transportation, the Maine State Ferry Service operates six ferries that provide passenger and vehicle ferry service to the islands of Vinalhaven, North Haven, Matinicus, Swans Island, Frenchboro, and Islesboro. In 2021, the Maine State Ferry Service served 447,237 passengers. Ferry ridership has recovered well in the past several years: today's ridership is approximately the same as it was before the COVID-19 pandemic.