Getting onto the island, whichever way you go, is free. Getting off is when you pay. The bridge is less expensive.
The bridge is really nothing. I'm afraid of heights and deep water, and the bridge is nothing to me. The concrete walls along the side are about the height of a car and cut a lot of the wind. With a MH, you can get a good view out the sides, though. 10 minutes later or so, you're done. If you really need to, there are personnel that can drive your vehicle across.
For a nice little place to stay while there, have a look at Lane's Cottages. On rvparkreviews, he got two 10's - one from me and another from an RVer from Texas, I believe.
We were to PEI 2 years ago in September. We crossed over on the ferry and took the bridge. The reason is that for the ferry you pay by the foot, but the bridge is a flat rate. It saved about $30 doing it this way. And we had visited Nova Scotia too, so that is where we got the ferry. If you are just going to see PEI, the bridge route would be shorter both ways.
Also the bridge is all concrete with a very high solid concrete guard rain and you can not see directly down to the water. Guard rail appeared to be about 4 feet high. You actually look quite a distance from the bridge before you see the water. Because of the rail height, I could not tell how high I was above the water at all.
PEI is busy busy busy when "schools out!"
If the weather is great, locals in the Maritimes will book up all sites for every weekend in July and August...be warned!
Using the bridge from NB to PEI.....
As one enters PEI there is an "American Style" rest area just off the bridge, very good for information, etc.
Leaving PEI is when you will pay to use the bridge...(free to come in, pay to get out! LOL)
Take the ferry off the island. It is the same price as the bridge, but much more fun,
Nope!!! The ferry is more expensive. Depending what you are driving, it could be twice as much. If you are over 40' the cost is $107 for the ferry.
The bridge is based on axles. It's $44.25 for the first 2 axles and $7.25 for each add'l axle. So a MH (2 axle) with a toad the total cost is $58.75.
I'll also have to disagree with the statment that PEI is booked up for July and August. I will agree we are busy but we are not booked up. After the first Monday holiday weekend in August (not a PEI holiday), it does quiet down quite a bit. Campgrounds are not much more than 50% full. You won't need to worry about reservations that time of the summer.
I'd cross into the US at Cornwall, NY, then pick up state highway #2 across VT, NH, and most of ME. When you reach Newport, ME, take Interstate #95 to Bangor. At Bangor, take Interstate #395 across the Penobscot River and then follow signs for Highway #9 on to Calais. Cross into NB at Calais/St Stevens. Be forewarned, that RV's on the P.E.I. ferry seem to be last priority for loading. They are only placed in the center aisle of the ferry, along with all the semi-trucks. We waited more than 6 HOURS last summer to board, watching I don't know how many ferries come-and-go. I'd take the bridge without question. Close your eyes and take a nap while crossing, if necessary. MaineDon