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Getting to Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket

By Plane

Flights operate between Hyannis (Barnstable Municipal), Martha's Vineyard, Nantucket, Provincetown to the following places: Boston (Logan), Providence (T.F. Green) and New York (La Guardia). Cape Air, Island Airlines, JetBlue, Delta and US Airways Express operate flights to all or some of these destinations.

Cape and Island Airports

  • Barnstable Airport, Hyannis. Tel. (508) 775-2020
  • Chatham Municipal Airport. Tel. (508) 945-9000
  • Provincetown Municipal Airport. Tel. (508) 487-0241
  • Martha's Vineyard Airport. Tel. (508) 693-7022
  • Nantucket Memorial Airport. Tel. (508) 325-5300

By Bus to Cape Cod

  • Peter Pan / Bonanza Bus LinesYear-round service to Bourne and Falmouth/Woods Hole from Boston Logan Airport, downtown Boston, Washington D.C., Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York City, Providence, New Bedford, Worcester and Western Massachusetts. Toll Free (800) 556-3815.
  • Plymouth & Brockton Bus: Year-round service to Hyannis from downtown Boston and Boston Logan Airport. 
    Tel. (508) 746-0378 or (508) 778-976.

Public Bus on Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket 

By Car to Cape Cod

From Boston 

  • Take I-93 south to Route 3. Cross the Sagamore Bridge. Connect with Route 6 and follow signs to your destination.

From New York 

  • Take I-95 north to Providence; then I-195 eastbound to Route 25. Cross the Bourne Bridge. From the rotary, take Route 28 or head towards Route 6 (or 6A for scenic drive) and follow signs to your destination.

From the West

  • Take I-85 east to Mass Turnpike (I-90 East) and take I-495 to Bourne Bridge. From the rotary, take Route 28 or head towards Route 6 (or 6A for scenic drive) and follow signs to your destination.

Car Rental

  • Make reservations well in advance. 

Traffic Warning

  • In peak periods expect heavy congestion across the Bourne and Sagamore Bridges - especially on Friday (to the Cape) and Sunday (leaving the Cape).

Typical driving times to the Cape Cod Canal:

  • Boston: 1.5 hours
 / New York City: 5 hours / Montreal: 7 hours

Typical driving times from Cape Cod Canal onward:

  • Falmouth: 20-30 mins / Hyannis: 30 mins / Orleans: 1 hr / Provincetown 1 hr. 30 mins.

To Provincetown by Ferry
  • Bay State Cruise Company: From Boston (Commonwealth Pier at Boston's World Trade Center) to Provincetown. Three trips daily May to early October. Fast ferry: 90 minutes. Conventional ferry (3 hours) from late June through to Labor Day. From late May to late June and Labor Day to late September; weekends only. Tel. (877) 783-3779 or (617) 748-1428.
  • Boston Harbor Cruises: Fast ferry (90 minutes) from Boston (Long Wharf) to Provincetown late June to mid-September. Tel. (617) 227-4321).
  • Captain John Boats: Between Provincetown and Plymouth (90 minutes) daily from mid-June to early September and from late May to mid-June, weekends only. Tel. (508) 747-2400.

To Martha's Vineyard by Ferry

There is a good public bus service on Martha's Vineyard. Many choose to hire a bike. Bike rental companies are found close to the ferry terminals. Car hire options also exist.

  To Oaks Bluff:

  To Edgartown:

  To Vineyard Haven:

  From New Bedford, off Cape Cod: 

  From North Kingstown, Rhode Island:

To Nantucket by Ferry

Two competing companies operate high-speed ferries (60 minutes) and traditional ferries (2 1/4 hours) to Nantucket from Hyannis.  Nantucket harbor is directly by the town.

  • Steamship Authority - from Hyannis, Woods Hole and Martha's Vineyard. Tel. (508) 477-8600
  • Hy-Line - from Hyannis and Martha's Vineyard. Tel. (508) 778-2600
  • Freedom Cruise Line -  from Saquatucket Harbor, Harwich Port. Tel. (508) 432-8999