Nantucket Ferry Services from the
HyLine is the only one of the Nantucket ferry operators who participate in this program.
Check out our Cape Cod deals page, which explains exactly how the program works and how much you might be able to save.
With these basic questions answered you can start to make your plans and decide which of the three Nantucket Ferry Services is for you.
The Steamship Authority's Nantucket
Ferries depart from the South Street
Pier in Hyannis
The Steamship Authority owns the market for traditional service, operating a traditional ferry service that sails year-round, as well as a high speed ferry, which is reserved for the busy summer season.
(Hy-Line's service is the opposite - Its high speed service is the one that operates year round, while its traditional service is reserved for the high season).
The Steamship also offers the cheapest passenger service, with the huge benefit (for some) that they are the only operator that can carry your car over, although that is not so cheap.
It is only the traditional ferry that offers passage for cars. High speed is for passengers only.
The Steamship Authority's Nantucket ferries depart from the South Street Pier, across the harbor from Hy-Line's. The Steamship Authority does not offer a service between Hyannis and Martha's Vineyard. If you want to take that trip, the only option is Hy-Line. The Steamship Authority can only take you to Martha's Vineyard if you depart from Woods Hole.
Location: South Street Pier, Hyannis, MA
Schedule: Departs Hyannis 3-6 times each day (depending on the season) between 7:15am and 8:00pm
High Speed Prices: $67 ($14 extra for a bike).
Traditional Ferry Price: $35 ($14 extra for a bike).
Telephone: (508) 495-3278
There is plenty of free parking around Hyannis, most notably in the giant lot that sits between Main Street and North Street.
Park closer to the Barnstable Road end and you'll have a very pleasant walk of a few blocks down to the harbor from there.
Hy-Line Cruise Lines operates it's Nantucket Ferry services out of Ocean Street Docks on Hyannis Harbor.
If the Steamship Authority owns the market for traditional Nantucket Ferry service, then you could say that Hy-Line owns it for people who want to get across quickly.
In addition to their service to Nantucket, Hy-Line also operates a ferry service from Hyannis to Martha's Vineyard in the busy season (Memorial Day weekend to October), as well as an “around the sound” cruise service, which starts in Hyannis and takes visitors to both Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard (or the other way round, if you prefer) before dropping you back in Hyannis late in the evening.
It makes for a pretty long day, but is a good option for those determined to see both islands in spite of a pretty tight schedule.
Location: 220 Ocean Street, Hyannis, MA
Schedule: Departs Hyannis 5-6 times each day (depending on the season) between 6:30am and 7:00pm
High Speed Prices: $77 ($14 extra for a bike). ($26 with your Go Boston Card).
Traditional Ferry Price: $45 ($14 extra for a bike). (Free with your Go Boston Card).
Telephone: (800) 492-8082
The ferries depart from Saquatucket Harbor three times a day (less frequently early and late in the season) and the journey to Nantucket lasts about 80 minutes.
Location: 702 Route 28, Harwichport, MA
Schedule: Departs Harwichport 1-3 times each day (depending on the season) between 8:00am and 5:40pm
High Speed Prices: $71 (extra for a bike).
Telephone: (508) 432-8999
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