Cape Cod Ferry Services to Nantucket
Martha's Vineyard and Provincetown
When people around these parts talk about the Cape Cod ferry, they can mean one of several things, so before we get too far into discussing Cape Cod ferries, let's explain those.
For some people, Cape Cod ferries are for visitors who are travelling to Cape Cod, (perhaps as a way to beat the traffic) by ferry. The only services that currently allows this are two Boston-Provincetown ferry services, which run from May through October and are very popular among city dwellers who wish to travel to P-Town without a car and a much smaller Plymouth-Provincetown service.
More typically, though, when people think about the Cape Cod Ferry, they mean the ferries that take you from Cape Cod to either Martha's Vineyard or Nantucket. There are three Cape Cod towns serving ferry rides to the Islands: Falmouth, which services Martha' Vineyard, Hyannis, which services both Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket, and Harwichport which services Nantucket only. (You can also sail directly to Martha's Vineyard from New Bedford, which can be a good way to avoid Cape traffic in the peak season).
The Steamship Authority is the only
ferry service that carries cars
to Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket
Most of the Cape Cod ferries carry passengers only (although you can usually take a bicycle over for a few dollars extra). The exception is the Steamship Authority, which is the only service that carries cars to either of the islands. Be aware, though, that you' need to book up well in advance if you're travelling in peak season, and the car passage will run you several hundred dollars during peak season.
We'll get into all of that in this part of the site. Whether you're planning a day trip to P-Town or a week on Nantucket, we'll steer you in the right direction. Click on any of the links on this page to see detailed information about Cape Cod ferry service to wherever you're planning to go.
If you have no need for a car and are heading either from Boston to Provincetown with the Bay State Crusie Company or Hyannis to the islands with HyLine, you may want to check into getting a Go Boston Card. This a discount card that offers free or discounted rates on all manner of attractions throughout the area, including certain Cape Cod Ferries.
The savings on one ferry ride wouldn't be enough to justify the cost, but if you're planning a ferry ride, plus a handful of other attractions (and particulalrly if your vacation plans include a day trip to Boston, the savings can add up pretty quickly. Check out this our Cape Cod attractions page to see how the program works and whether a Boston Go Card is a good idea for you.
Return from Cape Cod Ferry to Cape Cod for Couples Home