How fortunate that when the oceans formed - and before air travel - special places remained that could only be reached by ferry. And fortunate too that a journey on the Island Queen between Falmouth, MA on Cape Cod and Oak Bluffs on Martha’s Vineyard is so pleasurable a start to your journey. Easy to reach, affordable, and accommodating from the time you park your car until you step aboard and off again on the other side, the ferry runs scenic Vineyard Sound on a 35 minute cruise inspired by sun, sky and salt air. Passengers only are welcome along with their bicycles, kayaks, paddle boards and pets. Sailing from May through October, no passenger ferry reservations are required.
Hy-Line Cruises, Ocean Street DockHyannis, MA, 02601Phone: 800-492-8082
Company operates one year-round ferry and three seasonal ferries. Ferries do not transport motor vehicles. Ferries include:
High-Speed Ferry Service to Nantucket (year-round);
High-Speed Ferry Service to Martha's Vineyard (May 1 to October 31);
Traditional Ferry Service to Nantucket (May 21-October 16);
Traditional Ferry Service to Martha's Vineyard (May 27-October 16);
High-Speed Ferry Service between Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket (June 11 to September 10).
Harwich Port-Nantucket Ferry
Freedom Cruise Line, 702 Main StreetHarwich Port, MA, 02646Phone: 508-432-8999
Daily, seasonal passenger service from Harwich Port to Nantucket. Crossing time is one hour and 15 minutes. Season is late May to early October. Ferry accommodates passengers, bicycles, most pets. Ferry does not transport motor vehicles.
Woods Hole-to-Martha’s Vineyard Ferry with the Steamship Authority
1 Cowdry RoadWoods Hole, MAPhone: 508-477-8600
Year-round service from Woods Hole to the town of Oaks Bluffs on Martha’s Vineyard and the town of Vineyard Haven on Martha’s Vineyard. Ferry transports motor vehicles. Trip between Woods Hole and Martha’s Vineyard takes 45 minutes, Advance vehicle reservations are required and can be booked online or by phone or in person at the Woods Hole and Martha’s Vineyard ticket offices. Offices are located in the Vineyard Haven terminal year-round and during the summer at the Oak Bluffs terminal. Passengers traveling to Martha’s Vineyard without a vehicle may purchase tickets at the terminals on the day of sailing.
Bay State Cruise Company, 200 Seaport Blvd.Boston, MA, 02210Phone: 617-748-1428
Daily, seasonal passenger ferry service from Boston to Provincetown. Crossing take about one and one-half hours. Season is May to October. Ferry does not transport motor vehicles.