Are you traveling to Martha’s Vineyard or Nantucket this summer? One of the things you’ll need to do is figure out how you are going to get there. Here are some of the different transportation options for Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket travel.
Getting to Martha’s Vineyard
Most visitors to Martha’s Vineyard take the ferry. The Steamship Authority leaves from Woods Hole and goes directly to Oak Bluffs in the summer and Vineyard Haven in the winter. You can travel with or without your car. There’s also the Hy-Line Cruises high-speed and traditional ferry, and the ferry travels from Hyannis to Oak Bluffs. There is (paid) parking at the ferry terminals, and if you are flying through Logan Airport, you can take a Peter Pan bus to the ferry terminal.
Another option is Cape Air, which leaves from Logan Airport and goes to the Martha’s Vineyard Airport, located in Oak Bluffs.
Getting to Nantucket
Getting to Nantucket is similar to getting to the Vineyard. Hy-Line Cruises and the Steamship Authority both go to Nantucket also. But taking a car over is very expensive and there isn’t much room for it once you get on the island. You can also fly to Nantucket.
Do you need a car on Martha’s Vineyard or Nantucket?
Most people wonder if they need a car on Martha’s Vineyard or Nantucket. I’d advise against taking a car to Nantucket since it’s so expensive and everything really is within walking distance. Martha’s Vineyard is a bit different. Depending on your plans, you may want to have a car, especially if you plan to go to some of the remote areas of the island. But, you can definitely get away without one. If you do bring a car however, make your plans well in advance during the summer months. These ferries fill up quickly. If you find yourself without a reservation, try the waiting list which many people have had success with.