FROM WOODS HOLE
The ferry boats operated by the Steamship Authority out of Woods Hole, Mass., are the most popular transportation to Martha’s Vineyard. They run year-round, are affordable, and are the only way to bring a vehicle to the Island. Reservations are advisable, and are usually required during peak travel times. To reserve, call either of the two numbers below. For additional information, visit the SSA’s website at www.steamshipauthority.com
508-693-9130 SSA Vineyard Haven Office
508-477-8600 SSA Mashpee Office
Patriot Party Boats in Falmouth, Mass. These large fishing boats take passengers only, and can be an adventure when seas are rough. On rare occasion, seasoned Island travelers rely on the Patriot boat that leaves Falmouth starting at 3:30 a.m., arriving in Oak Bluffs at 4:15. For a complete schedule and more information, visit www.patriotpartyboats.com
FROM NEW BEDFORD
The Martha’s Vineyard Express Ferry runs a daily schedule between New Bedford, Mass., and Oak Bluffs. Reservations are recommended. www.mvexpressferry.com
Many different ferries serve Martha’s Vineyard during the summer season. They carry passengers only – no vehicles.
The Island Queen operates between Falmouth Harbor and the Martha’s Vineyard port of Oak Bluffs. www.islandqueen.com
The Falmouth to Edgartown Ferry operates between Falmouth Harbor and Memorial Wharf in Edgartown. www.falmouthferry.com
Hy-line Cruises runs service between Hyannis, Mass., and Oak Bluffs.
FROM RHODE ISLAND
Vineyard Fast Ferry operates a high-speed catamaran between Quonset Point, R.I., and Oak Bluffs. www.vineyardfastferry.com
Hy-line Cruises runs ferry service between Oak Bluffs and the Island of Nantucket. www.hy-linecruises.com
Although part of Martha’s Vineyard, Chappaquiddick is reachable only by
four-wheel drive vehicle (with permit) or by the ferry On Time, which operates between Chappaquiddick and Edgartown. For information, call 508-627-9427.
AIRPORTS & AIRLINES
Travelers arrive and depart throughout the day at modern Martha’s Vineyard Airport, www.mvyairport.com, which accommodates both commercial and general aviation. Two commercial airlines offer service to the Vineyard.
Cape Air flies year-round between the Vineyard and numerous points, including Boston Logan Airport (BOS), New Bedford Regional Airport (EWB), Provincetown Municipal Airport (PVC), Hyannis’ Boardman-Polando Field (HYA), and the Nantucket Memorial Airport (ACK). Visit www.flycapeair.com or call 800-352-0714.
U.S. AIRWAYS EXPRESS
U.S. Airways Express flies during the summer season between Martha’s Vineyard and the following points: New York’s LaGuardia Airport (LGA), Washington’s Reagan National Airport (DCA), Philadelphia Airport (PHL), and Hyannis’ Boardman-Polando Field ( HYA). Visit www.usairways.com or call 800-428-4322.
PETER PAN / BONANZA
Peter Pan/Bonanza Bus Lines offers direct service between Woods Hole, Mass., and Boston, Logan Airport, and Providence, R.I. Connections are available to New York. Schedules and tickets may be obtained at the Steamship Authority terminals at Woods Hole and Vineyard Haven. www.bonanzabus.com
VINEYARD TRANSIT AUTHORITY
Once you arrive on Martha’s Vineyard, take advantage of the modern, economical public bus system operated by Vineyard Transit Authority. All-day passes allow you to hop any bus and see the entire Island, if you wish. www.vineyardtransit.com/?dukescounty
Numerous taxi companies operate on Martha’s Vineyard, and they focus on arriving ferryboats. Cars, mopeds and even Harley-Davidson motorcycles are available to rent.