Car or no car? It’s a question we hear a lot. It’s true, Martha’s Vineyard is an Island located off the south shores of Cape Cod. With no bridge or connected road, you can’t drive here, so travel via air or sea is the only way to arrive. For those planning to take a ferry, the option of taking your car over is available only through the Steamship Authority. The Steamship Authority manages the ferry service between Woods Hole, Falmouth and Martha’s Vineyard and is the only service that carries cars, motorcycles and trucks to and from the Island.
So, is it necessary to bring your car here? Well, it depends.
Give careful consideration to the factors above before determining which option is best for you. Each island town offers it’s own character and charm and we recommend seeing as much as you can.
If you decide on taking your car then get in touch with the Steamship Authority as soon as you know your travel dates to make a reservation, as their summer schedule books up months in advance. If you opt to just walk on, there are many ferry services available seasonally including the Island Queen, Patriot Party Boat, and Falmouth-Edgartown ferry from Falmouth; Hyline Cruises from Hyannis, the Seastreak from New York or New Bedford, or the Martha’s Vineyard Fast Ferry from Rhode Island. Note that the Steamship Authority also offers passenger tickets and is the only ferry service that operates year round.
Check out our additional resources on getting around the Island!
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