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Getting Around the Island

Martha's Vineyard is a great place to visit, with lots to see and do in and out of the towns.

It's easy to get around the Island using public transportation, bikes, rental cars and your feet. The following information will guide you through your choices. Depending on where you are staying, and the amount of time you plan to spend here, you may or may not wish to bring a car. Check out our transportation directory to plan your trip to Martha’s Vineyard and learn how you can navigate the Island.

Buses and Shuttles

Martha's Vineyard offers a comprehensive bus system that connects all towns, Edgartown, Oak Bluffs, Vineyard Haven, Aquinnah, Chilmark, and West Tisbury. Frequency of service varies with the season, but buses run regularly year-round and are a great cost-effective way to see the beauty of the Island. You can pay as you go, or purchase 1-day, 3-day, or 1-week bus passes on the buses, at the Steamship Authority or at the Edgartown Visitors Center, which also sells 1-month and annual passes. Buses may be boarded at stop or flagged en route in safe places (ie. not in an intersection or on a curve.).

All Vineyard Transit Authority (VTA) buses are handicap accessible. Visit their website for current schedules, route maps, fares and additional information. VTA buses are all equipped with bike racks, so you can take your bike with you on your more distant excursions—bike and bus— it's a great way to go!

Private and Group Tours

There are numerous group and private tour companies available to help you see the beauty of Martha's Vineyard. Tour buses are located at the Steamship Terminals and most other incoming ferries and depart on regularly scheduled times. Private passenger vans are available for customized group tours. Aerial tours are available to give you a birds-eye view of the Island and wonderful narrated walking tours provide you with in-depth detail on towns and subjects of interest. Visit our Play Here section for a directory of tour providers.

Taxis, Mopeds & Rental Cars

Taxis meet incoming ferries and car rentals are available within walking distance from all the major ports. Taxis are equipped to handle bikes on a first-come first-serve basis. It is recommended during the summer months to reserve a rental car prior to your arrival. Looking to ride in style? Personal limousine services are also available on island.

Martha’s Vineyard by Bicycle

The Island of Martha’s Vineyard is extremely bicycle friendly. With designated bicycle paths throughout the island, and bicycle tours that showcase the beauty and intrigue of the Island, two wheels may be all you need. There are also bicycle dealers, bicycle rentals, and bicycle repair shops available on Island to meet all your two-wheeled needs.