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How to Get to Martha’s Vineyard By Ferry

Martha‚Äôs Vineyard is an island 7 miles off the coast of Massachusetts, you can only get to Martha‚Äôs Vineyard by ferry or by plane ‚ÄĒ there is no bridge!

YEAR-ROUND FERRY

Martha’s Vineyard is a wonderful place to visit year-round! While there are multiple ferry options between May-October, the ONLY year-round ferry service and the ONLY service that carries cars, motorcycles and trucks is the Steamship Authority.

‚ÄčThe Steamship Authority¬†operates¬†ALL¬†day,¬†EVERY¬†day from Woods Hole on Cape Cod.¬†The trip between Woods Hole and Martha‚Äôs Vineyard takes 45 minutes, and bicycles and pets are welcome. The ferry has refreshments, restrooms and WIFI.

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Passengers can walk onto ANY of the ferries without reservations, year-round.You MUST make an advanced reservation for your car. You can do that on their website, or call the reservation line 508.477.8600. Reservations for summer travel can sell out very quickly, so we recommend signing up for the SSA emails, and setting a reminder for when booking opens. Insider’s Tip: If you can’t get the exact date or time you want, use their Wait List feature, even if you have to book the next day. It is not uncommon to have your wait list reservation fulfilled prior to your trip! (But no guarantees!)

Please note that parking is NOT available at the ferry terminals, so don’t drive all the way to the terminal if you plan to walk-on. The Steamship Authority has convenient and safe parking lots, with shuttles that will take you and your luggage to the ferry, free of charge. Their website has all the information you need regarding parking, shuttles and more.

‚ÄčFerries dock in the village of¬†Vineyard Haven¬†year-round.¬†Mid-May through mid-October, some ferries dock in¬†Oak Bluffs.¬†Land in the wrong spot? No worries!¬†Taxis¬†and the¬†public bus¬†are located at the ferry terminals.

Picture‚ÄčFerries dock in the village of¬†Vineyard Haven¬†year-round.¬†Mid-May through mid-October, some ferries dock in¬†Oak Bluffs.¬†Land in the wrong spot? No worries!¬†Taxis¬†and the¬†public bus¬†are located at the ferry terminals.

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SEASONAL FERRIES

Seasonal passenger-only ferry service is provided from many additional locations in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New York and Northern New Jersey.  At this time, there is NO direct ferry service from Boston.  

‚öďFrom Massachusetts:

‚ÄčFalmouth Edgartown Ferry
From¬†Falmouth¬†‚Äčon Cape Cod to Edgartown. This 72-foot luxury fast ferry is the only¬†ferry that sails into Edgartown Harbor. Cruise the waters of Vineyard Sound for a 75-minute trip to Edgartown.

Hy-line Cruises
From Hyannis on Cape Cod to Oak Bluffs. This service offers both high speed and traditional ferry service from mid-Cape to Oak Bluffs. Fares, and schedules vary, and parking is available near their Hyannis Harbor ferry terminal. Pets are permitted and bicycles are allowed for an additional fee, and refreshments are available.

Island Queen
This scenic trip takes 30 minutes from Falmouth Harbor, pets and bicycles are permitted, refreshments are available and parking is available at the Island Queen lots in Falmouth.

SeaStreak
From New Bedford in Southeastern Massachusetts. The fast ferry service from New Bedford takes 50 minutes, and pets and bicycles are permitted, WIFI and refreshments are available.

‚öďFrom Rhode Island:

Martha’s Vineyard Fast Ferry
From North Kingston, Rhode Island
Fast Ferry service takes 75 minutes, bicycles and pets are permitted. There is secure dockside parking provided. WIFI, snacks and refreshments onboard. Seasonal service May thru October. Reservations highly recommended.

‚öďFrom New York or New Jersey:

SeaStreak
From¬†New York and Northern New Jersey,¬†as well as from¬†New Bedford¬†in Southeastern Massachusetts. The¬†New York to Martha‚Äôs Vineyard¬†service takes 5 hours with no connecting stops. WIFI, bar and refreshments and 12 large screen TVs available.‚Äč The fast ferry service from¬†New Bedford¬†takes 50 minutes, and pets and bicycles are permitted, WIFI and refreshments are available.

For a full list of Passenger Ferries,¬†‚Äčclick here.

For access to every ferry schedule from every port servicing Martha’s Vineyard, visit VineyardFerries.com or visit the individual ferry websites for schedules, fares, parking and driving directions.

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