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Getting to Nantucket Island

Many visitors like to bring their cars to Nantucket, and thus take the Ferry Service from Hyannis or Harwich Port, MA. Some visitors prefer to fly to Nantucket, which is serviced by a host of regional airlines flying out of Boston, New York and other East Coast cities.


Steamship Authority, South Street Dock Hyannis, MA.

    Car Ferry

  • Car Ferry information and reservations: 508-477-8600; TDD 508-540-1394
  • Nantucket Ticket Office - Day of Sailing Information: 508-228-0262
  • Hyannis Ticket Office - Day of Sailing Information: 508-774-4000
  • Operates year-round
  • Carries vehicles; car and truck reservations required
  • Carries passengers, bicycles (for a fee) and pets
  • No passenger reservations required
  • Secured parking for a fee in Hyannis
  • Approximate 2.15-hour cruise time

    High Speed Ferry

  • High-Speed Ferry information and reservations: 508-495-FAST (3278)
  • Reservations highly recommended
  • No vehicles; limited bicycle space for a fee
  • Secured parking for a fee in Hyannis with free shuttle service
  • Approximate 1-hour cruise time

Hy-Line Cruises

, Ocean Street Dock Hyannis, MA.

  • Hyannis office: 508-778-2600
  • Nantucket office: 508-228-3949
  • High Speed: 800-492-8082 or 508-778-0404
  • Traditional: 800-492-8082 or 508-778-2602
  • Year-round, high-speed catamaran ferry; approx. 1-hour cruise time
  • Seasonal ferry service May-October; First-class section available.
  • Carries passengers, pets, and bicycles
  • Approx. 1 3/4-hour cruise time from Hyannis
  • Parking fee at Hyannis location
  • Seasonal inter-island service between Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard

Freedom Cruise Line

, Route 28, Saquatucket Harbor, Harwich Port, MA.

  • Information/schedules: 508-432-8999
  • Seasonal high-speed ferry service May-October
  • Additional service upon request
  • Carries passengers, bicycles, and most pets
  • Parking in private lot available, free parking for day trips
  • Approximate 1hour 10 minute cruise time

By Private Boat

When arriving by private boat, Nantucket offers some of the finest marina and mooring services on the East Coast, including:
  • Nantucket Boat Basin - 800-NAN-BOAT
  • Nantucket Moorings - 508-228-4472
  • Town Pier/Harbormaster - 508-228-7261
Boating supplies/services are available at:
  • Brant Point Marine - 508-228-6244
  • Grey Lady Marine - 508-228-6525
  • Madaket Marine - 508-228-1163
  • Nantucket Marine - 508-228-5510
  • Nantucket Ship Chandlery - 508-228-2300


By Car From New York City: Approximately 270 miles

Follow Route 95 to Providence, RI; Route 195 to Wareham, MA; Route 25 over Bourne Bridge; Route 6 to Exit #6; Route 132 into Hyannis. Follow signs to airport or docks. Approximately 4 to 5 hours, depending on traffic.

By Car From Boston: Approximately 80 miles

Follow Route 3 (Southeast Expressway); Route 6 over the Sagamore Bridge; Route 132 into Hyannis; follow signs to airport or docks. Approximately l.5 hours, depending on traffic. Traffic can be heavy. Allow extra time, particularly in the summer and on weekends.

Bus from Plymouth & Brockton: 508-746-0378

Hourly service between Hyannis and (Downtown Boston) South Station and Logan Airport. P&B picks up and drops off at every Airline Terminal at Logan. Hyannis Transportation is only 2 blocks from the ferry terminals.

Bus from Peter Pan Buslines: 800-343-9999

Service from New York (Port Authority Terminal) to Hyannis with stops in Providence, Fall River and New Bedford.

On Nantucket

Visitors are strongly discouraged from bringing automobiles to the island, especially from June through August when traffic is at its heaviest and clogs Nantucket’s narrow streets. Island-wide, public transportation is available seasonally, from mid-May through Columbus Day, via the Nantucket Regional Transportation Authority’s shuttle buses, known as the NRTA. Visit their website for more information, www.shuttlenantucket.com.

Bicycle and car rentals are also available at the wharves and car rentals are available at the airport. Guided bus tours and walking tours, in season, are also good ways to acquaint yourself with Nantucket.

Taxis are plentiful year-round with stands near both boat lines, the airport and in-town.

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