Getting Here FAQ

We have the answers to all your Martha’s Vineyard transportation questions. Getting to the Island is easy.

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Do I need a car on the Island?

Winnetu Shuttle Bus - Website Image 350 by 197 PixelsIn the summer months, a car is really not necessary — there are plenty of transportation options available to/from the Winnetu Oceanside Resort and on the Island. However, for those guests traveling with young children, or staying for a week or more, a car can be a nice convenience.

During the spring and autumn seasons, we do recommend that you bring a car, especially if you wish to explore the Island. If you’re just coming for a weekend, and aren’t interested in touring, a car really isn’t needed.

 

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How do I get my car to/from the Vineyard?

From Woods Hole, MA via the Steamship Authority:View of the Traditional Steamship Authority Ferry in the Harbor

If you do decide to bring your car over to the Island, auto reservations are required and should be made as soon as possible with the Steamship Authority. The Steamship Authority operates the only automobile ferry service to the Island from Woods Hole on Cape Cod (a short 45-minute crossing). These large vessels operate hourly, year-round.

To arrange auto reservations, contact the Steamship Authority by either calling them directly at (508) 477-8600 or booking on-line via their website. Reservations for passengers are unnecessary.

Note: When you inquire about your automobile reservation, if you can’t get your first request, ask to have your name put on the Waiting List. It usually works out very well and, more often than not, you’ll get the reservation time you desire.

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What’s the easiest way to drive to the ferries and get to the Vineyard and the Winnetu without a car?

From Falmouth via the Island Queen-VIP Island pick-up service for our guests:

View of Island Queen Ferry in the Ocean Heading to Martha's VineyardWe offer a convenient on-Island pick-up/drop-off service for our guests from Falmouth, Massachusetts, so long as the boat/transfer reservation is pre-reserved with us. The crossing time takes 35 minutes.

The Island Queen offers mainland parking within walking distance to the dock. The boat line has guaranteed Winnetu guests parking availability in their lots — a special benefit — so long as a Winnetu voucher is shown to the parking attendant. Mainland parking is $15.00 per day (cash or travelers checks only).

 

To utilize this exclusive service, our guests must pre-reserve via our on-line Pre-Arrival Concierge Page.  Go to the VIP Ferry Transfer Service on this page. Guests who choose not to pre-reserve this amenity, via our on-line  Pre-Arrival Concierge service, may utilize the Island Queen ferry on their own, but will not have guaranteed parking privileges or a pick-up on-Island to/from the Resort. (Taxis are available on your own).

From Woods Hole via the Steamship Authority – one-way car rental drop-off/pick-up is available:

Avis-Rent-a-Car services are available at the Steamship Authority’s Palmer Avenue Parking Lot in Falmouth. You can drop-off or pick-up a one-way car rental at this location. Visit www.avis.com for details or call Avis in Falmouth at 508-548-2420.

Note: If you utilize the Steamship Authority’s services, we do not offer an on-Island pick-up or drop-off service. Taxis are ready available at all SSA dock locations.

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From which locations do ferries depart for the Vineyard?

Ferry Route Map
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I’m arriving by air or train on the mainland and want a car on the Island. What should I do?

Rent your car off-island if you wish to have one for the duration of your island stay: View of Green Jeep Wrangler by the Ocean

We encourage you to rent a vehicle at your arriving mainland terminal and drive yourself to the Steamship Authority Wharf in Woods Hole, Massachusetts. This option is less expensive than renting on the Island and you will also have a better vehicle selection to choose from.

To arrange auto reservations for your rental car on the ferry, contact the Steamship Authority by either calling them directly at 508-477-8600 or visiting their website. Reservations for passengers are unnecessary.

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How do I get from Washington, DC, New Jersey, New York and points West to the Vineyard?

Via Amtrak High-Speed Acela Train to Providence, RI; Fast Ferry from Quonset, RI; or arriving at T.F. Green Airport, Providence, RI:

View of High-Speed Acela TrainA convenient passenger rail service operates to Providence, Rhode Island (the closest rail stop for the Vineyard) from Washington, DC; Baltimore, Maryland; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; New Jersey points; New York City; and Connecticut points. Amtrak can be reached at 800-USA-RAIL or by visiting their website.

Or, fly via T.F. Green Airport in Providence, which is closer to the Vineyard and easier to use than Boston’s Logan Airport.

 

One-way car rental drop-off/pick-up available to Woods Hole, MA:

Avis-Rent-a-Car services are available at the Steamship Authority’s Palmer Avenue Parking Lot in Falmouth. You can drop-off or pick-up a one-way car rental at this location. Visit Avis’s website for details or call Avis in Falmouth at 508-548-2420.

Note: If you utilize the Steamship Authority’s services, we do not offer an on-Island pick-up or drop-off service. Taxis are ready available at all SSA dock locations.

Hire a car and driver:

Taxi service is available to the Vineyard Fast Ferry in Quonset Point by calling “Airport Taxi” at 401-737-2868, Ext. 2 or Little Rest Limousine at 401-294-1414.

If you want us to pick you up on the Island, please use the Island Queen ferry services out of Falmouth and our Pre-Arrival Concierge page on our website to arrange for your Island pick-up.

From Reagan National Airport, Washington, DC: View of Airplane Flying in the Blue Sky

From June to mid-September American Airlines offers non-stop service from Washington, DC directly to Martha’s Vineyard.

From JFK Airport, New York:

JetBlue and Delta offer non-stop service from New York City (JFK) directly to Martha’s Vineyard.

From Port Authority Bus Terminal, New York City:

Peter Pan Bus Lines’ operates direct service every two hours to the Steamship Authority Wharf in Woods Hole, MA. Peter Pan can be reached at 888-751-8800, by e-mail or via their website, click here. Once on-Island, take a taxi on your own to the Winnetu Oceanside Resort.

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How do I get from Boston or Boston’s Logan Airport to the Vineyard?

One-way car rental drop-off/pick-up available to Woods Hole, MA:

View of a Green & White Peter Pan Bus on the RoadAvis-Rent-a-Car services are available at the Steamship Authority’s Palmer Avenue Parking Lot in Falmouth. You can drop-off or pick-up a one-way car rental at this location. Visit Avis’s website for details or call Avis in Falmouth at 508-548-2420.

Peter Pan Bus Lines’ operates frequent, easy-to-use and cost-effective bus service from downtown Boston’s South Station, and all terminals at Logan Airport, directly to the Steamship Authority Wharf in Woods Hole. Peter Pan can be reached at 888-751-8800, by e-mail or via their website. Once on-Island, take a taxi to the Winnetu.

Hire a driver and car - You can pre-arrange ground transfer service with a driver to Falmouth, New Bedford or Woods Hole piers by calling:

If you want us to pick you up on the Island, please use the Island Queen ferry services out of Falmouth and our Pre-Arrival Concierge page on our website to arrange your Island pick-up.

Air Service:

Cape Air flies small, nine-seater Cessnas between Logan Airport and the Vineyard. Cape Air can be reached at 800-352-0714 or via their website. Once on-Island, take a taxi on your own to the Winnetu Oceanside Resort. Jet Blue also offers seasonal service.

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How should International Visitors get to the Vineyard? Map of European Countries Via a Colored Illustration

For directions, please go to our Winnetu website’s Home Page and click on the appropriate international flag for France, Germany, Spain or the United Kingdom. Directions are provided in each country’s respective language.

 

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What on-Island transportation options are available?

View of a Vineyard Transit Authority Bus on the StreetThe Vineyard Transit Authority (VTA) operates year round, economical, and frequent service throughout the Island. Route 8 stops just outside the Winnetu Oceanside Resort, connecting in Edgartown to all other Island destinations. For more information, visit their website.

The Winnetu Oceanside Resort operates a complimentary shuttle service between the Resort and Edgartown on a frequent basis during most of the season from morning until evening. A reduced schedule is offered in the early spring and late autumn. The Resort also offers a water taxi cruise to Edgartown most evenings during the summer months. In addition, taxis are plentiful and easy to use.

 

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How do I rent a bicycle or car on the Vineyard? Family on Bikes in Front of the Winnetu Oceanside Resort

Bicycles are delivered every day to the Winnetu Oceanside Resort. Please contact Cutler bikes at 508-627-4052 or pre-order bikes, via their website. Adult bikes, children’s bicycles, tandems, carriages, and helmets are all available. The Resort is conveniently located on the bike path, which is a short, and flat, three-mile scenic trip to Main Street, Edgartown and the Island beyond.

You may also choose to rent a car, either for the duration of your stay, or just for a day or two. Click here to go to our “Pre-Arrival Concierge” page on our website and order your vehicle. Details can be found under the “Auto Rentals” section. Winnetu guests will receive a discount if renting a vehicle through the company listed here.

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