Getting Here is Half the Fun

Getting to the island is a timeless adventure, and it’s a Vineyard tradition shared by generations of visitors. No matter how you get here, we know that the journey will put you in the right frame of mind-leaving the mainland where it belongs, on the mainland!

With a Car

Traveling to the island via The Steamship Authority is the only way to bring a car to the island. We recommend making reservations in advance in order to guarantee a space on one of their car ferries. Steamship Authority ferries depart from Woods Hole, MA to terminals in Oak Bluffs and Vineyard Haven.

If vehicle space is full when you want to travel here is helpful information to get you to/from the Vineyard with your car.

Without a Car

For guests traveling to the island without their cars, we recommend taking advantage of our VIP Arrival Package with the Island Queen ferry. This convenient option includes mainland parking and a Winnetu shuttle pickup from the ferry dock.


By Ferry

Traveling to Martha’s Vineyard by ferry is a quintessential experience shared by generations of visitors. No matter how you get here, we know that the journey will put you in the right frame of mind-leaving the mainland where it belongs, on the mainland!

Getting to Martha's Vineyard | Martha's Vineyard Ferries | Steamship Authority Schedule

Island Queen VIP Arrival Package

If you’re coming to the island without a car, enjoy the most comfortable  and convenient arrival option with our Island Queen VIP Arrival Package from Falmouth, MA.  Guaranteed parking on the mainland and pickup/drop-off at the ferry dock on Martha’s Vineyard to/from the Winnetu Oceanside Resort is included. 

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Steamship Authority Vehicle Ferry from Woods Hole

Enjoy the ride indoors or on deck and take in the view of the island on this 45 minutes ferry ride across the Vineyard Sound to the Vineyard Haven or Oak Bluffs terminal.

The ferry runs all season long at regular intervals throughout the day.

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Make a Reservation

Helpful Information if Vehicle Reservations are full when you wish to travel

Island Queen Ferry from Falmouth, MA

Ride from Falmouth to Oak Bluffs in 35 minutes aboard the Island Queen ferry. Book our VIP Arrival package with Island Queen for a seamless arrival to the island! Ferries operate May 26th – October 9th. 

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Falmouth-Edgartown Ferry from Falmouth, MA

Enjoy valet parking, drinks and refreshments from the snack bar, and stunning views of the Vineyard Sound on a 60 minute cruise trip to Memorial Wharf in downtown Edgartown. Operates Memorial Day Weekend to Labor Day Weekend. 

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Seastreak Fast Ferry from New Bedford

Enjoy valet parking, on-board snacks and refreshments, and a speedy 55 minute ride from New Bedford to Oak Bluff’s terminal. 

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(Select the “” button on Seastreak’s webpage to view all trips)


Hy-Line Cruises from Hyannis, MA

Travel from Hyannis to Oak Bluffs harbor in 60 minutes aboard Hy-Line’s Martha’s Vineyard ferry. Operates June through October, reservations required. 

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Rhode Island Fast Ferry from Quonset Point, RI

Depart from Quonset Point in North Kingstown, Rhode Island and start your getaway on the largest, most luxurious fast ferry to the island. Ferry operates May through October and the crossing is 95 minutes. 

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Hy-Line Cruises Inter-Island Ferry Service

Travel between Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard aboard Hy-Line Cruises Inter-Island ferry, docking in Oak Bluffs harbor. Crossing time is one hour and ten minutes. 

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Seastreak Cruises

Ride from Highlands, NJ and East 35th Street on Manhattan straight to Martha’s Vineyard on select weekends from May 24th – September 2nd. Enjoy on-board snacks and refreshments while you’re whisked away to the island!

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Winnetu Arrive by Air

By Air

Direct air service to Martha’s Vineyard is available year-round via Cape Air, and seasonally via American Airlines, Delta, and Jet Blue.


Getting to Martha's Vineyard | Martha's Vineyard Ferries

Bus, Train, Car Rentals, Private Car Hires to the Ferries

There are several options to get from major cities to one of the several ferry terminals servicing Martha’s Vineyard. Here are a few of our favorite options.


Boston Logan Airport and South Station direct to Woods Hole

Peter Pan Bus Lines’ and P&B Bus Lines operate frequent, easy-to-use, bus service from Boston’s South Station, and all terminals at Logan Airport, directly to the Steamship Authority Wharf in Woods Hole. 

Peter Pan



New York to Martha's Vineyard

Take Amtrak’s high speed Acela service to Providence, Rhode Island, then, either Uber or hire a private car to the docks at New Bedford or Woods Hole.  Alternatively, Peter Pan bus service operates from Port Authority Bus Terminal in NYC and Providence, RI to Woods Hole.


Private Cars

Options Include

  • Green Shuttle of Cape Cod, 508-563-6472
  • Longs Airport Shuttle, 774-487-7958
  • White Tie Limo Service, 800-564-8116
  • Boston Express Car Service, 781-691-5400

Car Rentals

Avis & Budget

Avis & Budget have car rental offices at Steamship Authority’s Palmer Avenue parking lot (276 Palmer Ave Falmouth, MA). One-way rentals are accommodated.


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