Finding the perfect ferry for you!
Getting to an island is hard. Today, I’ll attempt to make it easy. (Tickets for all ferries mentioned can be found online. For your convenience, we’ve provided links to the websites.)
Bringing a car?
The Steamship Authority (Woods Hole, MA)
Unless you’re James Bond (which you very well might be), you and your car cannot travel the ocean to get to your destination. Yet.
The Steamship Authority has got you covered. They’re the only ferry that allows and accommodates for cars. It offers service all year long, but it almost certainly requires a reservation – especially during the heavy travel months of June, July and August – so make sure to call ahead! If you are not bringing a car, you don’t need a reservation in order to assure a seat on the boat. The ferry takes off from Woods Hole on Cape Cod and docks at either Vineyard Haven or Oak Bluffs (Vineyard Haven year-round, Oak-Bluffs May-October).
Need for speed? Or want to slow it down?
Hy-Line Cruises (Hyannis, MA)
This service travels from Hyannis on Cape Cod, MA to Oak Bluffs. While this service accommodates for the modern day hustle and bustle of new generation and your over-caffeinated grandmother with a fast ferry, it also offers the traditional slower service on a cruise. Bikes are allowed but only for an additional fee.
Hy-Line Cruises (Nantucket, MA)
Newly amended this year, this ferry runs more often than it ever has – making inter-island travel much simpler with this hour and ten-minute ride. Perfect for a day trip of shopping, dining, and beaching.
The Falmouth-Edgartown Ferry (Falmouth, MA)
This ferry transports people, bikes, and even your dog to Martha’s Vineyard on a new state-of-the-art fast ferry that takes only 75 minutes. Again, unfortunately, no safe passage for your cars can be found here.
SeaStreak (New York, New York)
A five-hour trip which is helped along by their bar, 12 large screen TVs and Wi-Fi.
SeaStreak (Highlands, New Jersey)
About the same as the New York ferry.
SeaStreak (New Bedford, MA)
A quick 50-minute ride can be found here and bicycles, birds, cats and dogs are permitted. SeaStreak also provides a motorcoach service between Boston and New Bedford, which makes getting to the island much easier.
Martha’s Vineyard Fast Ferry (North Kingstown, RI)
Reservations are very encouraged on this particular vessel. A 75-minute ride, where pets and bicycles are allowed. Only provides service during the summer season.
This was a complete list of passenger ferries to the island of Martha’s Vineyard and I hope you found it helpful. The Harbor View, I hear, is a great hotel to stay at if you’re visiting. Just saying.