Martha’s Vineyard is accessible by ferry or plane. The great majority of our visitors arrive by ferry, coming into terminals in Oak Bluffs or Vineyard Haven. See the ferry operators below or click on another form of transportation.
The Madison Inn is located at: 18 Kennebec Ave. Oak Bluffs, MA (click for map)
The Steamship Authority (auto and passenger, year round)
www.steamshipauthority.com | 508-477-8600.
The Steamship Authority operates the only automobile ferries to Martha’s Vineyard, from Woods Hole, MA. The trip takes 45 minutes, costs $8.50/person one-way and around $180 one way -trip for a car; the ferry will arrive at either Vineyard Haven or Oak Bluffs. Reservations for your automobile are required and can be hard to get during the summer months, so make sure you call. Plan well in advance! The Steamship makes the most frequent number of daily trips to the Vineyard, but if you’re not bringing your car you may consider these other options:
The Patriot (passengers only, year round)
www.patriotpartyboats.com | 800-734-0088 | 508-548-2626.
Operates daily from Falmouth Harbor at 227 Clinton Ave., Falmouth, MA. This boat line is not well known but operates the earliest daily departure to Martha’s Vineyard, 3:30 a.m. (the newspaper boat), as well as about eight other daily crossings. The trip takes 35 minutes and cost $12/person- one way. Also available as an emergency 24-hour water taxi service. These people will get you onto or off of Martha’s Vineyard when no one else can, or will.
The Island Queen (passenger only, seasonal)
www.islandqueen.com | 508-548-4800
Operates from Falmouth Harbor at 75 Falmouth Heights Rd., Falmouth, MA, to Oak Bluffs. 35-minute trip, from late May through Columbus Day. $14/person one-way, they have parking available for $20/calendar day or valet parking $30/calendar day, and while they don’t make as many daily trips to the Vineyard, they are a little easier to deal with because they’re a smaller company.
The Hy-Line (passenger only, seasonal)
www.hy-linecruises.com | 800-492-8082
Operates from the Hy-Line Landing at Ocean Street Dock in Hyannis, MA to Oak Bluffs harbor from May through October. In addition they offer service from Oak Bluffs to Nantucket Island during the high season, though this service does not allow for a day trip; it is only for overnight stays. The parking lot in Hyannis fills up in summer so call to reserve space if parking your car.
Seastreak Ferry From New Bedford (passenger only, seasonal)
www.seastreak.com (New Bedford) | 800-262-8743
Seasonal service operating from 532 Acushnet Ave. (parking area $15/calendar day, valet parking also available $20-$25/calendar day), New Bedford, MA to Martha’s Vineyard. Although, they are seasonal – they run a Thanksgiving boat and a Christmas in Edgartown trip as well – Leaving New Bedford 9am and 2pm, Leaving the Vineyard 12pm and 5pm.
Vineyard Fast Ferry (passenger only, seasonal)
www.vineyardfastferry.com | 401-295-4040
Operates from Quonset Point in North Kingstown, Rhode Island to both Vineyard Haven and Oak Bluffs. Travel time is 90- minutes. Operates a limited number of trips, and in our experience is somewhat unreliable. This boat seems to be the first to be cancelled if there is bad weather. If you are flying into Providence it would be better to take the Peter Pan Bus from downtown Providence to Woods Hole, MA (see Bus).
Seastreak Ferry From NJ/NYC (passenger only, seasonal)
www.seastreak.com (New York/New Jersey) | 800-262-8743
Seasonal service from New York & New Jersey to Martha’s Vineyard.
Martha’s Vineyard Airport
www.mvyairport.com | (508) 693-7022
Martha’s Vineyard Airport is the primary general aviation/commercial airport to Martha’s Vineyard. There are currently three rental car companies that operate at the Martha’s Vineyard Airport: Hertz, Budget and Avis. These companies are conveniently located within the main passenger terminal across from the baggage claim area. Auto rental reservations are strongly suggested during all seasons. Taxi cabs are regularly available across from the main entrance to the passenger terminal.
www.capeair.com | 800-352-0714
Cape Air operates daily service to Martha’s Vineyard Airport from Boston’s Logan International Airport (BOS), White Plains Westchester County Airport (HPN), New Bedford Regional Airport (EWB), Hyannis’ Boardman-Polando Field (HYA), Nantucket Memorial Airport (ACK), Providence’s T.F. Green Airport (PVD), and Provincetown Municipal Airport (PVC).
www.delta.com | 800-221-1212
Delta Connection offers seasonal service to Martha’s Vineyard from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) from May to September.
U.S. Airways Express
www.usairways.com | 800-428-4322
U.S. Airways Express offers seasonal service to Martha’s Vineyard from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA).
www.jetblue.com | 800-538-2583
Jet Blue offers seasonal service to Martha’s Vineyard from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) from May to September.
Peter Pan Bus
www.peterpanbus.com | 800-343-9999
Peter Pan Bus operates daily service to the Woods Hole, Massachusetts Steamship Authority Ferry Terminal from Boston’s Logan Airport, from Boston’s South Station Transportation Hub, from Providence Rhode Island, points in Connecticut, and from downtown New York City. Peter Pan buses are very clean, reliable, have free wi-fi, and are used year-round by Vineyarders to get to and from Boston, New York City, etc. without a car. One-way passenger fare from Logan Airport is $30.00 and takes two hours. Reservations are always suggested. We recommend connecting through Boston when taking Peter Pan from NYC to Martha’s Vineyard. Routing through Providence may seem like a shorter distance, however it has numerous stops.
Amtrak has multiple stations throughout New England. Take the train to South Station in Boston and then grab the Peter Pan Bus to Woods Hole, MA. The bus drops you off at the Steamship Authority terminal and a ferry will take you into either Oak Bluffs or Vineyard Haven depending on the boat schedule.
The CapeFLYER makes your transfer from the train to the docks easy so that you can get connected to the Martha’s Vineyard ferries from Falmouth Harbor, Woods Hole or Hyannis. Check out their website for details about schedules and pricing.