If getting there is half the fun, then consider travelling to Martha’s Vineyard a chance to choose your own adventure. Where you take the ferry from will determine the length of the boat ride; the longest is from New York City; Quonset, RI offers an easier trip for southern New Englanders, and the shortest will be out of Woods Hole, MA. Booking passage for an automobile is also a consideration so make sure look at all options to decide what’s best.
Here is list of the most current ways to get on and off the island, as well as to various transportation hubs.
While there are lots of ferry options May-October, the ONLY year-round ferry service and the ONLY service that carries cars, motorcycles and trucks is the Steamship Authority.
The Steamship Authority operates ALL day, EVERY day from Woods Hole on Cape Cod. The trip between Woods Hole and Martha’s Vineyard takes 45 minutes and bicycles and pets are welcome. The ferry has refreshments, restrooms and WIFI.
What you need to know:
Passengers can walk onto ANY of the ferries without reservations, year-round.
You MUST make an advanced reservation for your car. You can do that on their website , or call the reservation line 508.477.8600.
Please note that parking is NOT available at the ferry terminals. The Steamship Authority website has all the information you need regarding parking, shuttles and more.
Ferries dock in the village of Vineyard Haven year-round. Mid-May through mid-October, some ferries dock in Oak Bluffs. Land in the wrong spot? No worries! Taxis and the public bus are located at the ferry terminals.