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Getting to Martha's Vineyard

Getting to Martha's Vineyard

Getting to Martha's VineyardMartha's Vineyard is an island located 6 miles off the coast of Cape Cod Massachusetts. To get to Martha's Vineyard you must take either a plane or a ferry, there are NO bridges or tunnels connecting Martha's Vineyard to the mainland. The most common method of transportation to the island of Martha's Vineyard is by ferry. There are quite a few different ferries you can take, but if you would like to bring a car across your only option is the Steamship Authority ferry that leaves from Wood's Hole. Passenger ferries leave from Rhode Island, New Bedford, Falmouth, and Hyannis, but make sure to check the schedules for the different ferries as many ferries only run in season (May - September).

Martha's Vineyard does have an airport and although it isn't as busy as the ferries, more and more people fly to Martha's Vineyard every year. Flying into the Vineyard can seem expensive, but with growing competition among charters flights reasonable fares can be found. The amount of time and effort saved by flying in versus driving and ferry time is a major factor for many when considering the value of a flight. The celebrity factor at the airport must also be considered. Most high-profile visitors fly in on charter or private plane which makes for interesting people watching especially during the summer months.

Some Driving Distances:
Woods Hole to Falmouth: 4 miles
Woods Hole to Hyannis: approximately 26 miles (about 40-45 minutes)
Bourne Bridge to Woods Hole: 20 miles (about 25 minutes)
Boston to Woods Hole: approximately 75 miles
Providence to Woods Hole: approximately 70 miles
New York to Woods Hole: approximately 260 miles

Allow sufficient time for traffic in summer months from Boston or NewYork especial on route 24 or Route 3 (south from Boston) and near the bridges crossing the Cape Cod Canal. Driving time from Boston to Woods Hole is usually about 90 minutes, but in the busy summer months that time can double. Driving time from New York to Woods Hole is usually around 4 hours, but is the summer months 6 to 7 hours is not unheard of.

Tips on Travelling to Martha's Vineyard From:

Boston | New York | Providence | Point's West | Hyannis/Cape Cod | Flying from Abroad |

Taking the Ferry to martha's VineyardSome Ferry Voyage Times:
From Woods Hole: 45 minutes
From Falmouth: 40 minutes
From Hyannis: 1 hour and 45 minutes
From New Bedford: 1 hour
From Nantucket: 2 hours and 15 minutes
From Quonset, Rhode Island: 1 hour and 30 minutes

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Getting to Martha's Vineyard from Boston

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Driving Directions from Boston and points north to

Woods Hole Terminal:
Traveling south on route 128 (interstate 95) or 93 south from downtown Boston, take MA-24 S toward BROCKTON / FALL RIVER. On MA-24 take exit 14A merge onto I-495 S via toward CAPE COD. Continue along I-495 S which will become MA-25 E until you reach the Bourne Bridge. Once across the bridge you will enter a roundabout (rotary), take the second exit onto MA-28 (GEN MACARTHUR BLVD). Continue along MA-28 and go around the second roundabout, continue on MA-28 toward Falmouth, Wood's Hole and the Islands. As your near Falmouth, MA-28 will turn one lane each way. If you plan on parking your car and traveling to the Vineyard aboard Steamship Authority without your car please follow the signs posted by the Steamship Authority to the proper parking lot, DO NOT drive all the way to Wood's Hole if parking your car as you will just have to drive back to the parking lot they directed you to earlier. If you are bring your car across, continue along the two lane road, route 28, until you reach Woods Hole and follow the signs directing you to the Steamship Authority or Ferries to the Islands.

New Bedford Ferry Terminal:
Traveling south on route 128 (interstate 95) or 93 south from downtown Boston, take route 24 S via toward BROCKTON / FALL RIVER. At exit 12 get onto Route 140 South. Continue along Route 140 S until Exit 2E/A take I-195 East towards Cape Cod. About a mile later take Exit 15, Route 18 South/Downtown.
Turn Left at 2nd light (Note: this is a left lane turn). Drive straight onto the State Pier and look for signs for Vineyard Ferries.

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Taking the bus from Boston
Traveling to the Vineyard by bus from Boston is one of the most convient and easiest ways to get to the island. The bus leaves from South Station or Logan Airport in Boston and there are numerous trips in the morning afternoon and evening. Bonanza Bus / Peter Pan Lines is the only company running the route, so to purchase ticket either go online or buy it right at the terminal. From there the bus will take you directly to Woods Hole where Steamship Authority ferry's run daily to Martha's Vineyard.

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Flying to Martha's Vineyard from Boston's Logan Airport
If you would like to fly from Boston there are a few options, including local carriers like Cape Air and even charter flights. For the latest information on charter flights visit our Charter Flight Section of MVOL. For the latest list of local carriers visit the MVOL airline page.

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Getting to Martha's Vineyard from New York City or points south

Direct Seasonal Ferry Service
from Conner Dock in Highlands, NJ & East 35th St. Marina, NYC to Oak Bluffs Martha's Vineyard. Visit the SeaStreak website for details.

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Driving Directions from New York City to Wood's Hole
Take Route I-95 to Providence, RI, in Providence exit onto I-195 East to Wareham, MA. i-195 ends at I-495/route 25, take exit for Cape Cod and the Islands, Route 495/25 East, follow across the Bourne Bridge and then follow Route 28 to Falmouth and Woods Hole. Distance from New York City - approximately 260 miles.

Driving Directions from New York to Rhode Island Ferry
Take I-95 N to exit 8A in Rhode Island, get off and get into far left lanes. At the first light take a left and continue until your reach the first trafic light (about 300 yards). Turn right onto route 4 south toward Quonset Point. After a couple of miles take exit 7 (Quonset Point/Route 403). Stay Left at top of exit and continue on for 2 ½ miles until you pass under a very large bridge and come to a traffic light. Turn Right, this is Roger Williams Way. Follow the green Vineyard Fast Ferry signs for 2 miles the ferry is located on the right-hand side.

Driving Directions from New York to New Bedford Ferry
Take I-95 N until you reach Exit 20 I-195 East towards Providence/Cape Cod in Rhode Island. Forward I-195 E into Massachusetts toward Fall River and New Bedford. Take Exit 15: Route 18 South/Downtown (New Bedford). Turn Left at 2nd light (Note: this is a left lane turn). Drive straight onto the State Pier. There you will see signs for Vineyard Ferries. 

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Getting to Martha's Vineyard from points south by Train
When coming to Martha's Vineyard from New York City or points south on the train(Amtrak)you have two options, the Kingston Rhode Island (KIN) stop and a shuttle or a taxi to the Vineyard Fast Ferry and Boston's South Station with a bus down to the Wood's Hole Ferry.

Taking the Train to Martha's VineyardTrain from New York to Boston
The only year round options for taking the train to Martha's Vineyard is to travel to Boston's South Station on Amtrak. From there you can take a Bonanza/Peter Pan Bus for South Station to Wood's Hole. For more information about the schedule check out the Peter Pan / Bonanza Bus website.

Train from New York to Rhode Island
You can also take the Amtrak Train to the Kingston Rhode Island (KIN) stop. From there you can catch a shuttle or a taxi to the Vineyard Fast Ferry. For more details vist the Vineyard Fast Ferry website.

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Taking the bus from New York
Traveling to Martha's Vineyard by bus from New York can be convenient as you don't have to worry about parking your car. The main bus line that travels to Wood's Hole and Cape Cod is Bonanaza Bus/Peter Pan Lines. You can purchase ticket either go online or buy it right at the terminal. You do have to switch buses during your trip, but the bus does stop in New Bedford and Providance making it convenient to get the fast ferries from there. They also have a bus that will take you to Woods Hole and the Steamship Authority daily ferry service to Martha's Vineyard. Be aware that as most ferries are seasonal, October through April traveling to Wood's Hole may be necessary, check Bonanza Bus / Peter Pan's website for the latest times and schedules.

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Getting to the Vineyard from Western Mass, Vermont and Upstate New York

From Points in Western Massachusetts, Vermont and Upstate New York
follow Interstate 90 (Mass Turnpike) to Exit 11A, Route 495 South; then follow the directions above from 495.G

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Getting to Martha's Vineyard from Rhode Island
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Driving from Rhode Island to Quonset Point Ferry
Located in North Kingstown, the Vineyard Fast Ferry terminal is only 10 minutes from I-95, 15 minutes from TF Green airport and 20 minutes from the Amtrak train station. The ferry provides shuttle service to and from both hubs. Take I-95 N to exit 8A in Rhode Island, get off and get into far left lanes. At the first light take a left and continue until your reach the first trafic light (about 300 yards). Turn right ont route 4 south toward Quonset Point. After a couple of miles take exit 7 (Quonset Point/Route 403). Stay Left at top of exit and continue on for 2 ½ miles until you pass under a very large bridge and come to a traffic light. Turn Right, this is Roger Williams Way. Follow the green Vineyard Fast Ferry signs for 2 miles the ferry is located on the right-hand side. For more information vist http://www.vineyardfastferry.com or call them at 401-295-4040, this ferry is seasonal, so make sure to visit the website to get the latest times and schedules.

Driving from Rhode Island to New Bedford Ferry
Exit off of I-95 onto I-195 East towards Providence/Cape Cod in Rhode Island. Forward I-195 E into Massachusetts toward Fall River and New Bedford. Take Exit 15: Route 18 South/Downtown (New Bedford). Turn Left at 2nd light (Note: this is a left lane turn). Drive straight onto the State Pier. There you will see signs for Vineyard Ferries. For more information visit New England Fast Ferry or call 866.453.6800, this ferry is seasonal, so make sure to visit the website to get the latest times and schedules.

Driving Directions from Rhode Island to Wood's Hole
Take Route I-95 to Providence, RI, in Providence exit onto I-195 East to Wareham, MA. i-195 ends at I-495/route 25, take exit for Cape Cod and the Islands,Route 495/25 East, follow across the Bourne Bridge and then follow Route 28 to Falmouth and Woods Hole. Distance from New York City - approximately 260 miles. For more information about the Steamship Authority ferries and schedules or getting reservations for your car, please visit there website at http://steamshipauthority.com or call 508.477.8600.

Flying to Martha's Vineyard from Providence TF Green Airport
If you would like to fly from Providnce there are a few options. Some major carriers fly into the Martha's Vineyard, for the latest information you should visit one of the major travel sites like Expedia or Travelocity. There are also local carriers like Cape Air and charter flights. For the latest information on charter flights visit our Charter Flight Section of MVOL. For the latest list of local carriers check out MVOL airline page.

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Getting to Martha's Vineyard from Cape Cod/Hyannis area

From Hyannis to Woods Hole
Take Route 28 West to New Seabury Rotary in Mashpee. Circle the rotary and take your third right to pick up and continue onto Route 28 towards Falmouth Center. Proceed towards the town on Route 28 to the traffic light intersection at Jones Road and Route 28. Before the lights you will see one of our green directional signs pointing the way. At the lights, turn right onto Jones Road. Continue straight on Jones Road to the second set of lights (intersection of Jones Road and Palmer Avenue) and then turn left onto Palmer Avenue. Proceed to end of road and turn right onto Woods Hole Road. Follow to Woods Hole.

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Flying from Points Abroad

If you are trying to get to Martha's Vineyard from far away places there are no direct options without first flying to New York, Providence or Boston. If you would like to fly to the island from any of the places you may obtain flights from the major travel sites like Expedia or Travelocity, otherwise you may try some local airlines and charter airlines, just follow the links for MVOL complete listing of these services.

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