Hassle-Free to MV or How to Get to Martha’s Vineyard Without Your Car
Plane, boat, bus or train… there are lots of ways to get to Martha’s Vineyard without bringing your car. Use the time to doze, daydream or read up on all the Island has to offer on MVOL.com. Before you know it, you’ll be scrunching your toes in the sand…happy travels!
Starting your travel from NYC?
USAir (LaGuardia Airport), JetBlue (JFK Airport), Delta (JFK Airport) and the SeaStreak ferry all offer NY-MV travel in season. Peter Pan/Bonanza bus lines departing from the Port Authority bus terminal provides year round service NY – Woods Hole. Passengers can pick up the Steamship Authority (SSA) Martha’s Vineyard bound ferry directly across the street from the bus’ last stop in Woods Hole. There is also direct Cape Air service from White Plains, NY to MV. Jet Blue also offers service via a Cape Air connection in Boston .
Options from NYC through Boston
Include The Fung Wah and Lucky Star bus lines departing hourly from Canal/Chrystie Streets in Chinatown, the Bolt and Mega bus lines departing from various points in NYC and Boston-bound Greyhound and Peter Pan/Bonanza buses that leave from the Port Authority Bus Terminal (42nd St & 8th Ave.). You can also take the Amtrak train (Penn Station @ 31-33 Sts. & 7th & 8th Aves.) serving the NYC to Boston route.
Once you arrive in Boston, the Peter Pan/Bonanza bus serving the Logan Airport/Boston/Woods Hole route will take you the remainder of the way (about 1 1/2 hour) to the SSA ferry in Woods Hole.This is the only bus option leaving Boston for the MV bound SSA ferry.
Another option is to fly from your home city to Boston and pickup a Cape Air flight to MV. You may also arrange for private car service (limos & taxi) from the airport to Woods Hole, MA. If your home city happens to be NYC you can purchase a through ticket from JetBlue. You will fly JetBlue to Boston and then pick up your Cape Air flight to the Vineyard. Typically in the summer, JetBlue and Delta offer non-stop service to Martha’s Vineyard from New York’s JFK Airport. There are also Cape Air flights available from New Bedford, Hyannis and Providence that fly directly to MV. Many private charter airlines are also servicing the Vineyard with convenient flight schedules. View a full list of Charter Airlines.
Any Amtrak train route terminating at South Station in Boston will bring you within a block of the bus terminal where you can pick up your Peter Pan/Bonanza bus to Woods Hole. The last stop is the Steamship Authority (SSA) ferry terminal in Woods Hole which provides a relaxing 45-minute ferry trip across Vineyard Sound to Martha’s Vineyard.
In addition to the SSA car ferry terminal in Woods Hole there are ferries departing from several ports offering direct service to MV but for foot passengers only:
Out of State & MA
NYC/NJ: SeaStreak to Oak Bluffs, MA
New Bedford: SeaStreak-Martha’s Vineyard to MV
Quonset Point, RI: Martha’s Vineyard Fast Ferry to OB (just outside of Providence, shuttle service provided)
On the Cape from Hyannis:
Hy-Line Cruises to Oak Bluffs, MV (Hyannis can be easily accessed using the Plymouth-Brockton Street Railway bus which services Cape Cod, Boston and the South Shore.)
Train Service (Boston – Buzzard’s Bay/Hyannis):
Additionally, there is train service from Boston to Buzzard’s Bay (with a connecting bus link to the SSA Terminal in Woods Hole) and Hyannis (where travelers can pick up Hy-line Ferry service to Oak Bluffs). Details available at: http://www.capeflyer.com/ Falmouth: Island Queen to Oak Bluffs, MV Falmouth-Edgartown Ferry Service Patriot Party Boats to Oak Bluffs (Water shuttle between Falmouth-Oak Bluffs. Late night water taxi.)
Once you get to Martha’s Vineyard you can use taxis, Island buses, bikes, mopeds or rental cars to get around. Happy travelling!