“Arriving on the ferry, we looked down onto a busy dock full of people waving hello and saying goodbye surrounded by mounds of blue hydrangea, small buildings covered in weathered shingles and some of the world’s truly astonishing yachts. The welcoming of Nantucket appeared to be as beautiful as we had heard… we grabbed a cab at the end of the dock for a quick lift with our luggage to a charming wide white porch dripping with flower baskets and covered with small tables and chairs partially hidden by thick green flowering vines. Behind the charming porch was our home for a few days, one of the oldest inns on Nantucket”
GETTING TO NANTUCKET
How do I get to Nantucket, you wonder. For starters, there is no bridge or tunnel to Nantucket Island. Nantucket is located approx. 30 miles, or 48.2 km out to sea off the coast of Massachusetts easily accessed by ferry, private boat or airplane. You can drive to New England area, and arrive to Hyannis Cape Cod via car, public bus or train, where you connect to Nantucket Island via ferries. The best way to travel from mainland to island of Nantucket is by ferry as you are immediately transported back in time. This is also the traditional way of traveling to Nantucket. Check out the best location, our bed and breakfast, Century House, 10 Cliff Road, Nantucket MA. Getting to Nantucket:
Hyannis, MA to Nantucket: Daily one and two-hour ferry ride for passengers and vehicles is provided by Steamship Authority from Cape Cod, specifically Hyannisport, MA. The high speed one hour ferry ride, is for passengers only. Steamship Authority ferry arrives on Nantucket Island at the SteamBoat Wharf, a 5-7 minute walk to the Century House. Hy-Line Cruises also provides fast and slow ferry services to Nantucket, arriving at Straight Wharf, a 15 minute walk to Century House.
-Steamship Authority Vehicle or Slow Ferry 508.477.8600 | Steamship High Speed 508.495.3278 | Hy-Line Hyannis 800.492.8082 | Hy-Line Nantucket 508.228.3949 | Hy-Line Cruises | Steamship Authority
Harwick Point, MA to Nantucket: Ferry rides to and from Nantucket Island, MA and Harwick Point, MA are provided by Freedom Cruise Line Note: Freedom Cruise Line docks at the Straight Wharf in Nantucket.
-Freedom Cruise Line 508.432.8999
Martha’s Vineyard to Nantucket: Daily ferry rides, departures to and from Martha’s Vineyard during the high season are provided by Hy-Line Cruises. Hy-Line Cruises docks at the Straight Wharf in Nantucket.
-Hy-Line Cruises | Hy-Line Hyannis 800.492.8082 | Hy-Line Nantucket 508.228.3949; 508.228.0262 | Hy-Line Inter-Island 508.693.0112
Daily direct flights from Boston, Providence, or Hyannis are provided by Island Airlines, Cape Air, Nantucket Airlines and others. JetBlue currently offers flights from New York. JetBlue, USAirways, Delta, provide flights to Nantucket directly or through a connection. Boston, MA or New York, NY are two locations through which you can also connect easily to Nantucket from anywhere in the US; Cape Air and JetBlue fly directly from Boston, MA, and New York, NY to Nantucket, MA. Nantucket Airport is located about 15 minutes away from the Century House. Taxis are available.
-Island Airlines 800.248.7779 | Cape Air 800.352.0714 | Nantucket Airlines 866.588.2251 | JetBlue 800.538.2583 | Nantucket Airport
• Danbury, CT: approx 1-hr flight Reliant Air 203.743.5100
• Martha’s Vineyard, MA: approx. 15-min flight Cape Air 800.352.0714
• New Bedford, MA: approx. 25-min flight Cape Air 800.352.0714
• Philadelphia, PA: JetBlue 800.538.2583
• Providence, RI: approx. 45-min flight Cape Air 800.352.0714
• White Plains, NY: approx 1-hr Reliant Air 203.743.5100
An easy way to get to Hyannis, MA from Boston airport or surrounding areas is by bus. Plymouth-Brockton bus line provides daily departures and arrivals between Boston Logan Airport, or South Station in Boston, MA and Hyannis Trasportation Center in Hyannis, Massachusetts. A two hour scenic ride from the Boston-Logan airport into Hyannis Port, Cape Cod area in MA. Hyannis Transportation Center is located at 215 Iyannough Road, Hyannis, MA. From the Hyannis Transportation Center you can take a taxi or walk to the the ferries which provide service to Nantucket; For ferry schedules see By Ferry section. Note: week-day and week-end schedules may differ.
- Plymouth-Brockton Bus Line 508.746.0378; 508.775.5524
You can get to Hyannis MA by train in the summertime. CapeFLYER train service from Buzzards Bay, Middleborough, Braintree, and South Station in Boston, Ma to Hyannis, MA. The Cape Cod train station is located at Hyannis Transportation Center 215 Iyannough Road, Hyannis, MA 02601. From the train you can head on to the ferries. For ferry schedules see By Ferry section. Note: The train runs through Columbus Day Weekend.
- CapeFLYER Hyannis Transportation Center 508.775.8504
You have the option of bringing your car to Nantucket, however, you do not need a car. You must drive to Hyannis, MA to either the Steamship Authority ferry dock or the Hy-line Cruises ferry dock. From the two docks you can take the slow ferry with your vehicle or the fast ferry separately to Nantucket. You can also park your car in Hyannis, MA near the ferries for a fee. Inquire at either SteamShip Authority or Hy-line Cruises.
Steamship Authority Vehicle and Slow Ferry | Hy-Line Cruises