(Please note that taxis will meet the ferries in Oak Bluffs or Vineyard Haven for transportation throughout the island and bus service is also available.)
Steamship Authority has the largest boats that bring passengers, bicycles, and automobiles to the island, leaving from Woods Hole, MA. It is the most affordable way to travel to the island, the schedule is the most frequent, and it is the only year round ferry service. The boats are equipped with a large snack counter, televisions, and elevators and all have indoor and outdoor seating. The ride is 45 minutes and passengers arrive at either Oak Bluffs or Vineyard Haven depending on the schedule. The island bus schedule is aligned with the Steamship Authority ferry schedule.
Reservations are required for automobiles only. Be sure to book your reservation well in advance if you plan to travel between July-September. Reservations are not taken for passengers but the boats are large enough to accommodate everyone. You can pay with cash or credit cards.
On route to Woods Hole, check for the large blinking sign along the right side of Route 28 close to the Bourne/Falmouth town line. This sign will tell you which satellite parking lot to park in. A bus will bring you from the parking lot to the ferry. There is no parking in Woods Hole. We suggest arriving at the parking lot at least 25 minutes prior to boat departure time.
Island Queen is a great way to travel on nice days. Their boat carries passengers and bicycles to the island, leaving from Falmouth, MA. Service runs from May - mid October. The boats travel back and forth several times a day and are equipped with a snack bar and indoor and outdoor seating. The ride is 35 minutes and passengers arrive in Oak Bluffs.
No reservations are taken so plan to arrive 45 minutes prior to departure to secure a space on the ferry. Cash only. Parking is located within walking distance of the ferry dock and passenger drop off prior to parking is available.
The Hy-Line ferry is a great way to travel to the island if you want to leave from mid-Cape Cod or if you plan on also visiting the island of Nantucket. Their boatscarry passengers and bicycles to the island from Hyannis, MA. They have two types of ferries. The traditional service runs once a day from Memorial Day- mid October and the ride is 1 hour and 50 minutes. The fast – ferry service is a bit more expensive and runs multiple times a day from May – October and the ride is 55 minutes. The boats have snack bars and indoor and outdoor seating areas. With both boats passengers arrive in Oak Bluffs.
They offer ferry service between Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket and between Nantucket and Hyannis from mid June- early September. Please note that you cannot take a day trip between the two islands without going back to Hyannis at the end of the day. If you would like to see both islands, we would recommend taking a few days and travelling from Hyannis to one island first, then on to the second island and then back to Hyannis.
Reservations for the fast ferry are recommended in July and August. Parking is located within walking distance of the ferry dock.
The Pied Piper is one of the smallest ferries that travel to the island but it is unique as it brings passengers and bicycles directly to Edgartown. It travels to the Vineyard May-October from Falmouth and is a lovely way to take a trip to the island. The boat is equipped with a snack bar and indoor and outdoor seating.
Reservations are not required. You can pay with cash or credit card.
Parking is valet so you can just drive right up to the ferry dock and on your return home, your car is waiting there for you.
Seastreak (New England Fast Ferry):
The Seastreak fast ferry is a great way to get to the island if you are travelling from areas west of the island, from Providence airport, or for those who do not want to deal with Cape Cod traffic. The boat carries passengers and bicycles and departs from New Bedford, MA. The boats are equipped with a snack bar and indoor and a small outdoor seating area. The ride is 55 minutes and passengers arrive in either Oak Bluffs or Vineyard Haven.
Reservations are recommended, especially during July-September. Parking is located close to the ferry dock and a shuttle bus is available. Shuttle service to the ferry dock is also available from TF Green airport and the Amtrak station both in Providence, RI. Separate reservations are required, see the Seastreak website for more information.
Vineyard Fast Ferry:
The Vineyard Fast Ferry is a great way to get to the island from New York City or points west of the Vineyard. The boat brings passengers and bicycles to the island from Quonset, RI. The vessels are equipped with a snack bar, televisions, and indoor and outdoor seating. The ride is 90 minutes and passengers arrive in Oak Bluffs.
Reservations are recommended and include a slight discounted rate. Parking is located at the ferry dock.
The ferry dock is very close to the TF Green airport in Providence and the Amtrack station in Kingston, RI and shuttle service is available. Separate reservations are required, see the Vineyard Fast Ferry website for more information.
Seastreak (New England Fast Ferry) from NJ/NYC:
The Seastreak ferry also has a service that departs from Highlands, NJ and East 35th St., New York City and is a very relaxing way to reach the Vineyard for the weekend. The boat brings passengers and bicycles to the town of Oak Bluffs on the island. The schedule is limited to departing NY/NJ on Thursday or Friday afternoons and returning on Sunday afternoons Memorial Day to Columbus Day. Monday and Tuesday returns are available over holiday weekends. The boat is equipped with a snack bar, full bar, televisions showing movies and indoor and outdoor seating. The ride is 5 1/4-6 ½ hours depending on your city of embarkation.
Reservations are required. No dogs are allowed on board and passengers are only allowed 2 pieces of luggage.
The Viking ferry connects Long Island to the Vineyard leaving Montauck, NY twice a week. The fast ferry is equipped with a snack bar and indoor and outdoor seating. The ride is 5 hours and passengers arrive in Oak Bluffs.
Reservations are strongly recommended. Parking is available across the street from the ferry dock. Please purchase your parking ticket at the office prior to entering the parking lot.
Peter Pan Bus Lines
If you are travelling from downtown Boston or Logan airport the bus is a great way to get to the island. Buses leave frequently from Logan airport and South Station in Boston and bring you directly to the Steamship Authority dock in Woods Hole, MA. They are timed to arrive and leave Woods Hole in sync with the ferry schedule. We would suggest that you purchase bus tickets ahead of time.
Flights depart throughout the day between Martha’s Vineyard and Boston, New York City, Hyannis, Providence, New Bedford, Westchester County, and Nantucket.
Flights between Martha’s Vineyard and JFK airport in New York City.
Flights between Martha’s Vineyard and JFK airport in New York City.
Flights between Martha’s Vineyard and Reagan airport in Washington, DC.
VTA (Vineyard Transit Authority)
The Jonathan Munroe House is located around the corner from the Edgartown shuttle stop and the schedule is aligned with the Steamship Authority ferry schedule. From Vineyard Haven take the #1 or #13 shuttle to Edgartown. From Oak Bluffs take the #13 shuttle to Edgartown. The fare is $2 or $3 depending on your departure town. Cash is required and in lieu of change a stored value card is dispensed for you to use at a later date. Shuttles from either town to Edgartown take around 20-25 minutes.
Once you get off the bus in Edgartown, head back up Church Street in the direction that the shuttle came from and take a right onto Main Street. You will see the Jonathan Munroe House a few houses down on the left hand side of the street.
Shuttles run frequently and all over the island. They are a great way to see the more rural “up-island” geography, travel between the more populated towns of Vineyard Haven, Oak Bluffs, and Edgartown, and access many of the popular beaches. Most shuttles can also accommodate at least 2 bikes.
We frequently use Adam Cab (800-281-4462) since they are based out of Edgartown and are very reliable.
Taxi cabs on the island don’t look like your average cab but they will bring you anywhere you want to go! Our taxis are large vans that can accommodate 8-10 people so don’t be surprised if on your way from the ferry or back from dinner you have to make a few extra stops for the rest of the passengers. The cab drivers usually organize the drop offs in the most efficient way possible and group passengers by their destination town.
Taxi cabs will be waiting at the ferry docks to bring you to your lodging location.
From Vineyard Haven:
Take a left out of the Steamship Authority parking lot onto Water Street. You will very shortly come upon an intersection known as “5 corners”. At this intersection you can either take the scenic route or the direct route.
- Scenic route (~20 minutes): At 5 corners take a left onto Beach Road keeping the bike rental shop on your right. Continue for little over 1 mile and just past the hospital the road will curve to the right and then you will take a left onto Temahigan Ave (follow signs to Oak Bluffs). Continue for .3 miles and then take a slight right onto New York Ave. Continue for 1.2 miles and drive through Oak Bluffs until the road ends and the ocean is in front of you. Take a right onto Seaview Avenue/Beach Road towards Edgartown. Continue for 4.8 miles until you enter Edgartown, you will pass a Stop and Shop grocery store on your left once you are in town. Bear left at the fork after Stop and Shop onto Upper Main Street. Take your third right at the flag pole onto Pease’s Point Way. Take your first left onto Pent Lane, it is immediately after your previous right turn. Three houses down on the left is the parking area for the Jonathan Munroe House. Please park in 1 of the 6 spaces, staying to one side or the other in the 3 large areas.
From Oak Bluffs (~15 minutes):
- Direct Route (~15 minutes) At 5 corners take a right onto State Road. In .2 miles take a left onto Edgartown -Vineyard Haven Road. Continue for 6.5 miles. Bear left at the fork after Stop and Shop onto Upper Main Street. Take your third right at the flag pole onto Pease’s Point Way. Take your first left onto Pent Lane, it is immediately after your previous right turn. Three houses down on the left is the parking area for the Jonathan Munroe House. Please park in 1 of the 6 spaces, staying to one side or the other in the 3 large areas.
From the Oak Bluffs Steamship Authority ferry dock take a left onto Seaview Avenue/Beach Road towards Edgartown. Continue for 4.8 miles until you enter Edgartown, you will pass a Stop and Shop grocery store on your left once you are in town. Bear left at the fork after Stop and Shop onto Upper Main Street. Take your third right at the flag pole onto Pease’s Point Way. Take your first left onto Pent Lane, it is immediately after your previous right turn. Three houses down on the left is the parking area for the Jonathan Munroe House. Please park in 1 of the 6 spaces, staying to one side or the other in the 3 large areas.