Martha’s Vineyard is an island six miles off the coast of Falmouth, on Cape Cod Massachusetts. There are many ways to get to Martha’s Vineyard, but there is no bridge or tunnel to drive here directly, so a little prior travel planning is recommended. The most popular mode of transportation to the island is by ferry service, but it is also possible to get here by air. The Island is just under 100 square miles, so many visitors like to bring a car with them to the island. Just remember that there are other options to get around the island if you prefer to not be locked into a time with your car reservation!
If you plan to bring a car with you to the island, you will need to reserve space for your car on the Steamship Authority ferry service. This is the only way to get a car to the island, and they require advance reservations in the summer months, as well as recommending that advanced reservations be made year round.
Getting to Martha’s Vineyard
By Ground Transportation to Ferries
If you are not bringing a car, there are many other options to get here, as well as options to get around the Island once you are here. You can take a car to one of the numerous passenger only Martha’s Vineyard ferry services, or travel by bus, train, or limousine service to one of the ferries.
The Peter Pan Bus line has service to and from the Steamship Authority terminal in Woods Hole, Ma daily, year round. The buses run from both Boston and NY. 800-343-9999
The Cape Flyer is a new rail service running Memorial through Labor Day weekends, and is available on weekends only, taking passengers from Boston to Buzzard’s Bay (where they can connect to a bus to the Steamship Authority) or to Hyannis where the Hyline fast ferry departs.
Martha’s Vineyard is easily accessible by airplane, and is home to two airports.
Katama Airfield, the smaller of the two, is available for small private charters.
Dukes County Airport is the one used by most visitors. It is serviced year round by Cape Air, and includes service from US Airways, Jet Blue and Delta Airlines during the busier summer months. In season, direct flights are available from Boston, Providence, New York City, and Washington D.C., as well as Hyannis and Nantucket and New Bedford.