Martha's Vineyard Ferry
Woods Hole, Falmouth, Hyannis...

A Martha's Vineyard Ferry is the only way to go to the Vineyard other than by plane or private boat.

Fortunately, there are great ferry services offered from multiple departure locations.

A listing of the locations is presented further down this page.

martha's vineyard ferry


Here are some general tips about traveling on the ferries:

  • demand for tickets can be strong, advance reservations are highly recommended
  • the only ferry that will transport vehicles is the Steamship Authority in Woods Hole
  • the ferries are fast, the views are spectacular, the trip will seem short
  • bathrooms, food and drinks are available
  • there will be many photo opportunities
  • there is plenty of seating both inside and out on the decks
  • many ferries now have flat screen tv's
  • many ferries now have free wi-fi internet access

Vineyard Ferry Locations

Woods Hole, MA
The Steamship Authority terminal is about 4 miles from Falmouth Center and offers a wide schedule of trips to the Vineyard. It is also the only ferry that transports vehicles. Travel time is about 45 minutes.

woods hole ferry

We have taken this ferry numerous times and The Steamship Authority has a well-run system in place. As you approach Woods Hole, you'll start seeing signs for the ferry.

If you are not taking your car there are parking lots about a mile or so from the ferry and buses bring you to the ferry.

If you are taking your vehicle, when you get to the ferry terminal you will be placed in one of many lines of cars waiting to load onto the ferry.

If you have a little extra time and are hungry or looking for some coffee, there's a great little coffee shop, named "Pie in the Sky", to the right of the ferry terminal.

Falmouth, MA
The Island Queen sails from Falmouth to Oak Bluffs. The ship is smaller than the Woods Hole ferry and it does not carry vehicles. Travel time is about 35 minutes.

Hyannis, MA
Hy-Line Cruises operates ferries to Martha's Vineyard. Travel time is about 1 1/2 hrs.

New Bedford, MA
The New England Fast Ferry Co. offers fast ferry service to Martha's Vineyard. Travel time is about 1 hour.


See photos and info for Oak Bluffs, one of the main ferry destinations.

Learn about activities on Martha's Vineyard


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