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Getting to Nantucket

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“The welcoming of Nantucket appeared to be as beautiful as we had heard…  Behind the charming porch was our home for a few days, one of the oldest inns on 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 ferries, hi-speed ferry, slow boat, private boat or airplane. You can drive to New England Cape Cod 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:


Avoid the traffic of the Cape to Hyannis and enjoy carefree ferry travel to Nantucket; limited schedule but well worth reserving. Please check their website for details on schedule, fares and parking availability. Telephone 800-262-8743


Hyannis, MA to Nantucket:

Daily one and two-hour ferries 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

Boston, MA: approx. 50-min flight  Cape Air 800.352.0714 | JetBlue 800.538.2583

Danbury, CT: approx 1-hr flight  Reliant Air 203.743.5100

Hyannis, MA: approx. 15-min flight  Cape Air 800.352.0714 | Island Airlines 800.248.7779 | Nantucket Airlines 800.635.8787

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

New York (JFK ), NY:  JetBlue 800.538.2583 | Delta Business Express 800.221.1212

New York (La Guardia), NY:  JetBlue 800.538.2583 | Delta Business Express 800.221.1212

Palm Beach, FL:  US Airways  800.428.4322 | JetBlue  800.538.2583

Philadelphia, PA:  JetBlue 800.538.2583

Providence, RI: approx. 45-min flight  Cape Air 800.352.0714

Washington, DC:�� JetBlue/CapeAir 800.538.2583 | US Airways (seasonal) 800.428.4322

White Plains, NY: approx 1-hr  Reliant Air 203.743.5100


The easy way to get to Hyannis, MA from Boston airport, or surrounding areas is by public 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 from Boston, 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