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Getting to Martha's Vineyard from Boston

by lbaz95 Online Now Jul 12, 2011 at 6:59 AM

Hello:

I apologize if this has been asked before. I am trying to figure out the best way to get from Boston to Martha's Vineyard, leaving on a Monday in August from downtown Boston and returning to Logan airport on the following Monday, August 22nd. We will be traveling with our children who are 9 and 14. Here are my questions:

I have done some research and know that we can take the Peter Pan bus. Will that get us close to one of the ferries? I see that there are more than one ferry--Island Queen and Steamship Authority. Is one better than the other? Do any of them take passenger reservations? Is the Steamship Authority the only one that takes cars? Is it worth getting onto the waiting list for our car? Our plan is to rent a car once we are on the Vineyard because we apparently waited too long to get a vehicle registration.

We know we could also rent a car for a one way rental from Boston to the ferry. That would likely be a hassle, though.

The limo service is very, very expensive.

Are there any other options?

We were hoping to check out downtown Falmouth before we go across on the ferry, but would presumably need to take a cab, then, to get to the ferry. Are there cabs available? We do not have to do this part if it is too much of a hassle.

Thank you very much.

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    Re: Getting to Martha's Vineyard from Boston

    by nomad7890 Online Now Jul 12, 2011 at 7:14 AM

    It's been a while - but this is what we did in 2001. I was working in CT and I met my husband for the weekend and drove to Massachussets. We wanted to take the car in the ferry, but it takes forever - so we opted for leaving the car and taking the ferry as a passenger. Once at Martha's Vineyard we found an Avis car rental and just rented a vehicle which we returned the same day. So we had a rental car up to the ferry, parked the rental car, took the ferry and picked up another car = no waiting in queues to get a car in the ferry, and it's much cheaper.

    May want to check and reserve the car at Martha's Vineyard before going if you choose this option since we did it a good 10 years back.

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    Re: Getting to Martha's Vineyard from Boston

    by bahiana77 Online Now Jul 12, 2011 at 8:26 AM

    If you take the Steamship Authority ferry, the Peter Pan bus leaves you about 50ft from their dock. The earliest bus is at 8:30, I believe, arriving 10:10, so probably the first available ferry to connect with would be the 10:45, arriving in Vineyard Haven at about 11:30. To get an earlier ferry (ex: 8:15, arriving 9am), and therefore have more time on the island, you'd have to drive.
    Getting around the island is easy enough by multi-route local bus. There is a route map online.

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  • Re: Getting to Martha's Vineyard from Boston

    by lbaz95 Online Now Jul 13, 2011 at 7:10 AM

    Thank you very much for the help.

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