Martha’s Vineyard Island lies approximately seven miles off the southern coast of Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Most travelers come to the island by ferry from Woods Hole, MA on the Martha’s Vineyard ferry operated by The Steamship Authority. This is the only ferry which transports vehicles as well as passengers to the island. There are several other ferries that travel to Martha’s Vineyard from Falmouth, Hyannis, Montauk (Long Island, NY), Nantucket, New Bedford and Quonset Point (Rhode Island).
Many travelers also come to the Island by private boat. If you are coming by private boat, you may dock at our private docks in Edgartown Harbor when you stay at The Harborside Inn.
Another option for traveling to Martha’s Vineyard is by air. Cape Air is the Island’s year-round air travel provider to Martha’s Vineyard. They offer flights from Boston, Hyannis, Nantucket, New Bedford and Providence. Other airlines such as US Airways Express and AirTran sometimes offer seasonal service to the Island as well. Travel by private plane is also an option with flights landing at the Martha’s Vineyard Regional Airport.
Getting Around Town
Once you have arrived on Martha’s Vineyard, there are several options for getting around the island. There are many private cab companies available on-island with cabs on-site at the ferry terminals, Martha’s Vineyard airport, and hotels as well as on-call service anywhere on the island.
For the adventurous travelers, bike rentals are available throughout the island. There are bike paths connecting each of the down-island towns of Edgartown, Oak Bluffs and Vineyard Haven.
Car rentals are also available on-island at rental sites near the Vineyard Haven and Oak Bluffs ferry terminals as well as the Martha’s Vineyard Airport.
There is also a public bus service run by the Martha’s Vineyard Transit Authority (VTA) that operates in each of the island towns. Fares are $1 per town, including the town of origin and 1, 3, and 7-day passes are available. For bus schedules and more information, visit www.vineyardtransit.com.