The Way to Go For Your Island Getaway

Experience the allure of the Islands. From magnificent beaches to wind-swept dunes to historic town centers, a trip to Martha’s Vineyard or Nantucket will always be memorable.

In any season, you’ll find things to do and places to visit on both Islands. Walking and bike trails circle each Island. Quaint Main Streets offer fascinating shops, fantastic restaurants and accommodations ranging from charming Bed & Breakfast Inns to full-service resorts.

Experience Serenity and Savings

Whether you come for a day, or a longer stay, the Steamship Authority is the Way to Go with our spacious ships, the most frequent daily departures, and U.S. Coast Guard-certified crews to get you there safely. From the moment you step on board, you’ll have that vacation feeling. Sit outdoors for the sea breezes and spectacular ocean views, or find cozy, comfortable seating indoors. Pets are welcome to travel with you in designated areas on-board. 

Please note: passenger reservations are not needed for our traditional ferries to Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket. Passengers traveling without a vehicle may purchase tickets at our terminals on the day of sailing.

The Way to Go to Martha’s Vineyard!

The seven mile trip from Woods Hole to beautiful Martha’s Vineyard takes just 45 minutes. And you have your choice of two ports for your arrival: Vineyard Haven or Oak Bluffs (May-October).

The Way to Go to Nantucket!

The M/V Iyanough makes traveling to Nantucket a breeze! In season, the 26 mile journey from Hyannis to Nantucket takes just one hour, dock-to-dock, aboard our high-speed passenger vessel.

Want to make it a more leisurely voyage? Our traditional ferries from Hyannis can get you to Nantucket in 2 hours and 15 minutes.

Taking the High-Speed Passenger-Only Ferry, the M/V Iyanough?

The high-speed ferry passenger pick-up/drop-off area at the Hyannis Terminal features a large shelter with bench seats where you can enjoy views of Hyannis Harbor. You can drive right up to the high-speed ferry slip, drop off your luggage and/or other travelers, and then park your car in one of our premium parking spaces located at the Hyannis Terminal (limited spaces available) or in one of our off-site parking lots. Our complimentary shuttle service brings you to and from the off-site parking lots. And during the summer season, you can purchase high-speed passenger-only ferry tickets from our ticket booth, located just steps away from the boarding ramp, open from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm.

Enjoy The Many Benefits Of Traveling With The Steamship Authority Including:

  • Lowest fares, year-round service, and the most frequent daily departures
  • Free Wi-Fi on-board all of our vessels and at all of our terminals
  • Comfortable seating with modern amenities