Travel & Transportation

Unless it is absolutely necessary, please do not bring your car to Nantucket. The island is only 14.5 x 3.5 miles in size with most lodging, shops, and restaurants within a mile from the center of town. Our streets are narrow and diving and parking are difficult, particularly in the summer. There is ample parking in Hyannis around the boat docks and at the airport. Bicycle, car and moped rentals, as well as taxis, buses and tours ( van tours, bus tours, & bike tours)are available on the island. The Nantucket Regional Transit Authority (NRTA) offers seasonal bus service called the WAVE, from late May to early October with expanded routes in the summer months. Call 508-228—7025 for more WAVE information. There are taxi stands at all points of entry to the island, and at the Pacific Club Building on Lower Main Street. Taxi rates are based on mileage and are higher after 1 am, with extra charges for additional passengers and baggage. Ferry companies transport your bicycle at an additional charge. There are over 35 miles of bicycle paths on Nantucket.

Driving to Hyannis:

From New York City (271 miles) – follow Route 95 to Providence, Route 195 to Wareham, Route 25 to the Bourne Bridge (follow the signs for the Cape & Islands), Route 6 to Route 132 into Hyannis. Follow signs to the airport or ferry docks. Trip is approximately 4.5-5 hours depending on traffic.

From Boston (80 miles) – follow Route 3 (Southeast Expressway) to Route 6 over the Sagamore Bridge to Route 132 into Hyannis. Follow signs to the airport or ferry docks. Trip is approximately 1.5 hours depending on traffic.

Ferry Service

Steamship Authority
Year round from Hyannis

Hy-Line Cruises
Year round from Hyannis

Freedom Cruise Line, Inc.
Seasonal from Harwichport


Cape Air/Nantucket Airlines

Island Airlines


Jet Blue

Delta Airlines

United Airlines


Bus Service to Hyannis:

Plymouth & Brockton Bus Line
Service between Hyannis and Boston, including Logan Airport.

Peter Pan Bus Line
Service to Hyannis from New York, Boston, Western Massssachusetts and Providence.
Call 508/771-6191 (Hyannis), 212/947-1766 (New York), or 401/751-8880 (Providence).