Ferry Travel

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Ferry Travel

Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket are easily reached by passenger ferries (traditional and high-speed boats) from several Cape towns; some of this service runs year-round while other is seasonal. Even parking for the ferries must be reserved during the busy season, but passenger reservations are rarely necessary. Trip times vary from as little as 45 minutes to about two hours and range in price from about $8 one-way up to $35. Bicycles can be taken aboard many ferries for $3, while cars cost $42.50 to $68 (reservations required).

In season, ferries connect Boston and Plymouth with Provincetown. Bay State Cruise Company offers standard and high-speed ferry services between Commonwealth Pier in Boston and MacMillan Wharf in Provincetown. High-speed service runs a few times daily from mid-May through September ($85 round-trip); the ride takes 90 minutes. Standard service runs Saturdays only in July ($46 round-trip); the ride takes three hours. Boston Harbor Cruises runs a fast ferry from Long Wharf in Boston mid-May to mid-October for $85 round-trip. From the State Pier in Plymouth, the Plymouth to Provincetown Express Ferry operates a 90-minute ferry daily from mid-June to mid-September ($43 round-trip).

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