Martha's Vineyard--How to get there

Aug 23rd, 2009, 02:47 PM
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Martha's Vineyard--How to get there

Husband and I are considering a trip to Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket. Being from south TX these places seem like another world, so I apologize for these questions if they seem ridiculous. Flying from Houston what airport would I need to fly into? Should we fly straight to the island or to the mainland and ferry over? Thanks
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Aug 23rd, 2009, 03:13 PM
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The easiest way would be to fly into Boston Logan and then take a connecting flight to one of the islands. Check out Cape Air (, it's the airline that flies to the islands.

You could also fly into Boston and either rent a car or take a bus to either Woods Hole or Hyannis where the ferries leave from. The bus/ferry would be the cheapest, yet longest route.
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Aug 24th, 2009, 02:54 AM
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Depends on when you want to come.

In the summer, you can fly to Nantucket on Continental through Newark (probably good for Houstonians), on JetBlue through JFK (I think) or USAir from Boston or LaGuardia.

Otherwise, Wyatt92 is correct except that the cost of booking a Cape Air flight separately is horrendous, possibly as much as you pay Houston-Boston. If you book the whole trip through your primary carrier, it will be cheaper, and using FF miles is best of all.

You will not want to bring a car to the islands ($400+ RT to Nantucket for car and 2 people) and you don't want to leave a rental car sitting in a parking lot at $15 a day while you are visiting the islands.

Buses leave Logan Airport hourly for Hyannis, where you catch the Nantucket ferry, and Wood's Hole, where you catch the Vineyard ferry. Cape Air has relatively inexpensive flights from one island to the other that only take about ten minutes. Because the Vineyard is fairly spread out, you may want to rent a car while you are there. Nantucket is more compact, and if you stay in town, you won't need one, especially between Memorial Day and October 1.

Hope this helps.
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Aug 24th, 2009, 06:03 AM
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You can also fly into Providence. During the summer months, Cape Air has flights to these islands from PVD as well. Alternatively, you can fly into Providence and take the fast ferry out of Quonset Point to Martha's Vineyard. The ferry is about a 20 minute cab ride from the airport. I am not sure if they have a shuttle but that would be on the website for the fast ferry. You could also fly into PVD and rent a car and drive to Woods Hole or Hyannis. I think there is also a ferry from New Bedford.
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Aug 26th, 2009, 09:07 AM
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The nearest ferry to MV is the one from WoodsHole. that would be your quickest ferry ride. Once on MV there are shuttle busses which cover most of the island. If you want the flexibility to come and go at will, rent a car, once you are there.
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