Engaging Getaways and Venues for:
USA/New England: Edgartown, MA
Ferries and Mainland Parking
Whether you bring your car or leave it on the mainland, the most direct ferry options to Edgartown are from Falmouth or Woods Hole on Cape Cod. Driving time to the Cape Cod towns is about 1 1/2 hours from Boston and 4 1/2 hours from New York. The ferry terminal of The Steamship Authority in Woods Hole has the most frequent ferry service to two Martha's Vineyard destinations, Vineyard Haven (year round) and Oak Bluffs (closed November to April) on Martha's Vineyard. Check the ferry schedules which change seasonally. Cars can be brought on these ferries. Frequent bus or taxi service (see below) is available from Vineyard Haven and Oak Bluffs to Edgartown.
The Steamship Authority has shuttle service to the ferry from multiple parking lots. Electronic signs on the road to Woods Hole indicate which lots are open. In the busy summer season, watch the signs carefully and plan extra time for your trip. Shuttle vehicles from the parking lots to the ferry terminal have bike racks.
The Falmouth Edgartown Ferry does not carry cars but is a good alternative, especially in the summer, if you can manage without a vehicle. The ferry is less hectic than the one from Woods Hole, though ticket and parking rates are slightly more expensive. The ferry goes directly to the Memorial Wharf in Edgartown. All recommended accommodations are within walking distance. Passenger reservations are recommended. Valet parking.
Fast ferries, which carry no cars, are also available from Connecticut and Rhode Island to Oak Bluffs on Martha's Vineyard. Buses and taxis transport passengers from Oak Bluffs to Edgartown.
SeaStreak is the fast ferry that travels from New Bedford, CT, to Oak Bluffs from late May through mid-October. Vineyard Fast Ferry operates from Quonset Point in North Kingstown, RI, to Oak Bluffs from late May through mid-October.
Public bus service operated by the Martha's Vineyard Regional Transit Authority is frequent (every 15-20 minutes in the summer) and costs $3 from Vineyard Haven or Oak Bluffs to Edgartown. The bus stops are steps from the ferry terminals. The bus drop off in Edgartown is at the Visitor’s Center on Winter Street, just opposite the commons. Taxi service is also available. The fare to Edgartown is about $20 from Vineyard Haven and slightly less from Oak Bluffs.
Four airlines serve the island: Cape Air, Delta, US Airways and JetBlue. The airport is less than a 10-minute ride to Edgartown center. A local bus runs frequently to and from the airport and costs $3. A taxi costs about $12.
Peter Pan Bus Lines offers service from New York, Boston's Logan Airport, Boston's South Station and Providence to the Woods Hole ferry dock. The best information to coordinate ferry and bus schedules is on the Steamship website.
If you own a boat, Edgartown Harbor accommodates sailing and motorized boats. Large ships and yachts must anchor outside the harbor. Mooring permits can be obtained from the Edgartown harbormaster.