How to Get to Martha’s Vineyard

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How to get to Martha’s Vineyard in the least amount of time. Tips and tricks for taking the Martha’s Vineyard Ferry for a seamlessly easy trip.

How to get to Martha's Vineyard in the least amount of time. Tips and tricks for taking the Martha's Vineyard Ferry for a seamlessly easy trip.

How To Get To Martha’s Vineyard

For years I’ve dreamed of visiting Martha’s Vineyard – the island just southeast of the mainland of Massachusetts rich in history.

I was a little intimidated by travel to the island given there are only a couple ways on and off the island – boat or plane. I did a little research to determine how to get to Martha’s Vineyard and found a thread on TripAdvisor with excellent advice.

Easy Ways To Get To Martha’s Vineyard

Rather than fly into Boston and take an hour and twenty-minute shuttle or drive to a ferry, I discovered that you can fly into Providence and take the Vineyard Fast Ferry.

The Martha’s Vineyard ferry from Hyannis {via Boston} is an hour ride while the Vineyard Fast Ferry takes an hour and a half, but I’d rather spend my time on a boat any day.

I found the information to be limited and confusing, so I wanted to share, for others who may travel there.

how to get to martha's vineyard - the fast and inexpensive way

How to get to Martha’s Vineyard via the Vineyard Fast Ferry:

  • take an Uber – it was about $18 {flexible, pick up in Parking Lot D at Providence Airport}
  • take a taxi {flexible, pick up at the taxi stand at Providence Airport}
  • take the shuttle for $15/person {timing doesn’t change if your flight or ferry arrives late}

A few more tidbits about getting to and from Martha’s Vineyard I wish we knew:

Tips on How To Get To Martha’s Vineyard

Purchase your tickets in advance. There’s not a Vineyard Fast Ferry office on Martha’s Vineyard and when you purchase via phone, you can’t print. They’ll collect your tickets or send you to the office upon return back to the Providence port.

Also, there’s no address listed for the Vineyard Fast Ferry in Martha’s Vineyard to request Uber to. While all the locals know where it is, it is helpful when requesting an Uber.

how to get to Martha's vineyard - using the Martha's vineyard ferry

Martha’s Vineyard Ferry Address:

7 Circuit Avenue Extension, Oak Bluffs, MA 02557

If you find yourself with a few extra minutes and want a waterfront lunch in Rhode Island, we enjoyed:

Tavern by the Sea was in charming Kingstown with darling shops and incredible service, but the real winner was the fresh watermelon mojito!

Where to Eat on Your Way to Martha’s Vineyard

Iggy’s Doughboys and Chowder House appeared to be a local hit with a long line for their to go window – we opted to dine on the patio at their sister restaurant with beautiful waterfront views and no wait. It was the perfect stop between the ferry and airport.

For plenty of other suggestions check out my post about Things to do in Martha’s Vineyard

If you have any tips, please share!


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