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P-town is 62 miles (100 km) NE of Sandwich, 50 miles (81 km) NE of Hyannis, a 2-1/2-hour drive from Boston... a 90-minute ferry voyage or a 30-minute flight.

by Tom Brosnahan
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MacMillan Wharf (or Town Wharf) in the center of Provincetown is where intercity buses begin and end their runs, and where the Provincetown Chamber of Commerce operates its information office.


US Route 6, the Mid-Cape Highway, is a divided highway (mostly four lanes, but in some parts two lanes) all the way from the Cape Cod Canal to P-town (map), where it ends and brings you face to face with a parking problem.

Don't try to park in the center of P-Town unless you arrive early in the morning. Instead, get a space in one of the municipal parking lots (follow the signs) if you can find one.


Peter Pan Bus Lines

In summer, Peter Pan Bus Lines will take you from New York City (Port Authority Terminal, Greyhound counter) to Hyannis and Provincetown. The trip to P-Town takes 8 hours from New York City.

There are also buses from Providence RI (Peter Pan Terminal), a trip of 3.5 hours, and from Albany NY and Springfield MA to Hyannis, where you connect for P-town. In Hartford CT the Peter Pan terminal is at Union Station.

P&B Buses

Plymouth & Brockton Street Railway Company runs four buses daily in summer from Boston to Hyannis and Provincetown stopping at Harwich, Orleans, Eastham, Wellfleet and Truro.


Cape Air (tel. toll free 800-352-0714) flies between Boston's Logan International Airport and Provincetown several times daily in summer, a scenic trip of less than 30 minutes.

Ferry from Boston

You can take a delightful 3-hour cruise from Boston to Provincetown aboard the m/v Provincetown II, or a quicker 90-minute voyage aboard the fast catamaran ferry m/v Provincetown III, both operated by Bay State Cruises (tel 617-748-1428).

The ships' dock is at Boston's World Trade Center, a 12-minute walk from the South Station Transportation Center, or you can ride the MBTA Silver Line buses from South Station to the World Trade Center in about five minutes.

Breakfast, lunch, snacks, alcoholic beverages, and other refreshments are for sale, and both ships have open (sunny), covered (shady), and enclosed (air-conditioned) seating areas. More...

Ferry from Plymouth

From late June through September, Captain John Whale Watching & Fishing Tours operates a fast ferry from the Town Wharf in Plymouth to MacMillan Wharf in Provincetown. The voyage takes about 90 minutes. More...

Local Transit

The Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority (CCRTA) connects Provincetown with other Cape Cod towns and villages by bus, and The Shuttle in Provincetown connects the main points in this long, spread-out town, from Race Point Beach in the north through the P-Town Airport, Herring Cove Beach, MacMillan Pier, the P&B Bus Stop, and North Truro. More...

—by Tom Brosnahan

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Plymouth & Brockton bus, Provincetown MA

A Plymouth & Brockton bus from Boston at the Provincetown Chamber of Commerce office by MacMillan Wharf.





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