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Woods Hole, 6 miles (10 km) southwest of Falmouth MA, is 45 minutes by car ferry from Vineyard Haven, on the island of Martha's Vineyard.

by Tom Brosnahan
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Ferry to Martha's Vineyard

The Woods Hole, Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket Steamship Authority (tel 508-540-2022), operates car ferries from Woods Hole to Vineyard Haven and Oak Bluffs on Martha's Vineyard, and from Hyannis to Oak Bluffs (Martha's Vineyard). (There are no ferries to Edgartown.)

Separate car ferries and passenger-only ferries sail from Hyannis to the island of Nantucket, and between the islands of Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket. More...

The car ferries also carry passengers without cars, and passengers with bicycles.

You should have a reservation to ship your car off-season (November through May), and you must have a car reservation in the high-summer months from mid-June through early September.


If you plan to take the ferry, do not park in Woods Hole. Follow signs to the Steamship Authority parking lots in Falmouth. If you ignore this advice and try to park in Woods Hole, you will probably be fined and your car towed. More...

Buses to/from Woods Hole

In high summer, Peter Pan runs buses between the Steamship Authority car ferry docks in Woods Hole and Boston, Providence RI and New York City.

Although bus schedules leaving Woods Hole are designed to work in conjunction with ferry arrivals, connections are not guaranteed because bad weather can make the ferry late, and the bus does not wait for a late ferry. It departs according to its published schedule.

Avoid taking the last ferry of the day from Martha's Vineyard to Woods Hole (or to Hyannis). It may not arrive in time for the departure of the last bus of the day. You may in fact arrive in time, but it's not dependable—the bus departs at its scheduled time, not upon arrival of the ferry.

Take an earlier ferry, or be prepared perhaps to spend the night in Woods Hole or Falmouth.

—by Tom Brosnahan

Martha's Vineyard Ferries

Steamship Authority

Parking in Woods Hole

Woods Hole Hotels

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About Woods Hole

Falmouth MA

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Cape Cod Trolley, Woods Hole MA

A Cape Cod Trolley shuttles passengers to their destination from the Steamship Authority ferry docks in Woods Hole MA.





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