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Steamship Authority car ferries depart several times daily from Woods Hole, 6 miles (10 km) southwest of Falmouth on Cape Cod, on the 45-minute voyage to the island of Martha's Vineyard.




The Steamship Authority car ferries make up to 14 trips daily from Woods Hole to Martha's Vineyard. The car ferries also carry passengers without cars ($8.50 per adult, one-way) and passengers with bicycles ($4 one-way for a bicycle).

All voyages from mid-October to mid-May go to Vineyard Haven.

From mid-May to mid-October, most voyages go to Vineyard Haven, but 4 or 5 voyages each day dock at Oak Bluffs instead.

There are no ferries to Edgartown.

Except for the busiest dates and departures, pedestrian passengers can simply arrive at the ferry dock in Woods Hole, buy their tickets and walk aboard, but to ship a car you must have an advance reservation. Off-season (November through May), you may not have to reserve too far in advance, but in the high-summer months from mid-June through early September, space on the ferry may be fully booked well in advance. Plan ahead! More...

Mobile Website

Besides its normal website, the Steamship Authority has a mobile website for checking schedules and making reservations. More...

Buses to/from Woods Hole

In high summer, Peter Pan Bus Lines 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, bus connections are not guaranteed because bad weather can make the ferry late, and the bus does not wait for a late ferry. The bus departs according to its published schedule.

Avoid taking the last ferry of the day from Martha's Vineyard to Woods Hole (or to Hyannis) with the intention of boarding the last bus of the day—you may make it, but it's not dependable. If you miss the bus, what will you do?

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

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Car Ferry from Woods Hole to Martha's Vineyard MA

A Steamship Authority car ferry approaches the dock at Woods Hole, near Falmouth on Cape Cod.





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