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Updated: March 19, 2022
Ferries make the crossing between Cape Cod and the nearby island of Nantucket year round. Some ferries carry people, autos, and pets. Others are for passengers and their pets only.
Which ferry is best for your trip to Nantucket? This page will help you decide!
Three ferry companies serve the Cape Cod-Nantucket route:
You'll have two departure ports on Cape Cod to choose from:
Here are a few things to consider when you're choosing which port to leave from ...
Is ticket price your #1 consideration?
Steamship Authority's traditional ferry is by far the least expensive ferry to Nantucket. But ... it's also the slowest ferry.
Pier to pier time on the traditional ferry is 2 hours and 15 minutes. On the "fast ferries" it's a 1-hour trip.
As I've mentioned above, two ferry companies operate from Hyannis Harbor. Only one operates from Harwich Port.
So it probably comes as no surprise that you'll have many more departure/return times to choose from if you leave from Hyannis. ;-)
Are you planning to take your car over to Nantucket? If so, the only option is Steamship Authority's traditional ferry from Hyannis. The other ferries don't carry vehicles.
*Important: Space for vehicles is limited. So be sure to reserve a spot as early in the year as possible!
Ocean Street Docks
220 Ocean Street
Route: Hyannis Harbor to Nantucket
Season: High-speed ferry sails year round.
Auto Transport: No
Crossing Time: About 1 hour, pier to pier.
Schedule: During peak season, the high-speed ferry sails multiple times a day from early morning to mid-evening. There are fewer sailings off-season.
Round Trip Fares (2022): $81 adult; $52 kids age 5-12; free for kids 4 and under.
Parking: HyLine has its own lots near the pier on Ocean Street, and there are plenty of private lots in walking distance from the pier. Or park in the Hyannis Transportation Center lot on Transportation Avenue, then walk or take a trolley (seasonal) to the pier.
See HyLine's website for current schedules, fares, discounts, and more.
South Street Pier
69 South Street
Route: Hyannis to Nantucket Harbor
Season: Year-round service on the traditional ferry. High-speed ferry is seasonal only from mid-April to mid-October
Auto Transport: Yes, on the traditional ferry only.
Crossing Time: 1 hour on the high-speed ferry. 2 hours and 15 minutes on the traditional ferry.
Schedule: Multiple sailings daily from early morning to mid-evening.
Round Trip Fares (2022): High speed ferry - $75 adult; $38 ages 5-12; under 5 Free. Traditional ferry - $39 adult; $20 ages 5-12; under 5 Free. Additional charge to bring bicycle, surfboard, etc. aboard. Vehicle transport fares vary by size of vehicle.
Parking: Steamship Authority has a number of off-site lots with free shuttle service to their pier.
See Steamship Authority's website for current schedules, fares, discounts, parking info and more.
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702 Route 28
Harwich Port, MA
Route: Saquatucket Harbor to Nantucket Harbor
Season: Late May to mid-October
Auto Transport: No
Crossing Time: About 80 minutes, pier to pier
Round Trip Fares (2022): $85 adults; $55 kids ages 3-10; $15 ages 2 and under. Additional charge to bring bicycle, surfboard, etc. onboard.
Parking: On-site parking. Free for same-day departure/return. Overnight parking $25.
Visit Freedom Cruise Line's website for up-to-date schedules, fares, discount offers, parking info and more.
Visiting Nantucket & Martha's Vineyard the same day ...
Leaving from Hyannis Harbor early in the morning, and returning to Hyannis late evening, HyLine's seasonal "Around the Sound" excursion gives you time on Nantucket and on Martha's Vineyard - just enough to get a taste of each island. It's a very full day trip, to be sure!