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The Nantucket Hotel offers a complimentary pick-up/drop-off service for those guests that choose the High-Speed Ferry Services from Hyannis or New Bedford, Mass., and from New York City, and who pre-reserve their transfer service with us in advance of their Island arrival. Our shuttle bus is only at the dock for those guests who pre-reserve their pick-up with us!
To order our complimentary pick-up and drop-off service to and from the high-speed ferries, please visit our Pre-Arrival Concierge page: Order Now
In addition, passenger reservations are required for all ferry services:
From Hyannis, MA via high-speed ferry (year-round – up to 14 trips daily – 1 hour crossing time): Contact the Steamship Authority for passenger reservations on their high-speed ferry at www.steamshipauthority.com or by calling 508-495-3278. TTY for the hearing impaired is 508-540-1394
Contact Hy-Line Cruises for passenger ferry reservations on their high-speed ferry at www.hylinecruises.com or by calling 800-492-8082.
From New Bedford, MA via high-speed ferry – (May 24 to September 4, 2017 – up to 3 trips daily – 2 hour crossing time): Contact Seastreak for passenger ferry reservations on their high-speed ferry at seastreak.com or by calling 800-262-8743.
From New York, NY via high-speed ferry service from E. 35th Street, Manhattan – (weekends only from May 26 to September 4, 2017 – 6 hour crossing time) Contact Seastreak for passenger ferry reservations on their high-speed ferry at seastreak.com or by calling 800-262-8743.
The Nantucket Hotel is located in downtown Nantucket, convenient to beaches, shopping, restaurants, and nightlife. A car is unnecessary and discouraged.
If you wish to bring your car to the Island, or rent a car once you’re here, we require your notifying us in advance so we can reserve a space for you at the Hotel. Space is limited and available on a first-come, first-serve basis. There isn’t any charge for this service, but you need to order it in advance on our Pre-Arrival Concierge. Please contact the Steamship Authority to make auto ferry reservations. Reservations should be made well in advance. During the summer months an automobile costs $400.00 round-trip for the ferry passage – plus passenger fares. It is less expensive November to April.
From Hyannis, MA – Located centrally on Cape Cod, Hyannis is the primary year-round Nantucket departure port for both automobiles and passengers. Two boat lines, the Steamship Authority and Hy-Line Cruises, operate high-speed, passenger ferry service.
From New Bedford, MA – Located near the Rhode Island border, this seasonal high-speed passenger ferry service is convenient for those coming to Nantucket from Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, and points west. Contact Seastreak for more information.
From New York, NY – Direct high-speed passenger ferry service between Manhattan and Nantucket operates seasonally every weekend from East 35th Street. Although at first blush 6 hours may seem like a long trip, when compared to the drive from New York at peak weekend times and the cost of flying and getting to the airports, this fast ferry is a viable option to consider. Contact Seastreak for reservations.
From Martha’s Vineyard and Harwichport, MA – Additional seasonal high-speed passenger ferry service is provided to Nantucket from Martha’s Vineyard Island via Hy-Line Cruises, and Harwichport (located near Chatham on Cape Cod) via Freedom Cruises.
Rent a Car on Your Own To Hyannis: Budget and Avis offer a convenient and easy to use one-way drop-off in Hyannis. You can pick-up your car wherever you start your journey, drop it off at the Steamship Authority, enjoy your visit on-Island car-free without paying for an unused vehicle and, upon the return, reserve a car for the journey home. When booking on-line, the Hyannis drop-off/pick-up location is “Hyannis South Street.” If you’re using Avis for your car rental, and plan to drop it off or pick it up at the wharf, be sure to use Discount Code #H855900 to receive up to 20% off your daily, weekly or weekend rates. For more information, call Avis’s Hyannis office at (508) 771-4554 or visit their website.
Hire a Driver and Car: You can pre-arrange ground transfer service with a driver from the Amtrak Train Station in Providence, Rhode Island or from the T.F. Green airport in Providence to New Bedford or Hyannis by calling Town Car Travel at (508) 678-5500, White Tie Limo Escort Coach at (800) 564-8116 or Little Rest Limousine at (401) 294-1414.
Take the bus from the Port Authority Bus Terminal, New York City: Peter Pan Bus Lines’ operates direct service every two hours to Hyannis. Peter Pan can be reached at (888) 751-8800, by e-mail or via their website, click here. The Hyannis bus terminal is an easy taxi ride to all Hyannis terminals.
Rent a Car on Your Own to/from Hyannis: Budget and Avis both offer a convenient and easy to use one-way drop-off option at the Steamship Authority wharf in Hyannis. You can pick-up your car at Logan Airport or many in-town locations, drop it off at the ferry, enjoy your visit on-Island car-free without having to pay for an unused vehicle and, upon the return, reserve a car for the journey home. When booking on-line, the Hyannis drop-off/pick-up is “Hyannis South Street.” If you’re using Avis for your car rental be sure to use Discount Code #H855900 to receive up to 20% off your daily, weekly or weekend rates. Call Avis’s Hyannis office at (508) 771-4554 or visit their website.
Hire a Driver and Car: You can pre-arrange ground transfer service with a driver from Boston to Hyannis by calling Town Car Travel at (508) 678-5500, White Tie Limo Escort Coach at (800) 564-8116, ABD Coach Limo at (866) 4-ABD-LIMO or Any Occasion Limo Service at (508) 477-7300.
Take the Train to Hyannis: Passenger rail service operates from Boston’s South Station to Hyannis every weekend from Memorial Day Weekend to Labor Day Weekend, connecting with Nantucket’s high-speed ferries. Please go to CapeFlyer.com or call our Reservations Office for details.
Take the Bus to Hyannis: Plymouth and Brockton Bus Lines operate an hourly bus service from downtown Boston’s South Station, and from all the terminals at Logan Airport, to Hyannis. Plymouth & Brockton Bus Lines can be reached at (508) 746-0378 or via their website. The Hyannis Bus Station is a five-minute taxi ride to all Hyannis terminals.
Day Trip from Hyannis to Points on Cape Cod or to Boston (e.g., while on vacation you have a business appointment in Boston): You can rent a Thrifty car at the Hy-Line dock in Hyannis for a round-trip at easy and economical rates. Thrifty cannot be rented one-way for a drop-off at another location.
From Hyannis, MA – Year-Round: Cape Air/Nantucket Airline operates air taxi service, utilizing nine-seater aircraft. Call toll-free 866-227-3247 or visit their website.
The Nantucket Hotel offers complimentary shuttle service directly to both Jetties Beach and Surfside Beach during the summer season. Guests can also ride the “Wave,” Nantucket’s popular public bus service. It’s economical, runs frequently, and provides service throughout the Island. Each bus can also accommodate up to two bicycles, for free. The Jetties Beach shuttle and the Madaket shuttle stop right in front of The Nantucket Hotel. For more information, visit the Wave’s website or call them at 508-228-7025. In addition, walking and bicycling are the favorite methods of getting around downtown Nantucket.
We encourage you to bring your own bikes or pre-reserve them on Nantucket. Young’s Bike Shop will deliver bikes to The Nantucket free-of-charge for our guests. Adults can choose from Men’s and Women’s hybrids, Mountain Bikes, Baby Seat Bikes and Tandem models. There are also kids’ bicycles and “burley cub” or “trail a bike” models for young children. Strollers are available, as well. Pre-reserve your bikes by calling Young’s at 508-228-1151 or by booking online.
Bike paths to Dionis Beach and Madaket (Nantucket’s famous sunset destination) start near The Nantucket Hotel. All NRTA Wave shuttle buses carry two bikes per trip to all Island destinations. You can bike one way and return by bus!