An island 30 miles off the coast of Cape Cod, there are only two ways to get to Nantucket: by air or by sea – or a combination of the two.
There are daily flights in and out of Nantucket Airport and some of the
commercial airlines have added direct flights from New York and DC, but
we much prefer the scenic views from a Nantucket ferry!
There is nothing quite like rounding Brant Point and catching the first glimpse of the lighthouse, harbor and picturesque village. It is simply breathtaking!
There are three companies that offer ferry service to Nantucket: Seastreak from New Bedford, New York City, and New Jersey, and Steamship Authority and Hy-Line from Hyannis.
Automobiles are allowed on the island, but definitely frowned on by the locals – especially during the summer months. And the cost to ferry them to the island is EXPENSIVE!
Keep in mind that you really don’t need a car to get around Nantucket. Almost everything in town is in walking distance. For more remote locations, there are taxis, shuttles, bike rentals, and car rentals.
High Speed Ferry Service: 1 hour
Traditional Service: 2 hours 15 minutes
Check out these helpful websites from the Steamship Authority:
High Speed Ferry (all year): 1 hour
Traditional Service (seasonal): 2 hours 15 minutes
It is a short flight from Boston Logan Airport to Nantucket Memorial Airport, and some of the larger airlines now offer direct flights from New York and DC. However, if you’re flying in from outside Boston, New York or DC, airfare to the island can be really expensive.
Also keep in mind, that the island's frequent fog, hence her nickname, “the Grey Lady,” could result in flight delays in and out of Nantucket airport. So if you're on a tight schedule, you might want to consider taking a ferry to Nantucket.
We prefer to fly into Boston, take a shuttle bus to Hyannis, and catch the ferry to Nantucket. The shuttle takes about 2 hours, but the cost is reasonable, and the spectacular views from the ferry are not to be missed!
Be sure to download their recommended itinerary between Boston & Nantucket via Hy-Line Cruises. It is very helpful In estimating travel time between Nantucket and Logan Airport.
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