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Nantucket is an island that is accessible by either flying or taking a ferry. Air service is offered non-stop from Boston, Hyannis, Providence, Newark, and LaGuardia, New York, with extra flights added in the summer months. Be cautious with air connections to/from the island as well as scheduling a time when you must be somewhere – the early morning and late evening fog can create havoc on the air schedules.
The Steamship Authority has vessels that leave from Hyannis and Wood’s Hole – the original ferries take cars, but you must reserve well in advance. The line also runs a Fast Ferry – The Flying Cloud – from Hyannis. It takes only one hour and is comfortable with food and refreshments on board. Both arrive at the Steamship Wharf. The Hy-Line also has regular and fast ferries (the Grey Lady) from the Ocean Street Dock in Hyannis (no autos) and arrives at Nantucket’s Straight Wharf – perfect if you are planning a day trip. There is also a ferry service in Harwich Port that has been in business for 18 years providing seasonal fast ferry service to Nantucket. See their website: www.NantucketIslandFerry.com FREE DAY PARKING close to the boat. A great service!
There are no stoplights on the island and many cobblestone streets, rotaries, and bike paths. Young’s, Island or Nantucket Bicycle Shops rent bikes by the hour, day, or week. The Nantucket Regional Transit Authority runs shuttles that are convenient and economical mini-buses to various beaches and points around the island. They offer a 1-day pass for $7, and a 3-day pass for $12. There are a couple different pick-up points in-town and the shuttles go to Surfside, Madaket, Miacomet, Sconset, and Jetties Beach. Rental cars are available but parking is a challenge and limited. Taxis are plentiful but should be reserved for early morning departures.