Getting Around, Martha's Vineyard Travel, Transport and Car Rental
(Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts - MA, USA)
The only two ways to get to Martha's Vineyard are by ferry or plane. Charter flights and limited scheduled services arrive from nearby airports such as New York La Guardia and Boston Logan, but buses run frequently (via ferry) from major centers in the region, with fewer services in the winter.
There are no car hire services offered on Martha's Vineyard, as a car has limited use once on the island.
Martha's Vineyard Airport (MVY) / Arriving by Air
Located 5 miles / 8 km from Edgartown, Martha's Vineyard Airport serves mostly charter flights from Boston Logan International (30 minutes), New York La Guardia (one hour) and Hyannis Municipal (15 minutes) airports. Cape Air / Nantucket Airlines has regularly scheduled flights from regional New England airports, while several charter airlines offer flights mainly during the summer season. A free shuttle service operates from the airport to Edgartown in season, and there are buses, limousines and taxis meeting every flight.
There are no car rental agencies on the island. However, you can rent a car on the mainland and ferry it across, although with the ferry cost and fuel prices on the island, touring Martha's Vineyard by car can be expensive. A reservation well in advance is a must for those traveling to the island in summer.
Boats and Ferries
Ferry services from Cape Cod's Woods Hole to Vineyard Haven (45 minutes) is the main year-round passenger and vehicle route, while in season several companies operate daily passenger ferries from Woods Hole, Falmouth (one hour), Hyannis (one hour and 45 minutes), New Bedford (one hour and 30 minutes) and Nantucket (two hours). In season ferries ply routes to both Vineyard Haven and Oak Bluffs. All ferry terminals have parking lots where you can leave your car overnight or longer for a fee.
Buses and Coaches
Plymouth and Brockton and Bonanza Bus Lines both run coach services connecting New York
and Boston with the ferry services to Martha's Vineyard. However, the bus terminal is a bit of a hike from the ferry terminal so it's a good idea not to take too much luggage with you. On the island, there are local buses running regularly between the towns, making it easy to get around.
Taxis offer a convenient method of getting around the island for those without their own car, with Martha's Vineyard's four taxi companies having depots at Vineyards Haven, Oaks Bluff and Edgartown.