Travel Guide to MV

Getting to Martha’s Vineyard is challenging, but with  information and planning, your trip can go without a hitch!


First of all, remember that Martha’s Vineyard is an island, which means it is surrounded by water, and you cannot drive to the island.


There are several ways to get on to the island — by car ferry from Woods Hole, MA;  by fast ferry from  Quonset Point RI ( near Providence Airport and Kingston Amtrak station);  or fly directly to the island.


Upon arrival by ferry, you will disembark at one of the two port towns, Oak Bluffs or Vineyard Haven.  Within a few steps of the ferry, you will find taxis, public transportation, rental cars, scooters and bicycles to help you get around.



* If you are flying , you have several choices, including fly into Boston, take the Peter Pan Bus from Boston Airport to the Woods Hole Steamship Authority Ferry to the island.


* You may also fly into Providence RI and take 20- minute shuttle to Quonset Point where you board the Vineyard Fast Ferry to the island.


* Amtrak offers train service into Boston, from which you can take the bus to Woods Hole, or Amtrak to Kingston RI, with shuttle transfer to the Vineyard Fast Ferry.


* There are flights directly to MVY.   You will in most cases have to take a small plane onto the island as the last leg.  There are summer flights on larger planes from Washington and New York.


Be aware that car rentals on the island can be expensive.



*  If you intend to bring a car, Steamship Authority Ferry (Woods Hole) reservations should be made very early.  Car ferry  reservations for upcoming year open around the middle of January. Ferry reservations for cars, especially during the month of August, can be extremely hard to book if not done early.




Martha’s Vineyard has six towns, each with its own distinct character – Oak Bluffs, Tisbury (Vineyard Haven) , West Tisbury,  Edgartown,  Chilmark and Aquinnah (Gay Head).  You should first become familiar with each town in order to narrow your search for accommodations.


House  rentals are the most common form of accommodations on Martha’s Vineyard.  There are many websites that offer information on houses for rent.  Most rentals in the summer are weeklong, usually beginning on Saturday or Sunday.


If you prefer to not do so much work on your own, there are numerous real estate companies on the island which can assist with house rentals.  Your housing choices are greater the earlier you begin this  process.  Once you  secure a house rental, you can then book your car ferry reservation if one is needed.


There are hotels, inns, and bed and breakfast inns on the island.  Many rentals in August are two to three- day minimum, and fill up fast.


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