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The Steamship Authority - Martha's Vineyard

1 Railroad Ave, Woods Hole, Falmouth, MA
+1 508-477-8600
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Very easy to deal with

Made reservations online for our family and car. Very easy to check in, get on/off the ferry. Nice... read more

Reviewed yesterday
via mobile
Smooth process to Martha's Vineyard

Chose to drive from Hyannis to Woods Hole because cost to Martha's Vineyard much less expensive... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Mike B
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Serving over 2 million travelers to Martha's Vineyard, the Steamship Authority is the largest ferry provider on Cape Cod, offering the lowest fares, the most departures and year-round service for passengers, vehicles and trucks. We offer off-site parking and free shuttle service to our Woods Hole terminal. Check our mobile site for current parking and trip status. Whether you come for a day, or a longer stay, the Steamship Authority is the Way to Go with our spacious ships, the most frequent daily departures, and U.S. Coast Guard-certified crews to get you there safely. From the moment you step on board, you'll have that vacation feeling. Sit outdoors for the sea breezes and spectacular ocean views, or find cozy, comfortable seating indoors. For your enjoyment, our snack bars offer beverages including beer, wine and mixed drinks, as well as hot and cold menu items. Pets are welcome to travel with you in designated areas on-board. The seven mile trip from Woods Hole to beautiful Martha's Vineyard takes just 45 minutes. And you have your choice of two ports for your arrival: Vineyard Haven or Oak Bluffs (May-October). From magnificent beaches to wind-swept dunes to historic town centers, a trip to Martha's Vineyard will always be memorable.
  • Excellent61%
  • Very good28%
  • Average7%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
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1 Railroad Ave, Woods Hole, Falmouth, MA
+1 508-477-8600
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Made reservations online for our family and car. Very easy to check in, get on/off the ferry. Nice view from the deck. We lost our ticket about 5 minutes after checking in for return trip and they were great about replacing it quickly.

Thank chiadeer
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Chose to drive from Hyannis to Woods Hole because cost to Martha's Vineyard much less expensive here; $18 vs. $70 round trip. Parked at Palmer lot. (Check website for open lot). Parking was $20 I think. Shuttle takes you to ferry. Less than 10 minute...More

Thank Mike B
Reviewed 2 days ago

So easy, on and off, courteous staff and informative, very helpful and accommodating. Woods Hole to Martha's vineyard, wouldn't go any other.

Thank Rick K
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Came in to purchase two military tickets (for one active duty and my wife). The counter worker told us that only active duty was included in the discount. My wife and I chuckled and she commented under her breath to me that it was kind...More

Thank Drew J
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Other lines offer the same trip for a higher price and maybe a slightly shorter ride. But their boats run less frequently. At $8.50 for an adult fare, this can't be beat. Tickets only offered one way, so no discount for round trip, meaning you're...More

Thank NOAH G
Reviewed 1 week ago

Beat the crowds and try to go to Martha's Vineyard with your car on an early boat. If you arrive early, you may even be able to go standby on an even earlier boat. Our trip over from Woods Hole, we wound up on a...More

Thank Callisto S
Reviewed 1 week ago

I purchased our round trip tickets for the 5 of us and our SUV rental online, days before our little trip. It was fast and easy, but, please be sure to print your Confirmation Page in the event that you are asked for proof of...More

Thank Mariposa G
Reviewed 1 week ago

Huge ships. If you wait to see everything unload you wonder how they get all the tractor trailers, busses, box trucks, cars, etc., in there. The ride is great. We'll go on these ships again if we ever head to the island again

Thank karen29len
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Took Steamship Authority ferries from Hyannis to Nantucket and from Martha's Vineyard to Woods Hole. Good experience from beginning to end. Clean comfortable ferry. Knowledgeable and friendly staff. Easy on and easy off.

Thank cjeffress
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The ferries are huge, only partly because they also carry cars and trucks along with tourists, residents, and working people. Tour buses drive on, their contents clamber up to the decks. On the day we left Woods Hole the weather necessitated a change from Oak...More

1  Thank BessieLil
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Wende P
I am taking ferry at 9:30 am from Woods Hole to Oaks Bluff. What time should I be at parking lot for transfer to Woods Hole?
30 May 2017|
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Response from gripdxd | Reviewed this property |
Agreed I'd plan an hour in advance.
Wende P
If taking ferry to oaks bluff at 9:30 am what time do I need to be at Palmer Ave parking lot for transfer to Woods Hole?
30 May 2017|
Response from Marty S | Reviewed this property |
At least by 8:45 -9:00am.
I am taking my motorcycle to MV. Do I need tie downs to keep the bike from tipping over?
27 April 2017|
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Response from Capeandislandsgirl37 | Property representative |
Thank you for your inquiry. You will not need to tie down your bike to keep it from tipping over. The Steamship staff will direct you in a corner space and if the weather conditions are turbulent, the captain will make an... More