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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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Interesting Operation

While the folks that work for the Authority are real nice, I found the operation to be somewhat... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Southern California
Trip to Martha's Vineyard

Well organised ferry service, with parking off-site. They have a couple of parking lots so make... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Oliver S
Leicester, United Kingdom
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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.
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  • 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

While the folks that work for the Authority are real nice, I found the operation to be somewhat interesting as no direction was given to the drivers of the cars on the ferry. There were some muffled sounds coming from the speaker but could only...More

Thank heumanntouch
Reviewed 4 days ago

Well organised ferry service, with parking off-site. They have a couple of parking lots so make sure you know which one you parked in. There is a bus that takes you to and from which is included in your parking fee. Be warned, the bus...More

Thank Oliver S
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Steamship Authority has been the place to go, ice cream cone in hand, to watch a ferry arrive or depart, for generations. Haven't actually used the facilities since before the renovations.

Thank 411sirva
Reviewed 1 week ago

The ferry between Woods Hole and the Vineyard is a fast, smooth, and comfortable way to get from the mainland to this lovely island. The schedule is frequent enough to satisfy most needs and the vessel offers a comfortable way to take your family (and...More

Thank RalphP2
Reviewed 1 week ago

We found ourselves heading to Martha's Vineyard for weekend trip and decided to take our sports car onto the island. I was hesitant but it was amazing. Everyone was so nice, helpful and wanted to be sure you had a a safe trip. A must...More

Thank rbitner2016
Reviewed 1 week ago

great family trip- $8 bucks if going by foot and no reservations required. Free shuttle service from parking lot outside of woods hole.

Thank Darinda P
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you want to get to the islands (Martha's Vineyard/Nantucket) they're one of the only shows in town. I've been traveling to Martha's Vineyard ever since I was a small child. Fares we're reasonable for the service you receive. Took the family for a long...More

Thank defEddie
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Since we did not have much time, we wanted to get on a specific ferry and so I tried to buy a ticket online and then tried to call to purchase a ticket. There was no advance ticket sales for walk-ons, even on Labor Day....More

Thank tinaNtravel
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

First the good: the ferry is huge and you will have no trouble getting passage as passengers. The ferry is clean and offers a variety of both indoor and outside seating. The snack bar also offers a good variety of items (even alcoholic beverages) at...More

Thank Dianne B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Not much hasn't already been said, but we loved our experience. The boat was big and sturdy (no motion sickness). Food was a bonus. Bikes are the last on and the last off the ship. Walk your bikes while on the ship, no riding. Tips...More

Thank Traveling_JenRI
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Gangesh D
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Response from tinaNtravel | Reviewed this property |
Hello, What bus? Google the bus line and check the schedule online.
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John Z
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Response from Martha G | Reviewed this property |
Yes, lots of dogs aboard, all sizes, sorry for the delay
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