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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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Riding the Ferry is Always Fun!

Been riding ferry from Woods Hole to Martha's Vineyard for over 25 years. It's never bad. The... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
New York City, New York
Great trip to Martha's Vineyards

We did a family day trip to Martha's Vineyards and took the ferry. It was clean, quick, there is... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Montreal, Quebec (CANADA)
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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 good29%
  • Average6%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
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1 Railroad Ave, Woods Hole, Falmouth, MA
+1 508-477-8600
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Been riding ferry from Woods Hole to Martha's Vineyard for over 25 years. It's never bad. The Steamship Authority runs a smooth operation, the boats pretty much sail on time, there's always seating and the trip to MV is short...only about 50 minutes. If boats...More

Thank jakeDVermont
Reviewed 5 days ago

We did a family day trip to Martha's Vineyards and took the ferry. It was clean, quick, there is food for purchase on board like hot dogs and baked goods as well as washrooms on board. We had a seat both ways and we were...More

Thank JLO1968
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I see reviews how this is confusing but not at all! Was so easy for us! We were staying in Falmouth so we walked to the shuttle and bus took us over. No charge. The ferry literally comes like every 45 minutes. The ferry is...More

Thank Jamie W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Fast trip back from the Vineyard. Great ride for our honeymoon. Sitting on the deck under the stars was romantic.

Thank smedesi
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very reasonably priced and easy to take our bicycles over. Ferry is comfortable and very nice experience

Thank Kathi M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The best way to travel to and from Martha's to the mainland. Friendly staff, always on time! Lots of seating options for those who want to see the sea or sit indoors for a quick power nap.

Thank cathy m
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Yes, this is how you ferry over to MV for a day trip. But there is no information to be found as to how to plan this. We found ourselves walking around asking random strangers for information. Some where helpful, and others were annoyed and...More

4  Thank AllEars00
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was a Smooth quick ride to Martha's Vineyard. Get to the ports early to get tickets as it can get backed up pretty quickly. The boat comes very frequent!

Thank Asha M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Ferry is humongous!! Comfortable....everything on here..price is excellent. If you sit in the deck you must wear a hat and use sun tan lotion. Air conditioning inside aaahhh...tables to sit and work/eat. Phone connections are clear. Its better to drive to the S.A. parking lot....get...More

2  Thank CapeGirl17
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We brought our car on board for a day trip to Martha's Vineyard and had a great experience. The loading & unloading was efficient, friendly & safe. The crew were all very professional. The snack bar had more than an ample selection for such a...More

Thank Pete H
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Response from eyelive2travel | Reviewed this property |
Yes, on a leash or in a carrier.
4 July 2017|
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Response from George S | Reviewed this property |
Yes there are parking lots if one is full they will send you to another. I would start early though they can fill up quickly. The ferries run on a regular schedule so once parked as soon as the bus is full it heads to the... More