Martha’s Vineyard is an island, and there are only two ways to get here – by sea and by air.
Arriving by sea
Ferry service departs from several ports along the coast of southern New England during the summer season. However, the year-round Steamship Authority ferry service in Woods Hole, MA, is the only one that transports cars to the island, and advance reservations are a must. There's year-round car ferry service to Vineyard Haven, and in the summer, the boats also dock in Oak Bluffs.
Driving directions to mainland ferry ports
From New York and points south:
To Falmouth and Woods Hole – From I-195 East take Route 25 East, cross the Bourne Bridge, and follow Route 28 South.
To New Bedford – Follow Route I-95 North to Providence, then take I-195 East.
To Hyannis – From I-195 East take Route 25 East and then follow Route 6.
To Quonset Point, Rhode Island – Follow I-95 North to Exit 8A in Rhode Island then follow signs to Quonset Point (Route 403).
From Boston and points north:
Take Route 3 to the Sagamore Bridge.
To Falmouth and Woods Hole – Take Route 6 West to Buzzards Bay (Bourne), cross the Bourne Bridge, and follow Route 28 South.
To Hyannis – Follow Route 6 East.
Alternate route from Boston and points north:
Follow I-95 to Route 24.
To Falmouth and Woods Hole – take 24 to I-495, I-495 to Buzzards Bay (Bourne), cross the Bourne Bridge, and follow Route 28 South.
To New Bedford – take 24 and I-195 East.
Approximate mileage to Woods Hole from the following cities:
- Boston, MA - 80 miles
- Hartford, CT - 57 miles
- New Haven, CT - 173 miles
- New York, NY - 252 miles
- Providence, RI - 71 miles
Car ferry travel
If you are planning to bring your car to Martha’s Vineyard, you must have an advance reservation for the ferry. Summer weekend car reservations sell out early in the year. Book your reservation as early as possible online at www.steamshipauthority.com or by calling 508-477-8600.
Walk-on ferry travel
If you choose to leave your car on the mainland, you’ll have many more options with all the different passenger ferries. (Once you’re on-island, you can rent a car, ride a bike, or take the public bus with regular service through all six island towns.) Park in the Steamship Authority lot in Falmouth, or at ferry parking lots in New Bedford, Falmouth, and Hyannis, should you elect to take one of the passenger-only ferries. Be sure to allow time to get from the parking areas to the boat. In the summer months, you should allow at least 30 minutes before the ferry departure time to park, ride the shuttle to the ferry, purchase passenger tickets, and board the ferry. Traffic on busy weekends can cause further delays, so plan ahead and leave plenty of time.
For more information, please contact:
- Steamship Authority, 508-477-8600 – Year-round car and passenger ferry from Woods Hole to Vineyard Haven. Seasonally from Woods Hole to Oak Bluffs, May to October.
- Seastreak Martha’s Vineyard, 866-683-3779 – Year-round, passenger-only fast ferry from New Bedford to Vineyard Haven in the winter, Oak Bluffs in the summer. Seastreak also offers a ferry service between NJ/NYC and Oak Bluffs.
- The Patriot, 800-734-0088 – Year-round, passenger-only ferry from Falmouth. 24-hour water taxi.
- Island Queen, 508-548-4800 – Seasonal, passenger-only ferry from Falmouth to Oak Bluffs. Operates from May through mid-October.
- Hy-Line Cruises, 508-778-2600 – Seasonal, passenger-only ferry from Hyannis to Oak Bluffs, April - November. Seasonal from Nantucket to Oak Bluffs.
- Martha’s Vineyard Fast Ferry, 401-295-4040 – Seasonal, passenger-only ferry from Quonset Point in North Kingstown, Rhode Island, to Oak Bluffs, May - October. Shuttle service from T.F. Green Airport and Kingston Amtrak station available.
- Falmouth/Edgartown Ferry, 508-548-9400 – Seasonal, passenger-only ferry from Falmouth to Edgartown, June to early September.
Bus service to Woods Hole
Daily year-round bus service to Woods Hole, the Steamship Authority port to Martha’s Vineyard, is available from Boston’s South Station and Logan Airport, from New York City’s Port Authority, and from Providence, Rhode Island, on the Peter Pan Bus Line, 800-343-9999.
Arriving by air
The Martha’s Vineyard Airport, centrally located on the Edgartown–West Tisbury town line, serves all commercial air traffic to and from the island, including:
- Cape Air, 1-800-352-0714, provides year-round air service from Boston, Hyannis, and Nantucket, and seasonally from Providence and New Bedford.
- Jet Blue,1-800-538-2583
- Delta, 1-800-221-1212
- American Airlines, 1-800-428-4322
Hob Knob has partnered with Wings Air to provide our guests convenient helicopter service between Martha's Vineyard and all points in the Northeast. Wings Air will pick you up and deliver you to your destination quickly and comfortably.
Private charter services also are available, and the airport has facilities for private planes.
Visit the airport website for more information on flying to Martha’s Vineyard. Rental cars can be hired at the terminal, along with taxi and bus service.
The Katama Airfield, 508-627-9018, is a small, private, grass-strip landing field in Edgartown near South Beach.
A note for Hob Knob’s international guests
The Hob Knob Luxury Boutique Hotel & Spa in Edgartown welcomes guests from around the world for vacations and holidays, business travel, and weddings. The island of Martha’s Vineyard is located just 85 miles from Boston’s Logan International Airport and the T.F. Green International Airport in Providence, Rhode Island. With many travel options from these and the New York City airports – including taxi, bus, plane, rental car, limousine, and ferry – the Hob Knob is an easy-to-reach island vacation destination.
Getting to Hob Knob
The Hob Knob is easy to find, just 3/4 of a mile south of the Edgartown Triangle where Beach Road and Edgartown–Vineyard Haven Road intersect. Tucked behind a white picket fence and beautiful landscaping at the upper end of Main Street, the hotel offers proximity to downtown in a quiet neighborhood, two blocks away from Edgartown's lively summer scene. On-site parking is available behind the hotel on Tilton Way.
Woods Hole Ferry courtesy Larry Glick