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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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Efficient and reasonably priced

Martha's Vineyard is a lot less expensive than Nantucket and there's more to do. The ride is quick... read more

Reviewed 7 May 2017
David Z
Brooklyn, New York, United States
Day trip to Martha's Vineyard

We took the ferry over to MV for a short day trip, it was our first trip to MV. It was a nice trip... read more

Reviewed 1 May 2017
Kelly V
via mobile
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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 good29%
  • Average6%
  • Poor2%
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1 Railroad Ave, Woods Hole, Falmouth, MA
+1 508-477-8600
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Reviewed 7 May 2017

Martha's Vineyard is a lot less expensive than Nantucket and there's more to do. The ride is quick and pleasant, inexpensive, and there's food and bathrooms on board. Do not attempt to take your car. It's very expensive, and you can rent one on the...More

1  Thank David Z
Reviewed 1 May 2017 via mobile

We took the ferry over to MV for a short day trip, it was our first trip to MV. It was a nice trip over. There was plenty of seating both indoor and out. They also offer a snack bar area. The cost was not...More

1  Thank Kelly V
Reviewed 29 April 2017 via mobile

Took the ferry from Woods Hole to Martha's Vineyard with my car for buissnes. It was efficient. I arrived prior my specified online booked time and both times I managed to get on earlier. I don't travel by ferry often so I enjoyed the trip.

Thank tim v
Reviewed 29 April 2017

Only $18 each got my husband and me to Martha's Vineyard and then, back the next day. Tom at Dockside Inn on Martha's Vineyard (whom I'd called with questions about off-season ferrying/lodging) had detailed accurately how to go about it all so that with Steamship...More

Thank RebeccaOfMonfordKY
Reviewed 26 April 2017

If your not flying you have to take the ferry to get to MV or Nantucket. It's very comfortable and affordable.

Thank Priscilla F
Reviewed 26 April 2017

This was my first time on Martha's Vineyard since I was a kid. My daughter and I found the ferry to be relaxing, with comfy chairs, clean bathrooms, and a snack bar. The bus drivers from the parking lots were friendly and helpful. I would...More

Thank Moc123
Reviewed 24 April 2017

The Steamship Authority in Woods Hole is the location for ferries to the nearby islands including Martha’s Vineyard. The downfall is that there is no parking near the ferry terminal except for handicap slots. We had to park in a lot in Falmouth and take...More

Thank ITRT
Reviewed 17 April 2017 via mobile

We found parking easily and a shuytl transported us from parking to the steamship for free....Well not exactly. When you leave you pay $13 for your car. There are plenty of buses so you don't have to wait long and as long as the steamship...More

Thank Ericka R
Reviewed 16 April 2017 via mobile

Cool way to see some open water areas and get to a popular destination. There is alot of room on the ferry for people and there was no problem accommodating everyone. Was fun to be out on the deck of the boat...eventhough it was very...More

Thank Amy S
Reviewed 16 April 2017

Be forewarned: you must park your car and board a shuttle bus several miles up the road from the ferry. Many many people were ranting and angry about being unaware of this prior to arriving at the ferry dock in woods hole. Once you park...More

1  Thank jetset02116
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John Z
12 July 2017|
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Response from eyelive2travel | Reviewed this property |
Yes, on a leash or in a carrier.
3 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
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Response from 14JulieS15 | Reviewed this property |
We parked in the Palmer lot and there was a shuttle to get us to and from ferry dock. Once that lot is full, they'll direct you to another lot with shuttles too. It worked great!