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The Steamship Authority - Martha's Vineyard

1 Railroad Ave, Woods Hole, Falmouth, MA 02543-1021
+1 508-477-8600
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Travel to Historic Island

Take your own car and enjoy all of the sites on Martha's Vineyard, but make a reservation! The... read more

Reviewed 10 July 2017
Island Realtor
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St. Simons Island, GA
Bike on shuttle

We took our bikes on the ferry and spent a day at MV. The parking lot in Falmouth listed on their... read more

Reviewed 9 July 2017
Bhavna R
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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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  • Average7%
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“oak bluffs” (47 reviews)
“parking lot” (60 reviews)
“snack bar” (34 reviews)
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1 Railroad Ave, Woods Hole, Falmouth, MA 02543-1021
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+1 508-477-8600
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Reviewed 10 July 2017

Take your own car and enjoy all of the sites on Martha's Vineyard, but make a reservation! The ferry gives you time to relax and also enjoy the sites as you depart and arrive these historic sites. Be sure to have your camera handy! Do...More

Thank Island Realtor
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Reviewed 9 July 2017 via mobile

We took our bikes on the ferry and spent a day at MV. The parking lot in Falmouth listed on their website is only for those who are not taking a shuttle with their bikes. There's another parking lot 4 miles south of the one...More

1  Thank Bhavna R
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Reviewed 9 July 2017

No clear communication of what to do with luggage and no signs "luggage here". Personnel seemed annoyed at walk-ons that did not know where to go, how to get off, or where to put luggage.Evidenced by the empty luggage cart after passengers had already boarded...More

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Reviewed 8 July 2017 via mobile

Going over for the week. Always a nice ride even in bad weather. The seats are comfortable and plentiful most of the time. Food is alright and not too overpriced. Sit back inside and watch out the windows while browsing the web or sit up...More

Thank taftdev
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Reviewed 8 July 2017 via mobile

They are masters at loading cars on and off the ferry. We missed our reservation due to it being 4th of July weekend but they came through and got us on a ferry the same day. I thought we were stuck on the mainland but...More

Thank Traci P
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Reviewed 7 July 2017

I parked at the Palmer Ave. lot... buses were frequent, and for the most part the bus drivers were very friendly. The ride to and from the ferry dock is quick and the bus is comfortable.

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Reviewed 6 July 2017 via mobile

We took the ferry from Wood's Hole to Vineyard Haven. Nice 40 minute ride. Food & bathrooms on board. Every other boat goes between Oak Bluff & Vineyard Haven. We took the bus from Vineyard Haven to Oak Bluff to have lunch & took the...More

1  Thank Mion6028
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Reviewed 4 July 2017

Woods Hole is very organised and we were lined up and parked before we needed to be there. Highly organised and a good ship which was fun to move about on...

Thank domidge
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Reviewed 3 July 2017

Efficient, friendly and on time. A great way to reach MV from Woods Hole. Several shops and places to grab a bite in Woods Hole before getting on the ferry.

1  Thank Erin T
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Reviewed 1 July 2017 via mobile

Ferry to Martha's Vineyard we stayed outside on the upper deck. Lots of people but were able to get a spot at the railings. On our return trip we were on Nantucket and the lower level is air conditioned. Rested from our day of exploring....More

Thank MadameXMTL
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Sunseekergirl77
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Response from Neal S | Reviewed this property |
You can sit in your vehicle if you choose.
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Raymond F
11 January 2018|
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Response from heumanntouch | Reviewed this property |
My suggestion as well to call them, they have NO control over mother nature
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Gangesh D
12 September 2017|
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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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