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The Steamship Authority

69 South St, Hyannis, MA 02601-4013
+1 508-477-8600
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Take the fastest ferry to Nantucket

Take the fastest ferry to Nantucket and save money. You save more than $20 round trip over Hi line... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Tom D
Utica, Michigan
via mobile
Fast pleasant ride

We took a morning cruise to Nantucket with the Steamship Authority. It was a speed ferry and got... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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The Steamship Authority is the largest ferry service to the Island of Nantucket from Cape Cod. We offer the lowest fares and the most frequent daily departures for passengers, automobiles and trucks. Our ferries to Nantucket depart from the iconic Hyannis Harbor. Please note, we offer limited premium on-site parking as well as off-site parking with free shuttle service. Check our mobile site for current parking and trip status. Our seasonal high-speed passenger-only ferry, the M/V Iyanough, gets you to Nantucket - dock-to-dock - in just an hour. Enjoy great savings with our special $50 same-day, round-trip, available Monday - Thursday, April - December. For a perfect day trip Nantucket makes wonderful destinations - with magnificent beaches, charming scenery and fabulous shopping and dining.
  • Excellent55%
  • Very good32%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible5%
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69 South St, Hyannis, MA 02601-4013
+1 508-477-8600
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Take the fastest ferry to Nantucket and save money. You save more than $20 round trip over Hi line ferry. Good clean boat with super fast service.

1  Thank Tom D
Reviewed 1 week ago

We took a morning cruise to Nantucket with the Steamship Authority. It was a speed ferry and got us there in about an hour. The ride is smooth and scenic. We found the crew to be friendly and helpful. There is a snack bar on...More

Thank CubsFan-TA
Reviewed 1 week ago

friendly staff. this is a great option when driving to martha's vineyard and nantucket. changed time from the schedule and staff was very accommodating.

Thank DGenerNYC
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Sullen uncooperative employees. This ferry to Nantucket is designed for vehicular traffic and frequent travellers. Employees "tolerate" the seldom traveled passenger. SSA website is almost impossible to leave negative feedback. This is our second trip on the SSA and the last. On a previous trip...More

1  Thank Lucille H
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Took the high speed ferry to Nantucket to see the lighthouses on the island. The ferry was air conditioned with plenty of seating. Got us to the island in a little over an hour. Enjoyed the freedom of walking around as well as saw several...More

Thank rabh2o_S4
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Took high speed over to Nantucket. Trip took 1 hour. Was more comfortable than the slow boat to Martha's. Good embarkation and disembarkation. No complaints.

Thank Diane P
Reviewed 14 May 2017

We have been using the SSA for decades now. The service is adequate and the food is average. The people on the ship are what make the SSA very good. They are always friendly and helpful. The ar quick to point you in the right...More

Thank JSMMillis
Reviewed 7 May 2017

We have been taking our car from Hyannis to Nantucket and back for many years now, to visit Nantucket at various times in the summer. The Steamship Authority is very dependable, accommodating, has decent food and the people are nice and friendly. I thought I...More

Thank rgpinkham
Reviewed 3 February 2017

So who really cares how well appointed the boat is. Just a bit expensive to travel a car across.. but its the Vineyard and its worth it.

Thank Christopher W
Reviewed 20 January 2017

if your looking to hop the island steamship is the way to go. Steamship has both a fast ferry and slow ferry, both have plenty of seating

Thank dhromeo63
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I will have a rental car & will be staying on Nantucket & Marthas Vineyard for two separate nights. Can cars drive onto the ferry????
27 June 2017|
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Response from CubsFan-TA | Reviewed this property |
Our hi-speed ferry did not take cars. You will find it very pricey to take a car on either island. I suggest one of the tour buses or a taxi to get around the island.
So dogs are 100% allowed to come aboard? And since I've never been to either and can only choose one, do I visit MV or Nantucket? Thanks!
12 April 2017|
Response from Rokmann | Reviewed this property |
I don't know the answer to your dog question. I recommend that you visit the Steamship Authority's website or call them. We only went to Nantucket. If you choose Nantucket you will probably have a great experience. We... More
Kam J
Is there an off season for ferries to Nantucket and Marthas Vineyard? We were in Boston a few yeara ago during october and were told during the off season theres only 1 ferry per day?
7 February 2017|
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Response from Capeandislandsgirl37 | Property representative |
Hello! The Steamship Authority offers 3 round trips a day from Hyannis to Nantucket and about 14 round-trips per day from Woods Hole to Nantucket. Check our website for further details.