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The Steamship Authority - Martha's Vineyard

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Address: 1 Railroad Ave, Woods Hole, Falmouth, MA
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+1 508-477-8600

Serving over 2 million travelers to Martha's Vineyard, the Steamship...

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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Reliable, affordable, quick

We like to use the Steamship all tbe time. Lots of boats, running all time. We can take our car or motorcycle over for drives around the island.

Reviewed 13 September 2016
Cape Cod, Massachusetts
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Cape Cod, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 13 September 2016 via mobile

We like to use the Steamship all tbe time. Lots of boats, running all time. We can take our car or motorcycle over for drives around the island.

Thank boston2capecod
Jackson, Mississippi
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Reviewed 12 September 2016

Easy process, both ways coming and going. Rode both the full size and the smaller ferry's. The full size has a bar and grill up top. on that one there is plenty of room up top for viewing and seating. The smaller ferry not much. Overall a nice trip.

Thank jrj55
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Reviewed 10 September 2016 via mobile

The Steamship Authority ferries are my favorite way to escape to the Islands. Their boats a beautiful, and clean. I am always impressed how nice and helpful the people directing traffic are. We arrived early for our boat and the promptly got us on the next available boat without us even having to ask. It's a fair smooth ride over... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 8 September 2016 via mobile

Then take the ferry from Woods Hole! This team is very efficient and run ferries like clockwork from 6:00 am to 9:45 at night. They go to both Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket. Enjoy a beer and some excellent chowder from the kitchen while on board! Fast, fun, and efficient!!

Thank Ken A
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Reviewed 8 September 2016 via mobile

I have used this service many times but this labor day weekend showed me how incredible they are. We left MV early as a result of tropical storm Hermine and I left my cellphone on a shuttlebus at the Thomas Landers lot. I immediately informed the lot attendant who made a call or two and said they would let me... More 

Thank Peter S
Martinsburg, West Virginia
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Reviewed 6 September 2016

The whole point of our trip was to go over from the Vineyard where we were staying to visit Nantucket. With the bad weather coming, I spoke with a very kind woman Friday morning, Sept, 2, to see if we could change our Sunday tickets to Nantucket to Saturday. She was very helpful, and we were able to make the... More 

Thank NewVirginian
Boston, MA
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Reviewed 5 September 2016 via mobile

I have traveled to Martha's Vineyard many ways but this is still the best way to go. Unlike other services, this is authentic to the Island and it connects you to its culture.

Thank David B
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Reviewed 5 September 2016

We took the early ride out to MV, and the last one back to WH at 9:30pm. We had beautiful weather & smooth sailing. Nice ship inside and out.

Thank KingGeorge01
Maplewood, New Jersey
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Reviewed 1 September 2016

We took the ferry to and from Martha's Vineyard today and couldn't have been happier with the ride in both directions. but THAT'S not why I'm writing this review. About half way through our day, I realized that I'd lost my wallet and I had no idea where I might have lost it. We were bike riding all over the... More 

Thank Ken P
Shelton, Connecticut
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Reviewed 29 August 2016

Super fast service!! was shocked how fast the line moves and how super helpful everyone is there! We took a harley over 1 day and got to the ferry just at the last min... we got tickets and on the ferry and off we went!! the next day went took over bicycle got there a bit earlier and the line... More 

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