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Airport: The main airport that serves Cape Cod is Barnstable Municipal Airport in Hyannis, MA which is about 20 miles west of Chatham. For international travelers Logan Internation Airport in Boston, MA is 90 miles from Chatham. For small aircrafts or individuals who have their own planes Chatham is home to the Chatham Municipal Airport on George Ryder Road. One can also inquire about service flying out from here to Nantucket.
Getting into Chatham by car is fairly easy but can be very hectic in the summer months. The main highway in Cape Cod is Route 6. To get onto Cape Cod visitors must cross either the Bourne Bridge or the Sagamore Bridge. During Saturday's in the summer month's travelers can expect delays getting onto and off of these bridges as tourists coming from the north, west and south all converge onto the Cape's two bridges. Once you are on the Cape travelers can either follow Route 6 to Chatham (Exit 11) or choose to take Route 28 which is a commercial road (as opposed to Route 6 which is the Cape's highway).
It is avised that travelers heading onto the Cape on a Saturday during the summer months try to get onto one of the bridges by 9:00AM or else in the late afternoon. Many travelers rent vacation homes on Cape Cod including in Chatham which rent weekly from Saturday to Saturday. As a result heavy traffic bombards the Cape's highways and bridges every Saturday so it is recommended to travel during off hours.
Directions to Chatham Via Route 6: Take Exit 11. Take left at the end of the exit onto Route 137. Follow Route 137, you will pass by a Stop & Shop, Talbots, Subway and CVS (among other things). You will eventually come to a four way stop, at this stop continue straight to stay on Route 137. At the end of Route 137 you will have to take a right or a left, take a left on Route 28 and follow Route 28 into Chatham. After a while you will hit a rotary which is downtown Chatham.
If you wil be driving onto the Cape to get to Chatham and you will be arriving/departing on a Saturday during the summer months your best bet is to leave very early or very late to avoid traffic jams.
Boston, MA to Provincetown Ferry: The Bay State Cruise Company offers ferry service from the World Trade Center on Seaport Blvd in Boston to the MacMillan Wharf in Provincetown(Cape Cod). Boston Harbor Cruises also offers ferry service from between the Aquarium and the Marriott Long Wharf Hotel in Boston to MacMillan Wharf in Provincetown.
Bus Service: The Plymouth & Brockton Street Railway Co. offers bus service from Boston's Logan International Airport and the South Shore of Boston to various points on the Cape including Harwich (the next town over from Chatham). Peter Pan Bus Lines provides service from a variety of cities and towns to Hyannis, MA (about 25 minutes west of Chatham) and Greyhound provides service from a variety of cities and towns to Hyannis, Provincetown and Harwich, MA.