How to Plan Your Boston to Nantucket Getaway

If you’re thinking sand, sun, and good eats while on mainland Massachusetts, it’s time to head to Nantucket. But what’s the most accessible and most affordable way to get there? We have everything you need to know about planning your Boston to Nantucket vacation. They say the best paths are uncharted—we say the road to relaxation is just off the New England shoreline.

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Everything You Need to Know About Traveling From Boston to Nantucket

Plan your best vacation yet from Boston to Nantucket. Whether you’re looking for a quick trip or an extended getaway, you’ll need to organize your transportation plans. It’s time. Get your ticket and start exploring our tiny Atlantic island. 

  • Steamship Authority Ferry

The Steamship Authority is the ferry to Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard. Boats traveling to Nantucket board in Hyannis and last about two hours. Depending on your needs, vessels are equipped to transport everything from vehicles to bikes to cargo. You’ll want to keep an eye on the Steamship Authority’s Vessel Tracker to plan your trip accordingly. If you choose to leave your car at the terminal and ride, there are three secure parking lots available nearby. 

Kick back and relax with one of the ferry’s exciting tours. Hop aboard for a themed adventure like Grand Illumination or Food and Wine Fest while exploring the open Atlantic. Regardless of what you’re utilizing the ferry for, it serves as a beacon for Coastal New England. 

Local tip: Frequent ferriers should look into ticket books or multi-ride cards. It’s the easiest and cheapest way to take advantage of the ferry regularly.  

  • Flying to Nantucket

If you plan on getting to Nantucket by plane, you’ll want to look at flights to Nantucket Memorial Airport. The regional airport is where the majority of private jets, along with a few commercial airlines, fly from.

For the best prices and most up-to-date flight information, you’ll want to scan Cape Air, JetBlue, Delta, United, and American. The flight lasts a little less than an hour, making it the most convenient way to get to the island.    

Stay With Us at Periwinkle Inn

Ahab room periwinkleAfter a day of traveling and exploring Nantucket, you’ll be ready to retire to Periwinkle Inn. Enjoy the comforts of the Ahab Room. The spacious, corner suite boasts a king-size bed, Egyptian-cotton sheets, Turkish towels, a wine station, and a heated floor for the winter months. It’s the perfect spot to come back to after pioneering the cobblestone streets. 

We pride ourselves in our home-style amenities. Indulge in our house-made breakfast each morning of your stay, take advantage of our convenient beach bag service, and enjoy our prime location in the heart of Downtown without the busyness of Broad Street. We can’t wait to welcome you to Nantucket!