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Address: 69 South Street, Hyannis, MA 02601
Phone Number: +1 508-477-8600
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Serving over 600,000 passengers to Nantucket, The Steamship Authority is...

Serving over 600,000 passengers to Nantucket, 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.

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.

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Great transportation to the is.ands

Great transportation to the islands..... Nantucket or Marta's vineyard with options of bringing on your bicycle.

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 27, 2015
Christine D
West Greenwich, Rhode Island

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Norton, Massachusetts
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142 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you don't have a boat that can go to Mathas Vinyard or Nantucket then the Steamtrip Att. Will get you there by a slow boat or a fast boat. Either is better than swimming .

Thank barry w
West Greenwich, Rhode Island
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94 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2015

Great transportation to the islands..... Nantucket or Marta's vineyard with options of bringing on your bicycle.

Thank Christine D
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60 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2015 via mobile

Had another great visit out to the Vineyard and another seamless trip on the ferry. Pricey with the car but not much you can do about that if you want to drive around the island.

Thank Robert S
South Yarmouth, Massachusetts
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171 reviews
55 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

It was going to be a beautiful day in December so we decided at the last minute to take the ferry from Hyannis to Nantucket for the day. The terminal is conveniently located in downtown Hyannis and there are plenty of signs around to point you to the right location. Most of the parking lots right at the terminal are... More 

1 Thank ThirdStarToTheRight
Venice, Florida
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328 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2015

They do a great job. Much superior to the High Line in my opinion especially if you need to transport a car..Easier embarkation and debarkation in Nantucket. Make your reservation far in advance if you are transporting a car.

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Avon, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2015 via mobile

Enjoyed our boat ride very mucu on the steamship. Excellent service. Comfy seating and smooth sailing. Cant ask for much more than that.....except the lower fare compared to the hyannis boat transportation. 27.00 less for round trip. This is the only one we will use.

Thank Dar G
Atlanta, Georgia
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88 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2015

If you're going to Nantucket you will have to take one of the ferries. Tickets are not cheap $45 round trip, but it is about a 30 mile one way trip. The ferry was relatively comfortable and took about an hour. Note - DON'T BE LATE. The ferry left exactly on the minute it was supposed to on the way... More 

Thank charles m
Hyannis, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015

$50 per person round trip. Shuttle provided in Hyannis to parking area. $12 for parking. Was on time both ways. No issues.

Thank Williamb1975
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015

They have no on-site parking but gave directions for the parking lot where a shuttle takes you directly to the ferry. Parking fee was $13. When the shuttle brings you back to the lot, the driver is very nice and takes you to the area where you parked your car.

Thank 262patriciaa
Lajitas, Texas
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107 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2015

Parking is FAR AWAY but the trip over and back was very pleasant. Good on board food service and got to watch the football game on my way back.

Thank sterri1955

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