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Address: 69 South St, Hyannis, MA 02601-4013
Phone Number: +1 508-477-8600

The Steamship Authority is the largest ferry service to the Island of...

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.

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Nice trip to Martha's Vineyard

We took the ferry to Martha's vineyard and the 60 minute sail was great. We didn't know that we had the option to ferry our SUV as well so we had to take the buses to get around... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Mount Laurel, New Jersey
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Mount Laurel, New Jersey
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We took the ferry to Martha's vineyard and the 60 minute sail was great. We didn't know that we had the option to ferry our SUV as well so we had to take the buses to get around at Martha's.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My family and I grew up in Martha's Vineyard, We have since moved "off island" and occasionally go home to see the old stomping grounds. There are 2 options to travel to the Vineyard. We always choose the Steamship Authority because of speed, efficiency, friendliness, and cleanliness. Parking is off site with comfortable and spacious buses.

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Easy to book. Ferry ride was good but Parking is a headache. Not allowed on actual property. Drove to parking lot recommend and it was closed. Had to drive 20 mins out of our way to the other one to be transported to ferry and back after.

Thank cbabin1119
Derby, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We took the ferry to Nantucket for the day and it was an efficient service. We took the 09:15 hrs boat that was a 2.25 hours in length and the sun was out so we were able to enjoy the great weather. We sat outside on the outgoing trip, the chairs and tables are nailed down but I would imagine... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 4, 2016

We loved this ferry! Fast, efficient way to get to Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard...majestic ride on the ocean!

Thank Madeline S
Toronto, Ontario
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 27, 2016

The ferry to Nantucket from Hyannis was super simple. It would have been nice for the cafe on board to offer more healthy options, but overall, the experience was just fine.

Thank R0nus
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2016

Fun ride to Martha's Vineyard. Long line to board moves fairly quickly. I always go up top and hang out on the rail to watch the scenery. The inside can get humid and crowded. I prefer the fresh air. There is food on board. Also, an elevator for the disabled. Staff is friendly and helpful.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 24, 2016

We took the high speed ferry to Nantucket for a day trip. It took a little under an hour. The trip was pleasant and relaxing. It is an excellent way to get to Nantucket. We did not ferry the car because of the cost. As we later observed, driving and parking on Nantucket are hellish so I am glad that... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 24, 2016 via mobile

Returned from a quick trip to Nantucket on this service. It was very slick and very comfortable indeed. A no brainer.

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Richmond, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 20, 2016

Traveled to the Vineyard on Columbus Day. Choppy seas prevented the connection in Oak Bluffs but we did fine docking in Vineyard Haven and taking the $1.50 shuttle bus 1 way to Oak Bluffs. The ship was clean and left and arrived on time. I would say that they could put a little effort into cleaning the outside windows because... More 

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