For travelers from outside the New England area, the closest large airport to Martha’s Vineyard is in Providence, Rhode Island, though Boston’s Logan Airport’s greater number of flights may. From there, you can either rent a car or take a bus to Woods Hole, the town on the mainland that is closest to the island. Plymouth &Brockton Street Railway Company offers a bus line that runs from Boston to Hyannis, and Peter Pan (a branch of Greyhound) runs buses between Boston and Woods Hole.

You can also go further up the peninsula to Hyannis, where ferries serve both Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard. Woods Hole and Hyannis ferries both dock at Oak Bluffs on Martha’s Vineyard. Hy-Line Cruises has a year-round high speed ferry that runs between Oak Bluffs and Hyannis in just under an hour, or a summer traditional ferry that is cheaper but takes an hour and a half. Hy-Line Cruises also offers a seasonal inter-island ferry that travels between Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket in a little over an hour. The other major ferry service provider is the Steamship Authority, which can transport vehicles from Woods Hole to Oak Bluffs for an extra fee as well.

Another way to get to Martha’s Vineyard once you are in the New England region is to take a Cape Air flight. There are direct flights to Martha’s Vineyard from Boston, Providence, New Bedford, Hyannis and Nantucket.