Getting Around on Nantucket
At just over 100 square miles, Nantucket is by no means overwhelmingly large. But to explore all her beautiful beaches, conservation land, shops, and restaurants, you’ll need some wheels. So we’ve outlined all your options for getting here and getting around once you’ve arrived.
Nantucket Memorial Airport has expanded its offerings to include direct flights connecting Nantucket to Boston, New York, and Washington D.C. And of course, there are also puddle jumpers to Hyannis and Martha’s Vineyard. For a complete overview of our airline offerings and their schedules, check out our blog.
Our Hy-Line and Steamship ferries are your connection between Hyannis and Nantucket by sea. Their high speed ferries get you across in an hour, while the Steamship’s vehicle and passenger ferry takes just over two. Or skip the Cape Cod traffic and head over on the Seastreak from New Bedford or New York City. The Freedom ferry is also a great option, leaving from Harwich Port and arriving to Nantucket in just over an hour. A complete Nantucket ferry schedule with departure and arrival times can be found here.
Once you’re here, biking around the island is a great option, allowing you to avoid traffic and soak up some sun at the same time. And we have more than our fare share of bike rental options. Take your pick from Young’s and Nantucket Bike Shop in town to Island Bike on Old South Road and Easy Riders on Surfside Road. If you’re looking to rent something with a little more power, we also have a number of car rental agencies on the island. But be sure to book early!
The NRTA Wave is our island’s bus service, connecting town to nearly every end of the island. You can catch it from ‘Sconset, Mid-Island, Madaket, and more for two dollars or less each way. Tired after a long bike ride? Strap your bike to the Wave and relax as it takes you home.
Taxi’s abound on our island. So if you’re looking for a quick pick up, flag one down or give your favorite a call. There are also a number of ride sharing services on the island, including Uber and Lyft. Or if you’re headed to Cisco Brewery, they operate a free shuttle which leaves from the Nantucket Visitors Center in town!
Don’t know where to head first on the island? Try a sightseeing tour! Board a bus and watch the world go by with Barrett’s or Gail’s Tours, or explore the Coskata Wildlife Refuge with the Nantucket Trustees. For those looking for a little more activity or adventure, try a day with Nantucket Bike Tours or a whale watch with Shearwater Excursions.
Lisa Genthner: Born and raised on Nantucket, Lisa recently graduated from Dartmouth College, where she majored in neuroscience and minored in economics. She feels most at home on the water and loves the endless beauty and entertainment it provides. When she’s not assisting with marketing here at Fisher, you can find her working in the pottery studio or catching a sunset from the beach!