Everything You Need to Know About Riding the Nantucket Island Ferry

If you’re planning a trip to Nantucket, chances are you’ll be hopping aboard the Nantucket island ferry. The two main ferry lines that offer year-round service to the island are the Steamship Authority and Hy-Line Cruises. Learn everything you need to know before saying, “full steam ahead!”

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What You Need to Know About the Nantucket Island Ferry

They say, “it’s not about the destination; it’s the journey,” and the Nantucket island ferry proves that to be true. Watch the dolphins chase behind, catch a glimpse of the neighboring islands, and take in the beauty of the wide-open Atlantic Ocean while cruising towards one of the most sought-after destinations in the world. Here’s what you need to know before you go.

  • The Steamship Authority

The Steamship Authority is the most budget-friendly and straightforward way to get from one point to another. The no-frills ferry allows guests the option to bring their vehicles, bicycles, surfboards, wind boards, mopeds, and motorcycles. 

If you don’t have any large cargo to tow along and want to get to Nantucket quicker than the rest, grab a seat on their high-speed passenger ferry. Expect to be at sea for roughly two hours and twenty minutes with the car and passenger ferry and under an hour for the highspeed ferry. 

Local tip: If you’re a frequent ferrier, you’ll want to invest in a multi-ride card or discount ticket book. It not only makes boarding easier and more convenient, but it also guarantees discounts throughout the year.

  • Hy-Line Cruises

Hy-Line Cruises offers an experience with the ride. Climb aboard the Grey Lady and find your top-deck seat in Captain’s View Seating. Enjoy cable television, comfortable seating, and panoramic views of the water. 

Hy-Line has been serving the Atlantic Coast since 1973, and they are committed to continually improving the islands. A portion of the ticket price for the Captain’s View Seating goes back to benefit islanders of generations to come. If you’re looking for a quick, comfortable, and one-of-a-kind way to get to Nantucket, it’s time to book your ticket with Hy-Line Cruises.         

Stay at the Anchor Inn

After making the trek off the coastline, you’ll be ready to set up camp at the Anchor Inn. Book the James Arnold room and enjoy a queen-size bed, Malin and Goetz bath products, and a complimentary continental breakfast. The second-floor room is airy and perfect for enjoying a novel in the stillness of a Nantucket sunset.  

Get five-star amenities with friendly service. Garden breakfast is served daily from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Our knowledgable concierge service is standing by to assist in planning your best vacation yet. Our beach service offers beach chairs and towels for spending the perfect day by the ocean. Learn more about our amenities today. We can’t wait to welcome you to Nantucket!