Getting to Nantucket

Getting to Nantucket

We are 30 miles south of Cape Cod, so it is important to plan accordingly when coming to Nantucket. There are many options for air and ferry service, but planning your Nantucket travel ahead of time and making a reservation is imperative. Once you’re here, check out Your Nantucket Guide!

Nantucket Weather Tips

As the saying goes, “Fog Happens” on Nantucket. In foggy conditions, ferries are usually the only way to get here. Nantucket has its own weather (do not rely on mainland forecasts since we are so far offshore), so we recommend using one of the following sites for better prediction of the conditions:

Weather Underground


For the marine forecast try the NOAA site at

We also recommend following @hylinealerts on Twitter for up-to-date ferry cancellations, and Nantucket Weather on Facebook for tips from local experts.

By Ferry

HY-LINE CRUISES The Hy-Line operates a fast ferry year-round and a slow ferry that operates during the high-season only. In addition to the Hyannis-Nantucket route, they have a daily Nantucket-Martha’s Vineyard route during the summer. Click on the link above to find out the most current schedules and fares.

THE STEAMSHIP AUTHORITY The Steamship Authority operates the only vehicle ferry service between Hyannis and Nantucket. They also run a high-speed ferry between Hyannis and Nantucket between the middle of April and the end of December. For the current schedule and fare information, please click on the link above.

Tip: Keep bookmarked on your computer and phone to receive all ferry schedules in one place!

SEASTREAK Seastreak is a new ferry line offering service seven days a week from New Bedford to Nantucket and a weekend schedule between NYC and Nantucket. They operate seasonally, May 18th – September 5th. Please visit their website for more information or to buy tickets.

By Air

CAPE AIR Cape Air is one of two local airlines that has multiple daily flights to and from Hyannis on the hour. In addition, there are flights to Boston, New Bedford, Martha’s Vineyard, and other locations depending on the time of year. Please visit their website for the most up-to-date information.

RECTRIX SHUTTLE Rectrix Shuttle provides year-round service from ACK to Hyannis, MA (HYA) and New York City (LGA).

JET BLUE Jet Blue provides seasonal service from ACK to Boston, MA (BOS), Washington-National (DCA), and New York City (JFK).

DELTA AIRLINES Delta Airlines provides seasonal service from ACK to New York City (LGA).

TRADEWIND AVIATION Tradewind Aviation provides seasonal service from ACK to White Plains, NY (HPN) and Teterboro, NJ (TEB).

UNITED AIRLINES United Airlines provides seasonal service from ACK to Newark, NJ (EWR).

AMERICAN American provides seasonal service from ACK to Washington – National (DCA), Charlotte (CLT), and New York City (LGA).

FLY LOUIE Charter flights offer the luxury and speed of private travel – fast security, quicker travel times, and 5,000+ airports in the US. Often when an aircraft returns home from a charter trip, that return leg is empty.

Louie is pooling such empty legs, one city-pair at a time, to bring you the speed and convenience of private charter flights at the cost of a commercial coach ticket.

Book by the seat or book the entire plane, in real-time, on our website. No membership fee, no ownership requirements.

Getting Around Nantucket

Nantucket has car and moped rental services, bike rentals, taxis, and public transportation. Coming to the island without a car is much easier with all of these options. Downtown Nantucket is pedestrian-friendly, and it can be faster to get around on foot due to the congestion in the summer. The island has an extensive network of bike paths which makes traveling by bike quite efficient. Walking and biking are also great ways to experience the many historic sites and natural beauty on Nantucket. For detailed information, please visit More Nantucket!

Nantucket Car Rentals

Nantucket Island Rent-a-Car Nantucket Memorial Airport 800-508-9972

Nantucket Windmill Auto Rental Nantucket Memorial Airport 800-228-1227

Hertz Rent-A-Car Nantucket Memorial Airport 800-654-3131

Affordable Rentals 6 South Beach Street 877-235-3500

Young’s 4X4 Rentals Steamboat Wharf 508-228-1151

For short-term transportation, we recommend downloading the Uber app. You can also check out personal car rentals on Turo, a peer-to-peer car-sharing company.

Nantucket Bike Rentals

Young’s Bike Shop Steamboat Wharf 508-228-1151

Nantucket Bike Shop Steamboat Wharf 800-770-3088

Island Bike Shop 25 Old South Road 508-228-4070

Easy Rider Bicycle Rentals 65 Surfside Road 508-325-2722

Cook’s Cycle Shop 6 South Beach Street 508-228-0800

Nantucket Public Transportation

Nantucket Regional Transit Authority 3 East Chestnut Street 508-228-7025

The Nantucket Regional Transit Authority is the public transport authority on the island of Nantucket in Massachusetts, USA. It operates a small network of shuttle buses and paratransit service year-round. The NRTA's shuttle bus service, The Wave, is branded using blue and white colors.

For additional transportation information try these sites:

Town of Nantucket- Bike paths, walking routes, and additional bus information

Nantucket Chamber of Commerce