After delaying the start date to book summer vehicle ferry reservations by two weeks due to website issues, the Steamship Authority opened reservations yesterday morning, with more than 10,000 people attempting to secure spots. According to the Current, as of 3pm Thursday, the Steamship had processed 7,800 transactions representing more than $4.2 million in revenue. That compares to 9,153 reservations on opening day in 2023, and the record of 9,499 transactions in 2022. We understand the car ferry process can be nothing short of frustrating. So if you weren't able to secure a reservation, we rounded up a few transportation tips on how to navigate Nantucket once you're here.
Nantucket Island Rent-a-Car Nantucket Memorial Airport 800-508-9972 www.nantucketislandrentacar.com
Nantucket Windmill Auto Rental Nantucket Memorial Airport 800-228-1227 www.nantucketautorental.com
Affordable Rentals 6 South Beach Street 877-235-3500 www.affrentals.com
Young’s 4X4 Rentals Steamboat Wharf 508-228-1151 www.youngsbicycleshop.com
Hertz Rent-A-Car Nantucket Memorial Airport 800-654-3131 www.hertz.com
Turo Car-Sharing Marketplace 800-654-3131 www.turo.com
Town of Nantucket Bike Safety & Maps
Young’s Bike Shop Steamboat Wharf 508-228-1151 www.youngsbicycleshop.com
Nantucket Bike Shop Steamboat Wharf 800-770-3088 www.nantucketbikeshop.com
Island Bike Shop 25 Old South Road 508-228-4070 www.islandbike.com
Easy Rider Bicycle Rentals 65 Surfside Road 508-325-2722 www.easyriders.com
Cook's Cycle Shop 6 South Beach Street 508-228-0800 https://cookscyclesnantucket.com/
NanTukTuk 508-257-1443 www.nantuktuk.org
The Wave 508-228-7075 https://nrtawave.com/ It will be free to ride the Nantucket Regional Transit Authority’s “Wave” buses this summer thanks to a $410,000 state grant obtained by the island transportation agency. The “fare-free” pilot program will run for six months - from April through September - and will include all fixed routes and demand-response services offered by the NRTA. View their routes.