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Ferry From Boston to Cape Cod

Updated: May 5, 2024

If you’re interested in visiting Cape Cod from Boston, this post covers how to use the Cape Cod ferry, including information about ticket prices, travel times, service hours, and other details you might want to consider.


Cape Cod Ferry Tickets

Also known as the ferry from Boston to Provincetown, this service is one of the fastest and most direct ways to reach Cape Cod. 

As a result of how easy it is to use the ferry, admission prices are a bit higher than a bus ticket, but still entirely reasonable.

Ticket Prices

  • One Way: $64.90/Adults | $53.90/Children
  • Round Trip: $96.80/Adults | $80.30/Children

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Cape Cod Ferry Schedule

This service will take you from Boston Harbor to Provincetown in just 90 minutes, and they offer both one-way and round-trip tickets.

This ferry runs from May - October every year with the following schedule.

May 16 - June 17th

  • Sunday - Thursday
    • Departs from Boston at 9 am
    • Departs from Provincetown at 5:30 pm
  • Friday and Saturday
    • Departs from Boston at 9 am and 2 pm
    • Departs from Provincetown at 11:30 am and 5:30 pm

June 18th - September 5th

  • Sunday - Thursday
    • Departs from Boston at 9 am and 2 pm
    • Departs from Provincetown at 11:30 am and 5:30 pm
  • Friday and Saturday
    • Departs from Boston at 9 am, 2 pm, and 6 pm
    • Departs from Provincetown at 11:30 am, 4 pm, and 8 pm

September 6th - October 10th

  • Sunday - Thursday
    • Departs from Boston at 9 am
    • Departs from Provincetown at 5:30 pm
  • Friday and Saturday
    • Departs from Boston at 9 am and 2 pm
    • Departs from Provincetown at 11:30 am and 5:30 pm

In addition to these schedules, they also offer special hours and departures for major holidays like Memorial Day, Independence Day, Carnival Week, Labor Day, and Indigenous Peoples’ Day.


Things to Consider

While the Boston to Provincetown ferry is one of the fastest ways to reach the Cape Cod area, there are a few factors to think about before deciding which method of transportation is best for your needs.

This section will cover some of the most important details about taking the ferry to Provincetown, including tips about how to get around when you get there and other options you might want to consider.

Provincetown Ferry heading toward Boston. Image source: Wikimedia user Fletcher under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International license.

This Ferry is Only Available During the Summer

If you’re interested in visiting Cape Cod during the fall, winter, or spring, chances are you won’t have many opportunities to use this ferry, because it’s only available from May - October.

Thankfully, most people prefer visiting this beautiful community during the warmer months, so this won’t be an issue for many travelers.

That said, it’s worth keeping in mind that you’ll have to consider another form of transportation from November - April.


The Ferry Only Travels to Provincetown

A lot of travelers want to visit Cape Cod towns such as Hyannis, but this ferry does not offer direct service to that village.

As a matter of fact, direct ferry service between Boston and Hyannis would be nearly impossible, as you’d have to travel around the entirety of Cape Cod to get there!

If you’re interested in visiting Hyannis, we recommend another form of transportation such as a car rental or a bus ticket.


Consider Bringing a Bike

Cape Cod is actually a pretty big area, with several different towns and villages. If you want to visit more locations than just Provincetown, you’ll have to either bring a bike along with you or find other forms of transportation in the area.

There is also a regional bus service, and rideshare programs such as Uber and Lyft are another great option to consider.


The Cape Cod Ferry Does Not Transport Vehicles

With the exception of bicycles, you cannot bring a car or any other similar form of vehicle onto the ferry to Provincetown.

As such, it will be important to consider how you plan to get around without a car and which towns you would like to visit in Cape Cod.

If you’re planning to visit multiple villages, we recommend renting a car, because otherwise you will almost certainly run into issues getting around this area of New England.


Other Ways to Reach Cape Cod

Aside from the Boston to Provincetown ferry, there are a few other methods that tourists might want to consider when traveling to Cape Cod, including the following options:

  • Car Rental
  • Shuttle Bus
  • CapeFLYER Train
  • Flights from Boston

For more details, please read our post covering how to take a Cape Cod Day Trip from Boston.


About The Author

Brian Burgess

I was born in Cambridge and have been living in the Boston area all my life. I am a graduate of Boston's Emerson College with a degree in communications with a journalism/history focus. I have been leading tours for Free Tours By Foot Boston since it was started in the city of Boston in 2012, and enjoy sharing my knowledge of Boston's rich history with not only the guests on my tours, but with everyone I meet. <a href="https://freetoursbyfoot.com/contributors/brian-burgess/" Read More...
Updated: May 5th, 2024
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