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Boston - Cape Cod Ferry Services
About the Ferries, Ports & Fares

A 90-minute Boston-Cape Cod ferry ride cuts miles, and perhaps hours of travel time, off a bus or car trip between Boston and Provincetown.

Boston skyline view from the ferryView of the Boston Skyline and Ferry Pier

Boston to Cape Cod Ferries
Need to Know Info

  • Season: May to October

  • Route: Boston - Provincetown

  • Trip Time: 90 minutes

  • Fares: $88/adult round trip
  • Best For: all ages

  • Food Available: yes

  • Rest Rooms: yes

  • Reservations: recommended

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Where The Ferries Travel To/From

The Boston-Cape Cod ferries sail a direct route between Boston and Provincetown.

For some unknown reason, quite a few folks seem to think there's also a ferry from Boston to Hyannis. Not true!

Have a look at this map, and you'll see why there's no Boston-Hyannis ferry route:

  • The blue line shows the easy, direct route between Boston and Provincetown.

  • The yellow marker indicates Hyannis Harbor.

As you can see, a boat would have to go all the way around the entire "arm" of Cape Cod to get to Hyannis.

Given the distance, time, and navigation hazards involved, no company has taken on that challenge.

About the Boston-Provincetown Ferries


Ferry passengers disembarking in ProvincetownPassengers from Boston Arriving in Provincetown

Operating Season

Winter on the Atlantic Ocean can bring some incredibly nasty wind and waves.

That's why the ferries between Boston and Cape Cod only operate from May to October. 

2017 Operating Season: May 18 to October 16 

Ferries, Ports of Call, Schedules & Tickets

Two companies operate on the Boston-Cape Cod route:

  • Baystate Cruise Company
  • and

  • Boston Harbor Cruises

The Boats:
Both cruise companies offer big, comfy catamaran-style boats with "fast ferry" service.

Length of Trip: Total cruise time is about 90 minutes, pier to pier.

Schedules: Both companies offer 2-3 departures and returns daily. Additional sailings are usually offered on holiday weekends.

Fares: $88 round trip for adults, $78 for seniors. Children's fares vary by company. Reviews and reservations 

More Info: Boston Harbor Cruises - (877) 733-9425, website; Bay State Cruise Company - (877) 783-3779, website

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Is Cruising to Cape Cod the Right Choice for You?

As much fun as it is to cruise to Cape Cod, it's not the right choice for everyone.

Is a Boston-Cape Cod ferry your best transportation option? Here are a few things to consider:

1. Distance from the Pier to Your Destination

If you'll be staying any distance from Provincetown, you need to consider how far you're willing to travel to reach your ultimate destination.

Which towns are near enough to make the Boston-Provincetown ferry a convenient choice?

  • Truro, Wellfleet, and Eastham - for sure. They're all under a half-hour drive from the pier.

  • Orleans is a bit farther away, but not too much. About 45 minutes, give or take, depending on traffic.

If you're staying anywhere else, you'll have a long way to travel after you dock in Provincetown.

2. "Passengers Only" - No Cars Allowed

Neither cruise line transports vehicles. Bicycles are allowed on board (for a small extra charge).

So if you want a car to use while you're here, you'll need to rent one in Provincetown.

The good news is - Provincetown is a super-easy town to get around without a car. When you step off the boat and onto the pier at McMillan Wharf, you'll be right in the heart of the action.

And if you want to go beyond downtown, just hop on the shuttle. It'll take you to the beach or nearly anywhere you'd like to go around town for just a few dollars.

3. Delays Happen

Are your travel plans extremely time sensitive?

If you absolutely, positively have to get here (or back to Boston) by a specific time, then you might want to consider a different mode of transportation.

Delays and cancellations do happen with the ferries. Usually it's because of high winds and rough seas. Understandably, nobody wants to sail under dangerous conditions.

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