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Boston to Cape Cod
Driving, Flying, Buses, Ferries & Trains
Time & Distance
Road Miles: 60
Nautical Miles: 50
Drive: 1 to 2+ hours
Ferry: 90 minutes
Flight: 30 minutes
Train: 2+ hours
It's just a short jaunt from Boston to Cape Cod, with lots of different transportation options to choose from.
Drive. Come bus. Take a quick flight from Logan Airport.
During the summer months you can come by train or by ferry, too.
However you choose to get here, you'll find the Boston-Cape Cod trip an easy and scenic one!
Driving Here from Boston
Driving is certainly the most "flexible" option, giving you the freedom to come and go as you please. It's one of the least expensive ways to get here, too ... even with gas prices higher than we'd like to see.
- Driving Distance: About 60 miles
- Drive time: 90 minutes or so to the Cape Cod Canal, but it could take up to 2 hours, maybe more, depending on traffic conditions
- Directions: Take I-93 South to Route 3 South, leading to the Sagamore Bridge. (Hint: Watch your speed - particularly around Plymouth. Speed traps!)
- Cost: Under $20, round trip based on current gas prices of $2.00 per gallon and average fuel mileage of 20 miles per gallon.
Boston Traffic: Are you planning to leave Boston for Cape Cod on a weekday afternoon?
Try to get out of the city as early as possible. During normal afternoon commuting hours (Monday-Friday from about 2:30 - 7:00 p.m.), traffic leaving Boston can be a real mess.
Click here for more about traffic between the "big city" and the Cape.
Flying from Boston to the Cape
Although it's not the cheapest way to travel between Boston and Cape Cod, flying does have definite plusses.
Board your flight at Logan Airport, relax and take in the incredible views of the Massachusetts coastline. You'll be here before you know it!
- Airlines: CapeAir flies direct, non-stop from Boston's Logan International Airport
- Schedule: Year round service to Hyannis and Provincetown. Normally 8 flights per day in the summer, 3 flights per day in the off-season.
- Flight time: About 30 minutes
- Fares: $200+ round trip, on average
More about flying to Cape Cod.
Getting Here By Bus
Super-easy, very affordable, and someone else does all the driving. What could be better than that?
No wonder so many visitors and locals prefer to take the bus between here and the "big city".
- Bus Companies: Two bus lines serve the Boston-Cape Cod route - Peter Pan/Bonanza Bus and Plymouth & Brockton.
- Routes: Routes vary by bus company, with stops made in various towns across Cape Cod. (See below for details.)
- Schedule: Both bus companies have regularly scheduled service, year round, with multiple departures/returns daily.
- Travel time: 90 minutes to 2+ hours, depending on destination and traffic conditions
- Cost: Fares begin at about $45 per adult, round trip, but vary widely depending on the bus company you choose, where you board the bus in Boston, and your destination town.
Click here for details about buses to Cape Cod.
Take The Ferry
A Boston to Cape Cod ferry ride combines the fun of a scenic cruise, with the joys of a traffic-free trip. Sounds good, huh?!
- Route: From Boston to Provincetown
- Ferry Services: Two ferry companies currently serve the Boston-Provincetown route: Bay State Cruise Company and Boston Harbor Cruises.
- Schedule: Seasonal service begins in mid-May and ends in October. Multiple daily departures/returns.
- Travel time: The "fast ferries" average about 90 minutes from pier to pier. The "traditional ferry" ride is approximately 3 hours, pier to pier. (Note: The traditional ferry runs only on Saturday.)
- Fares: From $85+ per adult, round trip. Less for seniors and children.
Click here for more about the ferries.
Train Travel Between Boston & Cape Cod
From late May to early September, CapeFlyer's weekend passenger service is a great option for anyone who's not keen on driving in city traffic!
- Route: Between South Station (Boston) and Hyannis (Cape Cod)
- Schedule: Limited, Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day, weekends only
- Travel Time: About 2 hours, each way
- Cost: $8 - $40 per adult, round trip, depending on where you board
More about Cape Flyer train service.
Do you plan to spend some time in Boston?
Here's a fun and informative site written by a native Bostonian, and aptly named ...
Boston Tourism Made Easy
Check it out!
Important: Transportation providers may change their schedules, routes, fares, etc. from time to time, without my knowledge. Please be sure to verify all information directly with the transportation provider before making any travel arrangements.