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Cape Cod Without a Car
Getting Around by Public Transportation
Is it possible to get around Cape Cod without a car? Yes.
Are local buses, taxis, trolleys, and shuttles convenient alternatives to having your own wheels? Yes and no, as I'll explain below.
CCRTA Bus on the Hyannis-Orleans Route
Public Transportation on Cape Cod
For those of you who plan to rely on public transportation for your Cape explorations, here are the your options.
CCRTA Buses and Shuttles
Cape Cod Regional Transportation Authority ("CCRTA") buses are the most wide-ranging, and definitely the least expensive, way to get around.
Bus Stop on the Hyannis - Orleans ("H2O") Route
CCRTA buses run all year round, all over the Cape. And you sure can't beat the fares!
One-way rides are $2. For a mere $6, you can buy a full-day pass and ride to your heart's content. Seniors and people with disabilities ride at one-half the regular fare.
- Flexible Routes and Stops
In addition to the regularly scheduled stops on CCRTA's "fixed" routes, passengers can flag the bus to board at other points along
Buses on the "Flex" route will go off-route up to 3/4 of a mile to pick up and drop off passengers who can't get to the regular bus stop. (Reservations are required for this service.)
And with the Dial-a-Ride Transportation ("DART") service, you can ride from door-to-door. DART service costs $3/ride, $1.50/ride for seniors and disabled, and advance reservations are required.
Note: Safety is key, of course. With all services, the driver will only stop in safe places to pick you up or drop you off.
- Buses are ADA compliant, air conditioned in summer, and heated in the cooler months.
- Drivers are friendly and helpful!
TIP: If you're going to rely on bus service for sightseeing jaunts, days at the beach, etc., you'll need to do some serious pre-planning of routes and schedules.
Call CCRTA's information line at (800) 352-7155 or (508) 385-1430, or check out their website for details and help planning your travels.
Taxis are a great option for getting from the airport to your hotel and for short jaunts around town.
Cab Awaits Passengers at the Airport in Hyannis
For longer journeys, cab fares can take a big bite out of your transportation budget. So I don't recommend using taxis as a sightseeing vehicle. ;-)
Bourne 24Hour Taxi
Serves Bourne and other towns on the Upper Cape area
Serves Falmouth and other towns in the Upper Cape area
Cape Taxi & Livery Company
Serves the Mid-Cape area
Central Cape Taxi
Serves Harwich, Brewster, Chatham, Dennis, Orleans
Service in towns from Dennis to Provincetown
(508) 240-1500 - Dennis, Harwich, Brewster, Chatham, Orleans, Eastham, Wellfleet
(508) 487-2222 - Truro & Provincetown
TIP: Remember ... we're small town America here. In busy cities like Boston, you can hail a taxi cab on the street corner. On Cape Cod, be prepared to call for a cab when you need one.
Trolleys & Shuttles
During the summer months, in-town trolleys and shuttles make it easy to get around without a car.
Glass Town Trolley in Historic Sandwich Village
Look for "hop on, hop off" trolley services in:
FYI: Seasonal trolley/shuttle service could be coming to downtown Chatham soon. It's not a "done deal" yet, so check back here for periodic updates. I'll keep you posted as I learn more about the proposed Chatham trolley.
TIP: The Glass Town Trolley (Sandwich) is a free service. All others charge a small fee of $2/ride and $6 for a day pass. Seniors and disabled ride for half-price.
Drivers can't make change onboard. So have your exact fare ready!
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