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Transportation

Provincetown is surprisingly easy to get to with multiple options that will work with your budget,  travel time, and what time of year you plan to visit.

Transportation to Provincetown

Provincetown is surprisingly easy to get to with multiple options that will work with your budget,  travel time, and what time of year you plan to visit. Travel + Leisure explains transportation in Provincetown perfectly:

You can come by plane, boat, and automobile, the latter great for getting around, though parking is difficult in town.

Boston to Provincetown Ferry

Riding a Boston to Provincetown ferry helps you avoid Route 6 traffic while giving great views of Cape Cod. The Provincetown Ferry and Provincetown Fast Ferry are among the most popular options for going from Boston to Provincetown. The Provincetown Ferry and Fast Ferry, also known as the Salacia and Provincetown IV, are only 90-minute rides. Boston Harbor Cruises and Bay State Cruise Company own the ferries respectively. 

Departure, Arrival, & Hospitality

The Provincetown Ferry leaves from 1 Long Wharf, Boston and arrives at Macmillan Wharf, Provincetown. The Provincetown Fast Ferry leaves from 200 Seaport Blvd. in Boston and arrives at the same location. Both offer food, drinks, and personnel ready and willing to help plan your stay. Riders can expect to see views of the Boston skyline to the docks, lighthouses, piers, and possible whale action, as they approach Provincetown. The two ferries run from May to October every year with the Provincetown Fast Ferry offering extended schedules between October and December. It’s highly recommended by resources such as Travel + Leisure to book trips in advance during the summer season.

Air Travel

Prefer the skies to get to Provincetown? The Provincetown Municipal Airport (PVC) offers enhanced access throughout the year.  Just 10 minutes to the Town’s center, PVC welcomes leisure and business travelers from across North America.  Cape Air and Jet Blue offer expanded service between Provincetown and Logan International Airport in Boston, MA and from the Westchester County Airport in Westchester, NY.

Driving In Provincetown

Provincetown transportation is pretty direct if you’re driving. Provincetown’s main road is Route 6, which can be a road trip by itself according to HuffPost. If you’re coming from the south use I-195 via Providence, Rhode Island to get to Route 6. Drivers can also get to Route 6 through I-495 by going north or west. If you’re going through Boston Route 3 eventually connects to Route 6. Driving to Provincetown from New York City takes approximately 6 hours and Boston 2 1/2 hours.  It might be a good idea to relax on the beach after such a long drive.

A bike loaded with flowers parked in front of a shop on Commercial Street. Photograph by Accelerationista.

Biking in Provincetown

Bikes are a great mode of transportation on Provincetown’s narrow streets and bike-worthy trails. Provincetown is convenient for bike-riders due to the abundance of trail maps and biking routes available throughout the town. According to TripAdvisor, it’s common to rent bikes in Provincetown.

Bus Service in Provincetown

There are ways to travel when it comes to Provincetown transportation aside from driving a car or riding a fast ferry. You can also get to Provincetown by taking the bus. According to the Provincetown Chamber of Commerce, Provincetown is accessible via Peter Pan Bus Lines, which provides bus service to Provincetown and other parts of Cape Cod. More information about shuttles and other seasonal transportation can be found on the Provincetown Chamber of Commerce website.

“When you drive up the Cape and go to the point—all the other stuff has left you. By the end of the drive, you are someone different. You’re in a totally free environment.”