Two of these authorities, Hy-Line and The Steamship, leave out of Hyannis, making it a prime location for travelers.
In order to find parking near these popular ports, it’s helpful do your homework or reserve a spot for your vehicle ahead of time. Depending on the size of your party, the number of vehicles needed and the length of your stay, it may make more sense to fly rather than take a boat, so deciding the best route sooner rather than later can help you plan.
Let’s explore your parking options when choosing Hy-Line or The Steamship as your means of transportation to Nantucket.
Hy-Line owns and operates lots along Ocean Street, making it convenient to unload your luggage and rally the family a short distance to the boat.
Some parking spots in their on-site lots can be reserved in advance, which is recommended for easy entrance and time-efficiency. Visit the Hy-Line parking page to reserve your spot.
The ferry service saves a designated amount of spots for day-of sailing purchases, so if you come early enough and prefer to buy tickets at the terminal, you have that option as well.
Daily parking rates fluctuate and are subject to change at any time without notice, but range from $8 to $25 a day depending on the time of the year you travel. For example, mid-April rates are only $12, while early-June passes are $20.
During the busy summer season and holidays, Hy-Line can assist with off-site parking at their off-site Iyannough Road lot. Although these parking spots cannot be booked in advance, the rates are usually lower (between $10-15 a day) and complimentary shuttle services are available.
Check the date ranges prices on their website to calculate your parking costs for your specific travel dates.
To learn more about the departure times and costs of your actual ferry ride, review our Hy-Line Ferry Schedule and Pricing for Getting On and Off the Island blog.
The Steamship Authority offers parking at its main lot for Nantucket travelers as well as three off-site parking lots, all with complimentary shuttle service to and from their Hyannis terminal.
The ferry service also provides real-time updates on their lot capacities by calling their Information Line at (508) 775-PARK (7275) or visiting their mobile site.
Much like with any ports during the summer season, Steamship often experiences high traffic volumes, so arriving at least one hour prior to your departure time typically allows enough time for parking.
Just like with Hy-Line, their parking pricing varies depending on the time of the year you are traveling. Day passes are as low as $5 and range through $20 depending on the date. For example, if you travel in early December it could be only $5, while those choosing off-site parking in June could pay $15 a day.
Check out their rates for their main lot, Lewis Bay Road lot, Yarmouth Road lot and Brooks Road lot on their website.
To view their departure times and plan your trip, check out our The Steamship Authority Ferry Schedule and Pricing for Getting On and Off the Island blog.
Although it can be convenient to park in one of Hy-Line’s Ocean Street lots or Steamship’s four private lots, there are other “unofficial,” privately-owned lots with possibly better rates. Keep in mind that this might only be a viable option for those comfortable seeking same-day parking spots without previous reservations.
For those who stayed overnight in Hyannis, some local hotels extended parking privileges to travelers. These hotels may charge an additional fee for parking, so unless you receive a complimentary spot with your hotel price, it’s worthwhile to compare your choices.
Insider Tip: Many parking authorities will make you pay all your days upfront, sometimes even with cash. Make sure you bring enough bills to cover the cost and still have spending money for your trip.
We gave you a brief comparison of Hy-Line Cruises and The Steamship Authority’s parking options in Hyannis, but have you considered leaving from New Bedford with Seastreak or Harwich with Freedom Cruise Lines?
With four different ferry services available to get to and from Nantucket island, it can take a lot of time to review the pros and cons of each.
Download our Nantucket Ferry Guide to help you pick the best option for your vacation.