Hy-Line Ferry Schedule and Pricing for Getting On and Off the Island

For some travelers, it makes the most sense to fly to the island of Nantucket— but they are the exception.

Most visitors, especially those in nearby coastal states like Connecticut and Rhode Island, opt to simply take a ferry and enjoy some ocean views.

Hy-Line Cruises makes traveling to and from Nantucket breezy and relaxing, with convenient ferry rides right out of Hyannis, Massachusetts.

Ferry Departure & Arrival Times

Between May and September, Hy-Line’s hours are consistently scheduled.

There are a variety of times to depart from Hyannis, ranging from trips as early as 6 a.m. through 8 p.m. For those ready to leave Nantucket and arrive back at Hyannis, ships set sail between 7:30 a.m. until roughly 9 p.m.

The ferries run every few hours, making it easier than ever to get onto and off of the island. Reference their ferry schedule for specific time slots, as holidays may affect their hours.

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Ferry Round-Trip & One-Way Rates

Like any other ferry service you’ll find, Hy-Line offers those who purchase round-trip tickets additional savings. There and back, adults will pay $77, verses $41 for a one-way ticket.

If you’re bringing youngsters four-years-old and under, they ride for free! All children between five through twelve years old pay $51 round-trip or $29 for a one-way boarding pass.

If you opt to bring your bike, it may accompany you on the ferry for an additional $14. Does a brisk bike ride sound nice, but taking one with you— not so much? You could always rent a bicycle on the island as well.

Captain’s View Seating

For those who want to ride in style, you may elect for Captain’s View seating.

This separate seating area in the bow of Grey Lady IV features 32 private seats on the second deck.

These bright red chairs are more comfortable, the space is less crowded, you’ll be closer to restrooms and it features the only front-view window of any Hy-Line ferry. Tickets are $89 round-trip or $48 one-way.

In addition to easy access to the main and top decks, a portion of your ticket cost will be put toward their Captain’s View Campaign, which supports The Nantucket Fund’s mission to help island locals with special housing, mental health and wellness needs.

Unfortunately, this area is not handicapped-accessible or pet-friendly, so this upgraded feature may not be right for everyone. Fortunately, any seat on the ferry offers beautiful views.

Preparing for Your Ride

Because Nantucket is a popular vacation destination, reserving your seat ahead of time is the only way to guarantee availability.

It’s helpful to arrive at least 45 minutes prior to your departure to give yourself time to find parking, pick up your reserved tickets and get settled.

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In fact, tickets must be picked up no later than 30 minutes prior to the ship’s departure time. Late riders will be considered “No Show” and will be subject to a reuse fee.

Reservations are refundable if cancelled online or with an agent by 5:00 p.m. Learn more about your ferry reservations and cancellation policy on the Hy-Line website.

Once You Arrive, Consider a Riding Tour

Hy-Line offers deals for those who opt for both a ferry rides and riding tours on Nantucket.

Their tours cover more than half the island all within an hour ride, stopping off at popular attractions like The Old Mill, “Sconset” Village, Low Beach, Sankaty Head Lighthouse and more.

Learn about each spot’s unique history and become acquainted with Nantucket’s rich culture along the way.

Not sure where to stay? If you’re considering renting a hotel, download The Advantages of Nantucket Vacation Rentals to discover how a rental home could better suit you. Experience the island like a true local, in your own home, today.

Curious About Your Other Ferry Options?

Depending on where you’re traveling from, Hy-Line might not be the right option for you.

Download our Nantucket Ferry Guide to explore your options and reserve tickets for your getaway.

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