There are multiple ferry services to take you to Nantucket island, but each have their unique differences.
The Steamship Authority offers the most frequent daily service, year-round. They also boast the “lowest fares to the island,” according to their website.
Let’s look at some of the perks of choosing to depart from The Steamship Authority’s port in Hyannis, Massachusetts.
The Steamship Authority offers a high-speed ferry option for getting from the port of Hyannis to the island in only one hour.
During the summer months, ships sail five times throughout the day, with trips departing from Hyannis starting at 8:15 a.m. and at 9:30 a.m. from Nantucket back to port. The last ship leaves Hyannis at 7:30 p.m. and the last leaves the island at 8:45 p.m. Because the departure times vary depending on the month you travel, please check our ferry schedule guide to prepare.
The main passenger deck of the M/V Iyanough is fully handicap accessible for everyone to enjoy the view of the waves.
For those who don’t mind a leisurely 2 hour and 15 minute ride, The Steamship Authority offers a more moderately priced option from Hyannis to Nantucket.
During summer hours, there are six different ferry shuttles starting at 6:30 a.m., with the last ship setting off around 8 p.m. for both those departing from Hyannis or returning from the island. View additional times on their website.
For those taking the high-speed M/V Iyanough, one-way adult tickets are $36.50, children between 5 through 12-years-old are $18.75 and children under 4-years-old ride free. Plus, passengers can bring their bike along for only $7. Round-trip tickets are $69 for adults and $35 for children.
Passengers who take same-day trips during the week (Monday-Thursday), can purchase round-trip tickets at a discounted fare for $50.
Rates for adult passengers on the traditional speed trips are $18.50 one-way and children under of the age of four ride for free. For those bringing a vehicle across with them, please visit The Steamship Authority's website for rates.
Unlike the high-speed option, tickets for their traditional shuttle can typically be purchased the same day, without a reservation.
The Steamship Authority recommends that those choosing to ride on M/V Iyanough, book their tickets ahead of time online, by calling (508) 495-FAST or in person at the Hyannis and Nantucket terminals.
All vessels offer Wi-Fi for your convenience, on-board snack bars with refreshments and a variety of hot and cold menu items.
Reservations may be changed up to one hour before your trip or can be canceled for a full refund 14 days prior to departing. Explore more about their policies on their site.
If you have a large group with you of at least 20 people, The Steamship Authority offers a 30 mile Sea & See tour of Nantucket.
The package includes round-trip ferry transportation on either the high-speed or traditional ferry, and hour and a half scenic tour of Nantucket.
Explore their tours page for more information.
Perhaps the Hy-Line ferry’s Captain’s View seats are more appealing or you want to review all your ferry options before making a decision.
Download our Nantucket Ferry Guide to explore your options and reserve tickets for your getaway.