Getting to Martha’s Vineyard

The Charlotte Inn is located in the historic whaling village of Edgartown, Massachusetts, on the island of Martha’s Vineyard. Visitors reach the island, four miles off the southeast coast of New England, by plane or boat. It’s best to map out your route in its entirety before you begin your journey.

Allow sufficient time for traffic in summer months, especially on the Southeast Expressway, Route 3, from the Boston area to Cape Cod. If you elect to leave your car on the mainland, rental cars are available at the island ferry terminals and at Martha’s Vineyard Airport.


Year round for passengers and vehicles:

Steamship Authority | 508-477-8600 
or 508-693-9130 | Woods Hole to Vineyard Haven and seasonally to Oak Bluffs, 45-minute trip

Seasonal operation for passengers only (no vehicles):

The Island Queen | 508-548-4800
| Falmouth to Oak Bluffs, 30-minute trip

Hy-Line Cruises | 508-778-2600 | Hyannis to Martha’s Vineyard, 55-minute trip

Falmouth Ferry Service, “The Pied Piper” | 508-548-9400
| Falmouth to Edgartown, 1 hour

Seastreak | 800-262-8743
| New Bedford, MA to Vineyard Haven and Oak Bluffs, 1 hour

Vineyard Fast Ferry
 | 401-295-4040
| North Kingstown, RI to Oak Bluffs, 90-minute trip


Martha’s Vineyard Airport | 508-693-7022

Cape Air (from Boston, New Bedford, Hyannis, Nantucket, and Providence) | 800-352-0714

US Airways (seasonal from Washington, DC) | 800-428-4322

JetBlue (seasonal from New York City) | 1-800-538-2583

Delta (seasonal from New York City) | 1-800-221-1212

Private Air Charter

Linear Air
 | 877-254-6327
| New York and Boston

Desert and Island Air | 800-835-9135

Meridian Air Charter
 | 800-882-2333
| Teterboro, NJ

Ocean Wings Air Charter
 | 800-253-5039
| Nantucket, MA

Tradewind Aviation
 | 800-376-7922
| Oxford, CT

Limousine Service

Five Star Luxury Transportation
 | 617-799-7777


Daily year-round bus service to Woods Hole is available from Boston’s South Station and Logan Airport, as well as New York and Providence.

Peter Pan Bus | 401-751-8800

old car

Travel by car

New York City to Woods Hole:

Take Route I-95 to Providence, RI. Then take I-195 East to Wareham, MA, Exit 22A toward Cape Cod and the Islands. Next take Route 495/25 East. Cross the Bourne Bridge and then follow Route 28 to Falmouth and Woods Hole.

 to Woods Hole:

Take Route 3 (Southeast Expressway) to the Sagamore Bridge, then follow Route 6 West to Buzzards Bay and cross the Bourne Bridge. Follow Route 28 to Falmouth and Woods Hole.

Alternate Route: Take Route 128 to Route 24 South. Follow 24 to Route 495/25 East, cross the Bourne Bridge, and follow Route 28 to Falmouth and Woods Hole.

Western Massachusetts to Woods Hole:

Take the Massachusetts Turnpike to Exit 11A, Route 495 South. Follow Route 495/25 East, across the Bourne Bridge. Follow Route 28 to Falmouth and Woods Hole.

Approximate Driving Distances:

Falmouth to Woods Hole: 4 miles
Woods Hole to Hyannis: 25 miles
Boston to Woods Hole: 75 miles
Providence to Woods Hole: 73 miles
Providence to Hyannis: 75 miles
New York City to Woods Hole: 252