We took a day trip to Nantucket using the Steamship Authority Ferry. It was a two hour and 15 minutes ride for $35 round trip. Everything about this ride was very nice. First of all it wasn't crowded the week after Labor Day. We had great weather so the ride was very pleasant. The inside facilities are nice also. We didn't need reservations for the passenger fare. There were cars being loaded and they required advance reservations - especially in the summer tourist season.
The Flying Cloud is the high speed ferry to the islands, making the trip in less than 1 hour. The 138-foot vessel with a capacity for 280 passengers makes six trips daily from Hyannis to Nantucket. At a cruising speed of 36 knots, the vessel makes the trip in less than an hour while the standard ferry takes 21/4 hours.
Hyannis (508) 771-4000
The best way to get to the cape is either car or plane. There are several airports in the cape, and we saw a US Air Mesa jet landing at Barnstable Airport.
The ferry leaves for Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard, both available in less than 2 hours. You will have to check the schedule for the times.
Ocean Street Dock
Hyannis, MA 02601