Take the Ferry
If you're just coming to Provincetown for the day, or won't need a car while you're there, you may want to consider taking the ferry from Boston. The ferry takes just over an hour one way, while driving to Provincetown from Boston can take upwards of three hours depending on the traffic. The ferry makes several trips per day during the summer months. Check out their Web site for prices and schedules.
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Summer Shuttle Bus Service
There is regular shuttle bus service during the summer (last year it was $1 per person though this may go up some with the price of fuel). Buses run about every 20 minutes and do a loop from downtown Provincetown to Herring Cove Beach, the Provincelands Visitor's Center, and out to North Truro on Rt. 6A, looping around South Highland Road (serving Horton's Campground and the North Truro Campground). You can get schedules from the Chamber of Commerce or on this website (www.capecodtransit.org/route_schedule.cfm?route_id=14)
Hire a bike!
With a 10 mile an hour speed limit on Commercial St (and apparently in the high season you would never reach that speed anyway!) and roads that are virtually flat (note I said virtually - I was assured they were completely flat until I ventured beyond the two mile drag of Commercial St and discovered there had been a bit of poetic license going on there), bike hire is the obvious choice. It is completely bike friendly with many bicycle paths into the dunes further out of the town (now they can be tough going) and on to Race Point.
There are many bike hire shops in town, and they all moreorless charge the same - approx $12/15/18 per 24 hours, dependent on the bike. (Add $3-4 per bike per day during the high season). There are deals to be had if you hire for 4 days or for a full week.
Fast Ferry from Boston
90 minutes will get you from Boston's Long Wharf to Provincetown on the Fast Ferry. Unfortunately, they only run between April and mid/end October.
During the High Season, it is crucial to book. Number of ferries running also vary according to the day and the season - up to 4 per day depart each way at weekends in high season: this is reduced to 1 per day mid-week in early October.
Return ticket is $49.
Provincetown is at the end of...
Provincetown is at the end of US Route 6, the longest US Route in the country. It can be reached by ferry from Plymouth, Boston, and Gloucester.
The streets in Provincetown is awfully narrow in places. I think there was a trolley that went around town. The best way though is by car or bike (There is a nice bike trail here).
Grab a Ferry (No...not Fairy)
Ferry service is offered to Provincetown from both Boston and Plymouth.
The ferries offer visitors a flexible mode of transport. With their fixed daily schedules, and their fast service, they can be used for a quick day trip, or for the start of an open-ended adventure where return dates may remain subject to change.
And, with their full bars and sun decks, they are also a pleasurable way to begin a vacation.
Two ferry companies – Bay State Cruise Company and Boston Harbor Cruises – both offer fast ferry service between Boston and Provincetown.
BAY STATE CRUISES
Bay State Cruises offers fast ferry service seven days a week aboard its catamaran, Provincetown III, between mid-May and mid-Oct. The Provincetown III completes three round trips every day between Boston and Provincetown, with each one-way leg taking only 90 min.
One-way tickets cost $46, while round-trip tickets are available with savings for $71. A book of 10 tickets can also be bought for $290, and significant discounts are available for seniors and children as well. Bikes can be accommodated on the ferry for $6 one-way, or $10 round-trip.
In addition to a sun deck at its top, the Provincetown III offers on-board videos, an air-conditioned deck and serves chowder and other light fare. Metallic mirrored ceiling panels and garish multicolored carpets blight the ferry’s sterile lower deck, and its upper deck is crowded with charmless molded metal benches.
By contrast, if you have the time, the older ferry's varnished hardwood benches and massive, open top deck give passengers a seafaring foretaste of the free and easy feeling they'll find when they amble down the wharf to Commercial Street. Meanwhile, Bay State Cruise Company also operates the Provincetown II for those interested in a more leisurely and nostalgic passage of Cape Cod Bay.
The Provincetown II is a large cruise ship, with three decks and numerous snack and cocktail bars. It sails round-trip between Boston and Provincetown on the weekends from late June to the end of Aug. The ship’s voyage takes three hours each direction, which leaves those aboard for a round-trip, single-day excursion about three and a half hours to explore Provincetown.
One-way tickets for the Provincetown II cost $19, round-trip tickets cost $33, and children ride for free.
Bay State Cruise Company boats leave from the west side of the World Trade Center Pier on Seaport Boulevard. From Logan Airport, the Bay State departure point can be reached by a quick shuttle ride and then water taxi, land taxi or bus.
Water Taxi - An airport water transportation bus, clearly marked "Water Transportation", circles all of the airport's terminals. The bus will order a City Water Taxi for you and deliver you to the water taxi. The water taxi ride from Logan Airport to the Provincetown boat takes 7 minutes. Two boat companies leave from this terminal: City Water Taxi and Rowes Wharf Water Taxi. The water taxi fare is $10.00 per person.
Taxi - The quickest way to get to the pier. Simply ask the taxi driver who picks you up at your terminal to take you to World Trade Center, lower level, on Seaport Blvd. You will be taken on a quick five to ten minute ride through Boston's new Ted Williams tunnel directly to the pier at World Trade Center. he ships depart from the West side (the city side) of the pier. The cab fare is approximately $15 without gratuity.
Silver Line Bus - An MBTA articulated bus makes the rounds of all airport terminals every 15 minutes for an eight minute trip through a dedicated tunnel to the World Trade Center stop, one block inland from the dock. Fares are approximately $1.50 per passenger. Total time from your airport terminal curb to the dock, once aboard the bus, is approximately 14 minutes.
If you are driving, open-air parking lots are also available near the ferry’s departure point, costing between $20 and $30 depending on how long the car is left.
Depart Boston 8:00am, 1:00pm, 5:30pm
Depart Provincetown 10:00am, 3:00pm, 7:30pm
For more information about Bay State Cruise Company, call 617.748.1428.
BOSTON HARBOR CRUISES
Boston Harbor Cruises also offers fast ferry service between Boston and Provincetown on its catamaran, The Salacia, between mid-May and early Oct. Service days and times are variable up until mid-June, when the ferry starts to run its 90-minute trips seven days a week.
One-way tickets cost $41 and round-trip tickets are available at a discount for $71. Reduced rates are also available through a ten-ride book for $300. Seniors and children pay less per ride as well.
The Salacia has an enclosed and air-conditioned lower deck, an upper sun deck, snack and cocktail bars, and an on-board concierge desk.
The Salacia leaves from Long Wharf in Boston Harbor. From Logan Airport, the departure point can be reached by taking the shuttle marked “Water Transportation” and then a water taxi.
Long Wharf can also be reached from Logan Airport by the Transit Authority’s Harbor Express boats F2 or F2H. Upon arrival at the Logan dock take the FREE Massport Route 66 Shuttle Bus, which services all airport terminals.
Departs Boston - 9:00 AM, 2:00 PM & 6:30 PM
Departs P-Town - 11:00 AM, 4:00 PM & 8:30 PM
For more information about Boston Harbor Cruises, call 617.227.4321.
Leave the car... Taxi's are inexpensive
Taxi's are available year-round (508-487-2222) (508-487-3333) and operate on a flat rate determined by the town ($5. per person anywhere in town and $7. per person to the wharf, airport, or seashore beaches). Taxi to or from the Hostel in Truro would be about $18. for the 1st person and $5. for each additional person going to the same destination. It is rare to be able to "flag" a taxi... call and they will come to you. If you have children they are discounted $1. and most drivers won't charge at all for young children riding with parents. Pets are welcome in most cabs.
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Drive, baby! Unless you're...
Drive, baby! Unless you're 2000 miles away. We love driving up north along the coast. I bought an E-Z Pass to make the tolls easier. Go on a weekday, because weekends suck the big one. You can fly into Boston and take the ferry to PTown, but who wants to fly into Boston anymore?
Once you're there, you'll rarely need your car unless you're going to Wellfleet or down to Hyannis or something. There are bikes you can rent, a trolley that goes everywhere, and most everything is within walking distance anyway.
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