Using the Provincetown Ferry: What You Should Know

Provincetown is located at the tip of the Cape Cod peninsula, and its actual distance to Boston and other Massachusetts towns is much shorter than distances by road. Therefore, many people prefer to use the Provincetown ferry to travel to and from the town. Presently, there are two major ferry operators that offer trips to Provincetown, and they are the Boston Harbor Cruises and the Bay State Cruises. Here is some useful information that can help you plan your Provincetown ferry trip.

Boston Harbor Cruises
MacMillan Wharf
Commercial Street
Provincetown, Massachusetts 02657

Boston Harbor Cruises is widely regarded as the finest ferry service between Boston and Provincetown, and it offers a most delightful sea-travel experience. The company's ferry is one of the first modern ferries in the Cape Cod area, and it is also the most luxurious and fastest ferry serving Provincetown. With a maximum speed of 40 knots, this huge passenger catamaran takes only 90 minutes to travel from Boston to Provincetown, and it can transport up to 600 passengers in a single trip.

The ferry has a wide array of onboard amenities to make your trip as comfortable and enjoyable as possible, including air-conditioning, cushioned and booth seating, satellite TV and free WIFI, as well as food and beverages. The vessel has an outdoor deck where you can get some sunshine and enjoy the sea breeze.

The Boston Harbor Cruises ferry is available from May to October, and it makes 1 to 3 trips almost every day during these months, with the first trip departing as early as 9:00 am. The ferry travels from Boston's Long Wharf to MacMillan Wharf in Provincetown. A one-way ticket is priced at $49.00 for adults, $32.00 for children aged 4 to 12 and $44.00 for seniors, while a round trip costs $79.00 for adults, $58.00 for children and $69.00 for seniors. MacMillan Wharf is located close to many excellent Provincetown Bed and Breakfast accommodations, so you should have no trouble finding a good place to stay upon your arrival.

Bay State Cruises
MacMillan Wharf
Commercial Street
Provincetown, Massachusetts
(877) 783-3779

Bay State Cruises has two ferries bringing passengers from Boston to Provincetown, and they are the fast ferry Provincetown III and the traditional ferry Provincetown II. The Provincetown III is a state-of-the-art passenger catamaran that can reach Provincetown in just 90 minutes, whereas the Provincetown II offers a 3-hour relaxing ride that allows you to enjoy the beautiful sights around the waters and shores of Cape Cod Bay.

The fast Provincetown ferry operates 3 times every day from May 21 to October 18, and the earliest trip departs at 8:30 am. Its one-way and round-trip rates are $49.00 and $79.00 for adults respectively, $32.00 and $58.00 for children, and $44.00 and $69.00 for seniors. The traditional ferry is only available on Saturdays from June to September, and it's priced at $22.00 for an adult one-way trip and $44.00 for round trip. Children can travel on this ferry free of charge. It is advisable that you take the first ferry of the day, so that you can check into your Provincetown Inn earlier and have the whole day to explore the town's wonderful attractions.