A fresh ocean breeze…that lovely smell of saltwater in the air…who doesn’t love a relaxing boat ride? For many seaside residents, the ferry is great way to get to work. However, some local commuters fall prey to misconceptions about ferries. To clear things up, we’re debunking the top three most common ferry myths.
Myth 1: Ferries aren’t reliable
Think of the ferries like a commuter train on water. With most ferries having numerous trips from starting as early as 6:00 am and running as late as 8:00 or 9:00 pm, granting passengers the freedom to get to work early or leave work late.
Even in inclement weather conditions, ferries are able to move along much quicker than their four wheeled counterparts stuck in bumper-to-bumper traffic on the roadways.
Myth 2: Ferries only operate on a seasonal schedule
Since cold weather dominates a majority of the year in Massachusetts, many believe that all ferries only run on a seasonal schedule. However, numerous ferries in Massachusetts operate all year long on weekdays, including:
- The Steamship Authority with service to/from Woods Hole and Martha’s Vineyard
- The Steamship Authority and Hy-Line Cruises with service to/from Hyannis and Nantucket
- The Cuttyhunk Ferry Company with service to/from New Bedford and Cuttyhunk Island
- MBTA Route F1 with service to/from Hingham and Rowes Wharf in Boston
- MBTA Route F2H with service to/from Hingham, Hull, Logan Airport, and Long Wharf in Boston
- MBTA Route F4 with service to/from the Charlestown and Long Wharf in Boston
Myth 3: There are no stops near me
If you live on or near the coast, chances are there’s a convenient ferry stop near you. Ferry stops span along the coastline of Massachusetts, ranging from:
- Provincetown → World Trade Center in Boston
- Hingham, Quincy, and Hull → Long Wharf in Boston
- Hyannis → Nantucket Island
- And more!
Check out your local ferry on one of these warm Fall days and let us know what you think! If you have any questions or need assistance determining which ferry route is best for you, reach out to your MassRides Outreach Coordinator.