You can fly into Provincetown via Cape Air through Boston's Logan International Airport. The flight is a spectacular, short, 20 minute hop to Provincetown.
You can reach Cape Air directly by calling (800)352-0714 or locally at (508)487-0241 or by logging on to their Web site at www.flycapeair.com
It is approximately a 2.5 hour drive from Boston or Providence to Provincetown. Travel times vary with season and time of day. Parking in Provincetown is scarce.
All major rental car companies are available at both Boston and Providence Airports. Should you wish to rent a car once you're in Provincetown, Enterprise Rent A Car is available at the local airport. You can get information from their web site at www.enterprise.com.
From New York (290 miles to Provincetown; approximately 5 1/2 hours), take Interstate 95N to Providence then 195E to Cape Cod. Follow signs for Route 6 East all the way to Provincetown. Take the 3rd exit into Provincetown (Left on Shankpainter Road). At the end of Shankpainter Road take a left onto Bradford Street, then take a right onto Ryder Street Extension. After one block on Ryder Street is Commercial Street. You will be in the center of town. Pay parking lots should be ahead on the left by the Ptown wharf if you keep following Ryder Street to the water.
From Boston (120 miles to Provincetown; approximately 2 1/2 hours) take the South East Expressway 93S to Route 3 and onto Route 6 East all the way to Provincetown. Take the 3rd exit into Provincetown (Left on Shankpainter Road). At the end of Shankpainter Road take a left onto Bradford Street, then take a right onto Ryder Street Extension. After one block on Ryder Street is Commercial Street. You will be in the center of town. Pay parking lots should be ahead on the left by the Ptown wharf if you keep following Ryder Street to the water.
Bus service to Provincetown is also available with the Plymouth and Brockton Bus Lines. Travel time is approximately four hours from Boston.
You can take the bus all the way from New York City or Providence to Hyannis, MA and connect to Provincetown, MA. The Plymouth and Brockton bus lines build their shedule around buses connecting from NYC in Hyannis. See their schedule below.
The Provincetown Bus Station is on MacMillan Wharf in the center of town. You can reach Plymouth and Brockton Bus Lines at (508) 771-6191 or by visiting their web site at www.p-b.com/PtownRte.html
Bonanza and Peter Pan also offer service as far as Boston or Hyannis, where you can connect to Provincetown. The ride isn't much longer than the drive and some nonstops exist between the larger cities and Hyannis.
LimoLiner- (617) 823 0616
This is a great service running between New York and Boston and at prices far cheaper than offered by air or rail.
The excutive LimoLiner runs between Hilton New York Hotel on 6th Ave at 53rd St, New York and the Hilton Boston Back Bay Hotel on Boyslton Street, Boston.
By Fast Ferry
Fast, 90-minute, passenger ferry service is available from Boston to Provincetown from mid May to mid October. You can book your tickets by phone or online. Both ferries dock at MacMillan Wharf in Provincetown.
Tickets are available one-way, round trip, or as a ten-trip pass. Departure times vary depending on the day of travel; check the schedules of the two ferry companies. We strongly suggest booking in advance.
Bay State Cruises
Sails from the pier at The World Trade Center in Boston
(617) 748-1428 | Bay State Cruise Company
Directions to Bay State Cruises dock
Boston Harbor Cruises
Sails from Long Wharf in Boston
(617) 227-4321 | Boston Harbor Cruises Provincetown Ferry Information
Directions to BHC docks
Saturday-only Traditional Summer Ferry
A slower, three-hour ferry ride offered by Bay State Cruises sails from the end of June through early September on most Saturdays. Cost: $44 round-trip; children are free on this one.
Once you arrive at Provincetown's MacMillan Wharf, you'll can walk or take a taxi into town or to your accommodations.
Plymouth to Provincetown
There is also a ferry that runs from Plymouth, MA to Provincetown from mid June to Labor day.
When On Island
The Provincetown Shuttle operates from late May to early October and provides regular service throughout Provincetown starting at 9am daily.
The Provincetown Shuttle Service provides reliable and affordable shuttle service throughout Provincetown and the major beaches. Bike racks on buses are also available. It's easy because Provincetown is only three miles long. The summertime shuttle bus only costs $2 and you can flag it down anywhere on Bradford Street or at MacMillian Wharf.
Biking is the easiest way to get around Ptown, especially on Commercial Street which is always slow to drive on because of all the pedestrians. It is quite a people watching sight! You can bring your bike on the ferry for 6$ per bike. Bike rentals for various time periods are available in Provincetown. Provincetown Bikes offers a variety bikes to suit your needs.
For local taxi service call Jody Jrs Taxi, (508)487-0265. Jody's taxi is $6 anywhere in town and $8 to or from the airport or ferries--for a good ride call Jodi at 508-487-0265.
Should you wish to rent a car once you're in Provincetown, Enterprise Rent A Car is available at the airport. You can get information from their web site at www.enterprise.com.
Provincetown and Cape Traffic Report
Traffic is a nightmare after holiday weekends and on Sundays in July and August. Leave in the early morning or late afternoon to avoid back-ups at the bridges. Or better yet, stay an extra night or take the ferry.
For information about traffic to the Cape and Provincetown, get the Cape Cod Traffic Report.
Route 6, which runs the length of Cape Cod, tends to be busiest on the weekends, and especially at the start and end of the weekend. If you must travel on these peak days, try to go against the flow by leaving early in the morning or late at night.
For information about traffic and weather while you are on the road, call 511 from your cell phone. Run by the state, 511 is available Monday through Friday from 5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., and on the weekends from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
If you do choose to drive all the way into Provincetown, there are both private and public parking options, but neither is free. Parking can be tough in Ptown, so it is a good idea to stay overnight at a location where you can park your car.
The town’s main parking lot is located at the western base of MacMillan Pier off of Commercial Street. For information about current parking rates in the towns’ lots, call the Provincetown Parking Department at 508.487.7050.
Duarte’s, which is located on Bradford Street (between Center and Freeman), also offers overnight parking and can accommodate over-sized motor homes and buses. For more information about Duarte’s current parking rates, call 508.487.0113.
If you are driving to Provincetown, but do not plan on using your car after arrival, you may want to consider using one of the state of Massachusetts’ Park & Ride lots on the Cape. At the state-sponsored Park & Ride lots, parking is often free and buses can be caught nearby.
Four Park & Ride lots are located on Cape Cod on the route to Provincetown: one is in Bourne, two are in Barnstable, and another is in Harwich. After leaving your car, a Plymouth & Brockton bus can be caught from the lots for the last leg of your journey to Provincetown. For more information about these lots, visit the Boston Metropolitan Planning Organization’s Web site. For more information about bus service, visit www.p-b.com.
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