Going Your Way –Traveling by Bus on Cape Cod and The Islands

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Can I Take the Bus to Cape Cod from the Airport?

Yes! Traveling by bus on Cape Cod is a convenient way to travel from Boston’s Logan Airport. Picture this, it’s a Thursday night in July, and your weekend guests are arriving at Logan during rush hour. Do you hop in your car and plan to sit in bumper-to-bumper traffic on the expressway while your blood pressure slowly rises and you curse your decision to own a beach house? Or, do you send them the Plymouth and Brockton Bus line schedule and ask them to call you when they get to the bridge?

Plymouth and Brockton

The Plymouth and Brockton line (P&B) makes traveling by bus to Cape Cod from Logan (and from Logan to the Cape) a breeze. The buses are clean, comfortable, and climate-controlled. They run as early as 3:00 a.m. from the Cape and 6:00 a.m. from Logan. P&B runs two routes; Hyannis/Boston Logan and Woods Hole/ Boston Logan. A typical trip to or from Logan takes under two hours and includes stops in Rockland, Plymouth, and Sagamore. There is Wi-Fi on board and USB charging stations at each seat. Riders should know that talking on the phone is discouraged. The drivers will ask you to put it away, but feel free to break out your laptop or iPad while you ride. Tickets are $29 each way ($24 for children).

Peter Pan

Are you looking to travel by bus to Cape Cod from New York City? One-way tickets on Peter Pan from New York’s Port Authority to Hyannis are $75. Tickets from Logan Airport to Hyannis are $24, and the trip from Woods Hole to Logan is $32. Peter Pan also has routes from the Providence Bus Center to Hyannis or Woods Hole starting at $32.

Can I Get Around the Cape by Bus?

Going Your Way –Traveling by Bus on Cape Cod and The IslandsYes! There are many ways to travel by bus on Cape Cod. The Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority (CCRTA) has routes from Woods Hole to Bourne or Hyannis and from Hyannis to Provincetown. Fares are as low as $1 (ages 60+ or disabled riders) or $2 for a one-way trip. Affordable day and 31-day passes are also available. Pets are welcome in a secure carrier, and children over 12 can ride the bus alone.

CCRTA Dial-A-Ride (DART) Service

Did you know that the CCRTA offers an appointment-based on-demand door-to-door ride service? The DART (dial-a-ride) or the SMART DART app-based-on-demand-transportation service is available to all Cape Cod residents and visitors seven days a week. The DART bus is available in all 15 Cape towns, $3 a ride for adults and children and $1 a ride for seniors and disabled individuals. The SMART DART app-based service is available in Yarmouth and Barnstable only.

Can I Rent a Party Bus on Cape Cod?

Of Course! Why not gather friends and family and host a party while traveling by bus on Cape Cod? There are several options for those who want to let an experienced, knowledgeable driver take the wheel while they enjoy an adult beverage with friends.

The Funk Bus on Cape Cod

Going Your Way –Traveling by Bus on Cape Cod and The IslandsThe iconic Funk Bus on Cape Cod is a group of school buses and mini-buses, accommodating 30, 18, and 14 passengers wrapped in colorful skins –pink, purple, tie-dye, and neon animal prints. Popular for weddings, bachelor/bachelorette parties, and reunions, each bus is outfitted with a state-of-the-art sound system and driven by professional drivers. The Funk Bus will provide a price quote for your charter via online inquiry at their website.

Mayflower Trolley and Provincetown Mayflower Trolley Tours

The owners of Funk Bus also charter the charming Mayflower Trolleys, popular with bridal parties and tour groups. A Mayflower Trolley Tour of Provincetown departs from the Provincetown Town Hall every hour and a half, beginning at 11:00 and ending with a special “sunset tour” departing between 5:15 – 6:00 p.m., depending on the time of year. Tickets are $34.00 for adults and $17 for children 12 and under.

The Brew Bus on Cape Cod

Cape Cod is home to several exceptional microbreweries. The Cape Cod Brew Bus offers a fun and affordable way to tour three of the upper Cape’s best; Barnstable Brewing, Naukabout Brewery and Taproom, and Cape Cod Beer. The Cape Cod Brew Tour is 3.5 hours long and includes a sandwich lunch and beer tastings at each location. Tickets are $89 and $72 for non-drinking adults. The Brew Bus on Cape Cod is also available for private charter up to 12 people for $1068.

Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket by Bus

Are you planning a trip to the Vineyard or Nantucket but neglected to book your car’s reservation on the ferry months in advance? No worries, the Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket Regional Transit Authorities have your back. Traveling by bus on the islands is easy, accessible, and affordable. Martha’s Vineyard’s fixed route schedule will take you around the island from Edgartown to Aquinnah. The fare is $2.00 a town or $8.00 a day with discounted fares for seniors and those with disabilities. 3, 7, and 31-day passes are also available. On Nantucket, you can “Ride the Wave” on two separate routes around the island. Fares are $2 or $3, $1.00 or $1.50 for seniors and veterans.

Traveling by Bus on Cape Cod and the Islands – Accessible and Affordable

While sandy flip-flops and a damp bathing suit under a cover-up may not be appropriate apparel for bus travel off-Cape, it is perfectly acceptable here. Getting around the islands is especially easy by bus (although visitors should be aware that island buses are often school buses which means no AC and open windows in the summertime). Still, it is part of the island experience. So, plan your trip and map your route. Traveling by bus on Cape Cod and the Islands may be the easiest, most affordable way to see the sights and get to your destination.

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