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Ferries from Barnstable to Nantucket

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Journey Information

There are 9 daily ferries from Barnstable to Nantucket. Traveling by ferry from Barnstable to Nantucket usually takes around one hour, but some ferries might arrive slightly earlier or later than scheduled.

Distance31 mi (49 km)
Shortest duration1h 0m
Cheapest price£32.99
Trips per day9
Most frequent serviceHyline Cruises
Ferry lines1

What ferry companies travel from Barnstable to Nantucket?

There is one ferry company that operates from Barnstable to Nantucket. Hyline Cruises is the only company that connects the two cities by ferry. Fortunately, it has multiple scheduled ferries per day, so travelers still have a good amount of choice and flexibility.

FerryDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Hyline Cruises91h 0m£34.80
  • Hyline Cruises

    Hyline Cruises

    Book Hyline Cruises from Barnstable to Nantucket from £33. There are 9 Hyline Cruises schedules from Barnstable to Nantucket and you can expect on average to pay for a Hyline Cruises ticket to Nantucket. In Barnstable, Hyline Cruises departs to Nantucket from Ocean St Terminal and no other station. In Nantucket, Hyline Cruises arrives at Straight Wharf and no other station.

    An average trip on Hyline Cruises from Barnstable to Nantucket takes 1 hours and 0 minutes .

    On weekends, Hyline Cruises offers 9 trips per day and you could expect to pay for a weekend getaway to Nantucket.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by ferry from Barnstable to Nantucket during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Our ferry partners have implemented several different policies to keep you safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. From limiting vehicle capacity to enhancing cleaning protocols and upgrading air filters, ferry carriers are committed to maintaining a safe environment. For details on what each company is doing to ensure their fleet remains safe for travel, click here.

In addition, federal law requires all ferry passengers to wear a face covering for the entire duration of the trip. Please make sure you are wearing a face mask or you may not be allowed to board the ferry.

Please visit our COVID-19 Travel Guide for more information on all carrier policies and the latest travel advisories issued by every U.S. state, Canadian province, and European country.

How long is the ferry ride from Barnstable to Nantucket?

The ferry usually takes around 1 hour to cover the 31 miles (49 kilometers) from Barnstable to Nantucket. You'll have just enough time for a small nap on this relatively short trip.

What is the busiest day to travel by ferry from Barnstable to Nantucket?

The busiest day of the week to travel by ferry from Barnstable to Nantucket is on Friday. If you are planning to travel on a Friday, you should make sure to book tickets well in advance as they may sell out. On the other hand, Thursday is typically when ferries are least crowded. If you’re looking for a little extra space, taking a ferry on Thursday is the way to go.

When do the earliest ferry and latest ferry leave Barnstable?

The earliest ferry leaves Barnstable at 06:00. The latest ferry leaves Barnstable at 20:00. To see the times for all ferries between the first and last ones, use the search function on this page to get the full schedule for your specific travel dates.

How many ferry trips to Nantucket are there per day?

There are 9 scheduled ferries that travel from Barnstable to Nantucket every day. Of these, 9 are direct ferries, meaning that you do not have to change ferries at any point during your trip.

City Information


Hyannis, sometimes called the "Capital of the Cape," is the biggest and most vibrant of the seven sprawling villages that comprise the town of Barnstable. Barnstable, and Hyannis within it, is located in the middle of Cape Cod, one of the most iconic summer destinations in New England.

Indeed, the harbour village of Hyannis is a presidential choice for a trip since it was one of John F. Kennedy's favourite vacation spots. Although the beachfront Kennedy Compound is private property, you can visit the JFK Hyannis Museum to learn all about the Kennedys' relationship with the area.

To develop your own relationship with Cape Cod, shop and eat along the vibrant Main Street or take boatbuilding classes at the waterfront Cape Cod Maritime Museum. Windsurfers will be happy to know they can sail the winds of Kalmus Park Beach. Outside of Hyannis, the rest of Barnstable is graced with expanses of white-sand beaches, golf clubs, beautiful marshes, and marinas where boats leave for whale-watching tours.

Cape Cod's closest major airport is Logan International Airport in Boston. Traveling from Boston to Cape Cod is easy on Peter Pan coaches to Hyannis. Seasonal commuter rail trains also connect to Hyannis in the summer. Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket, two islands off the Cape, are just a ferry ride away from the Hyannis waterfront.

Station Information

Where does the ferry leave from in Barnstable?

Main departure station: Ocean St Terminal

Most ferries depart from the main station in Barnstable.

All ferry stations in Barnstable:

  • Ocean St Terminal

Where does the ferry arrive in Nantucket?

Main arrival station: Straight Wharf

All ferries from Barnstable arrive at one main station in Nantucket.

Ferry stations in Nantucket:

  • Straight Wharf

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