Getting Around Town
Traveling To & From the Provincetown Wharf
- Shuttles: Some hotels operate shuttles that will pick you up at the ferry.
- Taxis: Taxis are always at the wharf whenever the ferries dock, or you can call in advance to have one meet you.
- Walk: Lots of people simply roll their suitcases down Commercial Street; why not join them and get a sense of what the town has in store for you?
Car Rentals in Provincetown
There are car rentals via Enterprise at the Provincetown Airport, though you need to make a reservation and let them know what time you’re coming, as the desk isn’t always staffed.
Bike Rentals in Provincetown
Your best transportation bet is a bicycle, and we strongly urge you to reserve one in advance. Parking for cars is very limited and very expensive, the parking police are vigilant, and bicycles allow you to get around while seeing… and being seen!
In 2018, the town was awarded a Silver Bicycle Friendly Community designation by the League of American Bicyclists. It’s the smallest town in Massachusetts to merit this award. Provincetown also ranked as the top “small city” bicycle network in the PeopleForBikes City Ratings, and took the #2 spot among 500 cities and towns nationwide in their Bicycle Network Analysis.
All of the bicycle rental shops also now offer ebike rentals.
- Ptown Bikes, at 42 Bradford Street, is a ptownie favorite. Bill and his crew have been part of the Provincetown community since 1995 and provide everything you’ll need to get around safely.
- Gale Force Bikes, 144 Bradford Street Extension.
- Arnold’s, 329 Commercial Street.
- Provincetown Bike Shack 63 Shank Painter Road.
- Provincetown Bike Rentals 136 Bradford Street.
Bicycle Repair Stations in Provincetown
There’s free help when you’re out and about on Commercial Street: we have two bicycle repair stations, one on each end of town:
- West station: next to the parking kiosk in the West End parking lot
- East station: beside the Johnson Street parking lot kiosk
There is bike parking everywhere—at the grocery store, dentist, health center, school, playgrounds, Town Hall, on the pier, at the airport, at the beach, and scattered throughout town in other places as well.
Want help navigating? Turn to PedalPtown: Rik Ahlberg gives classes on cycling on Commercial Street and bicycle safety, as well as offering bicycle tours of the town and ebike tours in the dunes.
Buses in Provincetown
Localized bus service is offered seven days a week, with a summer shuttle bus to the beaches. CCRTA also provides daily bus service from 5:30am to 11:15pm from Star Market in Harwich to Stop & Shop in Provincetown, and beginning at 6:00am to 12:40am from Stop & Shop in Provincetown to Star Market in Harwich.
The Flex picks up and drops off passengers at designated stops; passengers may board the Flex at any of the scheduled bus stops or they may flag the bus down anywhere along the bus route except along Route 6.
Parking in Provincetown
We strongly recommend that you not bring your car to Provincetown. Parking regulations in Provincetown are very strictly enforced (we kid you not), seven days a week, including holidays, from May 1st to October 31st. Street and metered parking rules are in effect from 8am until midnight. Due to health issues the parking lots will only be accepting credit cards this year. (The McMillan Pier and Prince Street lots are open 24 hours. The benefit of these two lots is that you pay based on amount of time you’re there.)
Major lots include:
- MacMillan Pier (municipal parking, charged by the hour)
- Prince Street (municipal parking, charged by the hour)
- Provincetown Marina lot located next to MacMillan Pier (privately owned, flat fee)
- Riley’s (privately owned, flat fee)
Kiosk and metered parking (municipal parking):
- Provincetown Fire Station Kiosk: 26 cars
- Shank Painter Road, metered: 12 cars; Spaces are tight.
- School Street, metered: 29 spaces.
- West End, kiosk: 44 spaces.
- Pilgrim’s First Landing, metered: 10 spaces
- Bradford Street, kiosk: 22 spaces
- Alden Street, kiosk: 25 spaces
- Johnson Street, metered, 33 spaces
- Harry Kemp Way, kiosk (Conwell St. end): 35 spaces
- Winslow & Mayflower, kiosk: 50 spaces
- Jerome Smith Road, kiosk (you can also call the Provincetown Parking Office at 508-487-7050 to obtain a weekly pass)
There’s more where that came from! Ptownie has insider tips for all of your Provincetown adventures. Check out our 2020 Guide to Outdoor Activities in Provincetown, MA!