Getting to Provincetown
If you’re coming for an early fall visit, you can skip the stress and enjoy the salt air instead. We recommend the Provincetown Fast Ferry, operated by the Bay State Cruise Company, that leaves from the World Trade Center in the Boston Seaport. It’s fast, friendly, and has served this route for well over a century. You can check out the Bay State website to read Ferry Tales, real stories about real people who’ve had their lives changed in some way by the ferry.
Daily service runs through October 17; starting on Friday, October 18, ferries will be Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays only until December 1, when the service ends for the year.
Cape Air has operated direct flights to Provincetown from Boston since 1989, and now runs a service to and from White Plains as well. It’s a quick ride in a Cessna 402 (single engine, eight seats, and if you’re lucky you can sit up front with the pilot). Four flights a day are available between Boston and Ptown in the off-season. (ptownie tip: If the weather turns inclement, your flight may be delayed or cancelled, so make sure you have a Plan B.)
The Plymouth and Brockton Street Railway and Peter Pan bus lines both operate between Boston (Logan Airport/South Station) and Provincetown. Both require passengers to purchase their tickets ahead of time, as drivers are unable to sell tickets. Peter Pan offers free wi-fi on its buses. (ptownie tip: We think this is the best deal ever: a round-trip ticket on P&B is only $69, and on Peter Pan is only $50!)
If you’ve driven on and off the Cape in the summertime, you’ll be pleasantly surprised to find traffic isn’t a problem in the off-season. There’s also more parking available in town, and from November through April you can park in any of the town lots for free.
There’s more where that came from! Ptownie has insider tips for all of your Provincetown adventures. Check out our 2020 Guide to Nightlife in Provincetown, MA!