Nantucket is an island off the southeast coast of Massachusetts, USA, about 30 miles (48 kilometres) from Cape Cod. The name might also refer to the town of Nantucket or the Nantucket County, formed together with the small islands of Tuckernuck and Muskeget. The total population is about 10 to 11,000 but swells to five times as many inhabitants during the summermonths of July and August. As a foreign travellers it is really advised to visit outside of these peak times.
Nantucket Memorial Airport (ACK) is located on the south side of the island. Some airlines and destinations are Cape Air to Boston, Martha's Vineyard and Providence, Comut Air to Newark Liberty International Airport, Comair and Jetblue Airways to New York JFK, Air Wisconsin to Washington, D.C., andColgan Air to New York LaGuardia.
You can take your car on the slow boat from Hyannis in mainland Massachusetts, but it is very expensive (see below).
The Steamship Authority runs ferries throughout the day between Hyannis (southern coast of Massachusetts, not far from Cape Cod) and Nantucket. The fast ferry takes an hour and costs $30 one-way, the slow ferry 2¼ hours and $15 one-way. Only the latter takes cars for not less than $360 round-trip!
Hy-Line Cruises has similar ferries plus a daily boat between Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard from mid-June to mid-September (two hours) for slightly less than $30 one-way.
NRTA Shuttle provides transport around the town and island from late May to late September, for $1-$2 a ride, or $7 for a day pass.
Given the congestion on the island and the fact that not everything is within walking distance, renting a bike is a great alternative. Check Nantucket Bikeshop or Young's Bicycle Shop for options.
There are many two-way paved bikeroutes on the island:
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