Travel may be limited right now, but if you’re planning on traveling to Martha’s Vineyard later this season, chances are pretty high that you’re not bringing a car with you. Bringing one over via the ferry can get expensive as well as overwhelming for yourself and for the residents of the island. There’s plenty of other wonderful ways to see the beauty of the island. We’ve created a quick guide on how to get around Martha’s Vineyard—check it out!

Bus or Trolley

Shuttle buses operate year-round on about a dozen routes on Martha’s Vineyard. Once they’ve taken the ferry over, visitors have the option of hopping on the bus to get from location to location. A bus ride from Vineyard Haven (the ferry terminal) to Oak Bluffs will cost you around $2—plus, the buses run frequently, especially in late June to early September. Better yet, there are tons of bus and van tours to guide you around the island and see the most popular sights.

Bike or Moped

Biking is another great way to get around the island, making it easier for you to get up-island. If you’re taking bikes there, make sure you and your group are more experienced bikers that can handle the longer distance. Biking is an environmentally friendly way to get around, and the island is very bike-friendly, with over 44 miles of paths to show you around. Moped rentals are also available, if that’s more your thing.


The most popular way to get around the island is simply walking. All three of the main port towns on the island—Vineyard Haven, Oak Bluffs, and Edgartown—are easily walkable, giving you the opportunity to stop and admire anytime you want. However, you will have to mix up busing and walking if you want to experience multiple areas of the island.

With New England Trips, you can take a day trip from Boston to Martha’s Vineyard and have approximately six hours to spend on the island. You’ll get roundtrip ferry service to the island, a visitor’s guidebook, and a discount card to various shops, restaurants, and other attractions. How you choose to get around the island is up to you, but we recommend walking so that you can see all the beautiful things the island has in abundance. Plan your trip for the summer now!