For most visitors, the easiest way to get to Falmouth is to drive. At just 80 miles southwest from Boston, and 70 miles northwest from Providence, the area caters to weekenders and extended stay vacationers alike. You can also fly into Hyannis and drive 50 minutes south from there.
The closest airports to Falmouth MA are Boston Logan, Providence TF Green, Hyannis and Martha’s Vineyard. There is a private airstrip in East Falmouth for smaller planes only.
Take the Bus
There is frequent bus service on Peter Pan Bus lines from Providence and Boston going to Falmouth and Woods Hole to meet the Steamship Authority ferry (SSA ferry) to Martha’s Vineyard. Busses run 10-12 times per day in summer and leave from all terminals at Logan Airport or from South Station.
Car service is available from all nearby cities and airports. Estimated cost from Boston Logan is $150 – $200 one way.
Rental cars are available from all major carriers at the hub airports like Boston Logan and Providence TF Green. In Falmouth, you will find Enterprise, Avis and Hertz in case you want to rent (or return) a car once you have arrived here.
Try the Ferry
You can fly into Martha’s Vineyard Regional Airport and take one of several ferries from either Edgartown, Oak Bluffs or Vineyard Haven into Woods Hole or Falmouth Harbor. In addition, there is extensive ferry service to Martha’s Vineyard so it would be possible to take the ferry from Hyannis, New Bedford MA, Kingston RI or Manhattan and then transfer on the Vineyard to Falmouth.
These fast ferries only run in the summer season.
There is now train service from Boston to Cape Cod on the Cape Flyer, from South Station to Hyannis in the summer season only.
Getting Around Falmouth
Once in Falmouth, there are many ways to get around. Most of Falmouth’s beach villages are pedestrian and bike friendly, with sidewalks and bike lanes suitable for kids and adults headed to the popular beaches.
The Falmouth Trolley
Falmouth operates a summer trolley system called the Whoosh Trolley from the Falmouth Mall, through Main Street Falmouth and all the way into Woods Hole. This trolley starts in late June and runs until the end of August on the hour from 9.45 am to 8 pm (M-Th) and 10.30 pm on weekends.
Cape Cod Regional Transit system runs a bus from Woods Hole to Hyannis (the Sealine Route) with hourly service all year long.
In addition, Martha’s Vineyard Steamship Authority ferry service (SSA) runs free shuttle system from the parking lots at Palmer Avenue (near the bus station in downtown Falmouth) into Woods Hole. In summer, there are several runs per hour as long as the ferries are running (6 am to 10 pm).
Many visitors come with their bicycle to enjoy Falmouth’s myriad bike paths and dedicated bike ways, also considered a delightful way to see Woods Hole without worrying about the limited parking. Bikes are also available for rent in many locations in Falmouth.
There is plenty of street parking in most locations in Falmouth. Beaches require day passes or resident stickers (link to our beach page). Main Street Falmouth has three hour free parking plus several lots for short term visitors. In Woods Hole, there are parking meters along Water Street and Luscombe Ave. Those headed to the Vineyard are required to park in one of many parking lots maintained by the Steamship Authority.