Getting to Provincetown

Boston to Ptown

Boston to Ptown

You can travel from Boston to Ptown by plane, boat, bus, or automobile, depending on the weather, your preference and your budget.

Once you get here – you’ve got all the info about Getting Around Ptown.

By Car

It’s an easy and inexpensive way to get to Provincetown, but in the summer the traffic can be nuts, so plan accordingly! Make sure to check the traffic report. We’ve provided you with the optimal times, but consider that rain sometimes delays arrivals to Ptown and people often leave earlier!

Parking: Check out our Parking in Provincetown page. It’s the most comprehensive list of all the parking lots, including those that most visitors don’t know about, and provides all the information about cost, enforcement, and directions.

If you’re venturing to the Cape on the weekend, the best time to travel is before 2 p.m. and after 9 p.m. on Friday and before 8 a.m. and after 2 p.m. on Saturday. Sunday through Thursday are the best travel days, as the traffic flow is not as dense.

Heaviest Traffic Times

  • Fridays: 2pm – 9pm (Weekenders arriving)
  • Saturdays: 8am – 2pm (Weekly renters arriving)
  • Sunday – Thursday: Best driving days

Leaving Ptown

You should depart Mon-Fri between 2 p.m. – 9 p.m., Saturdays after 2 p.m., and Sundays before 1 p.m. and after 9 p.m.

Heaviest Traffic Times

  • Sundays: 1pm – 9pm (Weekenders leaving)
  • Saturdays: 8am – 2pm (Weekly renters leaving)
  • Sunday – Thursday: Best driving days


By Fast Ferry: Boston to Ptown

Why Ferry Boston to Ptown?

Save Time … and no traffic! In 90 minutes you’ll be in Ptown versus 2-plus hours by car, and that’s if there’s no traffic!

For a wonderful view of Boston Harbor and the islands, Cape Cod Bay, and Long Point Light, traveling by one of the boats from Boston could be the perfect ticket. Two cruise lines make the trip.

  • Bay State Cruises
  • Boston Harbor Cruises

Bay State Cruises – Provincetown Fast Ferry

This ferry is our top pick because of it’s consistent schedule, and the always-friendly and attentive crew. Read more about the Bay State’s Fast Ferry experience.

Extended Weekend Service through 12/8!

Bay State has extended ferry service on weekends through Sunday 12/8. Check out the schedule.

Seasonal Schedule

  • 3 Daily Roundtrips, 7 days a week. View Schedule.
  • Friday, May 18 – Monday, October 15

Bay State Cruises offers inexpensive parking, a climate controlled cabin, a full service bar and snacks, and dockside luggage storage so that you arrive in Provincetown relaxed and ready to have fun.

Leave from 200 Seaport Blvd, Boston, MA (World Trade Center)

Website  |  View Schedule  |  Buy Tickets
Email  |  877-PT-FERRY

Boston Harbor Cruises

Seasonal Schedule

Schedule varies during their season. View BHC’s schedule.

Boston Harbor Cruise amenities include no fee online ticketing with dockside check in, concierge, satellite TV, full bar, cushioned seats, and climate control–so that getting there is half the fun.

Leave from One Long Wharf, Boston, MA

Website  |  Schedule  |  Email   |  877-733-9425

By Plane: Cape Air / Nantucket Airlines

Get from Boston to Provincetown in 20-25 minutes and enjoy a spectacular view of Cape Cod Bay. Sometimes the pilots will steer you over a pod of whales, which is a blast.

Cape Air offers many daily, year-round flights from Boston to Provincetown. From June to September, they offer service to and from New York. Cape Air does ticketing and baggage with most major carriers so that making your connection at Logan Airport runs smoothly.

Website | 866-CAPE-AIR

By Bus

Peter Pan and Plymouth & Brockton bus lines offer regular service between Cape Cod (including Provincetown) and the South Shore to downtown Boston and Logan International Airport.

The bus arrives in Provincetown in the center of town near MacMillan Wharf.

Peter Pan Bus Line | 800-343-9999

Plymouth & Brockton Bus Line | 508-746-0378