Is there a way to get from Boston to the Cape without a car? If so, what's the easiest way?
So in theory the Cape Flyer is a train that gets you from South Station to the Cape, the website is not working at the moment however:
Then there is also the Provincetown Ferry,
probably your best bet, because Ptown is super fun, and it's a really quick ride
Hi Lita, There is a fast ferry from Boston to Provincetown which is at the tip of Cape Cod. I know it runs in the summer and fall. I hope this helps. There are also buses from Boston to the Cape. They would stop at the different towns on the Cape.
Back after 20 years of hiatus is the Cape Flyer train. (http://capeflyer.com/). It however only runs on weekends from Memorial Day (late May 2014) to Columbus Day (Mid October)!
Kids 12 and under ride FREE!
Although driving gives you the most flexibility there are a few ways you can get to the Cape from
Boston. Driving is also the easiest but there are other options.
My one other comment is that travel options also depend on what time of year you are going.
If you are short of time and just want a day trip I've had friends who loved taking the Gray Line Bus Excursion which leaves from Boston and stops
Hyannis Port (Massachusetts) where they stop at a JFK Memorial and a cruise where you can see the Kennedy Compound.
You can just take regular bus lines as well: Look into the 'Plymouth & Brockton Streetrailway company'
I've never tried it but there are bike paths the entire way as well. A good map that breaks down the trip is: http://www.crw.org/claire.htm Although growing up in New England, I would never recommend this during the winter!
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Agreed that it will depend on where you're going and what your plans are when you're there as basically there is very little public transportation on the Cape, apart from the B Bus. But if you're set on that end, there are busses from South Station in Boston that run to a few towns, including Bourne, Falmouth and further "down" Cape. You can also take a ferry (katamaran) from Boston to Provincetown, and from there a bus towards Hyannis.
It depends. What part of the cape are you thinking of visiting? There are buses to some parts and a boat that goes to Provincetown. If you're really fancy, you can take a plane to the islands.
I went this past summer & determined that there wasn't an "easy" way to get there. It ended up being much easier to simply drive the 90 minutes or so. Once you're on the Cape, it's very hard to get around the cute little towns without a car. So, it's totally work renting a car!