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With the ferry reservations and all the logistics required to take your vacation on Martha's Vineyard, it can be challenging. Don't worry. Martha's Vineyard Homes has been helping people like you navigate the shoals of the Vineyard for over 2 decades. It just takes a navigator, and we can do that for you. If the following frequently asked questions doesn't answer your question, just give us a call toll free at 866-741-7702, or e-mail us at clintandlinda@marthasvineyardhomes.biz. Nothing to it!
How do I get my car to Martha's Vineyard?


What can I do if the days I want do not have a car reservation available on the Steamship?


I don't want to bring sheets and towels? Can I rent them on the Vineyard?

 
Can I rent bicycles on the Vineyard?


Chappaquiddick. Isn't that a separate island? How do I get there?


I heard that home owners can get car ferry tickets early in the season.

Can you help me get my ferry reservations for my car?




How do I get my car to Martha's Vineyard?

The Steamship Authority, or the big white ships as they are known, carry all cars to and from the Vineyard. Their direct reservation number is 508-477-8600.

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What can I do if the days I want do not have a car reservation available on the Steamship?

There are 2 solutions. First, the Authority has a computerized wait list that does work quite well. Just make a reservation for as close to what you want as you can, and then tell the Authority to wait list you for the days, or times you prefer. The computer will automatically change your reservation to what you want when a cancellation comes through. Many people are constantly changing their reservations, and you have a very good chance of getting what you prefer. Secondly, there are a dozen car rental agencies on Martha's Vineyard. There rates are competitive, and you can pick up a car right at the ferry landing, in town, or at the airport. You just might find that the added flexibility of skipping the car ferry altogether is the easiest solution.

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I don't want to bring sheets and towels? Can I rent them on the Vineyard?

Yes. There is a linen rental service located at the airport on the Island. Please call us for their number.

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Can I rent bicycles on the Vineyard?

Absolutely. There are several bike rental businesses in each of the major towns. We can help you with phone numbers. Please call.

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Chappaquiddick. Isn't that a separate island? How do I get there?

Yes. In the native Indian language, Chappaquiddick means "a place apart". The Ontime ferry is your connection to this beautiful, separate island located just 100 short yards east of Edgartown downtown harbor. The Ontime, and its sister ferry, make the 3 minute run between the islands on demand from 7:30 AM to Midnight all season long. Special after hour crossings may be arranged with the ferry man earlier in the day if you wish.

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I heard that home owners can get car ferry tickets early in the season. Can you help me get my ferry reservations for my car?

Yes. Marthas Vineyard Homes buys as many advance car ferry tickets on the Steamship Authority as we are allowed. Please call us for the dates we have available, which we will gladly resell to you for your vacation at no extra charge. You pay us only what the Steamship Authority charges us.

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