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Standby to Nantucket/Hyannis

Standby vehicles are accepted year-round for travel between Hyannis and Nantucket, though space is limited. If you desire to travel on a standby basis from Hyannis, you are required to go in person to the terminal and place your name on the standby list. If you want to travel on a standby basis from Nantucket, you may either call or go in person to the terminal to place your name on the list. At that time, you must provide all pertinent information about your vehicle.

Your name will be added to our standby list. You will receive a standby slip with your standby number and date. This standby slip contains a telephone number and website link where you can access the terminals current vehicle standby status as well as the date and time that you should be at the terminal.

Once you have a paid ticket and receive your standby slip:

Nantucket Terminal:

Unless you are informed that you should remain at the terminal for possible travel on the next scheduled trip, you must depart with your vehicle from the Nantucket Terminal. (No spaces are available to accommodate standby vehicles at that terminal, and therefore there is no physical vehicle standby line there.) You must regularly check our website at https://www.steamshipauthority.com/traveling_today/standby and/or call the telephone number on your standby slip to find out what time you must return to the terminal for possible travel on a standby basis. It is your responsibility to return to the terminal at the appropriate time, and your failure to do so will result in forfeiting your place and being dropped from the standby list.

Hyannis Terminal:

If the terminal is able to accommodate the parking of standby vehicles, you may leave your vehicle at the terminal. Otherwise, you must depart with your vehicle from the terminal instead of waiting there for the next available trip. You must regularly check our website at https://www.steamshipauthority.com/traveling_today/standby and/or call the telephone number on your standby slip to find out what time you must return to the terminal, potentially to travel on a standby basis. It is your responsibility to return to the terminal at the appropriate time, and your failure to do so will result in forfeiting your place and being dropped from the standby list.

Customers who are required to return to the terminal at a particular time are not guaranteed travel on the next scheduled trip, as we generally will require more standby customers to return to the terminal than can be accommodated on the next trip. Vehicles traveling on a standby basis are generally boarded onto vessels after vehicles with reservations, as long as space is available, in the order that they have been placed on the standby list. Exceptions are made for customers with disabilities who need to travel with their vehicles, emergency situations, disruptions in service and other unusual circumstances.

Standby to Martha's Vineyard

On days that customers can travel on a standby basis, standby vehicles are generally boarded onto vessels after vehicles with reservations, as long as space is available, in the order of their arrival and check-in at the terminal. Exceptions are made for customers with disabilities who need to travel with their vehicles, emergency situations, disruptions in service and other unusual circumstances. Standby vehicles that are not transported by the end of the day are required to leave our property when the terminal closes for the night, and they are not given any priority for boarding the following day.

Standby vehicles are not accepted during Reservation Only Periods for travel between Woods Hole and Martha's Vineyard, every Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday from:

June 19 through September 7, 2020

June 30, 2020

July 1, 2020

July 2, 2020

August 25, 2020

September 8, 2020 and October 9 and 12, 2020

Reservation Only Periods
From Date To Date Period
5/21/2020 5/26/2020 Daily
6/26/2020 7/6/2020 Daily
8/21/2020 8/25/2020 Daily
9/4/2020 9/8/2020 Daily
10/9/2020 10/9/2020 Daily
10/12/2020 10/12/2020 Daily
7/10/2020 7/13/2020 Every Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday
7/17/2020 7/20/2020 Every Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday
7/24/2020 7/27/2020 Every Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday
7/31/2020 8/3/2020 Every Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday
8/7/2020 8/10/2020 Every Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday
8/14/2020 8/17/2020 Every Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday
8/28/2020 8/31/2020 Every Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday
6/19/2020 6/22/2020 Every Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday

On dates that do not require vehicle reservations, standby travel is available between Woods Hole and Martha's Vineyard, however space is not guaranteed.

Standby to Nantucket/Hyannis

Standby vehicles are accepted year-round for travel between Hyannis and Nantucket, though space is limited. If you desire to travel on a standby basis from Hyannis, you are required to go in person to the terminal and place your name on the standby list. If you want to travel on a standby basis from Nantucket, you may either call or go in person to the terminal to place your name on the list. At that time, you must provide all pertinent information about your vehicle.

Your name will be added to our standby list. You will receive a standby slip with your standby number and date. This standby slip contains a telephone number and website link where you can access the terminals current vehicle standby status as well as the date and time that you should be at the terminal.

Once you have a paid ticket and receive your standby slip:

Nantucket Terminal:

Unless you are informed that you should remain at the terminal for possible travel on the next scheduled trip, you must depart with your vehicle from the Nantucket Terminal. (No spaces are available to accommodate standby vehicles at that terminal, and therefore there is no physical vehicle standby line there.) You must regularly check our website at https://www.steamshipauthority.com/traveling_today/standby and/or call the telephone number on your standby slip to find out what time you must return to the terminal for possible travel on a standby basis. It is your responsibility to return to the terminal at the appropriate time, and your failure to do so will result in forfeiting your place and being dropped from the standby list.

Hyannis Terminal:

If the terminal is able to accommodate the parking of standby vehicles, you may leave your vehicle at the terminal. Otherwise, you must depart with your vehicle from the terminal instead of waiting there for the next available trip. You must regularly check our website at https://www.steamshipauthority.com/traveling_today/standby and/or call the telephone number on your standby slip to find out what time you must return to the terminal, potentially to travel on a standby basis. It is your responsibility to return to the terminal at the appropriate time, and your failure to do so will result in forfeiting your place and being dropped from the standby list.

Customers who are required to return to the terminal at a particular time are not guaranteed travel on the next scheduled trip, as we generally will require more standby customers to return to the terminal than can be accommodated on the next trip. Vehicles traveling on a standby basis are generally boarded onto vessels after vehicles with reservations, as long as space is available, in the order that they have been placed on the standby list. Exceptions are made for customers with disabilities who need to travel with their vehicles, emergency situations, disruptions in service and other unusual circumstances.