The boat ride is 2 hours each way. Sure, why not..
The answer to this question somewhat depends on your total vacation plans. Where are you flying into from Scotland? If you are flying into or out of Boston, you'd be better off adding a day or two on to your trip and visiting Boston then. But if you aren't planning on getting to Boston (perhaps you are driving to the Cape from NYC), then a day trip to Boston might be a fun idea.
I believe the Boston to Ptown ferry takes about 1 1/2 hours. It drops you off right in downtown Boston so you can see quite a few points of interest in Boston in a day. I would suggest that you spend some time doing the Freedom Trail (history trail) and some time visiting either the Faneuil Hall shopping area or the Back Bay. Some people enjoy buying a ticket on the many trolley tours that offer hop on and hop off service throughout the day. It all depends on what you are hoping to do in Boston.
Having just checked out the fast ferry schedule (see link below), you will get to Boston at noontime and have about 7 hours to tour. That should be enough for a good overview. But it's not cheap.
I agree about spending time in Boston before you head to the Cape, if you're flying into Logan. It is definitely worth a visit, either way.
Our friends from the U.K. loved the duck boat tour, which takes you in an amphibious vehicle around the city, then right into the harbor for a view from the water. If you go, be sure to visit Faneuil Hall & Quincy Market, Beacon Hill, and at least Paul Revere's House and Old North Church along the Freedom Trail. Have fun!
Hi, from the link it looks like the first boat arrives at noon & the last one leaves Boston at 5.30. Do you think this will be enough time. We were going to stay in Boston for 2 nights before going down to the Cape but have worked out that this will cost us an extra £600+ due to the hotels being quite expensive & the taxi to & from the airport. We flying in from Scotland on the Friday and then driving down to the Cape on the Saturday.
For Boston accomodations, have you tried the Marriot Hotel Long Wharf in Boston? I see high summer rates at approx $449 USD for 2 nights on-line. Look on-line for promotional codes. That said, I always find directly booking with the hotel itself (not on-line and not 1-800 toll free) will get you the best deal. The local # is 1-617-227-0800 and 1-617-227-0815. Be sure to keep asking about deals and specials!
You cannot beat the location of this hotel. Steps to the New England Aquarium... And the PTown ferry leaves STEPS from the front door. For added fun, you can take the water taxi direct from the airport to the hotel.
Hope that helps!
You can rent a car in Provincetown once the ferry lands and skip what can be a horrendous drive to the Cape. Enterprise Rental Car will pick you up from the ferry for free and take you to the rental agency at 1 Race Point road. their # is 1-508-487-0009. I think Thrifty Rental, another national chain, also has a Provincetown office.
Consider this as an alternative to renting a car in Boston... Traveling by water is always more fun, but then again I now live on an island so that is my personal opinion!
Hope that helps!
Hi Fiona: You're going to have a great trip. I also feel that anytime you can be on a boat is time and money well spent. But if money is an issue this trip: Did you know the ferry fare is $71.00 pp round trip? That might indeed add up to be the same cost as a night in a Boston area hotel depending upon how many of you there are.
You might consider staying near Logan airport, after arrival and before your Cape Cod jaunt, in lodgings that may cost substantially less than a city hotel and take the T into the City over the course of a few days.
Take a look on Expedia, Travelocity, Orbitz etc. for hotel options and their discount prices (you can use those prices if you decide to call the hotel directly to negotiate your room price!)
Here's a TA link for more information, some had suggested making reservations on the weekends in the summer months:
Hey there Fiona, What happened last Sept.? Did you and your bf come to the Cape as you planned? I think you said you were going to visit Boston too. Maybe your plans fell though??? So, is this your first trip to the Cape?
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