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Logan to Ptown

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Logan to Ptown

Hi, We're arriving Logan at 1 pm on a Wens (6/18), renting a car for our drive to Provincetown. Are we best served sticking to 90-93-6 all the way? I read on another post about 3 in Plymouth to 6A. We will be wanting to arrive pretty quickly, maybe a stop for a meal, so are we best to stick to the main roads or are the smaller, more scenic routes sometimes just as quick (or nearly so)? Thanks for any advice.

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1. Re: Logan to Ptown

I think your first directions are incorrect. 93 doesn't connect to 6. I live near the airport and go to P-town a couple of times a year .... the shortest route (can do it in about 2.5 hours when there is NO traffic) is:

90/Mass Pike west, through the Ted Williams tunnel ($3.50 toll) to 93S to 3S over the Sagamore Bridge to Rte 6. (which I always get confused ... it's as to whether it's labeled N or E, but just "go straight".)

Also ... a few helpful hints:

WATCH the signs for 93S, you exit the from inside a tunnel. It's a pretty sharp curve ... as far as I'm concerned it's a 'nasty outcume' of the big dig ;) . If you are traveling w/ another persion ... as soon as you exit that curve to daylight, keep left for the HOV (high occupancy vehicle) lane. It sometimes helps you avoid traffic and is open all day long.

If for whatever reason you get a later start than planned (say after 3:30), keep left on 93 and look for the HOV lane there. It's not open all day, but if it is, and you have at least one passenger, use it. This runs parallel to the rest of the road, rejoining it just before Rte 3. (Oh, and Rte 3 is the left side of the fork in the Braintree area).

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2. Re: Logan to Ptown

Thanks, forgotmypwod. There will be 3 of us in the car so definitely HOV. I'm confused, is the 93S HOV open all day, and another one only after 3? And I was just generalizing on Highway #'s in my post; thanks for clarifying.

We'll have been traveling from 4 a.m. or so, so probably want to go fairly direct, but would love to stop for a meal but definitely out of the busy Boston area, maybe closer to 3 or 6. Any suggestions there for something scenic and yummy (or either of the above).

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The HOV lane from the tunnel to 93 is open all day. The HOV lane on 93 is only open at rush-hour. It goes South in the evening, North in the morning. There is no HOV lane on Rte 3.

As for restaurants ... that's so subjective. One place we love for a good, home-style, no-frills meal is the Sagamore Inn. Take the first exit after crossing the Sagamore (6A), go right at the end of the ramp and travel about 3-4 miles until you see the restaruant on your left. They have good basic red-sauce Italian stuff, baked and fried sea food (including clams and haddock), lobster rolls and chalk board specials of things like Turkey w/ stuffing or pot roast and very good old style New England Chowder, I stress 'old style' with a THIN milk-based broth ... it will NOT stand up to a spoon .. I love it :)

From here you have the choice to back track to rte 6 or follow 6a for a more leisurely drive and rejoin 6 at the Burger King/rest stop near Centerville (Rte 6/exit 6, I think --- but it might be 8).

In our pre-kid days, we would have taken 6A and rejoined six. My oldest child (now 11) has never been a good 'rider' ... so now the object is to get there in the shortest time possible, so we head back to 6. ;)

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4. Re: Logan to Ptown

Depending on whether you plan to visit other towns int he cape on the way, you could take the ferry to P'town ( 2 hours ) and not worry about the traffic- Check for rental costs in P town.

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5. Re: Logan to Ptown

Papeet has a good idea. Check out car rentals in Ptown. I think Enterprise has a Ptown agency. If you're arriving around 1pm you would have to take the Bay State ferry - www.baystatecruises.com - from Commonwealth Pier in South Boston. You can get a water taxi from Logan to Commonwealth Pier. The ferry leaves at 5:30pm, plenty of time for the connection, and gets to Ptown at 7pm.

If you drive, it's 90 west to 93 south to 3 south to 6 east. Just watch the signs carefully and as others have said, use the HOV lanes when possible. When you cross the Sagamore Bridge (it's very obvious), you can take 6A, the scenic route, instead of 6. There are places to eat along this route. You get there about an hour after leaving Boston. If you want to eat sooner, I'm not sure what to recommend as you be on limited access highways for the first part of the trip.

If you follow 6A until it rejoins 6 at Orleans, it will add half an hour to an hour to your trip, but you can quickly cut back to 6 at many places. Just watch the signs.

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6. Re: Logan to Ptown

Thanks so much for all your suggestions. We did look into the ferry, but with 3 of us traveling, even without round-trip, price is almost equal to our car rental price for a week. In addition, we have a friend on the Cape in Harwich so we'd like to have a car available for traveling on the Cape a bit.

The Sagamore sounds like a nice stop, or somewhere else along 6A. Thanks for the tips on 6A/6; guess we'll see how we're all feeling and whether faster is better than scenic.

Much appreciate!

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