Don’t Make A Fuss, Just Get On The Bus!!!!

Posted on June 4, 2024

Martha’s Vineyard, a picturesque island located off the coast of Cape Cod in Massachusetts, is known for its charming towns, scenic landscapes, and a laid-back vibe that attracts visitors from all over the world. Whether you’re a tourist or a local, navigating the island efficiently is essential to making the most of your time here. One of the most convenient and cost-effective ways to travel between the island’s main towns—Oak Bluffs, Edgartown, and Vineyard Haven—is by taking the bus. In this blog post, we’ll explore everything you need to know about the bus services connecting these delightful destinations.

Oak Bluffs, Ocean Park bus stop to Edgartown
Oak Bluffs bus stop to Vineyard Haven

Why Take the Bus?

Taking the bus in Martha’s Vineyard offers several advantages:

  • Affordability: Bus fares are economical, especially compared to the cost of renting a car or taking a taxi.
  • Convenience: Regular bus schedules and multiple stops make it easy to get around without the hassle of parking.
  • Eco-Friendly: Using public transportation reduces your carbon footprint, helping to preserve the island’s natural beauty.

Overview of the Bus Service

The Martha’s Vineyard Transit Authority (VTA) operates the bus service on the island. The buses are clean, reliable, and equipped to handle the influx of passengers, particularly during the peak tourist season.

Key Routes

  1. Route 13: Oak Bluffs to Edgartown
    • Frequency: Every 15-30 minutes (seasonal variations)
    • Major Stops: Oak Bluffs Harbor, Vineyard Haven Road, Edgartown Triangle
    • Duration: Approximately 25 minutes
  2. Route 1: Vineyard Haven to Edgartown
    • Frequency: Every 15-30 minutes
    • Major Stops: Vineyard Haven Terminal, State Road, Edgartown Triangle
    • Duration: Approximately 30 minutes
  3. Route 8: Edgartown to South Beach
    • Frequency: Every 30-60 minutes
    • Major Stops: Edgartown, South Beach
    • Duration: Approximately 20 minutes

Tips for Riding the Bus

  • Plan Ahead: Check the VTA website or mobile app for the latest schedules and route information.
  • Carry Cash: While some buses accept cards, it’s always a good idea to have small bills or coins for fare payments.
  • Better Than Cash: Get bus fare on your phone
  • Arrive Early: Especially during peak times, buses can fill up quickly, so arrive at the stop a few minutes early.
  • Know Your Stops: Familiarize yourself with the major stops along your route to ensure you get off at the right place.

MV Inn-sider Tips

-In the afternoon, the bus from Edgartown back to Oak Bluffs can be full before everyone can get on.  Take The #1 bus to Vineyard Haven, then The #13

to Oak Bluffs

-In the busy part of the season, get The #13 bus to Edgartown from Oak Bluffs at The corner of Dukes County Ave and Lake Ave.

Bus Stop on Dukes County Ave and Lake Ave

This stop is before the main stop on Ocean Park.  Getting on first ensure you will have a spot on the bus and most likely a seat

-After spending a day at The Jaws Bridge on State Beach, take The #13 bus into Edgartown then back to Oak Bluffs.  Busses leaving Edgartown can be full

-Need something to do on a rainy day?  Take The #8 South Beach route for sight seeing or The #10A to see The West Chop Lighthouse in Vineyard Haven

West Chop Light House

-Riding and bike and running out of gas?  The bus takes bikes!!!

FAQ from The VTA page

Bus Tracker

 

Exploring the Towns

Oak Bluffs

Known for its vibrant atmosphere and historic gingerbread cottages, Oak Bluffs is a must-visit. Enjoy a leisurely stroll through Ocean Park, ride the Flying Horses Carousel, or relax at Inkwell Beach.

Edgartown

This picturesque town is renowned for its elegant homes, historic landmarks, and beautiful waterfront. Don’t miss the Edgartown Lighthouse, South Beach, and the charming shops and restaurants along Main Street.

 

Edgartown Bus Stop and Visitor Center
Public Rest Rooms

Vineyard Haven

As the main entry point to the island, Vineyard Haven offers a bustling harbor, unique shops, and cultural attractions. Be sure to visit the Martha’s Vineyard Museum, explore Owen Park attend First Fridays

Vineyard Haven Bus Stop and Steamship Dock

Conclusion

Taking the bus between Oak Bluffs, Edgartown, and Vineyard Haven is a convenient, affordable, and eco-friendly way to explore the best of Martha’s Vineyard. With frequent services and well-connected routes, the VTA bus system allows you to sit back, relax, and enjoy the scenic beauty of this enchanting island. So, hop on a bus and start your adventure today!  Be on the look out for our next blog post about taking the bus Up-Island to West Tisbury, Chilmark, and Aquinnah!!

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  2. Вы можете изменить свою жизнь.
    ОПСУИМОЛОГ покажет вам, как это сделать.

    Опсуимолог усвоил все, чему учит, на собственном горьком опыте: сначала испортив собственную жизнь и по необходимости открыв инструменты и исследования, которые изменили жизнь и привели его туда, где он есть сегодня.

    Миссия Опсуимолога проста: поделиться проверенными инструментами, которые помогут вам создать лучшую жизнь. Загляните на сайт опсуимолога, и вы будете смеяться вместе, учиться и шаг за шагом создавать свою новую жизнь — свою лучшую жизнь.

    Простые советы опсуимолога, подкрепленные исследованиями, изменили жизни множества людей, и теперь он раскрывает вам все свои трудные секреты, веселые неудачи и интересные истории, чтобы вы могли изменить свою.

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We are on our way home after a 3 night stay at the Inn. We had a wonderful time and most of it thanks to our host Eric. He goes above and beyond for his patrons. Eric helped us maximize our trip by making recommendations and planning our day. I stupidly left my hat at a bar one night and Eric magically tracked it down and returned it to me while getting us to a ferry on time! I would love to stay here again and encourage you to do so. The atmosphere is welcoming and fun! You feel like family by the end of the trip.

Lisa Palotta Smith