Five Summer Travel Options That Depart From Boston

Planes, trains, boats, and beach totes.

Photo courtesy of Cape Air

Photo courtesy of Cape Air


Kicking off its fourth season on Memorial Day Weekend, the CapeFLYER is a weekend train service that runs between Boston and Hyannis. It operates on Friday, Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays, first departing from South Station on Friday nights at 5:50 p.m. The train, which runs through Labor Day, also stops in Braintree, Brockton, Middleboro/Lakeville, Wareham Village, and Buzzards Bay. Trips from Boston to Hyannis are $22 one-way and $40 round-trip.

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UberAIR Powered by Blade

New this year is UberAIR, the joint effort of ride-hailing service Uber and luxury aviation company Blade. It’s launching Boston to Nantucket flights on Memorial Day Weekend via a private terminal at Logan. This means no waiting in security lines—and since the flight takes about 40 minutes, overall travel time is cut down quite a bit. The speedy (and ultra-luxe) service comes with a hefty price tag, though, as trips start at $495. Flights will run on Thursdays and Fridays, and return trips are available on Sundays and Mondays.

Tickets are generally booked through the Blade app, but as part of a Memorial Day promotion, Uber riders can book tickets through the Uber app for $300 each.

More information available through the Blade app,

Cape Air

When Cape Air was founded in 1989, it only flew between Boston and Provincetown. It soon expanded its destinations, and today, the independent airline flies to more than 40 destinations. Departures from Boston span from Bar Harbor to Martha’s Vineyard, and the company boasts its flights take a fraction of the time it would via ferry.

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Amtrak Downeaster

While the Amtrak Downeaster stretches from Boston to Brunswick, Maine, many of the train’s stops are in coastal New England towns. Stops in Maine include Wells, Saco, Old Orchard Beach, and Portland. The service operates all week long with fares ranging from $6 to $29 one-way depending on the destination.

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Provincetown Fast Ferry

Part of Boston Harbor Cruises, the Provincetown Fast Ferry departs from Long Wharf Thursday through Sunday and on holidays. The 90-minute trip is $58 one-way and $88 round-trip, and includes an onboard concierge service. There’s WiFi and a snack stand on board, complete with a full bar.

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