The best way to tour the Island in one day is outlined below. ~Please be sure to set aside at least 8 hours in order to see everything without rushing. ~The following itinerary takes you from your arrival port of Vineyard Haven to Oak Bluffs and Edgartown, then rural Up-Island (West Tisbury, Chilmark, Aquinnah), and back down to Vineyard Haven.
Vineyard Haven Arrival: ~Take Route #13 to Oak Bluffs, which departs hourly at 10 minutes past the hour from October 14th thru April 24th beginning at 9:10am. From October 14th thru November 30th and March 28th thru April 25th there are additional departures at 40 minutes past each hour, starting at 7:40am. Upon arriving in Oak Bluffs you can disembark and enjoy Circuit Avenue, which is the equivalent of a Main Street with shops, ice cream parlors, restaurants, an arcade, and is home to America's oldest working carousel, the "Flying Horses". Please note that during the off-season many of the shops and restaurants are closed, as is the arcade and carousel. ~A short walk from Circuit Ave. is the Martha's Vineyard Camp Meeting Association, consisting of hundreds of colorful Victorian gingerbread cottages, it's surely something the whole family will enjoy. ~If you do not wish to see Oak Bluffs now, you can stay on Route #13 and continue on to Edgartown. ~
Oak Bluffs to Edgartown: ~Take Route #13 to Edgartown, which departs hourly at 22 minutes past the hour from October 14th thru April 25th beginning at 9:22am. From October 14th thru November 30th and March 28th thru April 25th there are additional departures at 55 minutes past each hour, starting at 7:55am. In order to have enough time to get Up-Island, the 11:22am departure would be a good choice. Upon your arrival, it’s a very short walk to Main Street which offers a variety of up-scale boutiques and restaurants, as well as the harbor. Again, please be cautioned that many shops and restaurants are closed during the off-season.
From Edgartown to Up-Island: ~Take Route #6 from Church St. at 3:02pm to the West Tisbury Town Hall. Stay on this bus as it turns into Route #5 and goes up to the Gay Head Cliffs and Lighthouse. You will only have about 9 minutes before the bus leaves to go back down Island, as the next one doesn’t depart until 5:14pm. There is nothing open at the Cliffs this time of year, so just enjoy the view!
Up-Island to Vineyard Haven: Get back on the bus you were just on, which will take you to the West Tisbury Town Hall. Here you will transfer to Route #3 for Vineyard Haven, just in time for a 5:00pm Steamship departure, or stay in town for dinner and catch a later ferry. To check ferry schedules, go to www.steamshipauthority.com.
When visiting for the day, a One Day Pass for $8.00 ($5.00 for seniors 65+) is the most cost effective way to see the Island. This pass allows unlimited rides on all routes for the entire calendar day! Please visit our website at www.vineyardtransit.com, or check us out on Facebook and Twitter (@VTA_MV)!