|New York to Cape Cod: Plane, Train, Bus|
|The fastest, most comfortable way to travel by public land transport between New York City and Cape Cod (Hyannis) is by Amtrak train and Peter Pan bus, but JetBlue may fly you there for less.|
JetBlue Airways operates nonstop flights from New York (JFK and EWR) to Barnstable Municipal Airport in Hyannis (HYA) on Cape Cod for as little as $79 mid-week, more like $115 to $150 most of the time, up to $558 for some weekend flights. The nonstop flight takes just over an hour.
Other flights, going via Nantucket (ACK), may be more expensive, may take 3 hours or more, or even require an overnight stop.
Flights between New York City and Cape Cod's other airport at Provincetown (PVC) require a connection in Boston. One-way fares are $140 and up.
You can check flights and fares on Kayak.com.
Add to this the cost of city-to-airport transport in New York, and perhaps on Cape Cod (though you can walk the one mile [1.6 km] south from Barnstable Municipal Airport in Hyannis to the Hyannis Transportation Center (for local Cape Cod buses) in about 22 minutes. More...)
Peter Pan Bus runs at least 5 buses daily between New York City and Hyannis. The 6.5-hour trip costs $48 to $54 one-way. Train + bus (see below) is more expensive, but also more comfortable, and can be a bit faster.
Train + Bus
More than a dozen Amtrak trains depart New York's Pennsylvania Station in the morning and early afternoon, and reach Providence RI in time for you to transfer to a Peter Pan/Bonanza Bus from Providence to Hyannis MA on Cape Cod.
The journey takes as little as 5-3/4 hours, or up to 7-3/4 hours or more, depending on connections.
Train & Bus Fares
Train fare on the Acela Express from New York City to Providence is around $107 to $188 one-way. Bus fare from Providence to Hyannis is around $26 one-way, for a total New York-to-Hyannis one-way cost of $133 to $214 for the trip of under six hours. Round-trip fares are slightly less than twice as much as one-way fares.
You can save money on the train fare by taking an Amtrak Northeast Regional train ($48 to $126 one-way) instead of the Acela Express. Northeast Regional trains take a bit longer—but total trip time can still be under seven hours. Here's a tip: go Business Class on the Northeast Regional and it will be more comfortable and still cost less than the lowest-priced seat on the Acela.
Train + Bus Schedules
Below are some times for summer travel (subject to change.) This is not a complete timetable! Some of these trains may run only on weekdays, others on weekends, but this will give you an idea of possibilities.
The best connections and shortest travel times are shown in boldface.
*Acela Express, faster but more expensive.
Transfer in Providence
Buses bound for Hyannis depart Providence's Kennedy Plaza Intermodal Transportation Center (that is, the city-center bus stops, called "Providence Downtown" in the Peter Pan Bus schedules; map), then they go to the Providence Peter Pan Bus terminal north of the city at I-95 Exit 25-a (1 Peter Pan [or Bonanza] Way, Providence RI 02904-1833, arriving 15 minutes later, then depart for Hyannis after about 15 minutes at the terminal.
Amtrak Station to Kennedy Plaza
You can walk from Providence Amtrak Station to Kennedy Plaza in about 10 minutes (map). If you miss the bus there, you can try taking a taxi to the Providence Bus Terminal 2 miles (3.2 km) north of Kennedy Plaza (I-95 Exit 25A) to board the Peter Pan bus to Hyannis. But Peter Pan recommends arriving at the bus station 30 to 45 minutes before scheduled departure time. Boarding is first-come, first-served, and begins 15 minutes before departure. There are usually enough seats for all waiting passengers, but you are not guaranteed a seat unless you reserve one in advance on the Peter Pan Bus website.
Amtrak Station to Providence Bus Station
Providence Bus Station is 2 miles (3.2 km) north of the Providence Amtrak Station (map), a taxi ride of 10 minutes in light traffic.
Making Train & Bus Reservations
Be sure to check the Amtrak website to confirm train times and fares, and to make reservations (required for the Acela Express trains). Confirm Peter Pan Bus times and fares, and buy tickets online, or call Peter Pan toll-free at 1-800-343-9999.
—by Tom Brosnahan