Bay State Cruise Company and Boston Harbor Cruises are the only companies operating seasonal ferries between Boston and Provincetown, Massachusetts, as of the 2015 season. Bay State Cruise Company operates three daily ferries in each direction from mid-May to mid-October. Boston Harbor Cruises operates during the same season on a variable schedule with one to three daily departures per day. Both companies advertise a 90-minute sailing time and arrive in Provincetown at MacMillan Wharf.
There are no car ferries to Provincetown because the town's docks are not equipped for unloading cars, but passengers can transport bicycles via either the Bay State Cruise Company or Boston Harbor Cruises for an additional fee. Bay State Cruise Company allows passengers to bring their dogs on board for no charge. Frequent travelers on this route may save money by purchasing a season pass for Boston Harbor Cruises.
Ferry companies only offer service for five months a year because the Atlantic Ocean is often too rough to allow safe passage between mid-October and mid-May. People wishing to travel between Boston and Provincetown during the off-season have several options, including flying via Cape Air, taking a Plymouth & Brockton Street Railway Co. bus, or making the 115-mile drive along Routes 3 and 6.