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How to Get Around Nantucket

By land, air, and sea, you’ve made the trek to our Atlantic island, and you’re ready to explore. Whether you plan to stay downtown and put feet on the cobblestone or ride the Northwest beaches with the top dropped on your Jeep rental, there’s a mode of transportation waiting for you. Discover everything you need to know about getting around Nantucket in style. Find the best rental spots and routes for your greatest Nantucket visit yet.

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Everything You Need to Know About Getting Around Nantucket

You’ve ventured to the island, but what do you need to know about getting around Nantucket? For starters, it’s a small island. If you wanted to go the entire trip with just walking power, you totally could. Find your favorite mode of transportation to ensure your best Nantucket trip yet.

  • Walk It Out

If you don’t plan to venture anywhere other than downtown, all you’ll need are your two feet. All of Nantucket’s top-rated restaurants, shopping, and even a few beaches are just steps from Greydon House and easily accessible. 

And considering Main Street and Straight Wharf are primarily made of cobblestone, you won’t want to trek via car or bike. Get your steps in and take it all in while you stroll the whimsical streets of Nantucket.

  • Grab a Ten-Speed

Visit Young’s Bike Shop or Nantucket Bike Shop to pick up your island bike rental. Both shops are just feet from Greydon’s doorstep, and nearly everywhere on the island provides bike racks for easy storing while you explore. 

The helpful staff at both rental shops will provide you with detailed maps of the bike paths and useful hints for seeing the best of the island. The island is relatively flat, so biking coast to coast can easily be done in a day.

  • Jump On an E-Bike

If you enjoy the freedom of biking but don’t want to break a sweat, rent an e-bike from Wheels of Delight, located just down the street from Greydon House. The locally owned and operated outfitter will hook you up with a solar powered e-bike in one of three styles equipped with 5 levels of pedal assist and power for up to 50 miles of cruising. 

  • Rent a Four-Wheel-Drive Adventure

If you’re searching for the ultimate off-road adventure, you’ll want to rent a Jeep. Some of the island’s best, most intimate beaches offer beach access for four-wheel-drive Jeep-goers. Jeep rentals are available through Young’s, Nantucket Island Rent-A-Car, and through Affordable Rentals downtown. Pack a picnic, purchase a sand permit, and start riding into the crashing waves.  

  • Hail a Cab  

While Uber is available on Nantucket, there are a number of local taxi services that can get you from A to B in style with just a quick call. 

  • Ride the Wave  

If you’re looking for a cost-effective way to get around the island or need a ride back to town with a bicycle in tow, hop on one of Nantucket Regional Transit Authority’s Wave buses, which have routes all around the island and operate year-round. Catch the bus to Madaket or Jetties Beach right in front of the Whaling Museum and all other routes at Greenhound Stop on Washington Street. 

Come Back to Greydon House

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Whether you’re Jeeping near Great Point or biking through the cobblestone, you’ll be ready to rest comfortably when the day is over. Book your stay in one of our Deluxe Rooms and enjoy a pillow-top, queen-size bed, a gorgeous bathroom with hand-painted Dutch and Moroccan tilework, and a Bose Bluetooth speaker for you to use at the beach.

Discover the best of Downtown Nantucket on bike or on foot during your next visit. Our quaint, coastal town offers some of the best restaurants and shopping in the world. Slow down and take it all in next time you’re on the island!