Are my journeys to Cape Cod doomed to be expensive and unpleasant?
April 24, 2012 9:06 AM Subscribe
I live in Brooklyn, NY, and I enjoy visiting my mother on Cape Cod. But I don't have a car, and the stress and expense of my usual methods of travel keeps me from seeing her as much as I would like. Am I overlooking a better solution?
posted by Narrative Priorities to Travel & Transportation around Marston Mills, MA (20 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
Usually, I go for one of the following options (in order of least to most expensive)
- Take the bus direct from Port Authority to Hyannis. Usually Megabus or Peter Pan. Super unpleasant with lots of waiting in line, but cheap and straightforward.
- Amtrak to Boston, then bus or pubtrans to somewhere Mom can pick me up. I prefer the train to the bus, but the cost is prohibitive, and there's still a lot of line-waiting and anxiety over getting a good seat. Plus, I still have to get myself the rest of the way to the Cape once I'm in Boston, which adds even more expense.
- Rent a car and drive. Only cost-effective when I'm traveling with my whole household, and often involves a lot of traffic and stressful city navigation. Plus, someone's stuck driving for 5+ hours.
None of these options are great. I grew up in MA but have lived in NYC for over a decade, so I've been dealing with this problem for a long time, and I've never been happy with the options available.
It occurred to me recently that maybe I'm just not thinking of something -- is there a ferry I could take? A combination of regional pubtrans I've somehow missed? A super-cheap commuter airline I don't know about that flies out of an easy-to-get-to airport?
Cheap is better, as I'm low-income right now, but I'm willing to splurge a little to improve my experience. I'd rather take a longer trip that's pleasant and relaxing than a short one that's stressful and uncomfortable. I love trains and boats and hate busses. I can drive but prefer to avoid renting cars since my mom has an extra one I can borrow at her house. I am okay with walking moderate distances as long as it's a safe neighborhood.
If it matters, I live in Sunset Park, and my mom lives close to Mashpee.