Traveling to the Cape:
The Cape Cod Institute in-person sessions are held at Nauset Regional Middle School, 70 MA-28, Orleans, MA 02653. Orleans is about a 1.5-2 hour drive from Boston or Providence (expect traffic delays on Saturdays). There are scheduled flights from Boston and Providence to Hyannis and Provincetown, both a 30-minute drive to Orleans. There is also high speed ferry service from Boston to Provincetown. A car is needed for full access to lower and outer Cape Cod. Biking around the lower and outer Cape is easily done via the rail trail, and local buses between towns are available.
Cape Cod is about 70 miles long and 75 miles from Logan Airport in Boston and Green Airport in Providence, Rhode Island. Driving distances to the Lower and Outer Cape are:
Boston 77 miles
Providence 77 miles
New York City 245 miles
Montreal 355 miles.
There are frequent scheduled flights through Cape Air from Boston to Hyannis and Provincetown, which are both about a 30-40-minute car ride or bus ride to the Cape Cod Institute in Orleans. Rental cars are available at each location. During the summer months, JetBlue operates a direct flight between JFK in New York City and the Barnstable Municipal Airport in Hyannis.
Bay State Cruise Company and Boston Harbor Cruises offer high-speed ferry (90 minutes) service from Boston Terminal to Provincetown, seven days a week.
BY BUS / PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION
Plymouth & Brockton Railway Co. has a bus service between Provincetown (MacMillan Pier), Hyannis (Transportation Center), Orleans (CVS), Boston (South Station) & Logan Airport, Boston.
Peter Pan Bonanza has a bus service between NY, CT, Providence, & Hyannis.
Cape Regional Transit Authority provides local bus service from Hyannis to the towns of Cape Cod.
Amtrak has frequently scheduled transport to Boston and Providence.
Flex Route Bus Line runs from Harwich to Provincetown. Bikes can be stored on the bus. Check the website for the seasonal schedule.
The Cape Cod Rail Trail is a 22-mile biking, walking, and running path that connects 6 Cape Cod Towns including Orleans. It provides an opportunity for bicyclists to enjoy a very special encounter with Cape Cod’s charm and beauty. Download a rail trail map here.
There are multiple rental bike locations throughout neighboring towns. A few are:
Idle Times Bike Shop Inc. (Orleans, Eastham, and Wellfleet)
The Little Capistrano Bike Shop