Travel & FAQs

A great resource for information on Nantucket travel, lodging and more is

Despite the fact that Nantucket Island is off the coast of Cape Cod, there are many ways to get here.  

To get here by boat please visit The Steamship Authority or Hy-Line Cruises for schedules and options.  There are both slow leisurely boats (about 2 and 1/4 hours) or fast ferries (1 hour). There is something very special about passing by Brant Point and arriving into the harbor by boat.  Both boats dock conveniently within the town.

Flying to Nantucket is another option. For airline reservations, Swains Travel - located on Nantucket - is ready to help. Call (508) 228-3201, or email  Cape Air provides many options from Hyannis (15 minutes), Boston (45 minutes) and other regional airports and Island Air provides flights from Hyannis and during the busier season flights are available via Jet Blue Airways, United AIrlines, Delta Airlines and US Airways Express.

And getting to Hyannis to meet a boat or ferry is no problem with the CapeFLYER, a seasonal weekend service from South Station to Hyannis.  

If you're traveling from New York CIty/New Jersey or New Bedford, consider the luxurious high-speed Seastreak ferry for an enjoyable and scenic option for getting to Nantucket.

The Nantucket Book Festival Host Hotel is the White Elephant, conveniently located walking distance to town.

For more options including local bed and breakfasts please go to the Nantucket Chamber of Commerce or Nantucket.netSwains Travel would be delighted to assist in making reservations for your accommodations  for the Book Festival weekend,  as they work with many of Nantucket’s B&B, Inns and Luxury Hotels; call 508-228-3201 or email agent

Nantucket Book Festival is proud to provide most of our programs (85%+!)  free of charge!  With the exception of a few lunches, breakfasts and special events we keep our programs free to the public. These free events are supported by our amazing network of festival donors, sponsors and volunteers To donate to our efforts please click here

For more information on the few ticketed events, click here.

For paid events please purchase tickets well in advance, many events sell out quite early and attendance is limited.

For free events please be aware that popular events may become crowded early!  Please show up early if you want to be sure to get a great seat

With the help of Nantucket Book Partners, we sell authors books at the festival events.  Mitchell's book store and Nantucket Bookworks also host author book signings during the festival weekend.

Please see individual authors bios for their latest books which you can order and read before the festival!

Nantucket Book Partners will be on hand to sell selections from each author.  You are also welcome to bring a book that you already own.  Authors usually love to sign books if there is time, please keep in mind that if lines are long we may have to limit the number of books they can sign.

We do not actively seek applications from authors wishing to attend the Festival, as we have a substantial list of authors under consideration, and limited time and space for presentations. However, we welcome author and publisher inquiries, new suggestions, and ideas.  Email us at

if you have recommendations.

Please go to our support page to volunteer for our festival.  Without our trusty volunteers we could not keep our programming free.

We have all kinds of authors that attend the festival, check our program as there is something for all ages.  Children are welcome at our many events.  Also stay posted for our tent program where we have visiting kids book characters, story time readings and activities and even programming in multiple languages.  Sunday is Father's Day and we hope you will bring Dad to the festival and make it a family affair.

Most of our events are within walking distance of one another in the heart of historic Nantucket.  

Nantucket Atheneum Great Hall/Nantucket Atheneum Garden
1 India Street

Unitarian Meeting House
11 Orange Street

Dreamland Theater
Harborview Room
17 South Water Street

Nantucket Yacht Club
1 South Beach Street

Brant Point Grill at the White Elephant
50 Easton Street

Cisco Brewers
5 Bartlett Farm Rd
Cisco Brewers has a shuttle from town to the brewery and back
Pick it up from the Information Center on Federal Street or taxis are available for hire.

Nantucket Whaling Museum
13 Broad Street