If you want to drive around the island of Martha’s Vineyard, you’ve got three options. One: take your car by ferry boat. Two: rent a car when you get there. Three: borrow a friend’s cars who one already there.
On August 9th, Steamship Authority motor vehicle reservation tickets were all sold out! Never wait until the last minute on something like this.
Rental cars on the island can be picked up at the airport and near the ferry terminals in Edgartown and Vineyard Haven. Tiny cheap rental cars start at $90 plus fees while puts the day rate over $100. A jeep is $239 plus fees. Taxes hover around 12%. Insurance riders range from $10-$30. An SUV sized vehicles is $214 per day plus fees. A mid-sized car is $180. The island has independent operators. Many of the major car rental company brands such as Hertz and Thrifty but not Enterprise is there. There is virtually no price difference between the majors and the one or two independent car renters there.
At $140 per vehicle, round trip, it will be cheaper to take your car by ferry and it is really convenient to drive your own. But, if you can’t take your car you’ll be paying a day rate of about $15 to park it in Falmouth while on the island.
Then you gotta buy yourself and your kids a ferry ticket too. The adult rate is $17 round trip for adults. Discounts for kids are available.