The Nantucket shuttle bus is called “The Wave” is on of the many ways to get around the island without a car. Traveling by shuttle can be a wonderful adventure for the summer visitor and a great way to see the sites. The Wave allows visitors to avoid island traffic and get to many island destination without bringing a car to the island. Be sure to ask for a weekly pass as soon as you step on the bus so that you can ride any bus anywhere allowing you to get on and off at any stop!
Beaches Accessible via Shuttle Routes
There are two beach buses. The shuttle to Jetties Beach, located on north side of the island, departs from Broad Street. The shuttle to Surfside Beach, located on the south side of the island, departs from Washington Street. Both beaches have food available. The Surfside Beach bus can stop at Fairground Road if that works for you.
If you take a ‘Sconset bus to the east end, you can grab a picnic at Claudette’s, or the Sconset Market and a beverage at the Book Store. Then take the foot bridge to get to the beach just about a block away and don’t forget to check the time on the sun dial!
The Madaket bus stops at Madaket Beach at the west end of the island which is the place to go if you like to watch the sunset. Millie’s Restaurant is a fun casual spot to dine for lunch or dinner or simply stop at Millie’s Market for sodas and snacks just a block from the beach.
Historical Sites Accessible via on Shuttle Routes
There are many historical sites on the bus routes. The Miacomet Loop has the most including the Lightship Basket Museum, the Afircan Meeting House and the Old Mill. The Mid Island Loop can also get you to both the African Meeting House and the Lightship Basket Museum.
The Madaket route goes by the Oldest House. This route begins and ends at the Whaling Museum. It also stops at Sanford Farm which is Nantucket Land Bank’s magnificent property that offers great walks, the longest of which takes you to the south shore by Hummock Pond.
Ride the Wave and have fun!