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Travel Tips: Getting to Cape Cod

Best times to drive to the Cape:

  • Sunday through Thursday
  • Fridays before 2 p.m. or after 9 p.m.
  • Saturdays before 8 a.m. or after 2 p.m.

Best times to leave the Cape (if you must!)

  • Monday – Friday (except Monday holidays between 2 to 9 p.m.
  • Saturdays after 2 p.m.
  • Sundays before 1 p.m. or after 9 p.m.

Travel times to avoid in peak season:
Arriving: Fridays 2 to 9 p.m. and Saturdays 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Departing: Sundays or Monday holidays from 1 to 9 p.m.

Travel tips from locals:

  • Approach Cape Cod by the Bourne Bridge (Routes 195 and 495) instead of the Sagamore Bridge (Route 3).  Some 25 percent fewer cars use the Bourne Bridge in a year’s time.
  • Saturday mornings and afternoons are very busy on Cape Cod roads as guests check-out/check-in and residents run errands.  To save time on the road, travel to the beach or go shopping early or late in the day.
  • On cloudy summer days, Route 28 between Yarmouth and Falmouth gets busy – so consider a bus ride on the Regional Transit Authority. Uber and Lyft also service the Cape Cod area!
  • Web cameras are installed at the bridge, along the scenic highway (Route 6) by the canal and by exit 2 (outbound.) Live video cams can e accessed on both the 511 website and the MassDOT website

Hands-Free Electronics While Driving - It's the Law: The new Massachusetts hands-free distracted driving law took effect on February 23, 2020. Find out more here!