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Bringing Your Car on Vacation

Directions, Parking, and Traffic Advice

March 28th, 2008

Once you are in Provincetown, it is easy to be car-free. You can easily walk the length of the town, and even on to Herring Cove, the closest of the national seashore’s two nearby beaches. Shuttles also run regularly and bikes are available for rent.

Once you arrive in town, the first thing you will want to do is park your car and be footloose.

In short, a car is really not necessary in Provincetown. And it can be troublesome when it comes to parking.

But if you plan to drive, there is helpful information about parking, traffic, and driving routes below.


Provincetown is about a two and a half hour drive or 120 miles from Boston in Massachusetts or Providence in Rhode Island. Due to heavy traffic, the drive can sometimes take much longer, especially on peak travel days, such as Friday or Sunday.

From Boston and other points north . . . Go south on I-93 and then merge onto Massachusetts Route 3 South. Enter the rotary at Exit 1 and take the exit for Route 6 East. Continue on to cross over the Cape Cod Canal via the Sagamore Bridge and then proceed on Route 6 East to Provincetown.

From Providence and other points south or west . . . Take I-195 East to Exit 22A and merge onto Massachusetts Route 25 East towards Cape Cod. Continue on Route 25 until you reach Exit 2. At the rotary, follow the signs for Route 6 East to Provincetown. Continue along the Cape Cod Canal for about three miles and at the second rotary, again follow the signs for Route 6 East onto the Sagamore Bridge and over the canal.

Exits of Route 6 East into Provincetown . . . There are three exits for Provincetown off Route 6. The first is for Snail Road, the second for Conwell Street and the third for Shank Painter Road. Take either the second or third exit, which will put you on roads that connect to the main thoroughfare Bradford Street. Commercial Street – the town’s main street – runs parallel to Bradford Street. Confused? Check out Provincetown.com’s interactive map at the top right of the Web site.


Route 6, which runs the length of Cape Cod, tends to be busiest on the weekends, and especially at the start and end of the weekend. If you must travel on these peak days, try to go against the flow by leaving early in the morning or late at night.

For information about traffic and weather while you are on the road, call 511 from your cell phone. Run by the state, 511 is available Monday through Friday from 5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., and on the weekends from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.


If you are driving to Provincetown, but do not plan on using your car after arrival, you may want to consider using one of the state of Massachusetts’ Park & Ride lots on the Cape. At the state-sponsored Park & Ride lots, parking is often free and buses can be caught nearby.

Four Park & Ride lots are located on Cape Cod on the route to Provincetown: one is in Bourne, two are in Barnstable, and another is in Harwich. After leaving your car, a Plymouth & Brockton bus can be caught from the lots for the last leg of your journey to Provincetown. For more information about these lots, visit the Boston Metropolitan Planning Organization’s Web site. For more information about bus service, visit www.p-b.com.

If you do choose to drive all the way into Provincetown, there are both private and public parking options, but neither is free.

The town’s main parking lot is located at the western base of MacMillan Pier off of Commercial Street. For information about current parking rates in the towns’ lots, call the Provincetown Parking Department at 508.487.7050.

Duarte’s, which is located on Bradford Street (between Center and Freeman), also offers overnight parking and can accommodate over-sized motor homes and buses. For more information about Duarte’s current parking rates, call 508.487.0113.

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