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Getting there & away

Plymouth is 41 miles south of Boston via MA 3; it takes an hour with some traffic. From Providence, it’s the same distance and time, but you’ll want to head west on US 44.

Buses operated by Plymouth & Brockton (508-746-0378, 508-778-9767; www.p-b.com; adult/child $12/6) travel hourly to South Station or Logan International Airport in Boston. Heading south, these buses continue as far as Provincetown. The Plymouth P&B terminal is at the commuter parking lot, exit 5 off MA 3. From there catch a Plymouth Area Link (PAL) bus to the center of town, about 2 miles away.

You can reach Plymouth from Boston by MBTA commuter rail (617-222-3200, 800-392-6100; www.mbta.com) trains, which depart from South Station three or four times a day ($7.75). From the station at Cordage Park, GATRA buses connect to Plymouth center.

Operated by the ubiquitous Capt John, the Plymouth-to-Provincetown Express Ferry (508-747-2400, 800-242-2469; www.captjohn.com; State Pier; adult/one-way/child/senior $37/22/27/32) deposits you on the tip of the Cape faster than a car would. From July to August, the 90-minute journey departs Plymouth at 10am and leaves Provincetown at 4:30pm. It operates Saturday and Sunday only from May to June and September.