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Traffic is a big factor in getting around on Cape Cod. Even in the off-season traffic can be a factor. Try to plan your trip to and from the Cape to avoid traffic congestion, especially at both the Bourne Bridge and Sagamore Bridge approaches. Here are some travel tips for driving to and from the Cape and Cape Cod traffic reports:

Driving to and from Cape Cod:

The best days of the week to drive to Cape Cod are between Sunday and Thursday. If you are coming to the Cape for the weekend, the best driving times are Fridays before 2 p.m. or after 9 p.m. and Saturdays before 8 a.m. or after 2 p.m.

The best days to leave the Cape are between Monday and Friday, unless there is a Monday holiday during which it is best to avoid leaving during the late afternoon. When leaving after a weekend stay at Cape Cod the best times to leave are Saturdays after 2 p.m. and Sundays before 1 p.m. or after 9 p.m.

Travel Times to Avoid at the Cape Cod approaches:

Arriving: Fridays 2-9 p.m. Saturdays 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
Departing: Sundays or Monday holidays 1-9 p.m.

Additional Driving Tips from Cape Codders:

Approach Cape Cod by the Bourne Bridge (Rtes. 195 & 495) instead of the Sagamore Bridge (Rte. 3), especially as the major construction of the flyover around the Sagamore Bridge continues. 25 percent fewer cars use the Bourne Bridge each year.

On cloudy summer days when nobody goes to the beach, Route 28 between Yarmouth and Falmouth gets congested, so if you are heading to Hyannis from the East use Mary Dunn Rd. off Route 6A in Barnstable.

If you are in Boston and want to make a day trip to Cape Cod, consider taking the Boston to Provincetown high speed ferry.

If you are driving from New York City or the Southern Connecticut area, see the driving directions for getting to Cape Cod from NYC and other points south of Cape Cod.

Traffic Reports:

Smartraveler Online: Cape Cod and Approaches Traffic

WBZ Boston (AM-1030) for updates every 20 minutes throughout the day and night.
WQRC Cape Cod (FM-99.9) for traffic reports during peak travel periods.
Boston TV Channels 4, 5 and 7 have traffic reports from helicopters during rush hour newscasts.
Off-Cape, call 617 374-1234 for SmarTraveler® traffic reports, or key in *1 for a free call from any cell phone.

Road Construction:

Mass Highway: Current Cape Cod Highway Construction Projects

Go Cape Cod: Cape Cod Transportation Construction Projects

MHD EOT: State Traffic Counts By City

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Posted by Cape Cod - (website) on 07/31/06
Categories: GeneralGetting Around
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Nice article. I think I want to see Cape myself. Do you think I should rent a car when I get there like when I did an Israel car rental? Thanks!

Posted by Herbert Joshua on 01/21/10 at 11:29 AM | #

Sure. I would definitely choose a car rental.

The best way to see Cape Cod is to get off the beaten path.

A bicycle is a good way to go as well, but if you have limited time and want to see many sites, I would rent a car on Cape Cod instead.

Posted by Cape Cod from Cape Cod, Massachusetts on 01/23/10 at 07:47 PM | #

For a day trip you can’t beat Capwe Air.
In a matter of minutes you can be in Hyannis or Provincetown. The view is amazing. Whale sightings are a bonus.

Posted by Christine Twombly from Orleans on 08/28/10 at 12:23 PM | #

Thank you for this great web site!

Posted by Chris from Somerville, MA on 07/29/11 at 12:54 PM | #

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