The summer train from Boston to Cape Cod is returning to help with tourism but we locals are excited, too.

According to The Steamship Authority, the CapeFLYER summer train, which makes the trip from Boston to Cape Cod, will return on Memorial Day weekend, running Friday through Sunday up to Labor Day weekend.

In addition, a free shuttle between the Bourne stop and Woods Hole will be provided. Those heading to Nantucket can take the train to Hyannis and then get free shuttle service to the terminal where the boat docks.

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The CapeFlyer will start service to Hyannis on Friday, May 27, leaving from South Station at 5:42 p.m. It will make a half-dozen stops along the way, including Middleboro/Lakeville, Wareham, Buzzards Bay and Bourne. It will make one trip a day Friday to Sunday. The train will then make the same trip back to Boston via the same local stops.

How much does it cost? That all depends on where you are starting your trip. If you are doing Boston, South Station to Hyannis will run you $22 one way or $40 roundtrip.

If you want to hop on at one of the stations closer to the SouthCoast, it will cost you $5 one way or $8 round trip. Sounds way cheaper than burning gas and sitting on the bridge in traffic, if you ask me.

How did I know not this service existed? I can't be the only one. It's been around for years. I guess most of us are conveniently positioned between both Boston and the Cape, but still, I'd much rather hop a train to either location than battle the traffic, especially in the summer.

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