Boston: Getting Around
Getting to Boston is easy. Millions of visitors from North America and around the world fly into “Logan,” the very convenient Boston Logan International Airport, just minutes from downtown.
Getting into the City from the Airport
By car/taxi: From Logan Airport into downtown Boston takes about 10-20+ minutes, depending on traffic. The taxi fare is about $20-$30 (more for elsewhere in the city and Cambridge)
- Free Hotel Shuttles: Some airport hotels offer a complimentary shuttle service to and from Logan Airport. For downtown hotels, you will need to take a taxi and/or the water shuttle.
- On-Airport Shuttle: This free service connects the airport terminals, the water shuttle dock and the airport subway (Blue Line) station. Check the bus numbers; different numbers follow different routes.
- Logan Express is used by locals to reach the suburbs (Braintree, Framingham, Woburn, Peabody).
- Water Transport: Another convenient way to get to downtown is by boat — with great views of the city! The Number 66 airport shuttle bus connects terminals with Logan's water shuttle dock; vessels take seven minutes to go direct to downtown Boston (fares $10). Services include the MBTA Harbor Express and Rowes Wharf Water Transport.
Getting Around: In Boston
- Boston is a walking city; there is no need for a car. Instead, use the MBTA, the excellent and comprehensive transport system known as the “T.” Logan is served by the Blue Line and the Silver Line SL1 bus rapid transit service.
- Buy a CharlieTicket, a magnetically encoded paper ticket, from one of the 500 machines located in subway stations and load it with a seven-day LinkPass ($18). This gives you unlimited travel on the metro system, local buses and the inner-harbour ferry for a week.
- Bicycle: The Hubway offers more than 100 rental stations through the greater Boston area.
Getting Around: Car Rentals
Start your car rental when you leave the city to tour New England. All the major car rental agencies are located at or near Logan; some also have locations downtown. Choose the most convenient location for your journey. Some travelers prefer to pick up their car at Logan, as it is easy to exit the city from the airport — and easy to return the car before flying home. Zipcar, an hourly car rental company invented in Boston, has locations throughout the city if you want to head out for a day trip.
Getting to Boston by Train
Acela Express is Amtrak’s fast efficient service from New York City to Boston. At speeds of up to 150 mph, this comfortable journey takes less than 4 hours.
For more information, see New England Train Travel.
Getting Around by Bus
From Boston, it is easy to get to New England destinations and further points, such as New York City, by bus. Please note that within the New England region, some bus stations are not in walking distance of lodging and/or attractions so this type of travel requires extra planning. Companies include Bolt Bus, C&J, Concord Coach Lines, Greyhound, LimoLiner, Lucky Star, Megabus, Peter Pan Bus Lines, Plymouth & Brockton and Go Buses.
Getting Around on Foot
Boston is truly a walking city in the great European tradition. In addition to a wide array of great walking tours, with excellent and knowledgeable guides, there are bus, trolley, cycle, "duck" and Segway tours, covering everything from history and food to art, architecture and harbor cruises.
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