Destination Resources: Transportation

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Getting There

Easiest way to get to city:

There are several convenient ways to get to Boston. Flights connect Boston to the rest of the world: Logan International Airport is located in East Boston and is well served by local subway and bus systems.

Nationwide bus companies like Greyhound and Peter Pan offer schedules from Boston to New Hampshire, Cape Code, Rhode Island, Connecticut and New York City.

Amtrak is also a convenient way to travel to/from Boston. Amtrak has three stops in Boston: Route 128, about 12 miles from downtown, Back Bay Station, near Copley Square and the Prudential, and South Station, near the financial district. You can be in New York City in 3 � hours and various other cities along the eastern seaboard.

In the city, the MBTA (subway and bus) offers an online trip-planner which is useful for determining how to get to wherever you may need to go.

To get to Boston by car, the three main routes into Boston are I-90 (Massachusetts Turnpike) from the West, I-95 from the North and South and I-93 from North and South.

Low cost carriers

There are many low cost booking agents that will determine the best fares to Boston: Expedia, Orbitz, Travelocity, Bookit and Kayak.

Average flying time from key cities
Atlanta2 hrs 5 mins
Chicago2 hrs 5 mins
Dallas4 hrs
Denver4 hrs 25 mins
Detroit2 hrs
Los Angeles6 hrs
Miami3 hrs
New Orleans4 hrs 45 mins
New York City1 hrs
Philadelphia1 hrs 25 mins
Salt Lake City5 hrs
San Francisco6 hrs 25 mins
Seattle6 hrs 25 mins
Washington DC1 hrs 50 mins

After You Land

What are the methods of Transportation from the airport?

Massport gives options getting to and from the airport: Logan Express bus service in Braintree, Framingham, Woburn and Peabody stations provide a convenient and comfortable ride to and from the airport.

The On-Airport Shuttle bus service connects the terminals and allows you to explore Boston Logan’s extensive shopping and dining options while waiting for a flight.

The Water transport is organized with water shuttles and water taxi. The MBTA Harbor Express Shuttle Boat serves the Logan dock and provides direct connections to downtown Boston and other popular waterfront destinations in Boston Inner Harbor and Quincy and Hull on the South Shore. Water taxis function like land taxis – passengers can board a water taxi waiting at the dock or call ahead for a reservation.

With The MBTA, the silver line SL1 serves Logan Airport terminals.

Cost of transportation from the airport

  • Taxi to Boston city center is approximately $20-30
  • On-airport Transportation is free.
  • Commuter boat to Logan airport: $12 per ride
  • Water Taxis fares: The standard adult fare is $10.00 per passenger one-way. Children under 12 are free. Tickets are sold on board the boat.
  • Silver line SL1 fares: $1.70 with a Charlie card and $2.00 with a Charlie Ticket ( cash-on-board)
Logan Express bus service fares
Adult one-way fare$12.00$12.00$12.00$12.00
Adult round trip fare$22.00$22.00$22.00$22.00
Senior (65+) one-way fare$11.00$11.00$11.00$11.00
Senior (65+) round trip fare$20.00$20.00$20.00$20.00
Children under 12 when accompanied by a paying adultfreefreefreefree

Getting Around in the City

How to get around the city/transportation in Boston

  • Subway and Bus: MBTA offers 5 subway lines and many bus lines all around the city.
  • Taxi: Available from the airport to any location within the city and surrounding areas.
  • Train: Commuter rails connect the city with the suburbs around.
  • Limousines: Boston Limousine offers quality ground transportation services to/from Logan Airport.

Taxi – Are there different kinds of taxi services – Public? Private?

Boston’s taxis are regulated by the Boston Police Department’s Hackney Carriage Unit. The Police Commissioner appoints a unit commanded by a BPD Superior Officer to regulate the taxi industry. The Hackney Unit is in charge of setting standards and licensing the taxi companies operating in the City of Boston. The Department has been working to promote greener, fuel-efficient taxis through the Clean Air Cab program, providing online services to improve customer experience, and implementing the use of credit fare readers. There are seven authorized cab associations in Boston: Top Cab, Boston Cab Association, I.T.O.A. Cab Association, City Cab Association, Metro Cab Association and Tunnel Taxi.

Cost of transportation in Boston

Subway and Bus
Charlie Card$1.70
Charlie Ticket$2.00
Monthly Link Pass$59.00
Day/Week Link Pass$9.00 / $15.00
Senior and Persons with Disabilities$0.60 per ride / $20.00 per month
Students$0.85 per ride / $20.00 per month
Children 11 or underFree if accompanied by a paying adult
One-way fare$1.70 to $12.00 depending on route travel
Commuter boat: Boston to Logan Airport Cross harbor$10.00 per ride
Commuter boat: Boat Pass
(Hingham – Boston, Quincy/Hull – Boston)
$6.00 per ride / $198.00 per month / $54.00 for ten rides
Commuter boat to Logan Airport – Boat Pass
(Quincy/Hull – Logan)
$12.00 per ride
Day/week link pass$9.00 / $15.00
Seniors and persons with disabilities50% discount on ride fares / $27.00 for ten rides
Students50% discount on ride fares
Children 11 or underFree if accompanied by a paying adult

Driving in Boston

Many of Boston’s streets were once horse-cart paths and today present a challenge for drivers in those ubiquitous SUV’s. Parking can be difficult but with services such as vanpools and car-sharing companies, it is possible to navigate the city capably.

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