Destination Resources: Transportation

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Boston

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
Atlanta 2 hrs 5 mins
Chicago 2 hrs 5 mins
Dallas 4 hrs
Denver 4 hrs 25 mins
Detroit 2 hrs
Los Angeles 6 hrs
Miami 3 hrs
New Orleans 4 hrs 45 mins
New York City 1 hrs
Philadelphia 1 hrs 25 mins
Salt Lake City 5 hrs
San Francisco 6 hrs 25 mins
Seattle 6 hrs 25 mins
Washington DC 1 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
To: Braintree Framingham Woburn Peabody
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 adult free free free free

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 under Free if accompanied by a paying adult
Boat
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 disabilities 50% discount on ride fares / $27.00 for ten rides
Students 50% discount on ride fares
Children 11 or under Free 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.

Seattle

Getting There

Easiest way to get to city:

There are several convenient ways to get to Seattle. Flights connect Seattle to the rest of the world: Seattle-Tacoma International Airport is located just south of Seattle and is well served by local subway and bus systems.

Amtrak is also a convenient way to travel to/from Seattle. Amtrak has three routes that travel to King Street Station in downtown Seattle.

The Link Light Rail offers an online trip-planner which is useful for determining how to get to from the airport to downtown Seattle.

To get to Seattle by car, the three main routes into Seattle are I-90 from the East, I-5 from the North and South and State Route 99 from the North and South.

Low cost carriers

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

Average flying time from key cities
Atlanta 5 hrs 30 mins
Boston 6 hrs 15 mins
Chicago 4 hrs 25 mins
Dallas 4 hrs 20 mins
Denver 2 hrs 45 mins
Detroit 5 hrs
Los Angeles 2 hrs 30 mins
Miami 6 hrs 40 mins
New York City 6 hrs 15 mins
Pheonix 3 hrs
Philadelphia 6 hrs
Salt Lake City 2 hrs
San Francisco 2 hrs
Washington DC 5 hrs 40 mins

After You Land

What are the methods of Transportation from the airport?

Public transit is readily and easily available for transportation to Seattle. Modes of transportation include the Link Light Rail, King County Metro Transit bus system, Sound Transit Express Bus and taxis.

The Link Light Rail runs every 7-15 minutes toward downtown Seattle. Travel time via the light rail from the airport to downtown Seattle takes approximately 30 minutes.

The Sound Transit Express Bus has two routes that service Seattle Tacoma Airport. Route 560 serves West Seattle, Burien, SeaTac, Renton and Bellevue. Route 574 services Lakewood, Tacoma, Federal Way, Kent and SeaTac.

If you take the King County Metro Transit bus the following options are available to you. Route 124 is the early morning service from downtown Seattle to SeaTac. Find Route 124 at the Tukwila International Blvd Link light rail station. Ride Link one stop to Tukwila, walk down the stairs or take the elevator to the ground level, and look for the bus stop.
Route 156 services Tukwila, Southcenter and SeaTac
Route 180 services Burien, Kent and Auburn
RapidRide A Line services Federal Way Transit Center

Cost of transportation from the airport

  • Taxi to downtown Seattle is approximately $40-50
  • Link Light Rail is $2.75
  • Sound Transit bus fares run anywhere from $2.50-3.50 depending on your trip
Sound Transit Express Bus Service Fares
To: One Zone Two Zone
Adult one-way fare $2.50 $3.50
Adult round trip fare $5.00 $7.00
Senior (65+) one-way fare $0.75 $1.50
Senior (65+) round trip fare $1.50 $3.00
Children $1.25 $2.50

Getting Around in the City

How to Get Around the City/Transportation in Seattle

  • Seattle Center Monorail zips passengers between downtown Seattle and Seattle Center in 5 minutes
  • Taxi: Available at any point in and around the city
  • Streetcar: The South Lake Union Street car provides service to the South Union Neighborhood. Travel from downtown’s Westlake Center to Fairview and Campus Drive, offering 11 stops along the way
  • Water Taxi service across Seattle’s Elliott Bay between Pier 50 at the foot of Yesler Way on the downtown Seattle waterfront and Seacrest dock in West Seattle

Cost of transportation in Seattle

Link Light Rail
Orca Card $5.00 (One Time Purchase)
Adult Fare $2.00 + $.05 Per Mile
Day Pass Double Trip Fair
Youth Fare $1.75 + $.05 Per Mile
Day Pass Double Trip Fair
Senior (65+) /Disability Fare $0.75 + $.05 Per Mile
Water Taxi
To: Cash or Ticket Orca Card
Vashon Island to Seattle Adult $5.50 $4.75
Vashon Island to Seattle Senior (65+)/Disabled $2.50 $2.50
Vashon Island Youth (6-18) $5.50 $3.75
Vashon Island Children 5 and younger Free Free
West Seattle to Downtown Adult $4.75 $4.00
West Seattle to Downtown Senior (65+)/Disabled $2.00 $2.00
West Seattle to Downtown Youth (6-18) $4.75 $3.00
Children 5 or under Free Free

Driving in Seattle

The overall shape of Seattle is like an hourglass. The topography is very hilly and the city is built upon seven adjacent hills. While the city made be laid out in a grid pattern, it is full of streets that wind and curve and run at arbitrary angles to one another.

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