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Getting In and Around Boston

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Boston is becoming a popular destination. The city welcomes travelers from across the world every year. All thanks to its climate, world-class attractions, unique architecture and rich history. The best way to get around in Boston is the public transit system that is managed by the Massachusetts Bay Transport Authority. There are plenty of ways of getting in and around Boston. Read on to know about the different means of transport in Boston:

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Getting to Boston by Plane

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The main gateway to Boston and New England is the Boston Logan International Airport. The airport is approx 3 miles from downtown across the harbor. It is in East Boston. There is a multitude of flights every day to Logan International Airport. Some of the airlines that serve this airport are: Delta, American Airlines, Virgin Atlantic, Air Canada, British Airways, and more. The Boston Logan International Airport has 5 terminals, A, B, C and E. A, B, and C are domestic terminals and E is an international terminal.

Getting To and From Airport

Public transportation

The MassPort, or Massachusetts Port Authority runs the Boston Lagan Airport and manages the ground transportation. The airport is connected with the MBTA Blue Line airport station. Free buses run from each terminal.
The MBTA Blue and Silver Line buses run to and from airport. The Silver Line is a low-floor bus that has a halt at every terminal for about 10-15 minutes. This line is free from Logan and runs to South Station, thus connecting to the Red Line service. To travel to and from Blue Line airport station, take a free Massport shuttle.

Private transportation

You can get to and from Airport via taxi or cab. Just getting into a taxi/cab at the airport may cost you $10.10, i.e. charge: $7.50 plus the initial fare of $2.50. The fare to downtown is between $20 and $35.

Some of the shuttle services are:

Other Airports in Boston
Manchester-Boston Regional Airport: If flying outside Boston, then fly to this airport.
T.F. Green Airport: It is 60 miles south of Boston.

Getting to Boston by Car

You can get into Boston through the following three major routes:
Interstate-90 from the West; known as the Massachusetts Turnpike
Interstate-95 from the South and North
Interstate-93 from the South and North

Journey hours
From New York to Boston: 4 1/2 hours
Chicago to Boston: 21 hours
Washington, D.C. to Boston: 8-9 hours

Getting to Boston by Train

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Amtrak home serves Boston. Amtrak has 2 stops in Boston:
North Station: This station in below the TD Garden sports center (Causeway Street). Trains from north side of Boston end here. MBTA Green and Orange lines serve here.

Back Bay Station: This station is in the Back Bay (145 Dartmouth St.). Trains from south and west Boston stop here and then move onto the South Station. Orange Line subway serves this station.

South Station: This station is close to financial district (700 Atlantic Ave., Summer St.) Red Line and Silver Line, except SL5 serve this station.

The Amtrak routes that serve Boston are as follows: Acela Express that operates between Boston, New York, Washington D.C, Philadelphia and Baltimore; Lake Shore Limited that operates from Chicago to Boston every day; Downeaster operates from Brunswick to Boston; and Northeast Regional runs from Virginia to Boston daily.

Getting to Boston by Bus

There are many bus services operating in Boston, serving Boston South Station as well as Boston Logan International Airport.

By subway and local bus: The MBTA provides an online trip planner that tells you the means of getting to Boston by train, subway or local bus.
By regional bus: Peter Pan bus and Greyhound stop at the South Station. Many regional bus companies operate from Boston to New York city, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Cape Cod, and Rhode Island.

Other operators are: Plymouth & BrocktonC & JLimoLiner, Concord Coach LinesWorld Wide Bus, and more.

Getting to Boston by Cruise Ship/Boat

Cruise ships/boat comes at the Black Falcon Cruise Terminal. The terminal is 1 mile from the South Station. There are plenty of cabs available at the terminal. The Silver Line SL2 stops at the Dry Dock Avenue bus stop.

Address:1 Black Falcon Ave., South Boston

Getting Around in Boston

The best and easiest way to get around in the city is by walking. Another most effective means of travel around in Boston is the “T” subway system.

Getting Around in Boston on Foot

On Foot is the best way to get around in Boston. Boston is nicknamed as a “Walking city”. All the major attractions, historic sites, charming streets and shops are within walking distance from Boston’s downtown.

Getting Around by Public Transportation- The “T”

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The Massachusetts Bay Transport Authority, the “T” (MBTA) manages the public transportation system in Boston. The “T” started in 1897 and is the oldest in America. The MBTA has color-coded subway lines and commuter rail lines, trolleys, bus routes, ferries and boat services. Daily and weekly passes are available. Get an electronic CharlieCard which offers you discounts or decrease fare or free travel; or you can even get a Charlie Ticket from the dispensing machine available at all the stations. There is 1-day and 7-day LinkPass also available. You can take it from a standard machine of $12.00 and $19.00. This pass covers unlimited travel on the local buses and subway.

By Subway & Trolley

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Get around in Boston by subways and trolleys. They are faster means of transport. The subway system is composed of Red, Blue, Orange and Green lines.
The subway trains run on weekdays from 5:30 am-2:30 am; and on weekends, from 6:30 am-12:00 am. The cost for a single bus ride or subway ride on the T is $2.50, and if you’ve CharlieCard, it will cost you only $2 per ride.

By Bus
The MBTA operates buses and trolleys in and around Boston. The bus service is cheaper. The local bus fare and Silver Line routes SL4 and SL5 are $1.25, provided you have a CharlieCard. CharlieTicket holders have to pay $1.50.
**The Silver Line is a bus rapid transit line with routes SL1, SL2, SL4 and SL5. Routes SL1 and SL2 are part of the subway system; leave from the South Station and offer free transfer to the Red Line service. Routes SL$4 and SL5 are part of the bus system.

Travelling Around in Boston by Taxis
In Boston, there are plenty of taxis. Hail the taxi on the streets or book in advance. Some of the reliable taxi service companies in Boston are- Bay State Taxi Service, Star Taxi, Metro Cab, and more. The fare begins at $2.60 for the first one-seventh mile, plus an extra $0.40 for each extra one-seventh mile. Passengers have to pay the toll fee as well, if traveling from Logan Airport to the city. Also, you can hire a cab to get around the city. There are many cab services available in Boston. Some of the cabs/taxi companies operating in Boston are:

Cambridge Taxi Cab
Address: Cambridge, MA, United States
Phone:  1 617-649-7000

Somerville Taxi Cab
Address: Cambridge, MA, United States
Phone:  1 617-649-7500

Logan Airport Taxi Service
Address: Somerville, MA, United States
Phone:  1 617-201-7886

Independent Taxi Operator's Association
Address: 223 Albany St, Boston, MA 02118, United States
Phone:  1 617-268-1313

Metro Cab
Address: 120 Braintree St, Allston, MA 02134, United States
Phone:  1 617-782-5500

Boston Cab Association
Address: 72 Kilmarnock Street, Boston - 02215, MA, US
Phone:  1 617-536-5010

Milton Cab
Address: 39 Colonial Rd, Milton, MA 02186, United States
Phone:  1 617-698-9800

Top Cab
Address: 281 Lee Burbank Highway, Revere, MA 02151, US
Phone:  617-536-5100
Website: www.topcab.us

Getting Around in Boston by Water Taxi

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Water taxis operate every day. The stops are along the Boston Harbor and Logan Airport. These are expensive with one-way fare starting at $10.The companies offering water taxi service in Boston are

Getting Around the City by Car

You can rent a car. There are many car hire companies in operating in Boston. Some of them are:

Website: www.budget.com

Address: 375 William F McClellan Hwy, Boston, MA 02128, United States
Website: www.avis.com

Thrifty Car Rental
Address: 100 Tomahawk Dr, East Boston, MA 02128, United States
Phone:  1 877-283-0898

Address: 39 Dalton St, Boston, MA 02199, United States
Phone:  1 617-338-1506
Website: www.hertz.com

Address: 270 Atlantic Ave, Boston, MA 02110, United States
Phone:  1 888-826-6893

National Car Rental
Address: 270 Atlantic Ave, Boston, MA 02110, United States
Phone:  1 888-826-6890

Enterprise Rent-A-Car
Address: 1 Congress St, Boston, MA 02114, United States
Phone:  1 617-723-8077

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