Getting Around in Boston

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Getting around during your Boston trip is just as easy as getting around New York City via subways, buses, and taxis. It's a short drive into Boston from Logan International Airport (, though the 'T' subway ( is the easiest way into the city. There's also a water shuttle from the airport to Boston's Rowes Wharf on the northeastern waterfront.

Boston is a compact city that can be covered easily on foot. Driving is another matter, because the city is famous for setting the teeth of out-of-town drivers. Also, the roads in Boston are not laid out in an easy-to-navigate grid. Cars might do for excursions during your Boston vacation, but for getting around the Boston-Cambridge area, you're best off catching the 'T'. It is the oldest subway in the country and one of the best. The 'T' serves most areas of the city and Cambridge and several lines head to outlying suburbs. The 'T' is so useful that you can pretty much forget about using the local bus network, which may be confusing for some newcomers. Taxis are plentiful, but for some, they may be expensive. Some of Boston's top taxi companies include: Checker Cab (617-536-7000), Metro Cab (617-782-5500/617-242-8000) and Boston Cab (617-536-5010).

Commuter trains go to some outlying areas (like Concord). For most excursions, however, you'll need a car. Boston has all the major rental agencies. Ferries go to several points around Boston Harbor. It's a 3-hour ferry trip or a 3-hour drive from Boston to Provincetown on Cape Cod.

To see all the highlights on one 80-minute guided tour, take a Boston "Duck" Tour. Ducks are World War II amphibious vehicles that have been restored and carry sightseers around the city daily. You will see city from both land and water as the Ducks can navigate the Charles River, as well as city streets! Tours leave from Copley Center, near the Prudential Building.


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