Getting There in Boston

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One of the last things you will have to worry about on your Boston vacation is transportation. Much like New York, Boston has plenty of buses, subways, taxis, and ferries to help you travel between Boston activities quickly and easily. Getting to Boston from Logan International Airport is quite easy. If you plan to rent a car, expect a short 10-minute drive from Logan International Airport ( www.massport.com) to Boston. It's only 3.36 miles. It's ok to drive, but most natives would agree that 'T' subway ( www.mbta.com) 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. www.massport.com

Once you've reached the city of Boston and you've settled into your Boston hotel, take a walk around the area. You will find that this city is so compact,  that it can be covered easily on foot. So, you may decide to leave your car at the hotel parking lot or return it. If you're planning an excursion during your Boston vacation, hang onto the car or simply rent one when you're ready to take your side trip. For everything else, your best bet is to take the 'T" subway around town. 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.

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By Auto

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The Massachusetts Turnpike -- also known as the Mass Pike or Interstate 90 -- is the main artery into Boston from all points west of the city. The Mass Pike is a toll road, and if you currently use the "EZ-pass" automated toll collection system, you will be happy to know that it will work on the Pike as well, even though it is known locally as "Fast Lane". Service centers are large, modern and about 30-40 miles apart.

For those travelling up or down the East Coast, Route 95 intersects with the Mass Pike about 10-15 minutes west of the city. Take I-90 East if you are more..

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Amtrak

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Amtrak serves four locations in the immediate Boston area; North Station, South Station, Back Bay, and Route 128. South Station also hosts the newer high-speed Acela-class trains that Amtrak operates along the Northeast Corridor between Boston and Washington DC.

Trains from Boston to New Hampshire and Maine (which Amtrak calls "Downeasters") operate out of North Station only. Connections between North Station and South Station are the customer's responsibility as there is no direct connection between the two stations via mass more..

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By Bus

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Taking the bus is usually the least expensive way to get to Boston .   The main bus terminal is at South Station, adjacent to the train terminal.   Buses depart South Station for points in Cape Cod, Western Massachusetts, New England , Canada , and New York .   Connections can be made for destinations nationwide.  

Greyhound, Peter Pan, and several Chinatown bus operators all depart from the same area of the bus station.   For schedule and fare information contact the individual bus carrier or try GotoBus.com, a centralized booking site more..

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Logan International Airport

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The Boston Metro area is served by Logan International Airport (BOS). Logan is currently served by every major US carrier, and many international carriers including Air France, Air Canada, Aer Lingus, Alitalia, British Airways, Lufthansa, KLM, Icelandair, Swiss and Virgin Atlantic. Shuttle flights to New York City (JFK/LGA), Newark NJ (EWR), Philadelphia (PHL) and Washington DC (DCA/IAD) are available daily.

The new MBTA Silver Line high-speed bus service connects Logan Airport with South Station. From here, you can connect with all major bus lines, the Red Line subway, more..

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