Info about getting from the airport, public transportation and more.
Getting From the Airport
Boston Logan International Airport
There are numerous transportation options from Logan Airport, including the Logan Express bus service, which travels to Boston’s Back Bay neighbourhood (as well as the suburbs of Braintree, Framingham, Peabody and Woburn). The ride from Logan to Back Bay — dropping off at the Prudential Center and Copley Place, which are close to several subway, commuter rail and bus lines — is free and leaves from each terminal at 20-minute intervals.
Taxi service is available on the Arrivals level of each terminal and costs around US $20 to $30 to get to most parts of downtown Boston. Uber and Lyft are also available; follow signs to the designated ride app pickup location from any terminal.
Riders can also take the Silver Line for free from Logan to Boston’s South Station and transfer to the Red Line (free transfer) to get to downtown Boston, Cambridge and several other destinations. There’s also a free shuttle to a Blue Line station; take the Blue Line to Revere or Suffolk Downs, or transfer to the Orange Line at State Street to reach areas like Chinatown and North Station.
The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) runs many bus, subway, commuter rail and even ferry lines in and around Boston and out to numerous suburbs. The subway, known as the T, has several different lines (Red, Green, Orange, Blue and Silver) and is the easiest of the public transportation options for a visitor to navigate. (Note that service ends around 1 a.m. or earlier depending on the station and line.) A one-way T ride is $2.40 with a reusable CharlieCard (available at select stations) or $2.90 with a paper CharlieTicket (available at all stations) or cash. Seven-day and monthly passes are also available. Most subway fares include a free transfer to local buses, but there are some restrictions and exceptions.
Most local bus routes are a little cheaper than the subway — $1.70 (CharlieCard) or $2 (CharlieTicket/cash) for one-way trips — but a few special express buses cost as much as $7 for a one-way trip.
Consult the MBTA-endorsed Transit app for trip-planning and tracking.
Taxis and Ride-sharing
While it’s possible to hail a cab in busy parts of Boston, you will want to book one in advance if time is of the essence (or ask your hotel to call one for you); there are numerous companies operating in and around the city. Ride-sharing services Uber and Lyft are widely used as well, and you will rarely have to wait long for a car.
Some Boston hotels have bicycles available for guests to rent, and the city’s bike-sharing options are growing by the year. Bluebikes is the most widely used company, with bikes available around Boston, Cambridge, Somerville, Brookline and Everett. There are numerous bike paths in and around Boston; try exploring the Minuteman Bikeway, which begins near Alewife Station in Cambridge.