Getting Around Boston

Getting to Boston via car or plane is simple, but navigating the confusing streets of the city is a bit more complicated. Here are some ways of getting in and getting around Boston.

If you are flying into Boston, there are a variety of ways to get from Logan International Airport to the city. You can either rent a car, use the public transportation or take a taxi.

A number of taxi companies operate from the airport, including: Checker Cab in Boston (617-536-7500), Checker Cab in Cambridge (617-497-1500), Town Taxi (617-536-5000), Yellow Taxi (617-876-5000).

The City Water Taxi operates 10 boats year-round that shuttle passengers from Logan to 15 landings in Boston Harbor. The standard rate is $10 per passenger for a one-way trip, $17 round trip, and children 12 and younger ride free with a paying adult.

The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) operates daily bus, trolley, train and commuter rail services. The Commuter Rail system is operated by AMTRAK and it connects different cities in Massachusetts with downtown Boston. The ticket for surface busses costs 75c.

Another transportation option is the subway system called "The T". It has four color-coded lines: the Red, Green, Orange and Blue lines operate every day from 5:30 AM to 12:20 PM. The fee for a single trip is $1.
A Visitor Pass is available for 1, 3, or 7 days of unlimited transportation on all MBTA subway and bus service for 6$, 11$ or 22$.

Boston is considered a relatively small city, where most of the sites are located within walking distance of each other. That is why one of Boston's many nicknames is "America's Walking City". Walking really is the best way to get around. Boston's cobblestone streets are charming, but murder on your feet. Wear study walking shoes or sneakers when touring on foot.