Boston Logan International Airport (BOS) is America's 20th busiest passenger airport with lots of domestic, Canadian and European flights. MBTA Blue Line subway travels from BOS Airport to State Street and Government Center in downtown Boston. BOS Ferry to Downtown: You can also take the ferry from BOS Airport to the Downtown’s Rowes Wharf, which is a viable option to reach waterfront hotels. To reach the ferry, first visit the nearest information desk in a BOS terminal. AIRPORT TERMINAL MAP
Boston-Logan International Airport
Taxis: From the lower level roadway of BOS airport to the closest points downtown costs $15; to Prudential Center costs about $20. Around town, taxis are usually abundant, but large conventions often draw many of them away from downtown to Prudential Center, Copley Square and the main convention center near South Boston. Car Rental Center is located on BOS premises for walkable access to airport terminals.
South Station multimodal transportation center teems with Amtrak trains, commuter rail, heavy rail, Greyhoound, Peter Pan buses, regular buses and a major taxi depot. South Station is also a great people place for its historic architecture, cafes, shops and art exhibits. Note the monument to A. Phillip Randolph. The station hosts these Amtrak routes:
Acela: Boston-Providence-New Haven-NYC-Philadelphia-Baltimore-DC
Northeast Regional: Boston-Providence-New Haven-NYC-Philadelphia-Baltimore-DC-Richmond-Newport News
Lakeshore Limited: Boston-Springfield-Rochester-Buffalo-Cleveland-Toledo-Chicago
South Station, Boston
North Station has an Amtrak Downeaster route from Boston to Portland, Maine.
Acela trains in the Boston-Providence-New Haven-NYC corridor range from 60-150 mph. Over the next 10 years, the Boston-NYC Amtrak corridor is being upgraded to 125-160 mph for a shorter trip time.
MBTA Rail Transit and commuter train service is abundant and a great compliment to this walking-friendly city. Known as the “T”, the nation’s oldest and 4th busiest heavy rail (subway) and light rail system has downtown Boston stations that are not air-conditioned and can be hot during the summer. Familiarize yourself with four T lines that intersect downtown and have stations at or near 90% major tourist sites.
Boston Red Line train
The Green line splits into four (B, C, D, E) branches southwest bound after the Copley Square station, but only the B and E are listed: MBTA RAIL SYSTEM MAP
Blue Line: Airport, Aquarium, State Street, and Government Center
Orange Line: North Station, Haymarket, State Street, Downtown Crossing, Chinatown, South Station, Massachusetts Ave, Roxbury Crossing
Red Line: JFK/U. of Massachusetts, South Station, Downtown Crossing, Park Street, Kendall/MIT, Harvard
Green Line: Science Park, North Station, Haymarket, Government Center, Park Street, Boylston, Arlington, Copley and then (E) Prudential, Symphony, Northeastern U., Museum OR (B) Hynes Convention Center, Kenmore, Boston U, Boston College
Back Bay Station and North Station are important commuter rail, heavy rail, light rail and taxi stations to locals. Four daily commuter rail lines extend from those stations deep into metro Boston suburbs:
Boston Freeways: Central Artery and Ted Williams Tunnel to BOS airport, and bridges have all finally completed. It is now possible to leave BOS airport via I-90, bypass the traffic at Sumner Tunnel and go to Copley Square or points west.
Zakim Bridge, Boston
Zakim Bridge over the Charles River, speeds you to points north of Boston. Memorize these freeways, tollways and tunnels:
2 State Highway Concord to Boston
3 US Freeway/Highway from Chelmsford to Boston to Plymouth
24 State Highway from I-95 Beltway to Brockton
90 Interstate & Massachusetts turnpike & Ted Williams Tunnel
93 Interstate freeway thru Downtown, connects with I-95
95 Interstate freeway and inner beltway around Boston
495 Outer beltway for metro Boston
Sumner Tunnel, westbound from airport, NO toll
Callahan tunnel, eastbound to airport, toll