Here’s info about getting to and from the airport, riding the famed “T”, and walking and biking to see all that Boston has to offer.

Paul Revere Statue and Old North Church in Boston, Massachusetts

Getting Around Boston

One of the many reasons Boston metropolitan has become a prime hub for visitors from around the world is the ease in which they can navigate the city. Here’s how you can easily get around town like local residents do.

Getting to and From the Airport

View on Greater Boston Area from a plane approaching Logan Airport.

Logan International Airport is located in East Boston and services not just Boston, but all of New England. A variable plethora of taxi companies, shared ride services, and rental limousines are available for arriving/departing passengers. There’s also the Blue and Silver lines of the subway system, permitting rapid travel into the city. A water shuttle operated by the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority (MBTA) additionally connects Logan International with the Boston waterfront, Hull, and Hingham.

Getting Around the City

Red Line Train crossing the Charles River

The extensive system of public transportation run by  the MBTA is called the “T.” Taking the “T” is the best way to move quickly from one place to another, with subway lines designated by the colors red, green, blue, and orange. Using cash or a CharlieTicket, one-way fares are $2.75. By purchasing a CharlieCard, riders save fifty cents each way. Greater savings are achieved with a $21.25 seven-day pass or a monthly all-encompassing CharlieCard for $84.50.

Trivia: The “Charlie” mentioned above is based on a humorous song that is genuine Boston folklore. Originally written in 1949, the song became popular when recorded by The Kingston Trio in 1964. Better known as “Charlie on the MTA” it tells of a befuddled fellow named Charlie, doomed to forever ride the subway when the fare increases. 

Uber and Lyft both operate in Boston. Cost depends on point of origin and destination, travel time, and the type of ride you select.  A new entrant to the Boston market (and currently available only in Boston) is Safr, a company that’s focused on providing safe transportation and job opportunities for women.

As Boston is a very compact city, it’s easily walkable. You can also utilize bike-share options spread across the city to get around at ease, as the city’s bike paths are well planned out.

Are you aware of other transit tips for getting around Boston? We’d love to hear what you have to share.

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