Getting Around Boston On Public Transportation

Best ways to get around Boston on land and water

Getting around Boston on public transportation saves time, stress, and money.  If you're planning a visit to the city, you'll appreciate getting around the city can be cheap and convenient - if you leave your car at home.

Boston's public transportation options include the subway (usually called the "T"), bus, commuter rail, and ferries.  The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) manages all of them.  

You can also easily get around with water taxis, land taxis, rental cars, Hubway (Boston's bike-sharing system), and of course, walking. 

Boston's compact size means you can walk to most tourist, cultural, and entertainment destinations in less time than retrieving your car from a hotel parking lot would require.

Have questions about getting around Boston? 

Check out our Q&A section near the bottom of the page.

 

Subway

Boston public transportation options include the subway / Boston Public Transportation - www.boston-discovery-guide.comBoston's Subway - known as the "T" - is the public transportation option used by most visitors to the city. 

You easily reach almost all of the city's biggest attractions by T, including Fenway Park and TD Garden. Be sure to check out the affordable Visitors Weekly Pass, which gives you a great deal. 

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Hubway

Boston public transportation options include the Inner and Outer Harbor Ferries / Boston Public Transportation - www.boston-discovery-guide.comBoston's bike sharing "Hubway" program is the city's newest form of public transportion - and at least during summer months, it's one of the most popular. 

Find out how to use Hubway if you're visiting Boston for a short time, how much it costs, and why it will benefit you.  Then, get ready to swipe your card and ride!


Boston-Provincetown Ferry

Boston public transportation options include the Inner and Outer Harbor Ferries / Boston Public Transportation - www.boston-discovery-guide.comConvenient and frequent ferry service from Boston to Provincetown at the end of Cape Cod puts this beautiful seaside paradise within easy reach.

Ride the ferry to Provincetown or Nantucket for free when you have a GoBoston discount card.

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The Patriot Train

limoliner provides bus service between Boston and New YorkGetting from Boston to Gillette Stadium in Foxborough isn't always easy.  Find out how to take the Patriot Train for New England Patriots games . . . plus other options for getting to the stadium when the train isn't running. 

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Boston public transportation options include the Inner and Outer Harbor Ferries / Boston Public Transportation - www.boston-discovery-guide.comBoston Ferry Service - Boston public transportation originated back in 1631, when the Massachusetts Colony granted a charter for a family-run ferry service between Boston and Charlestown - the first in North America.  Today, the Boston ferry provides scheduled Inner Harbor service between Boston's Long Wharf and Charlestown plus 3 Commuter Boat routes.

 

Boston public transportation includes almost 200 MBTA bus lines / Boston Public Transportation - www.boston-discovery-guide.comSilver Line Bus

If you're a Boston tourist or visitor, check out the Silver Line bus service to Logan Airport

Cruise ship passengers will appreciate the convenient bus service to and from the Black Falcon Cruise terminal.

 

Taxis - Land and Water

Boston Water Taxi / Boston Public Transportation - www.boston-discovery-guide.comWater taxis provide spectacular views of the Inner Harbor as well as some of the fastest public transportation in Boston.  On-call Boston water taxis carry passengers back and forth between Logan Airport and Downtown Waterfront locations as well as numerous other Inner Harbor docks.  They're also the fastest way to get from Boston Logan Airport to the Black Falcon Cruise Terminal.

Boston taxis provide service around the city and nearby towns and cities, and between Logan Airport and the city. 

 

Luggage Storage

Find luggage storage lockers near Boston Logan airport and Black Falcon Cruise TerminalLuggage storage presents challenges when you have a 1-day layover in Boston - what you don't want to do is transport your luggage around with you, but neither Logan or the Black Falcon Cruise Terminal have storage lockers.
- Best luggage storage near Boston Logan Airport
- Boston luggage lockers near Black Falcon Cruise Terminal

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Driving and parking in Boston

Boston Colonial-era streets are narrow and full of jaywalking pedestrians / Boston Public Transportation - www.boston-discovery-guide.comDriving in Boston  - Wondering if you should bring your car when you visit Boston?  Hmm...consider our narrow winding streets filled with jaywalking pedestrians, the rather shocking cost of parking, and, um, what some visitors refer to as "crazy Boston drivers."  Still want to bring your car?  Be sure to check out our Boston driving tips.



 

Sign for Boston parking garage / Boston Public Transportation - www.boston-discovery-guide.comWhere to Park - Parking in Boston is always a challenge.  Metered parking can be hard to find, and some parking garages cost a small fortune.  To avoid spending all your money on parking rather than fun, try these tips for parking in Boston. 

Quick links to parking garage information:
Parking in Fenway  | Garages and lots near North End attractions  |   Boston Common Garage  |  Parking near Boston's Theatre District

 

Short term and hourly car rentalsBoston car rentals- If you're flying into Boston, of course you can rent a car at the airport.  But unless you need it every day during your visit, why not just rent a car for just the days or hours when you require it?  Read my rental car tips about where to find short-term car rentals near major visitor attractions and Boston hotels.

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Boston map

Boston mapCity maps - Whether you use Boston public transportation or some other means of getting around the city, you'll need GPS or a map.  One of the best maps showing streets and major attractions is available free at Boston Visitor Information Centers.  You can also buy maps, as well as Boston travel books that include maps.  Check out my recommendations for best options.   And if you need a high-level view of city neighborhoods, use Boston Discovery Guide's sightseeing map.

 

Transportation beyond Boston

Find out about bus service between Boston and New YorkBoston - New York bus service - Thanks to the large numbers of students, business travelers, and leisure travelers between Boston and New York, bus companies offer ultra-competitive rates and service options ranging from luxury to no-frills.  And don't forget about Amtrac / Acela as well as cheap flights to New York's airports.  Boston - New York bus information

 

RV parking near Boston

limoliner provides bus service between Boston and New YorkPlanning to visit Boston in your RV? - Massachusetts has several picturesque RV parks and campgrounds, including 3 close to Boston.  FInd out which ones are near Boston public transportation on the commuter rail.  At these RV camps, you get the best of both worlds - picturesque New England scenery, plus a convenient way to get to the city.  Massachusetts RV Parks and Campgrounds near Boston

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Any Questions about Getting Around Boston?

If you're wondering how to get from one place to another, if you should rent a car, where you can go on a water taxi, or anything else about getting around Boston, ask, and I'll do my best to answer.

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