Luggage storage in Boston during a Layover
Sign for Airport water taxi
Are there lockers at Boston Logan airport to store luggage while you take in some of the sights waiting for your flight? Or, is there a car rental at the pier to motor around town and get to the airport for your late flight?
Susan's reply: Unfortunately, no luggage lockers are available at Boston Logan Airport, probably due to post-9/11 security concerns. Although you can rent a car at the airport (more about that in a moment), if what you really want to do is see some sights in Boston without having to haul around your luggage, a rental car may not be the most convenient way to do this, as Boston's streets are narrow, winding, often 1-way, and driving here can be a nightmare if you're not used to it - or even if you are. Very little on-street is available, especially in some neighborhoods, and most garages are pricey.
So if sightseeing without the burden of bags is your focus, here's another suggestion for a place to stow them - and avoid having to deal with a car. Take a Rowes Wharf water taxi to Rowes Wharf, where passengers can stow bags for free. You'll find the details about luggage storage near Logan Airport here.
South Station (700 Atlantic Ave), which is one of our major train/bus/subway terminals, does offer baggage storage through Package Express (617-526-1810). They're on the 5th floor of South Station, and charge a few dollars per bag. It's the only place I know of offering luggage storage, although I'm sure there must be others somewhere.
South Station is also quite easy to reach from Logan by water taxi. The nearest stop is at the Intercontinental Hotel (stop #13 on the map on the water taxi page). From Logan, the water taxi trip to the Intercontinental is only 8-10 minutes. The 1-way fare will be in the $10-20 range, and there may be a somewhat discounted fare for round-trip - in any case, even with luggage storage fees, this option will probably be cheaper than a rental car. From the Intercontinental, South Station is only about a block and a half away. The water taxi will let you off at the back, at the wharf. Walk to the front of the hotel, on Atlantic Ave (you'll see the Greenway across the street). South Station will be to your left - big older round-fronted building. If you're not sure, just ask someone.
Once you've stowed your bags, you can walk up the Greenway to Faneuil Hall Marketplace, follow the Freedom Trail in either direction to see historical sites, or walk over up to the Italian North End for latte and cannoli. Or, from South Station, walk across the Greenway to Chinatown - you'll see the large gate. Stop for dim sum, and then continue walking to Boston Common, just a few blocks away. Still another possibility from South Station is to walk to the east to the South Boston Waterfront area - about an 8-minute walk.
However, if you really want to rent a car, you'll find bus transport to all of the usual rental agencies at the airport - Hertz, Dollar, National, etc. I believe that most of them have the rental cars close to the airport, but not within the grounds, so there will be a short bus ride to the pick-up lot. Then, you need to drive from East Boston where the airport is located to Boston - the staff at the car rental counters can tell you the best way to get into the city. Depending on when your flight is, you should allow plenty of time to get back, especially if you're anywhere close to rush hour (4:30 - 6:30).
Also, as an alternative to stowing your bags at South Station, another option to explore, if you travel frequently and have a high-level frequent traveler status with any of the large hotel chains with a presence in Boston is to check with the local hotel to see if they might keep your bags for a few hours. Depending on where the hotel is located, this might be even more convenient than going to South Station.
Hope this helps! And hope you have a great time in Boston during your layover!