Travel from Boston's Cruise Port to Downtown Boston and Faneuil Hall Marketplace
Luggage check sign in Boston's Black Falcon Cruise Terminal
We will arrive in Boston around 9:30am for a cruise departure at 5pm. Our thoughts are to proceed to the cruise terminal to check the bags, and then head downtown to Faneuil Hall Marketplace, Macy's etc. Is there a subway stop close by or taxi the only option?
Susan's reply: Yes, you'll find a subway (you'll hear everyone call it the "T" here in Boston) stop almost immediately outside of the Black Falcon Cruise Terminal toward your left as you exit the terminal. It's a short walk (maybe 3 minutes) from there to the T stop. Bear in mind that at this point, the "subway" is actually above ground and it's a bus called the "Silver Line" rather than a subway - but it's technically considered a subway here because it goes underground at one point. Fares 1 way are $2, and although you can pay the driver when you get on, it's helpful to have correct change. (Not a disaster if you don't, but the drivers sometimes grumble a little.)
There are a couple of good options. You can take the Silver Line all the way to South Station (about 10 minutes), which makes sense if you want to connect to another T line. What I would recommend, though, is to get off at the Courthouse stop right before South Station, which will give you a glimpse of the new Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) and some of the new restaurants that have been rapidly popping up in this area - the photo above was taken near there. From there, walk across the Moakley Footbridge, which you'll spot fairly easily, and then up the Rose Kennedy Greenway to Faneuil Hall Marketplace. It's a nice walk, with lots to explore along the way.
Coming back to Cruiseport, you can simply retrace your steps. The key thing, though, is that when you get back on the Silver Line, make sure you get onto the SL2 bus, as SL1 takes you straight to the airport.
Here are some links to information that I've mentioned above:
- This is where the CruisePort is located. There's a map at the bottom of the page - look for Fan Pier - that's where ICA Boston is, and the Moakley Footbridge, not labeled on the map, is just to the left of it. You'll see the Greenway - just walk up that to where you see the Aquarium - Faneuil Hall, also not labeled, is directly across the Greenway from it.
Rose Kennedy Greenway
Black Falcon Cruise Terminal
Hope this helps!
Have a wonderful cruise, and a great time in Boston!