Getting around Boston on public transportation saves you time, stress, and money.
If you're planning to visit the city, you'll like how cheap and convenient getting around here can be - if you leave your car at home.
Boston's most popular public transportation options include the subway (usually called the "T"), bus, commuter rail, water taxis, and ferries, all under the management/regulatory umbrella of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA).
If you're here just for a visit, you're most likely to use the T and water taxis, plus several other ways of getting around: rental cars, land taxis, Boston's bike-share program ("Hubway"), city tour trolleys, and of course the easiest and cheapest of all: 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 - not to speak of the hassle of navigating through Boston traffic and then finding and paying dearly for parking near your destination!
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 ... More
Bus companies offer ultra-competitive rates and service options ranging from luxury to no-frills. And don't forget about Amtrak / Acela as well as cheap flights to New York's airports. ... More
Fun Ways to Explore Boston
Victorian mansions, Newbury Street boutiques, Copley Square, historic churches, wonderful restaurants & hotels ... More
Convenient and frequent ferry service from Boston to Provincetown puts this beautiful art-filled village at the tip of Cape Cod within easy reach. ... More
Find out about transportation to and from Boston's Raymond B. Flynn (Black Falcon) Cruise Terminal ... More
If you're visiting Boston and looking for convenient ways to get around the city to see popular tourist attractions, or you're here on a cruise layover and are looking for shore excursions, consider these popular options:
Have a Boston layover for just a few hours or a day, and want to sightsee without your luggage? Here are the best storage options, depending on where you are:
The easiest form of transportation around Boston is on foot.
Try these self-guided walking tours:
- Greenway Walking Tour - Explore diverse attractions along the Rose Kennedy Greenway
- Boston Walking Tour for a Rainy Day - Short walk around Boston's historic center
- Winter Walking Tour - See the most picturesque parts of the city under a blanket of snow
- Boston Victory Gardens - Historic community garden near Fenway Park, plus the Kellerher Rose Garden
- Memorial Day Weekend Itinerary - See 3 iconic Boston attractions, including Fenway Park
- Running the Charles River Loop - Best running loops around the river
- The Best of Boston in 6 Hours - How to see the best of Boston during a 6 hours layover
Questions & Answers about Shopping in Boston
- Transportation to Wrentham Premium Outlets from Boston
What is the best/easiest way to get to the out of town shopping area at Wrentham Village?