Best (& Cheapest) Ways to See Boston by Land & Water
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!
Article Contents: What You'll Find
How to Get Around Boston - All the ways to get around the city: subway, water taxi, bike shares, hop on hop off trolleys, & more
Top Photo: The T's Red Line crossing the Longfellow Bridge over the Charles River from Boston to Cambridge
How to Get Around Boston on Public Transportation
Boston's Subway - The "T"
You easily reach almost all of the city's biggest attractions by T (Boston's subway). Except for walking, the T is the cheapest and easiest way to get around.
Find a subway map, how to get the cheapest fares, and everything else you need to know - and be sure to check out the affordable Visitors Weekly Pass,which gives you a great deal, depending on how much you plan to use it.
What's the fastest way to get from one point to the other along Boston's Harbor? Water taxi!
Whether you're going from Logan Airport to the Financial District or CruisePort, TD Garden/North Station to the South Boston Waterfront, or any other points near the water, a water taxi lets you avoid Boston's infamous traffic snarls and enjoy relaxing views along the way.
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:
Hop On / Hop Off Tour Trolleys
Want to combine a sightseeing tour with the chance to explore on your own?
Boston's Hop On Hop Off trolleys give you a narrated tour as you ride past all the top attractions - plus you can get off, explore as long as you want, and get back on whenever you want.
Want to save a ton of money at Boston's biggest designer outlet shopping mall?
Although Wrentham Village is not in Boston - it's actually 40 miles to the south - you actually have several good choices for getting there, including the commuter train, a daily express bus, and a cheap rental car option for the day.
Once you see the standard discounts from about 25% to 70% off the retail price and even more exciting savings during sales, you'll be glad you made the trip!
What's the fastest, cheapest, and most convenient way to make this trip?
Bus companies offer cheap rates (when you book in advance) and service options for this popular route, but other transport can be just as affordable, so check out Amtrak / Acela as well as cheap flights to New York's airports.
Finding an affordable place to park in Boston is never easy. Here's what you need to know:
Parking in Boston - The "big picture" about what to expect, what to avoid, and best places to park
Parking near Fenway Park - Finding parking for a Red Sox game has always been tough, but construction in the area now makes it harder than ever. Find out how to snag the best and cheapest parking spaces
Parking near TD Garden - There are lots of parking garages near the Garden, but some are really expensive. Here's where to find the cheap ones
Parking under Boston Common - Want to know the easiest and often the cheapest place to park in Boston? Find out about the Boston Common Parking Garage
Want to explore Boston when your cruise ship stops at our Cruise Terminal for a Port of Call visit?
For the ultimate convenience, choose ashore excursion tourdesigned specifically for cruise ship visitors. They pick you up close to the CruisePort, and are designed to make sure you're back in plenty of time to re-board your ship before departure. Book them directly online, and you'll usually save money compared with making reservations through your cruise ship or travel agent.
Alternately, you can easily explore on your own. Boston's Cruise Terminal is in the city's trendiest waterfront neighborhood, and just a short walk from other top attractions such as the Freedom Trail.