First Night Travel to Boston

by Brad Bollino
(Norfolk, MA)

We're planning to come into Boston for New Year's Eve by train, and then return home. How long is the trip and what are the fares for adults who want to take the train into the city and out for New Year's?


Susan's response: The length of the trip depends on where you board the train (Mass Commuter Rail or the T, Boston's subway system) - you can look up schedules to get to South Station in Boston here.

If you're taking the T, the fare is $2 each way ($1.70 if you have a reusable Charlie Card). Fare for the Commuter Rail costs $2 - $8.25 each way, depending on where you board. You can look up fares here.

If you're not real familiar with Boston, or if the weather is very cold, you may want to take the T rather than walk once you're in Boston. South Station is on the Red Line, so you can easily go to Boston Common, for example (Park St Station), or switch to the Green Line at Park Street to go, for example, to Copley Square in Back Bay. Each ride, start to finish, counts as 1 fare, so if you want to go from South Station to Copley (transferring at Park), that's still just 1 fare of $2 (or $1.70 with the Charlie Card). Here's a link to a page with a map and more info about the Boston's subway.

As you may already know, the biggest celebration going on in Boston on December 31st is the huge First Night Boston event, with activities going on throughout the city, and fireworks at midnight.

You can expect that lots of people will be taking public transportation to and from the event, so the T and the trains may be more crowded than usual. You'll want to make sure that you check the time of the last train out of Boston, and get to the station with plenty of time to spare.

Have a great time, and Happy New Year!


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