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What is the best/easiest way to get to the out of town shopping area at Wrentham Common?  Staying in Marriott Copley Place at the beginning of February this year.


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Question about Boston

You can get to Wrentham Premium Outlets from Boston by commuter rail train, taxi or a shared ride service such as Uber or Lyft, and by a rental or private car.  So let's take a look at each one to see which might be easiest and best for you.

How to Get to Wrentham Village Premium Outlets from Boston by Train

The second easiest transportation option for getting to the Wrentham Discount Mall from Boston is to take the Commuter Rail from Boston (closest train station to your hotel would be the Back Bay station - just a few minutes' walk) to Franklin Station, about four miles from the Wrentham Outlets, and take a cab or Uber/Lyft from the station to the mall. 

Unfortunately, there is no direct train to Wrentham Outlets - so this will need to be a two-step trip.  You can check the MBTA website for schedules.

Between the cost of your train tickets and taxis/Ubers, total round trip price will be similar to the express bus - maybe a little more, maybe a little less.

Taking a Taxi or Uber/Lyft from Boston to Wrentham Village Premium Outlets

Easy?  Yes.  (Unless you have a really bad stress-producing driver.)  But it will cost you - potentially around $100-$200 each way to make the 41 mile (by road) trip  - so that's a total of perhaps $200-$400, with the exact amount depending on traffic and whether or not you get caught in rush hour tie ups getting out or back into Boston.

The biggest benefit of going by taxi or Uber/Lyft is flexibility.  If the express bus and train schedules don't work for you, driving lets you control when you go, how long you stay, and when you return. 

But if flexibility is something you need, take a look at the fourth option:  renting a car and driving. 

Should You Rent a Car and Drive to Wrentham Outlets?  Or Drive Your Own?

If you want ultimate flexibility over the timing of your visit, a rental car may be the best choice, and if you're going with other people, it may also be the cheapest option on a per-person basis.

Even better, drive your own car if you have one.

When you need a rental car for just one day, Zipcar may be the best affordable choice.  You'll find lots of convenient pick-up/drop-off locations all over the Boston area.  Just pick your departure and return times to avoid rush hour!

Directions to Wrentham outlet are simple:  Once you get onto Route 93, go down Route 95, make a left onto I-495 North, drive for 5 miles, and follow the signs into Wrentham Village's parking lot.

Please note, I'm not necessarily recommending driving (our Boston driving tips page will tell you why. Aside from the challenges of navigating Boston streets in order to get out of the city, February weather can be tricky, with snow, ice, black ice, etc - so having someone else behind the wheel who is more familiar with local conditions can definitely be advantageous. 

Also, since you're visiting Boston from another country, having someone else do the driving eliminates the need to get an international drivers license.  And because you're coming from the U.K. where you're used to driving on the left side of the road, takiing a train or shared ride service avoids the need to adjust to driving on the right side.

Wrentham Village Premium Outlets Bus: A Pandemic Victim?

Once upon a time, prior to the Covid pandemic, the easiest way to get to Wrentham Outlets was an express bus service from Boston operated by Gray Line.  Round-trip transportation from Boston to Wrentham Outlets on a comfortable climate-controlled coach-style Gray Line bus makes the trip a breeze. 

The round-trip fare was reasonable (and you could easily save enough while shopping to more than cover the cost), it allowed plenty of time for shopping, and above all, it was super-convenient.

Unfortunately, service has not been restored since the pandemic ended.  Will it ever return?  Our crystal ball is cloudy... but stay tuned for any updates!

So to Summarize ...

Current Options for Wrentham Outlet Transportation: How Do They Compare?

Although the former bus service provided the easiest way to reach Wrentham Outlets, it no longer exists - so how do the other transportation options compare?  They each have their pros and cons:

  • Commuter Rail/Taxi and Uber/Lyft Options
    • Pros:  Someone other than you is driving, so you can sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride.  The commuter rail/train is relatively inexpensive. 
    • Cons:   You do have the minor inconvenience of ordering a cab or shared ride service such as Uber/Lyft, and then waiting for it to arrive.  If taking the train, you have to keep an eye on the schedule and not miss your train.  Using a shared ride service usually costs quite a bit more than the train, and it will cost a LOT more if you get stuck in rush-hour traffic.
  • Driving Yourself (Using Your Own Car or a Rental Car)
    • Pros:  Flexibility
    • Cons:  Driving in Boston metro traffic.  Cost - Compare the cost of renting a car vs using a taxi or shared-ride service.

Hope this helps! Have a wonderful trip, and happy shopping!

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