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Because it was built when horses and feet were the prime means of transport, Boston can be confusing to travel in. Here are tips to speed you on your way.



Most short-term visitors to Boston find that walking and the subway are the most convenient ways to get around, though biking is a better choice in some cases, and Boston has its own Hubway short-trip almost-free bike rental system.

City buses and Commuter Rail trains are helpful to some destinations, driving a car makes sense to others.

Greater Boston's primary public transit system is operated by the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA). More...

MBTA Subway

The "T", the Masachusetts Bay Transportation Authority's underground train ("Metro") system, is America's oldest underground rapid transit system, better than ever after its first century. More...

City Buses

Most routes suit residents better than tourists, but the Silver Line buses are an exception. More...

Intercity Buses

Here's all about traveling to and from Boston by intercity bus, including the many buses between Boston and New York City. More...

Commuter Rail

These regional commuter trains go north, south and west of Boston, and can be handy for excurisons out of the city to Concord, Gloucester, Plymouth, Quincy, Rockport, Salem and several other towns. More...


Boston is good for biking, with few and gentle hills, good bike lanes, and even guided bike tours. BLUEbikes short-trip bike system is cheap and best for trips under 30 minutes. More...

Ferries & Cruises

Ferries operate between Boston and Salem, Provincetown, Hingham, Hull and Quincy. There are whale watching cruises and fun cruises of Boston harbor and its 34 islands as well. More...

Arriving by Plane

After you arrive at Boston-Logan International Airport, here's how to get into the city from the airport.

Arriving by Train or Bus

All Amtrak trains (except the Downeaster to Portland ME) operate from Boston's South Station Transportation Center, as do most intercity buses. (Here are tips for travel between New York City and Boston.)

The subway station beneath South Station serves Red Line trains via Park Street Station (change for the Green Line) to Harvard Square and Cambridge; and Silver Line buses to the Seaport District, Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, and Logan Airport.

MBTA Commuter Rail trains to points on the Massachusetts North Shore, and the Amtrak Downeaster train to Portland ME, depart from North Station.

Arriving by Car

Boston traffic is intense and confusing, and streets in the city center an unfathomable maze to first-time visitors. It's best to have a GPS, maps, and a friendly navigator if you're driving to a city-center hotel. More...

—by Tom Brosnahan

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South Station, Boston MA

Boston's South Station Transportation Center, hub for Commuter Rail trains, intercity trains and buses.


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