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All Amtrak trains and some MBTA Commuter Rail trains use Boston's South Station Transportation Center, as do most intercity buses.



Boston's South Station Transportation Center (map) is the city's main transportaation hub, only a short walk from Boston's Seaport District, Chinatown, and Downtown Crossing.

The Transportation Center has three main parts:

Amtrak & Commuter Rail Trains

Historic South Station serves some MBTA Commuter Rail trains as well as Amtrak intercity trains to and from cities to the west and south of Boston (such as New York City).

(Amtrak's Downeaster train to to Portland, Maine leaves from North Station.)

South Station's grand hall has a food court and shops. More...

Intercity & Interstate Buses

South Station Bus Terminal on the south side of South Station serves regional buses to the South Shore, Cape Cod, the New England states, and interstate buses to destinations beyond (such as New York City). More...

MBTA Subway
Red & Silver Lines

The MBTA subway station beneath South Station serves Red Line subway trains and Silver Line subway hybrid buses. Silver Line Bus SL1 takes you to all the terminals at Boston-Logan International Airport. More...

The subway station is entered by descending steps or escalators near South Station's main entrance at Summer Street and Atlantic Avenue. More...

Other Commuter Rail trains arrive and depart from North Station, a 1.1-mile (1.8-km) walk or a short taxi ride north of South Station (map).

To travel from South Station to North Station by subway, descend to the Red Line subway station following signs for trains to Alewife. Take the Red Line Alewife train to Downtown Crossing and change to an Orange Line train bound for Oak Grove. Get out at North Station, walk upstairs and into North Station.

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South Station, Boston MA

Above, South Station, Boston MA.

Below, South Station Bus Terminal.


South Station Bus Terminal, Boston MA

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