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Massachusetts Transportation

Boston is the transportation hub for all New England, but Springfield MA is a major intercity bus route hub.

Massachusetts is well served by airlines and trains to Boston, and buses to the North Shore, South Shore, Cape Cod, the Pioneer Valley of central Massachusetts, and the Berkshire Hills in the west.

Ferryboat services connect Boston with suburbs and Provincetown on Cape Cod, and other ferries travel between Cape Cod and the islands of Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard. Cruise ships dock at Flynn Cruiseport Boston near the city center. More...


Boston: Logan Int'l Airport

Boston-Logan International Airport (BOS) is by far the most important airport in Massachusetts, and indeed in all New England. Massachusetts's other airport, Worcester Regional Airport, has limited service. More...

Manchester-Boston Regional Airport

Likewise, Manchester-Boston Regional Airport (MHT) near Manchester NH can be used to reach Boston and eastern Massachusetts. Manchester handles only a fraction of Logan's number of flights, but it has the advantages of modern facilities, less crowding, convenient and cheap parking, and many low fares.

Greyhound buses from Boston's South Station Bus Terminal can take you to Manchester-Boston Airport in a little over an hour.

Providence: T F Green Airport

T F Green Airport (PVD), just south of Providence RI, can be used to reach Massachusetts, as MBTA Commuter Rail trains and intercity buses run between the airport and Massachusetts cities and towns, including Boston. The trip by train between the airport and Boston takes just over an hour. More...

Worcester Regional Airport

Worcester Regional Airport (ORH), five miles (8 km) west of central Worcester, and 55 miles (89 km) west of Boston-Logan, serves flights by American Airlines, Delta Air Lines and JetBlue.

Peter Pan and Greyhound buses connect central Worcester to Boston (Logan Airport & South Station Bus Terminal). The journey takes 1 hr 40 min from Logan, 70 min from South Station. In Worcester, take a rideshare app car or taxi between central Worcester and the airport (15 to 20 minutes).

Springfield: Bradley Int'l Airport

For central and western Massachusetts, the nearest large airport is Bradley International Airport (BDL) in Windsor Locks CT, north of Hartford CT and south of Springfield MA. Bradley offers non-stop flights to 35+ destinations by Aer Lingus, Air CanadaAmerican Airlines, Breeze Airways, Delta Air Lines, Frontier Airlines, JetBlue, Southwest Airlines, Spirit Airlines, Sun Country Airlines, & United Airlines.


Boston's South Station Bus Terminal is a major hub for intercity bus routes throughout New England, with direct service and easy connections to virtually all cities and towns in the region served by bus, as well as New York City and Albany NY.

Springfield MA, in the Pioneer Valley of central Massachusetts, is another major hub because it is the home of the Peter Pan Bus Lines (which includes Bonanza Bus lines), New England's major intercity bus company. More...


Amtrak Northeast Regional & Acela Trains

Amtrak Northeast Regional and Acela intercity trains connect Boston's South Station with New York City's Moynihan Train Hall at Pennsylvania Station by way of the Connecticut Shoreline (New Haven, New London, Guilford, Mystic and Stonington CT), and Westerly and Providence RI.

Several Amtrak trains provide daily service to other points in Massachusetts and beyond:

Lakeshore Limited

The Lakeshore Limited provides daily service between Boston, Worcester, Springfield MA in the Pioneer Valley, Pittsfield MA in the Berkshire Hills, Albany NY and eventually Chicago IL.

The Vermonter

The Vermonter travels from Washington DC via Baltimore MD, Philadelphia PA, New York City, New Haven and Hartford CT to the Pioneer Valley stations of Springfield and Amherst MA before continuing north along the Connecticut River Valley to Brattleboro, White River Junction and other Vermont towns, ending its run at St Albans VT on the Quebec, Canada border.

The Berkshire Flyer

Connecting New York City with the Berkshire Hills on summer weekends, the Flyer calls at Poughkeepsie and Albany NY and terminates at Pittsfield MA, the Berkshire Hills's transportation hub.

The Valley Flyer

Going to Massachusetts's Pioneer Valley? The Valley Flyer can take you from New Haven CT up the Connecticut River Valley to Springfield, Northampton and Greenfield MA.

The Downeaster

Amtrak Downeaster train in Old Orchard Beach ME.
Downeaster chugs through Old Orchard Beach ME.

The Downeaster runs five times daily between Boston's North Station, Portsmouth NH, the New Hampshire seacoast, the southern Maine coast and Portland ME, to Freeport and Brunswick ME.

Amtrak Hartford Line

This line connects New York City with Hartford CT and Springfield MA.

MBTA Commuter Rail Trains

MBTA Commuter Rail train at the Concord MA depot
MBTA Commuter Rail train at the Concord MA depot.

MBTA Commuter Rail trains from Boston serve suburbs on the Massachusetts Bay North Shore (including Salem, Manchester-by-the-Sea, Gloucester and Rockport), the South Shore, (including Quincy and Plymouth), towns west of Boston (including Concord and Worcester), southeastern Massachusetts (including Fall River and New Bedford), and Providence RI and its T F Green Airport. More...

Boston <—> Cape Cod Train

CapeFLYER trains operate between Boston and Hyannis MA on Cape Cod on summer weekends, taking 2-1/2 hours, each way. The train hauls a snack-and-bar car, and a bicycle car for bringing your bike with you.

Service starts in time for Memorial Day in May, and continues past Labor Day into September.

Trains depart Boston's South Station on Friday evening, Saturday morning and Sunday morning, and return from the Hyannis Transportation Center on Saturday and Sunday evenings.

Supervised by the Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority (CCRTA), the trains follow the normal MBTA Commuter Rail Old Colony Lines train route from Boston's South Station to Lakeville, then continue to Cape Cod, stopping also at Buzzards Bay, and terminating at Hyannis.

Here's how to go from New York City to Cape Cod by train and bus.

Ships & Ferryboats

Cruise ships dock at Flynn Cruiseport Boston, and ferryboats connect Boston with suburbs on the shores of Massachusetts Bay, and with Cape Cod. Ferries from Cape Cod run out to the islands of Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard.

Boston Harbor Ferries

MBTA passenger ferries ply the waters of Massachusetts Bay between Boston's Long Wharf and Central Wharf to the South Shore towns of Hingham, Hull and Quincy. More...

Cruise Ships & Port

Boston's cruise ship port is the Flynn Cruiseport Boston in the Seaport District of South Boston not far from the city center. More...

Boston-Salem Ferry

The Salem Ferry, a high-speed passenger catamaran, zooms between Boston and the North Shore city of Salem five or six times daily. More...

Boston-Provincetown Ferry

From mid-May to mid-October, City Experiences operates fast catamaran passenger ferries three times daily between Boston and Provincetown on the tip of Cape Cod. More...

Plymouth-Provincetown Ferry

From late June through September, Captain John Whale Watching & Fishing Tours operates a fast ferry from the Town Wharf in Plymouth to MacMillan Wharf in Provincetown, Cape Cod. The ferry leaves Plymouth at 10:00 am, arrives in P-Town at 11:30 am, and leaves P-Town at 4:30 pm for the return voyage to Plymouth, arriving at 6:00 pm. Same-day round trip tickets are the best value, but one-way tickets are available for single trips or future-date returns. More...

Martha's Vineyard Ferries

The Steamship Authority runs car and passenger ferries several times daily between Woods Hole MA on Cape Cod and Vineyard Haven and Oak Bluffs on Martha's Vineyard island. More...

Steamship Authority ferryboat at Oak Bluffs, Martha's Vineyard MA
Steamship Authority car ferry at Oak Bluffs, Martha's Vineyard MA

m/v Island Queen sails several times daily carrying passengers (no cars) from Falmouth on Cape Cod to Oak Bluffs on Martha's Vineyard. More...

Seastreak runs fast catamaran passenger ferries between New Bedford and Martha's Vineyard MA three times daily in the warm months, making the voyage in 1 hour. More...

Nantucket Ferries

The Steamship Authority runs car and passenger ferries several times daily between the South Street Docks in Hyannis MA on Cape Cod and Nantucket. More...

Hy-Line Cruises operates both traditional and fast catamaran passenger ferries between the Ocean Street docks in Hyannis MA on Cape Cod and Nantucket. More...

Seastreak runs fast catamaran passenger ferries between New Bedford and Nantucket MA three tiems daily in the warm months, making the voyage in 1 hour and 40 minutes. More...