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 right near the city center. More...
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...
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.
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...
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).
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 Canada, American 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 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:
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.
Connecting New York City with the Berkshire Hills, the Flyer calls at Poughkeepsie, Albany and Pittsfield MA in the center of the Berkshires.
Going to Massachusetts's Pioneer Valley? The Valley Flyer can take you there from New Haven CT to Springfield, Northampton and Greenfield MA.
The Downeaster runs five times daily between Boston's North Station, Portsmouth NH, the New Hampshire coast, the southern Maine coast and Portland ME.
This line connects New York City with Hartford CT and Springfield MA.
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...
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.
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.
Ships & Ferryboats
Cruise ships dock in 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
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...