Getting Around

Boston's transport network consists of the country's oldest subway system, buses, trams, ferries around the harbour, and the commuter rail. For getting around the Boston-Cambridge area, the subway is the best as it's easy to use, fast and safe. It serves most of the city and, on the whole, visitors will have little use for the bus network, which is cheaper but more confusing for newcomers. Buses operate from 5am to 1am (though some routes also run between 1am and 5am), and the subway until around 1am.

Taxis are plentiful but expensive, and water taxis are a novel way to explore the city. Licensed metre cabs park at cabstands, usually near hotels, but can also be reserved by phone; rideshare options include Lfyt and Uber. Boston is a motorist's nightmare and there's no need to rent a car while in the city unless travellers are planning excursions.


Boston Logan Airport

The airport is situated four miles (6km) northeast of Boston.

Boston Logan Airport (BOS)


The airport is situated four miles (6km) northeast of Boston.

Getting to the city

The Massachusetts Bay Transport Authority provides regular bus services for free on the Silver Line, and a faster subway connection on the Blue Line that runs to and from the city centre. Massport's free water transportation bus connects from all airport terminals to the Logan dock where private water taxis and public commuter boats are available to multiple destinations in the Boston Harbour.


GMT -5 (GMT -4 from mid-March to first Sunday in November).

Car rental

Car rental companies include Avis, Budget, Hertz, and National.

Airport Taxis

Taxis are available outside all terminals and a taxi from Logan International Airport to downtown Boston takes between 20 minutes and an hour, depending on traffic. Some companies offer shared vans that provide door-to-door services. Ride-sharing apps such as Uber and Lyft both operate from the airport.

Transfer between terminals

A free shuttle bus services the four terminals.


There are ATMs and bureaux de change in all terminals. Other facilities include restaurants and bars, shops, duty-free shopping, children's entertainment, tourist information, and hotel reservations.


Parking is available at Boston Logan International. The three parking lots closer to the terminal are more expensive if travellers stay more than a couple of hours; all lots are serviced by a free shuttle to the terminals.