Getting around Boston
In Boston you won’t have to deal with New York’s sidereal distances. The main attractions, in fact, are concentrated in little space, and walking could be an excellent solution; not too hard either – the car is absolutely not recommended. For getting around Boston, you can use the excellent public transport network.
Forget the car absolutely, if you want to move around the city. The reasons are really many, starting from the traffic, often really demeaning. The roads are congested, especially in the morning and during peak times. Getting around Boston by car, is quite complex, also due to the poor signage; often, the names of secondary roads are not even indicated. What’s more, the parking spaces are limited and incredibly expensive, reaching, in some areas, up to $40 a day!
GETTING AROUND BOSTON ON FOOT AND BY BIKE
The American city is known for being extremely clean, safe, and perfectly accessible on foot. Most attractions can be reached with a relaxing stroll. Moreover, public parks are a further invitation to walk.
Cycling can be quite dangerous, due to the poor quality of the roads and the many holes, even in residential areas. In recent years, numerous efforts are being made to make Boston a “bike-friendly” city. Today, many residents use bicycles; also to get to work. Since 2011, the New Balance Hubway service has been active, with around 150 bike-sharing stations and 1300 bicycles. You can take a bike and leave it at the arrival station. The costs are around $ 6 a day, or $2 for a single use.
If you are looking for the best way for getting around Boston, the answer is Metro. It is a highly efficient, rapid, and comfortable service that connects, in a widespread manner, cities, suburbs, outer neighborhoods and airports.
In these parts it is simply called “THE T“. It runs every day, including holidays, from 5am to midnight and consists of 4 different lines, identified by as many colors.
Green Line. It combines downtown with the Back Bay area and Fenway Park. Useful stops: Park Street, Prudential, Fenway. The Green line, in turn, after a common route, branches off into 4 separate lines: the lines B, C, D, E, with different routes from north to south of the city.
Red line. It unites the areas of the center with Cambridge; crosses, in particular, to Downtown Crossing, Harvard, South Station, Park Street.
Blue line. Convenient to visit the waterfront and the New England Aquarium. Useful stops: Aquarium, State Street.
Orange line. Pass through the Italian neighborhood of North End and Chinatown.
In addition to the indicated lines, there is also the Silver Line, whose service, however, is carried out by bus (BRT, Bus Rapid Transit). The line is divided into different segments. SL1 is particularly useful, as it is directly connected to the airport. And the race, among other things, is free.
You can get off at South Station and from there take the red line and move further to the central areas of Boston, useful stops: South Station and airport.
GETTING AROUND BOSTON BY WATER TAXIS
Shooting in the city with Water Taxis can be a fascinating and fascinating way to discover Boston from another vantage point. The service is mainly managed by the local transport company but allows you to move around in certain points of the city.
The most touristic line, connects Long Wharf to Navy Yard. There is also an infrequent connection between Long Wharf and Boston Logan airport.
BUS AND TAXI
The bus is an alternative service to the metro, cheaper, but at the same time less rapid and frequent. It is certainly not ideal as moving to Boston.
Taxis are quite expensive. A trip from the center to the suburbs can cost $30. Check the rate beforehand, before starting the journey.
PUBLIC TRANSPORT TICKETS
MBTA manages the excellent public transport network in the city. To travel on vehicles, it is preferable to purchase the CharlieCard. This is a rechargeable card that allows you to travel at a reduced cost, compared to simple paper and digital tickets (CharlieTicket).
Keep in mind that the price of the SINGLE STROKE always varies depending on the vehicle used. Passes, on the other hand, are valid on all vehicles, and the Charlestown Ferry line.
The single ticket for the Metro costs $2.40 on CharlieCard, and $ 2.90 on paper. It allows you to make a trip on the metro, and a bus transfer within 2 hours of validation.
A local bus ride, SL4 and SL5, costs $1.70 with a Card, and $2.00 CharlieTicket. For Express lines, the cost is $4.25 and $5.25, respectively.
The cost of the Water Taxi ticket varies depending on the route, from a minimum of $3.70 to a maximum of $9.75.
Passes, available only in denominations of 1 and 7 days and one month, allow unlimited access on the metro, local buses, SL, Commuter Rail Zone 1A and Charlestown Ferry. The 1-day pass is valid 24 hours from the first use and costs $12.75 per person. The rather affordable weekly pass costs $22.50 per person, and is valid for 7 days from first use.