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    How to get around in Boston? Metro, bus, car or taxi?

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    It is difficult to resist the charm of a city at the crossroads between history and modernity like Boston: the Freedom Trail, the characteristic neighborhoods, the splendid museums are just some of the elements that contribute to giving life to one of the most beautiful American cities to visit. We have already explored its main attractions in our article on what to see in Boston, now it's time to give some little tips on like move around the city: how to organize transfers? What are the most effective means of exploring it? If you are wondering what to choose between car, bus, taxi or metro a Boston in this article we will try to answer your questions.


    • How to get around in Boston?
    • Boston Metro: How Does It Work?
      • Types of tickets for the Boston subway
      • Metro lines
    • Alternative alla metro a Boston
    • How to get around from Boston Airport?

    How to get around in Boston?

    First of all, a premise: the city, very pleasant to walk around, is not huge, on the contrary, the points of interest tend to be concentrated at a reasonable distance and the public transport system is really effective and widespread. It follows that the best way to get around is to make use of the MBTA Subway System (Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority but is known simply as T), a subway network consisting of 5 lines (red, silver, green, blue, orange) that connects the main neighborhoods of Boston and which is certainly one of your best allies to explore the main attractions of the city.

    Boston Metro: How Does It Work?

    La Boston subway it is active from early in the morning (after about 5 in the morning) until late at night (usually it closes between 24 and one). In any case, the timetables also depend on the lines as well as on the individual stops. If you want to stay up late, be careful because the times shown refer to the departure station and the terminus, not to the stop that will most likely affect your itinerary.

    The best way to understand timetables and calculate travel times with the metro is to use the tool on the official website, which, at least for me, proved to be quite accurate in estimating the times to move from one destination to another.

    Types of tickets for the Boston subway

    There are various types of tickets, some of which are inspired by Charlie, the protagonist of a 1959 song, which tells of a man who was left without money and therefore unable to get off the metro (don't worry, now the system has changed: if you run out of money you will not be able to go up ...).

    Here are the types of tickets with their prices:

    • Charlie Card: Refillable multi-stroke plastic card. Cost: $ 2,10 each way
    • Charlie Ticket. paper ticket also reloadable. Cost: $ 2.65 per ride
    • LinkPass: subscription that allows unlimited access to all means of the metro.
      • Monthly: $ 75 per month
      • Daily: $ 12 per month
      • Weekly: $ 19 per month
    • Children under 12: free.

    Below you will find a tutorial on how to buy the Charlie Card at the ATMs of the Boston subway stations.

    Top-up your tickets (Charlie Card and Charlie Ticket) at the station machines is just as simple, just follow the instructions on the screen.

    Metro lines

    Here is a brief overview of the lines:

    • Red line: it connects the areas of the center to Cambridge, it will be one of the lines you will use the most. Useful stops: Downtown Crossing, Harvard, South Station, Park Street.
    • Blue line: convenient for visiting the waterfront and the New England Aquarium in particular. Useful stops: Aquarium, State Street.
    • Green Line: joins the center to the Back Bay area and Fenway Park. Useful stops: Park Street, Prudential, Fenway.
    • Orange line: has some strategic stops to visit the center, the Spanish North End and Chinatown. Useful stops: Haymarket, Chinatown, Downtown Crossing, State Street.
    • Silver line: the service is carried out by bus (BRT, Bus Rapid Transit) and is particularly useful as it is directly connected to the airport (the ride is free, among other things). You can get off at South Station and from there take the red line and move further towards the central areas of Boston. Useful stops: South Station and airport.

    Alternative alla metro a Boston

    Car in Boston is definitely one to let go. The city is very busy and parking lots are as rare as they are salty. There are certainly better alternatives:

    • Absolutely not to be underestimated is the possibility of buying a ticket for a tram with an up-and-down option along the city. This is an effective way of getting around, stopping in the most interesting areas and which also includes a guided commentary (as you go around the city the driver will explain what you are seeing). If you plan your attractions itinerary well you could minimize the need for the subway for move to Boston, thus making travel part of the holiday itself. Find numerous tours of this kind on this page.
    • Finally there is the taxi, obviously more expensive but also more comfortable. If you want to get an idea of ​​the rates I suggest you make an estimate on this site.

    However, the car remains the preferred way to explore the surroundings outside of Boston on a beautiful tour of New England. If you are interested, do not miss our tips on how to save on car rental in America.

    How to get around from Boston Airport?

    How to get around Boston as soon as you arrive? If you are at the airport and want to reach your hotel in the city (if you are looking for advice on this, take a look at our article on where to sleep in Boston) you can choose between these 3 options:

    • The Silver Line BRT we have already told you about.
    • He Taxi
    • Private or shared transfer services available. You can find all kinds of them on this page.
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