Bus Service, Boston
After our week in Boston we travelled to Montpelier in Vermont by bus. Later we returned direct to Logan Airport from Montpelier also by bus. We had no problems either way. The bus was comfortable, the drivers were helpful, and the bus was only half full each way (slightly fuller on the return) so you could get up and move about and even change seats if you wanted. The bus stops for about 20-30 minutes at White River Junction for refuelling etc. I was quite happy with the journey but then I'm a seasoned public transport user.
You catch the bus from the Greyhound Bus Station which is over part of the Boston South Railway Station and the journey to Montpelier is scheduled (including the stop I mentioned above) to last 4hrs 5 minutes and on our outward journey was on time all the way. Our return journey started nearly 1 hour late, but we were kept well informed by the local office at Montpelier (remember the bus is coming from Canada). The break at White River Junction was reduced to 10 to 15 minutes and we arrived at Logan only about 10 to 15 minutes late.
Boston has the oldest subway in US. It is old, but it works. Everyday hundreds of thousands passengers get on and off the subway. Subway can take you to everywhere of the local area.
Subway's fare is going to increase from $1.00 to $1.25, although lots of residents object this increase. Because of the deficit of MBTA, the manager of MBTA decides to increase fares to fill that big hole. Passengers complain the bad service (slow, late and sometimes rude drivers), but it seems the increase can not be avoided.
Boston was an interesting commuter experience for us. The buses are common but make sure you've got change. No change is given. Just pop you coins in and ride.
Also it's always important to know which way you should be going. Our first bus ride we took from the wrong side of the road out to nowhere.
BY BUS & TRAIN: you can take the GREYHOUND BUS or AMTRAK to Boston from other US destinations. Student discounts available for both options.
If you are coming from NYC, take a Chinatown bus (check Chinatown travel agencies) that will take you to Boston`s Chinatown. Buses are every 2 hrs or so, takes 4 hrs with 1 stop, and costs about $20.
Take the city bus! It costs 75 cents. It's safe, cheap and easy to use. It also comes frequently and generally on time. We stayed in Cambridge, so we'd take the bus from the Belmont region to Harvard Square. The unusual thing about the bus (especially if you're not expecting it) is that at Harvard Square, the bus stop is underground in the 'T' station. One moment you're on the regular city streets... the next moment the bus has gone underneath a tunnel and seems like it's driving through the subway tracks!! It was just weird being on a bus driving through its own designated subway tunnel.