By Airplane, Boston
my fave airline (since norhtwest got absorbed by it 5 years ago). Well in this age of very competitive aviation from the Legacy carriers and the Low Cost Carrier, the only Legacy Carrier Left Standing is Northwest and United Airways and American Airlines is now in bankcrupty. I love delta due to their skymiles program and i can get to use my MR's and the best deal in flying delta is that the airmiles you get from them does not expire (although they have higher points charge to redeem air miles than United or American Airlines).
Getting to the city center from Logan Airport can be trying, depending on the time of day:
TAXIS are probably the easiest option, but quite expensive. Massport charges the cab driver (hence, it will cost you) $6.25 just to be allowed to pick up a passenger at the airport. One possibility to avoid the ludicrous airport fees is to take the Silver Line (see below) to South Station and take a taxi from there.
SUBWAY: The MBTA has two main options to get to Downtown Boston from the airport. The "Silver Line," really a bus as opposed to a subway train, stops at all terminals and takes you through the Ted Williams Tunnel to South Station via the Seaport World Trade Center. Eventually it will have its own lane, but right now, it drives on the main highway and contends with city traffic. The Silver Line is free for passengers departing the airport. For those traveling from South Station to the airport, fare is $2.65, or $2.10 with a pre-paid "Charlie Card." You can also take a shuttle bus to the Blue Line's Airport station. From there, you can take a train downtown. UPDATE: Government Center Station (Blue and Green Lines) is closed for renovations until at least spring 2016. The shuttle bus is free; the Blue Line train costs $2.65 for a paper ticket, or $2.10 if you have a Charlie Card.
WATER SHUTTLE: The MBTA's Harbor Express will get you from the Airport to Long Wharf. Fare is $13.75. Not a great value, but scenic. Take Shuttle Bus 66 from the terminals to the dock.
RENTAL CARS are an option, but not a very good one. Shuttle buses will take you to the various companies. But cars are a useless headache in the city itself.
Logan International Airport (Airport Code: BOS) is served by 28 airlines, from Aer Lingus to Virgin Atlantic. In addition to numerous flights from various locations in North America, the Carribbean, and Latin America, you can get direct flights to Logan from Ireland, the UK, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Switzerland, and Iceland. Japan Airlines runs daily nonstop service via Boeing 787 from Tokyo-Narita. As of 2014, Turkish Airlines offers daily nonstop service to Istanbul, and Emirates Airlines provides daily nonstop service to Dubai.
Logan has 4 terminals, designated A, B, C, and E (don't ask what happened to Terminal D...). International flights arrive in Terminal E. If you have the misfortune of making a connection at Logan, pray that your connection departs from the same terminal. If not, you'll likely have to exit the secure area, take a shuttle bus or walkway to your connecting terminal, GO BACK THROUGH SECURITY, and proceed to your gate. Allow for extra time accordingly if connecting at Logan. It should be noted that Massport plans to construct passageways allowing you to go from terminal to terminal without having to re-enter security. It was supposed to be finished in 2005. Don't hold your breath.
One of the very cool things when you fly into Boston is that the airport is located only 3 miles from the downtown area. In fact, it's been chosen as the country's most accessible airport. There's also a subway station located close to it - shuttles will take you there for free. Airport station is on the blue line, only two stations away from downtown (Aquarium station). I was also impressed with how friendly the security staff was - a proof that you can do an efficient and thorough job with a smile on your face!
Logan airport juts out into Boston Harbour on an outstretched arm of reclaimed land to welcome transatlantic flights. It's very central, just a couple of miles from Downtown, and you can be whisked there by taxi, metro or free Silverline bus in about 30 minutes. The bus in new and in addition to being free is probably your best option. Taxis are expensive because of toll bridges, and the metro is far enough away to require a shuttle bus to reach. The Silverline bus stop is right outside the arrivals terminal. Having said that the Silverline bus is no frills. It's rough and ready, so be prepared to stand and hold on tight.
Logan is an international airport receiving planes from major airlines and destinations around the world: Lufthansa, British Airways, Air France, Japan Airlines as well as the major American airlines. It's well positioned for visits to Canada, Europe and the Caribbean. There are direct flights to Frankfurt, London, Paris, Rome, Dublin, Reykjavik, Toronto, Halifax, Montreal, Bermuda, Jamaica and the Dominican Republic. The airport serves most major cities in the US as well.
I had a very good experience renting a car at Logan Airport in Boston through Avis. The bus was prompt in picking us up, they gave me a free upgrade to a much nicer car than I expected (a Nissan), and the car was spotless.
Fortunately, I knew that driving in Boston was terrifying, so I got GPS. I would recommend GPS to anyone who was visiting and driving in the city that had not lived there before - it is an old, winding city and there is not nearly enough signage or warning before turn offs - it's as if they assume everyone has lived there their entire life! Also, try to have a paper copy of your route - they will easily print one out for you at the Avis office... they offered to for me, but I said I didn't need it.... Once I was on 90 and heading into the city, you enter the tunnel and lose GPS. Immediately out of the tunnel, there are turn offs and it was very stressful, as I had to make decisions before the GPS had found satellites again. I ended up accidently going over the Charles River to East Cambridge, taking Cambridge Parkway, and coming back to the West End via the Longfellow Bridge.... while it was only a 30 minute detour, it was rush hour and very stressful! Ideally, you guys can avoid this!
Other than that experience with Boston driving, I strongly recommend the Avis Car Rental at Logan Airport and will use it again next time I visit Boston!
Avis Car Rental @ Logan Airport (BOS)
202 Porter Street
Boston, MA, 02128 , US
Flew into Logan from Atlanta last week---there are 3 main terminals connected by a free bus system, and you can also walk between them if you are not in a hurry----it took about 20 minutes to walk from A to C.....A is the Delta concourse and C is for Cape Air and Jet Blue going out to the Vineyard and other Islands.
Follow the signs to either ground transportation or to the hallways connectin the concourses.
the main gateway to boston and the New England Area (excluding southern half of connecticut where the gateway is the JFK in New York). Logan International Airport has 103 gate positions total divided among four terminals, A, B, C, and E. All terminals are connected by shuttle buses, as well as between Terminals A, B and E via moving walkways pre-security.Moving walkways also connect the terminals to a central parking garage designed for consolidated service between all 4 terminals and the garage itself.
address is: 1 Harborside Drive, East Boston, MA 02128
The MBTA's Silver Line SL1 bus rapid transit service connects South Station, a major MBTA Commuter Rail, Amtrak, Red Line subway and bus transportation hub in the downtown Boston financial district, with all Logan terminals. Silverline bus tickets are sold in every terminal building to the far right of the lower level. There is also an Airport stop on the MBTA's Blue Line subway service. The Blue Line stop is not in the airport terminal itself; free shuttle buses 55, 22, and 33 provided by Massport bring passengers from the train station to the terminal buildings. The MBTA operates a water shuttle connecting Logan with downtown Boston, Quincy, and Hull. Taxi operations are coordinated at each terminal by Massport. Metered-rates from Logan to the Boston-area hotels range from approximately $25.00 to $50.00. The airport fee for trips leaving the airport is $2.25. Additionally, the city of Boston charges a $2.75 fee for trips to Logan Airport. Airport Shuttle and Hotel Limousine Pickup service is also available. For Terminal A, the pickup location is on the arrival level, outside baggage claim, in a small parking lot across the road. At Terminal E, pickup is also on the arrival level in a small parking lot across the outermost curb. For Terminal B (both American Airlines and US Airways sides), pickup is at the curbside on the departure level at the outermost curb area. At Terminal C, pickup is also on the departure level at the second and third islands from the building.
Most international flights arrive at Terminal E. You can rent a luggage cart to help you move your luggage from the carousel to the exit area. Free bus shuttles are available every 15 minutes to take you between the terminals. Check-in at the designated terminal of your connecting domestic flight. For example, Terminal C is for Jet Blue domestic flights. Here's info of terminals & airlines at Logan airport:
The "Big Dig" has made it much easier to deal with the airport in Boston. Travelling from the south up Rte I 93 you find the signs to the airport and travel under water through the new tunnel for quite a distance...but then you are in the airport property when you come out. Watch the signs carefully for various terminals and their parking areas. Our frined was arriving on United Airlines so we parked, walked into the structure which has a cross over bridge directly into the terminal... and had a very pleasant experience while getting to where we needed to be. The new crossover bridge is bright and attractive, the elevator structure has recordings of birds playing while you wait in a sunny glass enclosure. Very nice! Once in the terminal it was easy to find ticket counters, gates, restaurants (altho some were under construction) and baggage claim, etc. I thought it was all made quite simple in the renovated terminal. We found a quiet place with rocking chairs while waiting for the flight to arrive. We had lunch in Legal Seafoods....delicious chowder!
Logan International Airport (Airport Code is BOS). Direct flights from all major points in the U.S. For international travelers, this is closer to Europe so you should be able to find direct flights to BOS from major European cities like Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Munich, Dublin, London, Paris, Milan, Zurich, Reykjavik, to name a few. From Asia and other continents: Tough! Go through another U.S. point of entry to connect to Logan. No other way around it! The airport offers shuttle buses from all terminals to subway, parking lot, and even to the water taxi.
Not known for anything good, Logan has road construction, terminal construction, very expensive parking, and no easy public transport access from Boston. Not to mention flight delays. But what airport doesn't have most of those things?
We have grown to accept Logan as a part of life in Boston. It may not be good, but it isn't always bad either. Plus, the near constanct construction has starting to come to a conclusion and the results are shaping up well.
One of our favorite things about Logan is landing on a trans-Atlantic flight. It looks like the plane is going to touch down on the water, until the runway appears without a moment to spare!
Logan International is the main airport for Boston. There are 5 terminals for all major US airlines and several international flights from Europe. The airport is located in the harbor just outside of Boston.
For public transportation between the airport and Boston: there is a free shuttle bus service from all the airline terminals to the subway: T-station: Airport (blue line). From this station it takes about 10 minutes to get to downtown Boston.
The airport also has shuttle busses to several rental car companies, all located on the premises.
Logan is a busy airport but it's rather small nonetheless (at least compared to NYC, DFW or LAX airports)... or so it seemed to me when I arrived there. What I loved the most was its location next to the sea and close to the city: you could see the planes taking off and landing from the Inner Harbor area.
The facilities are not too large, as I said, but the airport is conveniently located close to a "T" (subway) station which will take you anywhere in town. There are free shuttles that take you from the different airport terminals to the T station every 10 minutes or so.
I arrived here after a stop-over in Dallas; there are many airlines arriving into Logan but very few direct flights from Mexico -- you have to stop somewhere else in most cases before arriving in Boston.
When we arrived at Logan we caught the Shuttle Bus to the Airport Station on the Blue Line of the subway or The T. The shuttle takes about 5 minutes. The T takes about 9 minutes to get from the Airport Station to the Government Centre in downtown Boston. The station has been rebuilt and was opened on 3rd June 2004. The photo was taken only 4 months before I went to Boston and is from the Wikipedia Internet site. When we got to the Airport Station we found the staff very helpful to people like us who are total strangers to the T, helping us get our ticket from the automatic machines.