By Airplane, Boston
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.
Logan International Airport is Boston's airport. It is located a short cab or T ride from downtown. All major US airlines fly into Logan and many international flights from Europe stop here.
On domestic flights, if you are on a tight budget and someone doesn't mind driving an hour each way to pick you up, fly into Providence. I have done this twice and have saved about $35 each time.
The airport can easily be reached by metro and then a shuttle bus. Be sure you know which terminal to go to because you need to know which bus to take (although you can get information there). I think these busses are free. Prices for food/magazines/drinks can not be more expensive (regulations) at the airport then in the city centre so you do not need to stock up in the city.
Logan International was my "gateway" to Europe in the summer of 2003. My transatlantic airfare from Boston across the pond was surprisingly good - actually, it was significantly lower than anywhere else on the eastern seaboard - I don't know why. Many improvements have been made at Logan in recent years in an attempt to make it a more attractive international "hub". The ticketing hall in particular is a modern, efficient, and architecturally stimulating place. Flying out of Boston was easy. The downside was coming back to Boston from Europe. I found the customs facility to be woefully understaffed and the baggage claim equipment to be ridiculuously antiquated.
Logan Airport is New England's largest and busiest, which is one of the country's most delayed and has the worst surface transportation system of any airport I've seen. Assuming you've successfully landed at Logan, the first thing you'll want to do is leave. This is horrifying for anyone in a car, so take a cab or limo.
Taxi: Boston cabbies are simply insane. Some try to take the longest route possible, preying on the ignorance of out of towners. Still others- well, they've done some crazy stuff. If your hotel is downtown, your best bet is to take the one of the two original city-airport tunnels, the Sumner. Unless there's a car fire in the Sumner, there's no sense in taking the newer (longer) Williams Tunnel. If you're staying in the Seaport Hotel or somewhere outside the city, the Williams might, however, be a good alternative. Best to pay attention to your surroundings and drive time to make sure the cabbie's not leading you astray, even in the worst traffic it shouldn't take more than 40 minutes to make it from the airport to a downtown hotel.
Transit: Taking public transport to and from the airport can be tricky, and isn't advisable if you have alot of bags to carry. To take the subway downtown you'll have to hop a Logan shuttle. I've never taken a Logan Shuttle myself, but I've read some bad stuff about how slow and inconvenient they are. Nevertheless, they're free, and do serve the entire airport. Once in the station, take the inbound Blue Line (toward Bowdoin). You can also take ferries across the harbour from Logan. Board Logan shuttle bus 66 to the ferry terminal, where a variety of water transportation options await.
Advantages to Logan? It's crowded, outdated, delay-prone, and a mess to navigate. It has its rewards, though- its propinquity to downtown, and second, your landing is likely to feature a spectacular panorama of the city skyline. If you like to fly, but realize that Logan is the pits of airports, try one of the regional airports instead, such as Manchester (NH) or TF Green (in RI).
Boston's Logan Airport is the largest & busiest airports in the New England. If you're headed to the city of Boston by air, Logan is your best option. It's located very conveniently, less than 2 miles from downtown, across the harbor from the city. It's a very easy 10-20min ride by public transportation. There're several tunnels that connect the island that Logan Airport is on to the city proper. You can get to Boston from the airport by car, taxi, bus, or subway.
I discovered how unwise it is to fly standby to Boston the weekend after Presidents' Day (usually the 3rd week in Feb). Many schools in New England have that week off, so it is a popular family vacation week. Anyway, that plus a blizzard earlier in the week meant there were a lot more people wanting to go to Boston's Logan airport than there were seats available. If you ever find yourself in this situation, see if you can fly into Providence, RI instead. TF Green airport is becoming a viable alternative to Logan. And the Bonanza bus runs from TF Green to Boston just about every hour for $19 one-way. See the website for schedule. They also go to other Massachusetts and New England destinations. The bus ride from TF Green to Boston's South Station takes about an hour and a half.
I took the plane to Logan but I guess there is more ways of geting there.
The T takes you to most places and it seems to work most of the time (maybe I was lucky). It is a bad place to drive around in. Not only beacause of the constant building sights, not including the Big Dig, but also beacause the bostonian drivers seems to have a different approach to driving than the rest of the world (western at least).
Logan International Airport (BOS) is the principal means of access to the city, with non-stop/direct flights from all major cities in America and the principal ones in Europe. Note; Logan is a mere 3 miles outside downtown, like San Diego's airport, so you'd better get used to the experence of coming up close and personal with the Boston skyline while taking off and landing.
Put one foot in front of the other. Yes, Beantown is that easy to negotiate. And if your feet get tired, there's always the MBTA.
Plane: Logan International Airport is expensive to fly into. If you have the time, fly into Providence,RI and take a shuttle to Boston. You will save substatially!
The 'T' by far. Besides the early closures (12:30am) there are no reasons to use any other form of transportation.
For details; www.mbta.com
4 hours drive from New York by car. Scenic View.
Logan airport is the main hub for all airlines.
There are so many constuction getting into the city. Be careful, have a good map amd watch for signs and crazy drivers.
By air to Logan Airport.
Logan was not as bad as I had heard it was. Someone I know who avoids Logan at all costs flies into Providence, Rhode Island and rents a car to get to Boston--says it's faster than the trip from Logan. However, I don't know why ANYONE would want a car in Boston. There must be something else going on in Providence that I don't know about. LOL
Fly into Boston Logan International Airport, but be prepared for some traffic once you arrive!
AVOID DRIVING if possible--traffic is a b*tch! Take the T--it's basically their subway and is very reasonable priced and probably the best way to get from place to place. That or walk--we always seemed to walk everywhere.
Boston has a fairly decent airport (Logan International), and a lot of carriers fly there. The airport is close to the downtown area, and there are three ways of getting into the city.
a) take a taxi. This will cost between $10 and $20 depending on exactly how far you're going and the time of day.
b) take the Water Shuttle across the harbour, once the free shuttle bus has carried you from the terminal to the dockside. From memory, this is about $7 one-way. You hit land again by the Boston Harbour Hotel. Not recommended if you have a lot of luggage or your final destination isn't downtown.
c) take the T - Boston's version of an underground metro system. The T is actually pretty good and only costs 85 cents (soon to go up to $1) for a one-way journey anywhere on the system. Once again, a free shuttle bus takes you from the terminal to the T-stop.
If you're staying fairly central, Boston is small enough to walk, so long as you're not in that much of a hurry. You can walk from downtown to the Hancock Tower and Copley Square in about 30 minutes.
For longer journeys, take the T. After it closes down around midnight or so, you're going to have to take a cab.