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  • Logan International Airport

    by zChris Updated May 27, 2003

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    Logan in the Fog

    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 It's crowded, outdated, delay-prone, and a mess to navigate.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).

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    Logan Airport

    by dracko Written May 13, 2003

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    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.

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    Alternate Airport: Providence, RI / Bus to Boston

    by diver-x Written Feb 27, 2003

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    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.

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    I took the plane to Logan but...

    by Spader Written Aug 26, 2002

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    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).

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  • Logan International Airport...

    by pdm Updated Aug 26, 2002

    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.

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  • Plane: Logan International...

    by mcav0y Written Aug 25, 2002

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    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.
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    4 hours drive from New York by...

    by ceswho Written Aug 25, 2002

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    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.

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    By air to Logan Airport.Logan...

    by rids Written Aug 25, 2002

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    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

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    Fly into Boston Logan...

    by donovanel Written Aug 25, 2002

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    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.

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    I flew via Air Canada from...

    by Carmanah Updated Aug 24, 2002

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    I flew via Air Canada from Vancouver to Ottawa which took about 4 hours. I then switched planes (to the smaller one you see in the photo) all the way to Boston's Logan Airport. The flight from Ottawa to Boston took about an hour. If you're further away than a day's drive from Boston, I'd highly suggest flying into the city.
    Photo: Moments after touching down in Boston, here I am posing outside of the plane that brought me there. Photo taken by Brent on May 30, 2002.

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    Take a direct plane, or fly to...

    by norway Written Aug 24, 2002

    Take a direct plane, or fly to Kennedy airport New York and rent a car.
    Drive along the coast. Many fine places on your way. Newport is burned into memory cause the night jazz club me me remember for untold reasons.

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    Fly in to Boston Logan

    by ladyfisher Written Aug 24, 2002

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    The metro (underground) very cheap 85cents any where in the city. Not the cleanest I've seen DC is far better but you can't beat the price. They also have water taxi's you can buy week end or all day passes.

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  • Long distance travelers should...

    by TDay Written Aug 24, 2002

    Long distance travelers should fly. Boston 'Logan' airport is very easy to get in and out by plane. Most of the larger airlines have many flights daily.
    If you are planning to stay inside the Boston city area, then the 'T' (Subway) is the best means to get around. It stops within a block of most of the tourist areas and there prices are very reasonable. $0.84 for oneway journey no matter what the distance. The Bus is also suitable to use and it gets you see things. There are some bus-tours with guides, but I did not try them. You can also purchase a week card. Travel outside the city area, then I recommend you use the a rental car.

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    Logan Airport

    by el_ruso Written Aug 2, 2005

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    The airport is very modern and clean, and is really the nicest airport I have seen in the US, and one of the best anywhere. The view from here is about as good as you will get to see.

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    United eFares rule!

    by jessicadf Written Nov 17, 2003

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    Gimme that foot!

    If you can catch a cheap eFare, go for it! After taxes, this trips airfare cost $289.50, round trip from San Francisco. Mmm hmm... yes!

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