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
Ramada and Comfort Inn Hotels are far from downtown boston at 4 miles south in south boston but they are the cheapest hotels in boston area and they offer courtesy shuttle service to/from logan airport and also to the UMass T-Station, Downtown, Hospitals and the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center and they offer it for 24 hours (you just call the lobby direct after 10 pm for pickup at Logan Airport or Umass T-Station for the free service and tip the driver ok. the number is (617) 287-9100). so for the price of just $ 119 for a twin room with free shuttle service, this is a steal!!!
the ramada/comfort inn courtesy shuttles are owned by the Phillips Family Hospitality Group which also owned franchises to both the hotels in the the sprawling Philipps Complex in Dorchester South Boston
Address: 800 William T Morrissey Blvd, Dorchester, MA 02122, USA
We saw a couple of these carriages in a few locations, namly in the area of State street near the Black Rose as well as near the aquarium. I can't actually tell you how much you would pay to ride one here in Boston, but I would say they are somewhere along the lines of about $40-$60 her hour (?)
If you'd like to explore Boston in a different way and on a more personal and leisurely manner you many want to consider hopping a ride on one of these carriages.
There are parking places in the Boston downtown area. Be prepared for high cost, at least from a Midwestern price point. Down at the wharf area, it is $16 a day, and I suspect the other lots closer in to the center are $20+. I did see some private lots that offered lesser rates at about $8-10 a day. There may be a catch, though?
The main arteries coming form downtown are I-90 Turnpike. and I-95 and I-93. There is no real belt loop to get around the suburbs, so traffic can congest when traveling point to point. Be prepared for slow traffic, and road work seemed to be prevalent in a number of areas.
If you live in Boston and don't own or car or if you visit Boston and are a member, a Zipcar is a wonderful way to get around. I've been a member for almost four years now and I love this service. For a small annual rate (Made even smaller thanks to a workplace discount!), I can rent most of the cars for $9 an hour or $80 for 24 hours. They take care of the gas!
Cars are parked all around the metropolitan area and luckily for me, there are many in my neighborhood. This makes it oh so much more convenient!
This is not an exclusive Boston tip. Although Zipcar was founded in my fair city, they are now available at various US cities as well as in London. But truthfully, I think I might be a tad bit frightened at trying to drive on the "other side"!
This easy to use website will tell you how to get from your starting to finishing point by public transportation and taxi. It will give you an estimate on how much it will cost by taxi and how long it will take.
Any rail fan who visits Boston owes it to him/herself to catch the Red Line out to Ashmont and ride the Mattapan line. A throwback to another era, the Mattapan Line runs strictly historic streetcars from the 1940's and 50's. The line itself isn't very long. It's a little over 2 miles long, but it takes you back 50 years. Beginning across the track from the end of the Red Line, the Mattapan Line covers 6 stops to it's terminus at Mattapan. But the streetcars have been wonderfully restored, and the line is an absolute treat to ride.
(My understanding is the Mattapan Line will be temporarily shut down in June 2006 for refurbishing of Ashmont Station. Check with the MBTA for updates.)
Boston has an extensive subway and bus system that can get you to almost every tourist location. Locals call the subway the T - you can find the stops by large Ts in circles.
The T's Boston Visitor Pass give you unlimited subway access for $6 a day; $11 for three days or $22 for a week.
One drawback of the local subway, at least for bar-hoppers, is its hours: The last trains leave downtown around 12:30 a.m. (even though bars in Boston can stay open until 2). On Friday and Saturday nights, the T runs Night Owl buses along subway routes every half hour between 12:30 and 2:30 a.m.
The MBTA's commuter rail can get you to more remote tourist attractions. However, on some lines, schedules are particularly geared to getting commuters to and from Boston, so plan accordingly.
I think they called in the Subway?? but parts of it that we travelled on were like trams.
It is a very cheap means of transportation and real quick too.
Boston is relativley small and easy to walk around also.
Driving North out of Boston on Rt 93 we were able to cross Boston's newest bridge, the Zakim Bridge . An interesting structure, it looks more like a sculpture than part of a roadway! Actually from this picture it looks like a wishbone....or white wire pyramids, or wire hangers.....anyway not much like a bridge. At night it's lit up with blueish purple lights, very cool!
SERVICE ALERT: Green Line Train Service will run to North Station. For passengers seeking service to Science Park and Lechmere, substitute bus service will run between Government Center and Lechmere. Please see Transit Updates for more information.
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.
This is a very nice and clean station. Bus (greyhound,...) train and metrostation all in one. The bus station is brand new and has a nice little foodcourt. The trainstation also is very nice with a larger food court. It lies near the centre (not worth a detour though). Luggage can be stored at the BUSstation but it is complicated so your better ask someone there (i asked someone in the trainstation and they had no idea?!). There is regural bus service to NYC and a bus to Maine (destination Bangor/Bar harbor) once or twice a day.
South Station is excellent. If you want a train, bus, or just to take a look, it's worth the trip. There are food booths inside, but they are expensive. Lots of variety, though. It's tiny compared to Penn Station or Port Authority, and it's very clean and comfortable.
I love the lighting; it is airy and bright.
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