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    Carriage Rides

    by Gypsystravels Updated Feb 3, 2010

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    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.

    Riding a Carriage during St. Patrick's Day

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    Zakim Bridge

    by kazander Updated Jul 30, 2004

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    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!

    Zakim Bridge
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    Vehicle

    by BruceDunning Written Oct 15, 2008

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    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.

    Road consdtruction alert Winding route toweard DAnvers Commercial centers all along the suburb routes Traffic from all directions
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    Parking Available

    by BruceDunning Written Oct 16, 2008

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    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?

    Prking ast the wharf charge Designated places to park on map
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    GREAT WEBSITE FOR KNOWING HOW TO GET AROUND TOWN

    by ForestqueenNYC Written Aug 2, 2008

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    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.

    http://www.hopstop.com/

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    Zipit with a Zipcar!

    by garridogal Written Sep 2, 2008

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    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"!

    Me and my zipcah!
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    Airport by public transport

    by Jozzzef Written Mar 30, 2004

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    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.

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    Plane, train, bus ,...

    by Scottyj36 Written Sep 7, 2002

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    Plane, train, bus , automobile, ship
    Driving in Downtown Boston can be stressful, traffic is heavy, and roads are narrow.
    Best way is to rent a bike, there are several stands around the downtown area to rent them.

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    South Station

    by TempNomad Written Jan 7, 2004

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    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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    Okay, this is more of an...

    by acemj Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Okay, this is more of an activity than a transportation tip, but if you go to the Public Garden next to Boston Common, you'll see a pond in which you can take a ride on a pedal-powered swan boat. The kids will love this activity. The swan boat company is a Boston tradition and has been operating since 1877.

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    Boston has a fairly decent...

    by sjvessey Written Aug 25, 2002

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    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.

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    Ramada Inn and Comfort Inn Courtesy Shuttle

    by machomikemd Updated Oct 26, 2010

    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

    more shuttles the courtesy shuttle me inside ramada inn boston
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    Avis Rental at Logan Airport

    by rudysmom626 Written Aug 12, 2012

    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
    (1) 617-561-3500

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    By Car

    by machomikemd Written Jul 10, 2014

    why go on Car rental if you have friends willing to take you around the famous sights of boston hehehe. Since I was here for 1 week, 2 of these were with my friends as I have informed them far in advance of my arrival so that they can take a day or two off from work and tour me around some of the attractions of Boston and Cambridge and the rest of the days, I did with the boston Trolley tours. and the best deal here is that they would even treat you out for the meals.

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    Mattapan Line

    by jasperdo Written Jun 15, 2006

    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.)

    Mattapan Line at Ashmont Station Mattapan Station Emblem on Mattapan Line car Interior of Mattapan Line Car Interior of Mattapan Line car

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There's one simple rule for driving in Boston:  Don't do it.  The traffic and helter-skelter street pattern confounds even the locals.  The good news is, the city is very...

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