How to get from Boston Airport to Downtown Boston
Boston, also known as the “Cradle of Modern America,” as it is where the American Revolution started. It's history and culture can still be felt across the city, from the old cobblestone roads beneath the trees to rows of brownstones against modern structures. Whether you are in Boston to visit the celebrated Freedom Trail - 16 historical sites that are placed across the city - see a Boston sports game or if you want to try the all famous New England clam chowder, there is something for everyone in the city of Boston.
After landing at Boston Logan International Airport (BOS), you have 3 different transportation options to make your way downtown; you can take a taxi cab or private shuttle, the Boston subway or the Silver Line airport bus. Taking a taxi or private transfer from Boston airport to Boston city centre is always the best way to travel as they are available 24/7 and offer door-to-door services straight to your Boston Accommodation. Your second option is to take the “T” line subway, a great way to travel as it avoids the intense Boston traffic. And lastly, your most cost-savvy option is to take the free SL airport shuttle bus to downtown.
Comparison of the options
| OPTION|| PRICE|| DURATION|| AVAILABILITY|
| Taxi || €21|| 10min|| 24/7|
| Subway || €4.60|| 30min|| 06:00–00:30|
| Bus || €0|| 30min|| 05:30–00:30|
How to get from Boston airport to city centre by taxi
Taking a taxi or private transfer from Boston international airport to downtown is a great way to avoid any hassle when travelling with children or heavy luggage, as the journey to the city centre only takes 10 minutes. Moreover, nothing is better than jumping into an air-conditioned vehicle, having your personal belongings taken care of and being driven to the door of your Boston accommodation, especially if you are new to the city.
Taxi fare from Boston airport to the city centre
Boston taxi cabs calculate their prices using a taximeter, so based on the time and distance travelled to your exact location within the city. The price of a trip to downtown Boston costs around $25 USD (€21). Please note that this price excludes any tip you wish to give to your driver and all taxi cabs leaving Boston airport need to pay an airport surcharge of €2.30 ($2.75 USD).
However, if you wish to travel at a flat rate fare, with no hidden fees, it is recommended to pre-book your Boston private shuttle online.
Choosing a taxi for your Boston transportation service is a very convenient option as taxis are always available at BOS airport. Moreover, the travel time to downtown Boston is very short, so instead of going through the hassle of navigating your way through Boston’s public transportation, grab a cab and enjoy their door-to-door services.
Nonetheless, taking a Boston airport taxi means unforeseen fees and tolls. If you wish to travel on a fixed rate fee, you can always pre-book your Boston airport transfer online.
It is customary to tip your taxi driver in Boston; a tip of around 15% is the norm, however if your cab driver provided assistance with luggage and offered friendly conversation you can always leave a 20% tip.
It is important to know that an extra $2.75 USD (€2.30) will need to be paid by the passenger as an airport toll fee.
Make sure to check that the taximeter has been reset and is running before you start your Boston airport transfer to the centre.
How to get from Boston airport to city centre by subway
A great way to travel from Boston Logan airport to Boston city centre is by taking the "T" subway using the Blue Line. Boston’s Public Transportation System is a great way to avoid the city's heavy traffic and is also more cost-savvy than taking a taxi.
Please note that you will firstly need to take the free Massport shuttle bus (Route 22, 33, or 55 to "MBTA Blue Line") that can easily be found outside each terminal. The bus will drop you off directly in front of the Airport Station where you can carry on your journey on the subway.
How much is a ticket on the Blue Line from Boston airport to the city centre?
As the first part of your journey is on the free Boston airport’s Massport shuttle bus, you will only need to buy a ticket for the subway. Prices vary on your final destination within the city centre however a standard one-way ticket to the closest part of downtown costs $2.75 USD (€2.30).
However, if you are planning on using Boston’s public transportation system during your stay, it is highly recommended to buy a CharlieCard, as they offer convenient prices on both the bus and the subway.
$2.75 USD (€2.30)
There is an average waiting time of 5 to 10 minutes for the Blue Line.
The Blue Line runs daily from 06:00 to 00:30.
Where do I get it from?
The Massport shuttle bus stops in front of all Boston airport's terminals and will then drop you off directly at the airport station, where you can find the Blue Line subway.
Taking the Boston subway line from Boston airport to downtown is a great option for those travelling on a budget as the first part of the journey is free and the second part is low cost. However, having to change over from the airport bus to the subway line can be tedious if you are travelling with children or heavy luggage, especially after a long flight. In addition to that, as the Massport shuttle bus stops operating before the subway, you might end up having to take a taxi to the airport station.
Please note that the subway times vary depending on peak and off-peak times. Peak times on weekdays are from 07:00 - 09:00 and 16:00 - 18:30 where trains arrive every 5 minutes. Off-peak and weekends trains arrive every 10 minutes.
The Massport shuttle bus operates daily from 10:00 - 18:00, after these hours you will have to find your own way to the airport station, either by taxi or by bus.
It is important to know that the price of your Blue Line subway ticket is set depending on your final destination within Boston city centre.
How to get from Boston airport to city centre by bus
Another great public transportation option - and a free one too - is to take the Silver bus line from Boston international airport.
The bus is a fast transit service and serves the South Station Rail & Bus Terminal, for connections to Commuter Rail, Amtrak and to the Red line, as well as providing connections to various destinations in Boston, such as Cambridge, downtown Boston, Harvard University Massachusetts, and the General Hospital MIT.
Moreover, the Silver line SL1 is a convenient option as it provides drop-offs and pick-ups directly in front of each terminal at Boston Logan airport.
How much is a bus ticket from Boston airport to the city centre?
The Silver line shuttle bus is always free from Boston airport to the city centre.
There is an average waiting time of 10 to 15 minutes for the Silver bus line.
The Silver line is available daily from 05:30 to 00:30.
Where do I get it from?
The SL1 bus picks up and drops off at every Boston Logan airport terminal.
This Boston airport transportation option is great, especially for those travelling on a very small budget. Not only does the Silver line bus provide a free service to downtown Boston, it runs fairly frequently. Nevertheless, as it is a public transport option, you will have to find your way from the bus stop in the centre to your hotel or accommodation within the city.
It is good to know that there are no shuttle transfers needed to get to the Silver line bus and there is plenty of room to store your luggage on the bus.
Please note that the Silver line bus (SL1) is is accessible for the disabled.
Make sure you are heading in the right direction when boarding the bus; to reach the city center, head towards Northwest / Alewife.