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How to Get from Boston Airport to Harvard

Located just 11 km (7 mi) from Boston Airport, Harvard is the oldest university in the United States and one of the most prestigious institutions in the world. Its 350 years of academic excellence have yielded 162 Nobel Prize winners, 8 US Presidents, and 48 Pulitzer Prize winners, among other distinctions. 

Two transportation modes are available from Boston Airport to Harvard. The first is an airport taxi, which takes just 15 minutes in light traffic. The most convenient option is to pre-book an airport taxi with Welcome Pickups, which you can do even if your travel plans are not yet finalised. The second is a combination of shuttle and metro. With a travel time of 1 hour plus waiting and walking time, this option takes longer. 

Welcome Pickups offers meet and greet services and a friendly introduction to Boston at the same price as a regular taxi. Click here to see the cost.

Comparison of the options

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Taxi €35.10 15min 24/7
Shuttle + Metro €4.40 60min 05:40–01:20

How to get from Boston Airport to Harvard by taxi

An airport taxi is the quickest option because of the short distance between Boston Airport and Harvard University. It is also the only direct transportation means, with a door-to-door journey time of just 15 minutes in light traffic.

How much is a taxi from Boston Airport to Harvard University?

Taxis at Boston Airport are equipped with taximeters, and the fare is calculated on a fee per mile. A ride from Boston Airport to Harvard University will cost you about $38 (€35.10) in regular traffic.


$38 (€35.10)

Trip Duration

15 Min.

*Prices vary unless booked in advance.

Value for Money

Taxis are available 24/7 at Boston Airport, but expect a longer wait time during peak hours.

Where do I get a taxi from?

Taxis are available outside the Arrivals Hall of each terminal, except Terminal C. If you arrive at Terminal C, you can find taxis at the Ground Level of the Central Parking Garage.


Taking a taxi can be the best way to continue your journey if you’ve just landed from a long flight. It offers a comfortable and stress-free way to reach Harvard without worrying about managing public transport schedules or dealing with luggage. While it may not be the most budget-friendly option, being non-stop makes it most convenient.

For a seamless, door-to-door transfer between Boston Airport and Harvard, you can pre-book your airport taxi with Welcome Pickups. There will be no waiting at the taxi rank; your driver will meet you as soon as you arrive and will offer a complimentary mini-tour of the area.

Editor’s Note

All taxis in Boston must accept card payments. Your driver may tell you their payment terminal is not working and ask you to pay in cash. To avoid surprises, inform your driver if you plan to pay by card before the ride.

Useful Tips

A 15-20% tip on the fare is customary.
To ensure a safe and reliable taxi ride from the airport, use official taxi stands and avoid unsolicited rides.

How to get from Boston Airport to Harvard by shuttle and metro

A shuttle connects Boston Airport with the city centre. From there, you can catch the Red Line to Harvard. The journey takes around 60 minutes, excluding waiting time.

How much is the shuttle and metro from Boston Logan Airport to Harvard?

The shuttle transfer from Boston Airport is free. A one-way metro ticket costs $2.40 (€2.20) for adults, and children up to 11 ride free. Metro tickets can be purchased at any station.


$2.40 (€2.20)

Trip Duration

60 Min.

Shuttles depart every 12 minutes, and Red Line trains run every 9-20 minutes.


Red Line trains run from 05:06 to 00:02 am on weekdays, 05:29 to 00:44 on Saturdays, and 06:14 to 00:44 on Sundays. Shuttles operate from 05:40 to 01:22 on weekdays and Saturdays and from 05:52 to 01:07 on Sundays.

Where do I get the shuttle and metro from?

To get to Alewife Station, you can catch a shuttle from the arrival level of any airport terminal and ride it to South Station. You will then switch to the Red Line metro, which will take you to Harvard.


Not as convenient as a taxi because of the change at South Station, the combination of shuttle and metro is still decent if you’re looking for an efficient and budget-friendly transport option. The Red Line station has a lift, which is practical if you have luggage. It’s worth noting that the indicative journey time of 60 minutes may be longer if the traffic from the airport is heavy and the shuttle takes longer. Pre-booking a taxi, however, will include a tour of the area and ensure a drop-off directly to your desired destination. 

Editor’s Note

The Silver Line shuttle timetables are different in winter and summer. Use the Journey Planner to find out the exact departure time. Also, remember to check the timetable if you travel on public holidays.

Useful Tips

Download the MBTA Transit app to plan your trips, see when the next bus arrives, and find out how long your commute will be.
Boston is a safe city, but keep an eye on your belongings at all times, both at the stop and inside the bus and the carriage.

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If you feel more relaxed knowing that somebody is waiting for you, you may as well book a Welcome Pickups transfer. As soon as you arrive at the airport you will be greeted by your driver. He will be waiting for you at the terminal of your arrival with a sign that has your name on it. Your driver will help you out with your luggage and together you will make your way to the vehicle. While he is driving you to your accommodation, the driver can give you some tips and recommendations on what to do during your holidays in Boston. Our drivers are hand-picked and speak fluent English. No need to worry about miscommunication issues that you may face with the local taxi drivers regarding your destination. Relax and enjoy your ride.

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Frequently asked questions

How can I get from Boston Airport to Harvard?

You have two options for travelling from Boston Airport to Harvard. The quickest way is to take a taxi or a private transfer that will get you to Harvard in as little as 15 minutes in light traffic. The other option is budget-friendly but not non-stop. You can take a free shuttle from the airport to the city centre and then a metro to Harvard. This should take you 60 minutes, excluding waiting time.

What is the distance from Boston Airport to Harvard?

Harvard is 11 km (7 mi) from Boston Airport. In light traffic, this is a 15-minute journey by car.

What is the cost of a taxi from Boston Airport to Harvard?

Taxis at Boston Airport use a taximeter fare system. You will pay for the distance and the time spent in the car. On average, a trip from Boston Airport to Harvard costs $38 (€35.10) in regular traffic. If you prefer a fixed fare you’ll know in advance with zero wait time upon landing, you can pre-book an airport taxi with Welcome Pickups.

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