South Station, Boston Transportation

South Station, Boston

Boston Transportation


Boston Logan International Airport (BOS) is one of America’s busiest passenger airports with lots of domestic, Canadian and European flights. MBTA Blue Line subway travels from BOS Airport to State Street and Government Center in downtown Boston. BOS Ferry to Downtown: You can also take the ferry from BOS Airport to the Downtown’s Rowes Wharf, which is a viable option to reach waterfront hotels. To reach the ferry, first, visit the nearest information desk in a BOS terminal. AIRPORT TERMINAL MAP

Taxis: From the lower level roadway of BOS airport to the closest points downtown costs $18; to Prudential Center costs about $20. Around town, taxis are usually abundant, but large conventions often draw many of them away from downtown to Prudential Center, Copley Square, and the main convention center near South Boston. Boston Car Rental Center is located on BOS premises for walkable access to airport terminals.

Train Station

South Station multimodal transportation center teems with Amtrak trains, commuter rail, heavy rail, Greyhoound, Peter Pan buses, regular buses and a major taxi depot. South Station is also a great people place for its historic architecture, cafes, shops and art exhibits. Note the monument to A. Phillip Randolph. The station hosts these Amtrak routes:

Acela: Boston-Providence-New Haven-NYC-Philadelphia-Baltimore-DC
Northeast Regional: Boston-Providence-New Haven-NYC-Philadelphia-Baltimore-DC-Richmond-Newport News
Lakeshore Limited: Boston-Springfield-Rochester-Buffalo-Cleveland-Toledo-Chicago

North Station has an Amtrak Downeaster route from Boston to Portland, Maine.

Amtrak’s Acela and Northeast Regional trains leave Boston for New York City, Newark, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington every hour. Business travelers catch Amtrak Acela from Boston NYC to Washington in 3 hours 35 minutes. People with less than Acela budgets take the Northeast Regional train which runs a half-hour longer.

Though delayed by the pandemic, nextgen Acela trains featuring speeds up to 160 mph begin service in fall 2023. They will run more frequently, produce shorter trip times, and include more amenities for an exceptional passenger experience. See Amtrak Acela journey towards world-class service.

Rapid Transit

MBTA Rail Transit and commuter train service is abundant and a great compliment to this walking-friendly city. Known as the “T”, the nation’s oldest and 4th busiest Metro rail (subway) and light rail system have several downtown Boston stations that are not air-conditioned. They can be hot during the summer. Familiarize yourself with four T lines that intersect downtown and have stations at or near 90% of tourist sites. You’ll want to avoid driving and parking downtown Boston, if possible.

The Green line splits into four (B, C, D, E) branches southwest bound after the Copley Square station, but only the B and E are listed: MBTA RAIL SYSTEM MAP

Blue Line: Airport, Aquarium, State Street, and Government Center
Orange Line: North Station, Haymarket, State Street, Downtown Crossing, Chinatown, South Station, Massachusetts Ave, Roxbury Crossing
Red Line: JFK/U. of Massachusetts, South Station, Downtown Crossing, Park Street, Kendall/MIT, Harvard
Green Line: Science Park, North Station, Haymarket, Government Center, Park Street, Boylston, Arlington, Copley and then (E) Prudential, Symphony, Northeastern U., Museum OR (B) Hynes Convention Center, Kenmore, Boston U, Boston College

Back Bay Station and North Station are important commuter rail, heavy rail, light rail and taxi stations to locals. Four daily commuter rail lines extend from those stations deep into metro Boston suburbs:

Framingham/Worcester Line
Needham Line
Franklin Line
Providence/Stoughton Line


Black Heritage Trail
Self-guided walking tour of African American historic sites in Beacon Hill. Sites include Underground Railroad stations, former schools and homes, 54th Regiment Memorial, African Meeting House; brochures available at African National Historic Site.
ADDRESS: 46 Joy Street, Boston, MA
PHONE: 617-742-5415

Cambridge African American Heritage Trail
Self-guided walking tour of American historic sites; sites include the former home of W.E.B. Du Bois, the former home of nation’s first African American novelist, William Wells Brown), and former home of Maria Baldwin.
PHONE: 617-441-2884

Freedom Trail
A 2.5 mile walking trail through Boston that connects 16 historical sites linked to the American Revolution; informative and engaging costumed characters travel the Trail during the summer; Tours: June 29-September 1; Saturdays and Sundays 11am & 1pm; Tours last 90-minutes and begin at the Boston Common Visitor Center
FEES: $12 Adults, $6 Children
ADDRESS: 3 School Street, Boston, MA
PHONE: 617-227-8800

Portsmouth Black Heritage Trail
Only an hour north of Boston in New Hampshire, Portsmouth has a lovely historic district located on New Hampshire’s 27 miles of seacoast; the Black Heritage Trail provides a brochure outlining a self-guided walking tour of 24 marked sites, interpreting 350 years of Black history in New Hampshire and a comprehensive resource book.


Major Cruise Lines
Running April-November, the cruise season boasts numerous vessel calls, sailing north along the New England and Canadian coastline, south to Bermuda, or across the Atlantic to Europe. These major cruise lines depart from Cruiseport Boston, which is only 10 minutes from the airport:

– Holland America
– Princess
– Royal Caribbean International
– Celebrity
– Cunard

Cruiseport Boston
ADDRESS: One Black Falcon Avenue
PHONE: 617-330-1500

Moonlight Cruises
A great after-dinner treat! Marvel at the sunset to nightlife transition of Boston’s skyline from the harbor; theme-oriented Replica Steamships provide historic tours of Boston Harbor, every 60 minute-on-the-hour tours, 90-minute Sunset Cruises, and 90-minute Moonlight Cruises; Live entertainment cruises.
DAYS & HOURS: most cruises start at 8 pm from late May-early October
ADDRESS: Boston Steamship Company at 60 Rowes Wharf
PHONE: 617-542-8000

Spirit of Boston Cruises
Abundant seafood and dancing bring you a lively cruise experience of Boston Harbor. Lobster lunch & dinner cruises May-Oct; holiday cruises, Nov-Jan; special rates Jan-April. Air-conditioned and holds up to 600 passengers; 6 hours of complimentary parking at the Seaport Hotel parking garage.
ADDRESS: World Trade Center, Suite 75 at 164 Northern Ave

Boston Harbor Cruises
Whale watching cruises, Harbor Islands ferry, or harbor sightseeing tours from Boston; whale watch is Boston’s only 3-hour trip; ride a high-speed catamaran or Sunset Cruise; cruises run May-October.
ADDRESS: One Long Wharf
PHONE: 617-227-4321


Boston Freeways: Central Artery and Ted Williams Tunnel to BOS airport, and bridges have all finally completed. It is now possible to leave BOS airport via I-90, bypass the traffic at Sumner Tunnel and go to Copley Square or points west. Zakim Bridge over the Charles River speeds you to points north of Boston. Memorize these freeways, tollways, and tunnels:

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