Getting around Boston

When visiting Boston, there are several ways to travel in the city. It can be difficult for tourists to navigate Boston's streets and parking can be expensive. Luckily for visitors, it is easy to get around Boston without a car.

**The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA)**

Visit Boston's recommended transportation

The MBTA, known to locals as the "T", is the public subway, light rail and bus system that serves the Boston area. It travels nearly everywhere, including to Logan Airport and the train stations. Tickets can be bought from electronic vending machines at the T stations, and fare cards can be bought from some T stations and local stores, as well as the MBTA website. The MBTA bus system is extensive, traveling to places than the subway system does not. Transfers between the T and the bus are easy and inexpensive. Read more...

Rental Cars and Taxis

If you plan to travel far outside of Boston, renting a car may be useful. Otherwise, it may be preferable to rely on public transportation and avoid expensive parking fees and difficult driving. Taxis are available at the airport and throughout the city. Aside from renting a car or hiring a taxi, Boston has a variety of other ways to explore the city.

Sightseeing Buses and Boats

Sightseeing buses are commercial tour buses which run frequently and stop at or near many hotels and local attractions. A fee is paid to use the service, and you can disembark at any location you want, and re-board the next bus to another destination when you are ready. There are also amphibious vehicles, often referred to "Duck Boats" or "Duck Tours" which give tours both on land and in the water.

Biking and Walking

For those who want to get exercise and fresh air, biking and walking are easy in Boston. Many of Boston's main attractions are centrally located and are within walking and biking distance. A non-profit known as Walk Boston offers walking routes and maps of the city's neighborhoods as well. It is recommended that you wear sturdy shoes if you plan to walk extensively, since many of Boston's roads are uneven cobblestone.