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Flying to Boston takes about 1 hour from New York, 1½ hours from Washington, D.C., 2¼ hours from Chicago, 3¾ hours from Dallas, 5½ hours from Los Angeles, 7½ hours from London, and 21–22 hours from Sydney (including connection time). Delta, US Airways, and JetBlue have many daily shuttle flights from New York and Washington.
The Boston Convention and Visitor Bureau's Web site, www.bostonusa.com, has direct links to 19 airlines that service the city. You can book flights here, too.
Airlines and Airports
Airline and Airport Links.com. Airline and Airport Links.com has links to many of the world's airlines and airports. www.airlineandairportlinks.com.
Airline Security Issues
Transportation Security Administration. The TSA has answers to almost every question that might come up. www.tsa.gov.
Boston's major airport, Logan International (BOS), is across the harbor from downtown, about 2 miles outside the city center, and can be easily reached by taxi, water taxi, or bus/subway via MBTA's Silver or Blue lines. Logan has four passenger terminals, identified by letters A, B, C, and E. A free airport shuttle runs between the terminals and airport hotels. Some airlines use different terminals for international and domestic flights; most international flights arrive at Terminal E. A visitor center in Terminal C offers tourist information. T.F. Green Airport, in Providence, Rhode Island, and the Manchester Boston Regional Airport in Manchester, New Hampshire, are both about an hour from Boston.
Logan International Airport (Boston) (I–90 east to Ted Williams Tunnel, Boston, MA, 02128. 800/235–6426. www.massport.com/logan. Airport.)
Manchester Boston Regional Airport (Off I–293/Rte. 101, Exit 2, Manchester, NH, Manchester, NH, 03103. 603/624–6556. www.flymanchester.com.)
T.F. Green Airport (Off I–95, Exit 13, Providence, RI, Boston, MA, 02886. 888/268–7222 or 401/691–2471. www.pvdairport.com.)
Alaska Airlines/Horizon Air (800/252–7522. www.alaskaair.com.)
American Airlines (800/433–7300. www.aa.com.)
Delta Airlines (800/221–1212. www.delta.com.)
JetBlue (800/538–2583. www.jetblue.com.)
Southwest Airlines (800/435–9792. www.southwest.com.)
Spirit Airlines (801/772–7117. www.spiritair.com.)
United Airlines (800/864–8331. www.united.com.)
US Airways (800/428–4322. www.usairways.com.)
Buses or Shuttle Vans
Several companies offer shared-van service to many Boston-area destinations. Ace American provides door-to-door service to several major Back Bay and downtown hotels. (Check their websites for a listing of hotels.) Reservations are not required, because vans swing by all terminals every 15 minutes. One-way fares are $14.50 per person. Easy Transportation is also a shared-van service, which runs from the airport to the Back Bay Hilton, Radisson, and Lenox hotels from 7 am to 10 pm. Star Shuttle operates shared vans from the airport to the Marriott Copley Place and Sheraton Copley, every hour on the half hour, from 5:30 am to 11:30 pm. Logan Express buses travel from the airport to the suburbs of Braintree, Framingham, Peabody, and Woburn. One-way fares are $12.
Ace American (781/580–9521. www.aceamericancoach.com.)
Easy Transportation (617/869–7760. www.easytransportationinc.com.)
Logan Express (800/235–6426. www.massport.com/logan-airport/To%20and%20From%20Logan/LoganExpress.aspx.)
Star Shuttle (617/230–6005. www.starshuttleboston.com.)
Black Falcon Cruise Terminal (1 Black Falcon Ave., Waterfront, Boston, MA, 02210. 617/330–1500. www.massport.com/port-of-boston.)
Carnival Cruise Line. Carnival Cruise Line's Carnival Glory links the East Coast cities of New York City; Portland, Maine; St. John’s, New Brunswick (Canada); and Halifax, Nova Scotia (Canada). 800/764–7419. www.carnival.com.
Holland America Line. Holland America Line's Maasdaam visits New England, Canada, the Caribbean, and Panama. 877/932–4259. www.hollandamerica.com.
Norwegian Cruise Line. Norwegian Cruise Line offers cruises to Bermuda, Canada, Florida, the Caribbean, and Europe. 866/234–7350. www.ncl.com.
Royal Caribbean. Royal Caribbean's Brilliance of the Seas goes to Eastern Canada, New England, and the Caribbean. 866/562–7625. www.royalcaribbean.com.
Rental Cars and Taxis
For recorded information about traveling to and from Logan Airport, as well as details about parking, contact the airport's ground-transportation hotline. Traffic in the city can be maddening; it's a good idea to take public transportation to and from the airport.
When driving from Logan to downtown Boston, the most direct route is by way of the Sumner Tunnel ($3.50 toll inbound; no toll outbound). On weekends, holidays, and after 10 pm weekdays, you can get around Sumner Tunnel backups by using the Ted Williams Tunnel ($3.50 toll inbound; no toll outbound), which will steer you onto the Southeast Expressway south of downtown Boston. Follow the signs to I-93 northbound to head back into the downtown area.
Taxis can be hired outside each terminal. Fares to and from downtown should be about $20, including tip. Taxis must pay an extra toll of $5.25 and a $2.75 airport fee when leaving the airport, which will be tacked onto your bill at the end of the trip. (On the way back to the airport, you'll pay the $2.75 fee again, but not the $5.25 toll.) Major traffic jams or taking a longer route to avoid traffic will add to the fare.
Logan Airport Customer Information Hotline (800/235–6426.)
Metro Cab (617/782–5500. boston-cab.com.)
Town Taxi (617/536–5000.)
The Blue and Silver lines on the subway, commonly called "the T" (and operated by the MBTA), run from the airport to downtown Boston in about 20 minutes. The Blue Line is best if you're heading to North Station, Faneuil Hall, North End/Waterfront, or Back Bay (Hynes Convention Center, Prudential Center area). Take the Silver Line (which is actually a bus with a dedicated lane) to South Station, Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, Seaport World Trade Center, Chinatown, Theater District, and South End areas. From North and South stations you can reach the Red, Green, or Orange lines, or commuter rail. The T costs $2 for in-town travel if you're paying in cash or $1.70 if you purchase a CharlieCard (a prepaid stored-value card). Free 24-hour shuttle buses connect the subway station with all airline terminals. Shuttle Bus 22 runs between the subway and Terminals A and B, and Shuttle Bus 33 runs between the subway and Terminals C and E.
MBTA (800/392–6100; 617/222–3200; 617/222–5146 TTY. www.mbta.com.)
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