More than 40 airlines operate at Logan International Airport (BOS), offering nonstop flights to 120 cities. Flying (actual air) times to Boston from New York average 1 hour; it’s 1½ hours from Washington, D.C., 2¼ hours from Chicago, 3 hours from Miami, 3½ hours from Dallas, 5½ hours from Los Angeles, 6½ hours from London, 13 hours from Tokyo, and 20 hours from Sydney. Delta, American Airlines, and JetBlue run daily shuttle flights from New York and Washington, D.C.
The Boston Convention and Visitor Bureau's website (www.bostonusa.com, 1-888-733-2678) has direct links to worldwide airlines and national bus lines that service the city. You can book flights here, too.
Boston's major airport, Logan International (BOS), is across the harbor, barely 2 miles from Downtown, and can be easily reached by taxi, water taxi, or bus/subway via MBTA's Silver or Blue line. Logan’s four passenger terminals are identified by the letters A, B, C, and E. Free airport shuttle buses run 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 is in Terminal C. Worcester Regional Airport (ORH), T.F. Green Airport (PVD) in Providence, Rhode Island, and Manchester Boston Regional Airport (MHT) in New Hampshire are about an hour's drive from Boston.
Logan Airport Customer Information Hotline. 800/235–6426.
Logan International Airport (Boston). I–90 east to Ted Williams Tunnel, Boston, Massachusetts, 02128. 800/235–6426; www.massport.com/logan-airport.
Manchester Boston Regional Airport. Off I–293N/Rte. 101W, Exit 13, Manchester, New Hampshire, 03103. 603/624–6539; www.flymanchester.com.
T.F. Green Airport. 2000 Post Rd., off I–95, Exit 13, Warwick, Rhode Island, 02886. 401/691--2471; www.pvdairport.com.
Buses or Shuttle Vans
Several companies offer shared-van service to many Boston-area destinations. Most provide door-to-door service to several major Back Bay and Downtown hotels. Reservations are not required, because vans swing by all the terminals every 15 minutes. One-way fares are $17 (less for each additional person). Easy Transportation runs sizeable vans from the airport to the Back Bay Hilton, Radisson, and Lenox hotels from 6 am to 9 pm. Star Shuttle operates shared vans from the airport to the Marriott Copley Place and Sheraton Copley, every hour on the half hour, from 7:30 am to 2 am. The best deal is Logan Express, with buses from the airport to the suburbs of Braintree, Framingham, Peabody, Woburn, and Back Bay. One-way fares are $12 to the suburbs and $7.50 to Back Bay; accompanied children under 10 ride free.
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.
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 ($2.05 each way). On weekends, holidays, and after 10 pm weekdays, you can get around Sumner Tunnel backups by using the Ted Williams Tunnel ($2.05 each way), 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.