How to Travel From Logan Airport to Boston by Public Transit, Car, and Shuttle

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Boston Logan International Airport

Boston, MA 02128, USA
Phone +1 800-235-6426

Boston Logan International Airport is the largest airport in Massachusetts and New England, serving as a transportation hub for all of the neighboring states. It's not far from the city center so getting to and from the airport is a breeze with easy options. If you want the cheapest option, there's a free bus that picks up passengers directly from the terminal and brings them to downtown Boston. Taxis are even quicker and not overpriced, making them a great option for door-to-door transit. Shared van services are also available, but those are best for affordable trips outside of the city center.

  Time Cost Best For
Public Transit 20–30 minutes Free Fast and cheap transportation
Car 15–25 minutes From $25 Door-to-door convenience
Shuttle 30–40 minutes From $20 Traveling outside the city center

What Is the Cheapest Way to Get From Logan Airport to Boston?

When it comes to the cheapest method to get from Logan Airport to downtown Boston, you can't beat free. The Silver Line of the bus system, or SL1, picks up from all terminals of the airport and brings passengers directly to South Station in central Boston. The ride is free for trips that start in Logan Airport, but if you're heading from the city center to the airport you'll need to pay the standard bus fare (which is only $2).

And just because it's free doesn't mean it's slow. The Silver Line is also one of the fastest ways to get to the city center, as the ride only takes about 20 to 30 minutes depending on traffic. If you need to get to other parts of Boston—such as Harvard in Cambridge—you can transfer to the Red Line of the subway at South Station for free as well. For travel from the airport, the Silver Line is a nearly unbeatable option.

What Is the Fastest Way to Get From Logan Airport to Boston?

For those traveling with a family or lots of luggage, taking the bus to South Station may not be the most convenient option. Going by taxi takes almost the same amount of time as the bus, but with the advantage that it will take you directly to the door of your final destination. Taxis are available directly outside of the terminal while ride-sharing vehicles—such as Uber or Lyft—have a designated pick-up location that's only five minutes from the terminal on foot. Taxis start at about $25 and ride-sharing is usually a few dollars cheaper, not including a tip for your driver.

If you're renting a car, you can also drive yourself and quickly get to any destination in downtown Boston. A car is convenient to have if you'll be traveling throughout New England or are staying in the outer parts of Boston. Otherwise, parking is expensive and you can easily travel around the city by subway or on foot.

Is There a Shuttle Service to Boston?

Shuttle companies offer shared van services from Logan Airport to the surrounding area, including Flight Line and GO Boston Shuttle. The price depends on your exact destination and which company you choose but a ride to the downtown area starts at roughly $20 per seat. The journey can be relatively quick if you're the first person to be dropped off, but it could potentially drag on if you're unlucky enough to be the last person dropped off. If you're going out to farther areas of Boston then using a shared van is a good way to balance out costs with convenience, but if you're only going to downtown then it's likely cheaper and faster to use a ride-sharing service.

When Is the Best Time to Travel to Boston?

Logan Airport is less than 5 miles from the city center, so traveling between them is always relatively simple and shouldn't be more than 15 minutes by car. If you happen to be commuting during weekday rush hour in the morning or evening, it can take up to 30 minutes. If using public transit, the Silver Line bus doesn't run between 1:30 a.m. and 5:30 a.m., so be sure to make other arrangements for a late-night arrival.

For the best weather, head to Boston between June and October. The summer months are especially busy, but the city is alive with outdoor concerts, Red Sox games, and enjoying drinks on outdoor patios. Fall is also a popular time to visit and can be very crowded, but the autumn colors and the changing trees are a worthwhile experience. Winter in Boston can brutally cold, so pack lots of layers and warms clothes if visiting during this time. If you're visiting in spring, the weather is starting to warm up and the summer crowds have yet to arrive, and you may even be able to catch Patriots' Day celebrations and the famous Boston Marathon if you plan your trip right.

What Is There to Do in Boston?

Whether you're coming for the fall foliage, American history, or a warm bowl of New England clam chowder, Boston is a city that has something for everyone. As one of the first major cities in the colonial U.S., Boston is teeming with history. The Freedom Trail is a 2.5-mile trail that covers several important landmarks in the city, such as the church where Paul Revere started his famous ride. One of the most engaging experiences is the daily reenactment of the Boston Tea Party, an unforgettable way to learn about this momentous event in American history. Later you can grab a bite at Quincy Market, which has over 30 stalls specializing in freshly-caught New England seafood and other delicious bites.

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