A Guide to Airports in New England

Logan International Airport, Largest Airport in New England
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As you research flights to New England, you have a number of options regarding the best airport for your trip. New England is a relatively compact region comprising six states, so if you're willing to travel a little farther than the closest airport to your destination, you may be able to find better airfare deals. But Logan International Airport in Boston, New England's largest and busiest airport, will likely have the most flight options available. Besides the major players on this list, there are a number of small airports, like Barnstable Municipal Airport on Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard Airport, and Nantucket Memorial Airport for summer visitors.

Logan International Airport (BOS)

Takeoff from Logan Airport Boston
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  • Location: Boston, MA
  • Best If: You're flying internationally
  • Avoid If: You dislike crowds
  • Distance to Copley Square: A 10-minute taxi will cost about $30. You can take multiple forms of public transportation, ranging from the train to the ferry. The cheapest method is taking the free Silver Line bus to South Station, which takes between 15 and 20 minutes, depending on your terminal.

Some 41 million people (as of 2018) catch flights in and out of Boston Logan International Airport each year, making it New England's largest and busiest airport. If you're flying abroad, there's a good chance you'll be departing from Logan, as the airport has nonstop flights to destinations across the Americas, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. But it's also a great domestic airport—it's a hub for Delta and Cape Air and a focus city for JetBlue. That said, as the busiest airport in the region, it's also the most crowded, so the lines can get quite long at security and immigration.

The pro? It's incredibly easy to travel between downtown Boston and Logan via both public and private transportation, taking away some of the hassle of flying through the airport.

Bradley International Airport (BDL)

Hartford Bradley Airport Sunset
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  • Location: Windsor Locks, CT
  • Best If: You're in Southern New England
  • Avoid If: You want to fly nonstop to most international destinations
  • Distance to Hartford: A 20-minute taxi will cost about $45. There's also a bus that takes 30 minutes and costs $1.75.

Bradley International Airport is located in Windsor Locks, Connecticut, and primarily serves customers from throughout Connecticut and western Massachusetts. Bradley is southern New England's busiest commercial airport and is second only to Logan in the region for the number of passengers it serves each year—that number was 7 million in 2018. The airport flies nonstop to 24 U.S. cities, plus Cancun, Dublin, London, Montreal, and Toronto. The nearest city to the airport is Hartford, Connecticut. Boston is just about two hours away, and New York is 2.5 hours away.

Manchester-Boston Regional Airport (MHT)

  • Location: Manchester, NH
  • Best If: You hate crowds
  • Avoid If: You want a variety of flight options; you're flying internationally
  • Distance to Downtown Manchester: A 15-minute taxi will cost about $20. A 30-minute public bus ride will cost $2.

Manchester-Boston Regional Airport is located in Manchester, New Hampshire, about 50 miles north of Boston. It primarily serves customers in New Hampshire and Maine, although Bostonites who find a good deal will fly out of here, too. In 2018, the airport served just under 2 million passengers, but the count has been declining for the last 13 years from its peak of 4.33 million passengers. The airport has routes to just a handful of U.S. cities, primarily the hubs of its four airlines: American, Delta, Southwest, and United.

T.F. Green Airport (PVD)

  • Location: Warwick, RI
  • Best If: You're flying internationally but want to avoid Boston Logan; you're heading to Rhode Island
  • Avoid If: You're flying in or out on the day of a Patriots game
  • Distance to Downtown Providence: A 15-minute cab will cost about $20. A 40-minute train ride on the MBTA commuter rail will cost $3.25. You can even continue on to Boston for $12—it takes about 75 minutes from the airport.

T.F. Green Airport in Warwick is the best alternative airport to Boston Logan, offering a handful of nonstop international flights (Canada, Dominican Republic, and Ireland) and domestic ones to about two dozen U.S. cities. As a smaller airport—4.3 million passengers traveled through here in 2018—you'll hardly ever find lines here. There are excellent connections to a number of nearby cities, including Boston (via trains and buses) and New York (via train).

NFL fans take note: Green Airport is the official airport of the New England Patriots, and on game days, special event trains leave right from the airport for Gillette Stadium. Want to fly away to catch the Patriots at an away game? Green Airport makes that easy, too. Just be aware that you might experience more crowds on game days whether you're coming in or heading out.

Burlington International Airport (BTV)

  • Location: South Burlington, VT
  • Best If: You're coming from/going to the northern reaches of Vermont, New Hampshire, or New York
  • Avoid If: You want to fly direct anywhere beyond Atlanta or Denver
  • Distance to Downtown Burlington: A 15-minute taxi will cost about $20. You can also take the public bus, which takes 30 minutes and costs $1.25.

Burlington International Airport is located in South Burlington, Vermont. In 2017, just under 580,000 passengers flew through the airport, making it one of the least crowded (and therefore one of the easiest airports to get through) in New England. There are just 12 nonstop routes to the U.S. focusing on the East Coast and the Midwest, plus a nonstop flight to Toronto. The airlines that fly here are American, Delta, Frontier, JetBlue, Porter, and United.

Portland International Jetport (PWM)

  • Location: Portland, ME
  • Best If: Maine or Southern New Hampshire is your final destination
  • Avoid If: You'd prefer a smaller airport
  • Distance to Downtown Portland: A 15-minute taxi will cost about $20. A 25-minute public bus ride will cost $1.50.

Portland International Jetport is located in Portland, Maine, and primarily serves the southern part of the state, plus southern New Hampshire. With more than 2 million passengers flying through the airport annually, it falls on the busier side of the spectrum, meaning things can get a little more crowded than at Maine's other airport in Bangor. American, Delta, Elite, Frontier, JetBlue, Southwest, and United fly to Portland nonstop from a number of East Coast and Midwest cities.

Bangor International Airport (BGR)

  • Location: Bangor, ME
  • Best If: You're traveling to central or northern Maine
  • Avoid If: You want diverse flight options
  • Distance to Downtown Bangor: A 10-minute cab will cost about $15. There's no public transportation option.

Bangor International Airport is located in Bangor, Maine, and is much less crowded than PWM—it only serves a quarter of the passengers, with just under 500,000 traveling through in 2017. That does mean, however, there are limited flights, primarily to cities along the East Coast, plus Chicago and Houston.

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