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Transportation from Airport to Downtown

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Transportation from Airport to Downtown

It seems that none of the hotels downtown have shuttles to and from the airport?? We don't want to rent a car for the first couple days we spend on the East Coast - but it seems like we will be spending close to $20 to shuttle from the airport to downtown... does anyone have any ideas on how to get to the downtown hotels without the large shuttle or taxi fee??

We are trying to stay at the Omni, Marriot Copley or Wyndham...

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1. Re: Transportation from Airport to Downtown

You can take the T from the airport. You can catch the shuttle at ground transportation which will drop you off at the Blue line Airport stop. Take the Blue line into town 3-4 stops. You may have to switch to a different line depending on where you are staying. If you don't have the stomach for public transportation, a cab will probably cost you around $15 depending on where you stay. Finally, under no circumstances should you rent a car simply to get from the airport to your hotel. First, the roads are very confusing. Second, you'll have to pay for parking. A day or two of that and the cost will far surpass the cost of a taxi.

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2. Re: Transportation from Airport to Downtown

The shuttle buses between the airport terminals and the subway station are free. Subway fare is $1.25. The system is color-coded and easy to navigate; the line which passes through Airport Station is called the Blue Line because most of its route is close to the ocean. Boston's rapid transit lines run "inbound" (towards downtown) and "outbound" (away from downtown.) So from the airport you'll want to be on the inbound side. Let us know which hotel you end up reserving a room at, and we - or someone at the hotel when you book - can tell you where the nearest "T" stop is. Logan Airport is within the city limits and only about a 10-minute ride from downtown.

The MBTA offers a "visitor's pass" that's good for one, two, or five days. But it's not very cost-effective unless you plan to be hopping on and off a fair number of buses and trains.

If you're visiting from Denver, from my experience that city's public transit system doesn't hold a candle to that of Boston. People grumble about the occasional train delay, and the recent fare increase, but we have a good thing going.

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3. Re: Transportation from Airport to Downtown

Whatever hotel you end up reserving...call the concierge and get an estimate on the fare for a cab. It should be around $15-$25 (the concierge can get you an accurate estimate) but well worth it. I believe downtown fares have a posted rate at the cab stand at the airport.

I travel often in and out of Boston and the blue line (Subway) to and from the airport is economical but after dragging your luggage on the shuttle to the subway and through the turnstiles and possible stairs (can't gauruntee the escalators are ever working), waiting for the train and most likely you will have to switch lines at least once... You'll be happy with a cab, easy to jump into and being in the city and to your hotel within 10 minutes. After a long flight, you won't be in the mood to look at your subway map, find the shuttle, cart your bags and fight crowds.

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4. Re: Transportation from Airport to Downtown

Airport Station is newly remodeled. Now the shuttle-bus stop and the train platforms are on the same level. A major improvement, visually too.