I've heard horror stories about the big dig in Boston. How hard will it be to get rental car, exit the airport and get on I 93 N? Thanks much!
Go to google or mapquest for directions from the airport to 93 North. It's an easy drive through the Williams Tunnel, but if you're picking up a car outside of the airport, just check directions from the location.
The Big Dig is over. That's not to say there isn't traffic but the construction is over, though be aware that there is some construction on 93 North.
When will you be making the drive?
It is easy. If using a rental at logan, there is an entrance to the Ted Williams right there. The signs to 93 are well marked. If using one off logan, still easy but I would follow signs for the sumner tunnel.
The big dig ended the backups on the airport side of the tunnel, but it didn't stop the backups on 93 north of the city. What day and time of day will you be making this journey?
During the afternoon rush hours between 4PM and 700PM I93N is busy.Edited: 09 July 2011, 02:33
And usually worse on Fridays than other days of the week.
It is actually shorter to use the Sumner Tunnel than the Ted Williams to get to 93 North. (Ted Williams is better for South). Depending on what time of day you are driving you can hit traffic, but there's nothing to do about it, so grin and bear it. It's very easy to get from the airport to the tunnel. It's pretty well signed.
And yes, Big Dig construction is long over, finally!Edited: 09 July 2011, 12:28
If you have a 7 o'clock flight, you can't leave Burlington at 5. Especially on a Friday. Thirty or forty minutes is okay for a normal commute, but at that time, it could easily be over an hour. Traffic will be VERY "messy", as you put it. Don't forget, you'll have to turn in your rental car, too. Can you leave at 3 or 4?Edited: 09 July 2011, 13:41
Agree with Alan - jfoot - that is cutting it way too close.
Think about hiring a car service like Boston Coach. You won't have to drop off your rental and a person familiar with the area, may be able to skirt SOME of the traffic.