Whether you're a first-time visitor to Boston or a seasoned local, navigating the city can be a challenge. From public transportation to getting around on foot, there's a lot to know about moving around Boston. Hopefully we'll be able to share some useful tips and tricks for getting around the city like a pro. So whether you're looking to avoid traffic congestion or find the best walking routes, read on for some helpful advice. Happy travels!
The MBTA is an affordable, efficient and widespread way to get around the city of Boston. With a variety of options from trains, buses and ferries, accessing nearly every corner of the city is easy and convenient. While MBTA fares depend on the distance being traveled, all are within reasonable range and make it cost-effective for long-distance trips. Additionally, many MBTA stops are located close enough to local attractions that walking to get there is an option as well. All in all, public transportation in Boston gives access to the entire city while still providing ways to save money, while remaining convenient for many visitors and residents alike.
If you're going to be using the MBTA or "The T" to get around Boston, you're going to need to get the CharlieCard, you can purchase a pass for a variety of fares and travel anywhere on the MBTA's subway and bus lines. Best of all, you don't have to wait in line to buy one. The cards are available at any MBTA station and are simple to add value or purchase passes on. Getting around Boston is becoming easier and easier thanks to this level convenience and design. Having your own transit card (Charlie Card) is exciting and so easy to use! Once you get it, you can totally customize it to match your needs. You can quickly load it up with money and then use it anywhere the bus, subway, or commuter rail goes. No more rummaging through pockets for change or searching for exact bills; just tap your card and you're good to go anywhere!
Driving into the city can be tricky, and the one-way streets can make it seem impossible. Before driving in, make sure you know where you're going and are aware of any one-way streets that could throw a wrench into your plan. Not only that, but be on the lookout for parking restrictions so you don't find yourself in a tricky situation or with a heft parking fine further down the line. Being mindful of these two points will help ensure a less stressful travel experience when driving into the city. But of course if you're not familiar with Boston we would really recommend against driving. Not only are the roads confusing but they are also narrow, congested, and full of pedestrians.
Best opt to walk around the city if you wish to avoid public transportation, and take note of the pedestrian-friendly routes, of which there are many. Over the past few decades, Boston has transformed itself into a walking city and luckily for those who prefer two feet on the ground, there are plenty of pedestrian-friendly routes - especially downtown. If you're navigating the streets by foot it's best to avoid heavily trafficked intersections, as they can often be quite dangerous. If you're unsure of the best way to get around, local maps are your friend and a great tool to keep in mind.
All in all, navigating Boston doesn't have to be intimidating or overwhelming if you do your research beforehand. Understanding public transportation options and pedestrian-friendly routes, and you avoid using your car if at all possible!