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Boston - Travel Information

Boston Travel Information


Getting to and around Boston can be tricky, but with a few tips, you can swing it easily. Boston harbor is a prime New England spot with many options for transportation, such as by plane, train, bus, and highway. Logan International Airport (BOS)is less than 5 miles from downtown while South Station is a major railway and bus artery. Additionally, the Boston Park Plaza is accessible off both Interstate 90 (the Massachusetts Turnpike, or "Mass Pike”) and Interstate 93 (the John Fitzgerald Expressway).

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By Air:

Boston is primarily served by Logan International Airport (BOS)(1-800-23-LOGAN). Other possibilities are T.F. Green (PVD) in Providence, RI (1-888-268-7222) and Manchester/Boston Regional Airport (MHT) in Manchester, NH (1-603-624-6556).

Though Boston is the largest metropolitan area in the United States which does not serve as a hub for any full service airline, Logan Airport serves as a focus city for AirTran Airways, American Airlines, and JetBlue Airways. Delta Air Lines and US Airways also carry out many operations from the airport, and all major airlines fly to Boston from all or the majority of their primary and secondary hubs. (Wikipedia).

About 4 miles from downtown, BOS provides many options for transportation to the hotel. Taxi service and rental car services are available at the airport. Detailed information about ground transportation options is available on the airport's website. The following information serves as estimated one way amounts.

  • Individual taxi $22-$30 – Taxis are regulated by the Boston Police Department
  • Shuttle/Shared van $17
  • Sedan or limousine $65 and up
  • Public transportation (bus or Light Rail) $2.00 (involves 1 transfer)

If you prefer public transportation from the airport, you can get there via the T (subway). Follow the signs in the airport to Airport Station. Take the Blue Line inbound (toward Bowdoin) to the Government Center stop. Transfer to the Green Line Westbound (any of the lines will do – B, C, D, or E, they all go to Arlington before splitting off – Just DON'T head toward Lechmere). Exit at the Arlington stop. Walk one block south on Arlington (away from the public gardens). Take the first left at Park Plaza and enter the hotel. Alternatively, you could take the SL1 (Silver Line Shuttle) bus to South Station and follow the directions from South Station to the hotel in the train or bus section below.

To return via public transportation, simply reverse the directions. Walk back to the Arlington stop (left out of the hotel, first right onto Arlington). Take the Green Line Eastbound (toward Lechmere). Transfer to the Blue Line at Government Center headed outbound and exit at Airport Station. Or follow the directions back to South Station below and take the SL1 (Silver Line Shuttle) to Airport Station.

 

By Train:

Boston is easily accessible by both train and bus.

South Station is the closest Amtrak station in Boston, which located at 2 South Station, Summer Street and Atlantic Avenue, Boston MA 02110. Amtrak trains run 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Visit Massachusetts and Save 20% rail fare with purchase of a full- fare adult ticket. Check out http://www.amtrak.com/servlet/ContentServer/AM_Content_C/1246042714351/1237405732514        for additional details.

Once you are at the South Station, the hotel is a short taxi trip. Or, refer to the "By Bus" section below for subway directions between South Station and the hotel.

 

By Bus:

If you prefer to take the bus, South Station also services Greyhound and Peter Pan bus lines. Greyhound offers discounts for purchasing online and purchasing in advance. And if you buy a full-price fare, you can get up to 3 companion fares at 50% off

To get to the Park Plaza from South Station with minimized walking, get on the Red Line and head inbound (toward Alewife). Transfer to the Green Line Westbound (any of the lines will do – B, C, D, or E, they all go to Arlington before splitting off – Just DON'T head toward Lechmere). Exit at the Arlington stop. Walk one block south on Arlington (away from the public gardens). Take the first left at Park Plaza and enter the hotel.

For the return trip to the airport from South Station via public transportation, walk back to the Arlington stop (left out of the hotel, first right onto Arlington). Take the Green Line Eastbound (toward Lechmere) to Park Street. Transfer to the Red Line headed outbound (toward either Ashmont or Braintree) and exit at South Station.

 

By Car:

The Boston Park Plaza is just off accessible via Interstate 90 and Interstate 93 in Boston. For detailed driving directions to The Boston Park Plaza, click here. For GPS systems, The Boston Park Plaza's street address is 50 Park Plaza, Boston, Massachusetts 02116. Valet parking is available at the hotel for $26 for up to 8 hours and $46 per night. For conference attendees who tell the valet they are part of NEAIR, we have arranged a special overnight valet rate of $40 per night.

Other parking options include:

  • Boston Common Garage. This garage is one of the cheapest options and is near both Green and Red line T stops. Rates are $11 for all day on the weekends. Other rates can be viewed here. Note – this garage is located below Boston Common. Address: 0 Charles Street, Boston MA 02116
  • Pilgrim Parking. Rates are $20 daily. Click here for more information. Address: 8 Park Plaza, Boston MA 02116.
  • Central Parking Systems. Rates are up to $35 daily and $14 for evening parking. Click here for current rates. Address: 10 St. James Ave, Boston MA 02116
  • Motor Mart Garage. Rates are up to $31 daily. Click here for information. Address: 201 Stuart Street, Boston MA 02116.
  • There are many other parking options in the near vicinity, although they can become very pricy. Many garages have cheaper evening rates. Keep your eye out for the blue sign with the white P for public parking. Just beware of when the garages close.
  • Also consider garages a little further out if you don't mind taking the T into the city. There are ample commuter rail stations and end of the line garages on the subway.
  • For other notes on parking, see the City of Boston's website.

 


 

Getting Around Once You're Here:

When you're in Boston, you're feet away from almost everything. Many of Boston's hotels, attractions, restaurants and nightlife are located within comfortable walking distance of each other, and it's likely you'll find everything you need (or want!) within a short distance of the hotel. You can see just what's in walking distance from where you're staying by checking the walking radius feature on Boston Visitors' Guide at http://www.boston.com/travel/boston/.

When or if you decide you don't want to walk, Boston is easily accessible by subway and bus. It is cheap and easy to get to most points of interest by using the T.

The closest subway station to Boston Park Plaza Hotel is one block north at Arlington Station on the green line. The closest bus stations are St James Avenue and Arlington Street to the west and Charles St Street and Park Plaza to the east. The bus/ subway fare costs $2.00. For detailed routes and directions, click here.

The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority operates commuter and local bus routes, metro subway, light rail, and bus services around the Greater Boston area. Call the MBTA (617) 222-3200 or visit http://www.mbta.com for more information about and their other services.

If you can get your hands on a plastic "Charlie Card”, which are occasionally distributed within major stations, you get discounted fares of $1.70. Note these cards come with a zero balance and must be pre-loaded before use.

 

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