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Whether you’re interested in food, sports, history, art, or architecture, Boston caters to a wide range of travelers and offers plenty to see and do. The Greater Boston area, which is home to world-renowned institutes such as Harvard and MIT, also attracts a sizeable student population that lends Boston a young and energetic vibe. To decide when to visit the city, you may want to look at not just the weather, but also the college terms and break schedules which may contribute to large crowds while visiting popular attractions.

From summer through fall, Boston hosts numerous festivals and events including Boston Pride, the Boston Film Festival, Boston Harborfest, and several other culinary and sports events. With average temperatures around 70 – 75 degrees Fahrenheit, June – October is a good time to visit Boston. Do note that in August – September the city sees a huge influx of student communities and their parents, who arrive just before the start of the new academic year. From November – February, the city is often covered in snow. If you don’t mind average temperatures of 40 – 50 degrees Fahrenheit, then visit Boston during this time and take advantage of the cheap hotel rates. You can also plan your visit around events such as the St. Patrick’s Day Parade or the Boston Marathon in March – April.


Boston flight deals found on momondo

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Spirit Airlines
DTW
05 Sep
Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County airport
1h 53m
BOS
Boston Logan Intl airport
Spirit Airlines
BOS
23 Sep
Boston Logan Intl airport
2h 07m
DTW
Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County airport
83 USD
Spirit Airlines
Spirit Airlines
DTW
24 Aug
Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County airport
1h 53m
BOS
Boston Logan Intl airport
Spirit Airlines
BOS
27 Aug
Boston Logan Intl airport
2h 05m
DTW
Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County airport
89 USD
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Frontier
DEN
10 Sep
Denver Intl airport
4h 03m
BOS
Boston Logan Intl airport
Frontier
BOS
18 Sep
Boston Logan Intl airport
4h 50m
DEN
Denver Intl airport
97 USD
United Airlines
United Airlines
DEN
23 Oct
Denver Intl airport
3h 56m
BOS
Boston Logan Intl airport
United Airlines
BOS
28 Oct
Boston Logan Intl airport
4h 46m
DEN
Denver Intl airport
97 USD
Spirit Airlines
Spirit Airlines
ATL
31 Jul
Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson airport
2h 32m
BOS
Boston Logan Intl airport
Spirit Airlines
BOS
24 Aug
Boston Logan Intl airport
3h 02m
ATL
Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson airport
108 USD
Spirit Airlines
Spirit Airlines
DTW
02 Jul
Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County airport
1h 53m
BOS
Boston Logan Intl airport
Spirit Airlines
BOS
05 Jul
Boston Logan Intl airport
2h 05m
DTW
Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County airport
109 USD
JetBlue
JetBlue
JFK
20 Aug
New York John F Kennedy Intl airport
1h 20m
BOS
Boston Logan Intl airport
JetBlue
BOS
21 Aug
Boston Logan Intl airport
1h 07m
JFK
New York John F Kennedy Intl airport
167 USD
American Airlines
American Airlines
DCA
20 Aug
Washington Reagan-National airport
1h 28m
BOS
Boston Logan Intl airport
American Airlines
BOS
21 Aug
Boston Logan Intl airport
1h 36m
DCA
Washington Reagan-National airport
139 USD
United Airlines
United Airlines
IAD
30 Jul
Washington Dulles Intl airport
1h 39m
BOS
Boston Logan Intl airport
United Airlines
BOS
31 Jul
Boston Logan Intl airport
1h 30m
IAD
Washington Dulles Intl airport
147 USD
American Airlines
American Airlines
DCA
03 Sep
Washington Reagan-National airport
1h 28m
BOS
Boston Logan Intl airport
American Airlines
BOS
04 Sep
Boston Logan Intl airport
1h 43m
DCA
Washington Reagan-National airport
139 USD
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Delta
PHL
11 Jul
Philadelphia airport
1h 29m
BOS
Boston Logan Intl airport
Delta
BOS
12 Jul
Boston Logan Intl airport
1h 49m
PHL
Philadelphia airport
127 USD
Spirit Airlines
Spirit Airlines
DTW
24 Aug
Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County airport
1h 53m
BOS
Boston Logan Intl airport
Spirit Airlines
BOS
27 Aug
Boston Logan Intl airport
2h 05m
DTW
Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County airport
89 USD

Which airlines fly to Boston?

There is a wide choice of non-stop domestic flights from various U.S. destinations to Boston. You can choose from American Airlines, jetBlue, Cape Air, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines, Alaska Airlines, Sun Country Airlines, Virgin America, Penair, Southwest Airlines, Spirit Airlines, and Tradewind Aviation.


How to get from the airport to Boston city center?

Below you will find all the airports in Boston along with the distance from the city center
Boston Logan Intl
2 mi from city center

Boston Logan International Airport (BOS)

Boston Logan International Airport, located in the East Boston neighborhood, is approximately 4 miles from Downtown Boston. There are several ways to get from the airport to the downtown area.

Logan Express

The Logan Express bus service is a convenient way to travel between the airport and Downtown Boston. The non-stop service drops off passengers at 2 Back Bay locations, Copley Square on St. James Avenue and the Hynes Convention Center. Buses leave from the airport every 20 minutes, and the one-way fare is $7.50 USD. Travel time is approximately 20 minutes.

Buses and subway

The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) operates the Silver Line Bus Rapid Transit service to and from Downtown Boston. The Silver Line Route SL1 is the best way to reach South Station Rail and Bus Terminal, for further connections via commuter rail, Amtrak, local buses, and the subway. The SL1 service is free, and includes a free transfer to the Red Line. However, be aware that there is no room to store luggage on these buses.

MBTA run Blue Line Subway is another option to travel from the airport to State Street station in Downtown Boston. You’ll need to use the Massport operated free shuttle bus #22, #33, or #55 for transfers from the airport terminals to the MBTA Blue Line Airport Station. This ride takes approximately 8 – 10 minutes, while the ride from the Airport station to State Street station takes 5 minutes. The fare for the subways is $2.75 USD.

Shuttles, limousines and sedans

There are several private companies that operate from the airport and offer limousines or sedans for door-to-door drop off, or shuttle services to the neighboring counties.

Taxis

Taxis are available at the curbside on the Arrivals Level of each terminal. Typical fares range from $18.00 USD – $28.00 USD depending on traffic. There is an $8.00 USD surcharge for rides originating from the airport. The ride to Downtown Boston takes 13 – 15 minutes.

Water taxis

MBTA operates Harbor Express water shuttles from the airport to Long Wharf in Downtown Boston. The ‘CharlieTicket’ costs $18.50 USD and the journey is 12 minutes. Use the Massport operated shuttle bus #66 for a free transfer from any airport terminal to the Logan Water Transportation Dock. The shuttle ride takes 5 minutes. There are a couple of private companies that offer water taxi services from the airport to Boston’s waterfront, including Rowes Wharf, Boston Inner Harbor, and Long Wharf. Based on the service provider you choose, one-way fares range from $12.00 USD – $20.00 USD per person, including luggage storage charges.

Car rentals

All rental car companies operate out of a consolidated Rental Car Center (RCC). You can also check online for deals on car rentals with momondo.


Popular routes to Boston

Most frequently searched flights to Boston along with the cheapest price and shortest flight duration
Los Angeles to Boston
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How to get around in Boston?

Boston’s downtown area is not just compact and walkable, but also quite scenic, especially along the waterfront. Many of the popular attractions are within a short distance of each other. To cover further distances, you can rely on the city’s excellent public transport network.

Public Transportation

Boston’s public transport is run by MBTA, which operates a large and efficient network of buses, subways (called ‘T’), and water taxis. A single ride fare is $2.75 USD for subway rides and $2.00 USD for local buses. A day pass costing $12.00 USD allows unlimited travel on subways, buses, commuter rail in Zone 1A, and the Charlestown Ferry. Water Taxi fares range from $3.50 USD – $18.50 USD based on the route.

Taxis

Taxis are widely available and can be flagged down in the street. Ride-share options such as Uber and Lyft are also easily available throughout Boston.

Cycling

Boston’s bike-sharing program, Hubway, offers access to over 100 bike stations across the city. For a 24-hour pass that costs $8.00 USD you can enjoy unlimited 30-minute rides.


What are the visa and passport requirements when flying to Boston?

No visa is required for domestic travelers within the U.S. For foreign nationals, please check the U.S. Department of State website.


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Additional info and tips about visiting Boston

Things to do and places of interest in Boston

Boston’s beautiful blend of modern and traditional reflects in several aspects. Charming and historic mansions sit alongside glossy skyscrapers, tiny boutiques compete with massive shopping malls, and the vibrant and lively Theatre district offers a stark contrast from the chic and sophisticated Back Bay neighborhood.Here are a few suggestions on what to see and do when you visit Boston.

  • Tour the popular sights such as the North End, Quincy Market, the USS Constitution, the Bunker Hill Monument, Chinatown, the Theater District, Boston Public Gardens, and the Prudential Center building’s Skywalk Observatory.
  • Art lovers should visit the iconic Institute of Contemporary Art, while museum lovers will enjoy visiting Boston Children’s Museum, the Mary Baker Eddy Library, and the Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum.
  • Learn about Boston’s history and hear stories of the American Revolution when you opt for a Freedom Trail Walking Tour. You’ll pass popular sights such as the Old State House, Boston Common, Faneuil Hall, the Bunker Hill Monument, and several other monuments and churches.
  • Stroll along the waterfront, enjoy street performers and musicians, and sample the freshest seafood at popular restaurants in this area.
  • Enjoy some retail therapy at Newbury Street, Boylston Street, and Faneuil Hall Marketplace.
  • Catch a baseball game at Fenway Park, the oldest Major League Baseball park.
  • Head to Cambridge in the Greater Boston Area, for campus tours of Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Tips and tricks for visiting Boston

Invest in a Go Boston Card

The Go Boston Card offers an all-inclusive pass for 1, 2, 3, 5, or 7 days, which is worth considering when visiting Boston. The pass gives you significant savings on over 40 sights and attractions, and the price ranges from $57.00 USD for a 1-day pass, to $175.00 USD for a 7-day pass.

Avoid driving

If possible, avoid driving within the city. The streets are narrow, traffic jams are common, and parking is both scarce and expensive. Instead, rely on the excellent MBTA operated public transport network, or your own 2 feet.