If you think that because Boston is one of the most historic places on the continent, it will be stuffy and boring, then you're wrong. Yes, it is chock full of historic sites, monuments and museums, and is celebrated for, among other things, a little incident that sparked the Revolutionary War. But flying to Boston appeals to more than just history buffs. Beyond John Adams and Paul Revere, Bunker Hill and the Freedom Trail, there is a tremendous variety of attractions for visitors to Boston to enjoy.
Every kind of nautical activity — sailing, fishing, powerboating, diving, and more — is within reach in Boston. There is also a flourishing arts scene, with more museums and galleries than you can shake a stick at, plus performing arts of every stripe with tickets available for opera, symphony, repertory theatre, and dance. The nightlife has a distinctly Celtic flavour and revellers take cheap flights from far and wide for a Boston pub crawl. Speaking of parties, true to its Irish roots, Boston is the best place outside of Dublin to celebrate St. Patrick's Day.
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Boston's primary airport is Logan International Airport (BOS). Although there are other airports nearby offering flights to Boston, including Manchester Boston Regional Airport (MHT) and Worcester Regional Airport (ORH), Logan is the largest and busiest airport in New England and tends to have the best selection of Boston flights.
Toronto has the most direct flights to Boston of any Canadian city. Air Canada and Porter both fly direct to Boston from Toronto, as do many US carriers such as American Airlines, United, and US Airways. Montreal and Halifax also have some direct flights, but from most other places in Canada you will connect to Boston through Toronto or a US airport. WestJet only flies to Boston through connecting flights on its partner airline American Eagle.
St. Patrick's Day is when Boston comes alive with parades and revelry but, as with any big-name event, you need to plan ahead to take in the festivities. Book travel to Boston for St. Patrick's day as far in advance as you possibly can, since flights and hotels start to sell out long before March rolls around and fares increase as airline tickets become scarce.
Aside from March, summer is Boston's peak tourism season when the weather is warmest and visitors from all over the world descend on New England. This is the best time for family travel because the attractions which cater to it are in full swing, with extra programs for kids and more frequent service on thrilling attractions.
Some attractions, especially those on the water, wind down or close during the fall and winter, but Boston has tons to see and do all the time, making it a great destination to visit year-round.This off-season (November through February) is a terrific opportunity for culture vultures and others interested in indoor activities to save on cheap Boston flights and avoid the crowds.
Being on the coast, Boston's weather is known for being unpredictable and changeable from day to day, if not hour by hour — so dressing in layers is a must and pack your rain gear just in case.
There are four passenger terminals at Logan International Airport (BOS) — Terminals A, B, C, and E which each have their own arrivals area and ground transportation facilities. Check your tickets if you are taking a connecting flight and make note of which terminals your flights arrive and depart from, allowing plenty of time to transfer if necessary. There is a free shuttle bus that transports passengers between terminals.
From the airport, there are several options for getting to Boston:
Bus: The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (also called MBTA or "the T") public transit system is both cheap and extensive, and the most convenient option for getting into Boston is the Silver Line bus rapid transit service. It picks up passengers at each terminal and therefore you don't need to transfer to the T station by shuttle. These special buses have lots of room for luggage and standard T fares apply.
Train: Logan Airport subway station is on the Blue Line. The station is in a separate building and can be reached by taking the free Massport shuttle bus. Tickets to most destinations in Boston are $2 with cheaper prices if you use a prepaid CharlieCard.
Boat: MBTA operates water shuttles to Logan Airport from Quincy and Hull. Take the Massport shuttle to the Logan dock and board the appropriate ferry for your destination. Ferries to Hull are only available on weekdays, while those to Quincy operate every day and tickets are cheap at less than $2, the same as on other MBTA modes of transport. Alternatively, you can take a water taxi from the dock at a cost of $10 USD per person.
Taxi: Taxis are available from each terminal at the curb outside baggage claim. Fares to destinations in Boston's city centre are typically $25-$50 USD and trips take approximately 30 minutes depending on traffic.
Car Rental: A rental car can be particularly useful if you are flying to Boston to explore New England. For a smooth arrival and the best deals and discounts, it is better to book your vehicle in advance with the rental company of your choice. Vehicles cannot be rented on-site at Logan airport, however you can contact the car rental companies using the courtesy phones in each baggage claim area to request a pick up from the airport. Car rental shuttles will collect you from the third curbside island at each terminal and take you to their off-site rental facilities to collect your car.
Other Services: Depending on where you are headed after your Boston flights, there are numerous other ground transportation options from Logan airport. If someone is picking you up, Logan has a cell phone waiting lot where they can stand by until your flight arrives and then pick you up in at the curb. Limos and other chauffeured car services can be hired and are available from the curbside island. Logan Express is a private bus service offering non-stop bus routes to regional destinations such as Framingham and Peabody, and shared-ride shuttle vans are also available. If you're travelling with a group, there's always the option of booking (in advance) a private party bus to start your Boston trip on a high note.