What are some of the best ways to get around Boston?

It’s no secret that Boston is a complex city to navigate. Between the confusing road layout and the lack of parking, it can be tough to find your way around. That said, there are some great tools for those who aren’t familiar with geography. Here are some of the best methods we’ve found.

1-Google Maps:

Google Maps

This is our personal favorite. With its combination of directions and public transportation options, Google is great for getting around the city. Plus, you can quickly pinpoint your location using GPS to figure out where that street you’re looking for actually is. If you’re on a mobile device, it’s even easier: tap on the blue dot and select “Directions.” You can also search for businesses (like restaurants) or public transit routes by typing in their names. It’s a powerful tool that makes navigation simple.

2-car

car

If you still want to navigate the city by car, there are a couple of good tools for finding parking. The first is LaneSherpa, an app that gives you a list of nearby parking spots and estimates their prices. It’s convenient because you can view the options by neighborhood, price range, or time you need the place to be available. If you’d rather have someone else do all the driving, try ParkWhiz, a service that connects drivers with nearby parking spots. Once it finds your location, it shows all nearby parking options in drop-down menus. You can even call up a map to see which areas would be best suited for your car usage.

Boston Car Service is one of the best car-sharing services useful for navigating Boston without taking on the headache of driving a car yourself.

3-Uber

Boston’s lack of a robust public transportation system means that Uber is a great way to get around. You can sign up for an account in seconds and order an Uber from wherever you are. The app shows a map with your current location, and it keeps track of where you’ve gone for the duration of your ride. If you have time to kill, you can also look up nearby restaurants or show the route to your destination on the app.

4-Bike Sharing

Bike Sharing

If public transportation is the most convenient way to get around, bike-sharing may be an excellent way to go. Bikes are available to rent at kiosks in many locations around the city. The process is super simple: you pay either with a credit card or through a mobile app and get access to a bike that you can return to any other station. Citibike is just one of many options available in the city, including several stations beyond Boston proper.

5-Bus

If you’re staying close to points of interest like the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center or Fenway Park, switching to the bus may be a good way for you to navigate. Like trains and streetcars, buses are an easy way to get around the city. The MBTA (Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority) offers routes all over town for passengers of all ages, and it even provides a variety of night buses for late-night riders.

6-Water Taxi

If you’re trying to get from the North End to Charlestown or even down to Logan airport, look into getting a water taxi. It’s a great way to get around without dealing with traffic or parking, and they’re very affordable. The MBTA (Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority) has several routes along the harbor and can drop you off right at your destination.

7-Streetcar/Trolley

Streetcar/Trolley

Boston’s streetcar system is small, but it can be helpful if you’re trying to get around town on a budget. Most of the routes are in busy areas like Chinatown or the Back Bay, so it’s not particularly useful for getting around outside those neighborhoods. However, if you want to see Boston from the comfort of air-conditioning, it may be a good option for you.

8-On Foot

Walking is a great way to get around if you’re comfortable walking and don’t mind a bit of a hike. It’s free, and it’ll tone your calves! You can see many attractions by foot from downtown, like the Fenway or even the Prudential Center.

Why should you travel to Boston?

travel to Boston

Boston is a jewel waiting to be discovered. Travelers are attracted to Boston for its charming colonial towns filled with history, world-class universities, and acres of parks. The city offers so much more than the Freedom Trail – it has one of the best craft beer scenes in America, diverse neighborhoods that will pique any interest, and waterfront views that can be seen from any side street.

Where to Stay:

Stay in the Back Bay, where you can walk to any of the area’s major attractions. Beacon Hill is one of the city’s most beautiful neighborhoods, with quiet streets and cozy inns. On the South Shore, there are many hotels within walking distance of Boston Common and Logan Airport. For families, there are a host of hotels close to public parks, with areas for children and fun activities for adults alike.

What to do: 

Boston has something for just about everyone – no matter your age or interests. With over one million people in Greater Boston (when including suburbs), there is something for everyone to do. Whether you are looking for a new museum, want to join a community garden, or want to play a competitive sport with like-minded people, Boston has something for you.

Boston is also a great place to visit because it has so many different colleges and universities. Boston has eleven state universities, including Harvard University, MIT, Tufts University, Boston University, Emerson College, Wheelock College )and Suffolk University (a private university). Harvard also hosts over 785 research institutions and more than 400 programs in the arts and sciences. If you love history, this is the city for you!

Conclusion:

There are many ways to get around Boston, and each has its benefits. If you want to explore the city on foot, for example, it’s important to be familiar with the sidewalks. If you’re looking for a way to save money on transportation, biking is an option that might save you some cash in the long run.