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Flying to Boston

Airlines offering direct flights to Boston from the UK include British Airways, Delta and Virgin Atlantic. The cheapest time to travel is usually between January and March, while fares tend to be at their highest in July and August.

Flight times:

From London – 7 hours 15 minutes; New York – 1 hour 15 minutes; Los Angeles – 5 hours 30 minutes; Toronto – 1 hour 35 minutes; Sydney – 21 hours.

Travel by road

Summary:

In Boston, driving is on the right and the minimum driving age is 16 years. The speed limit on most major highways is 88kph (55mph). On sections of the Massachusetts Turnpike (I-90), the speed limit is 104kph (65mph). Elsewhere, limits range from 32 to 80kph (20 to 50mph). It is possible to turn right at a red traffic light after stopping, unless otherwise indicated. Technically overtaking should only be done on the outside lane, although, in reality, cars on a five-lane highway regularly pass on both sides. At crossroads without traffic lights, the four-way stop system means that it is first-come first-served; the car to the right proceeds first.

While most non-US driving licences are acceptable, some car hire companies may require an International Driving Permit, especially if your licence isn’t in English. Third-party insurance is mandatory. The American Automobile Association (tel: +1 800 222 1134; www.aaa.com) can provide information, and may offer reciprocal benefits to members of automobile clubs in other countries.

Emergency breakdown service:

AAA (tel: +1 800 222 4357).

Routes:

There are two main road arteries leading into Boston. The I-93 (often called the ‘Central Artery’) cuts through central Downtown running north-south and keeping close to the waterfront. The I-90, known locally as the ‘Masspike’ (the Massachusetts Turnpike), comes into the city centre travelling west-east. These two roads meet the ring road arc of the I-95 (known locally as Route 128). Access to the downtown area from the northeast and the airport is via road tunnels. The Callahan Tunnel (no toll) is outgoing, but there is an incoming toll for the Sumner and Ted Williams tunnels.

Coaches:

South Station, on the junction of Summer Street and Atlantic Avenue, is the central coach station. Greyhound (tel: +1 800 231 2222; www.greyhound.com) operates services throughout the USA. Peter Pan Bus Lines (tel: +1 800 343 9999; www.peterpanbus.com) goes all over New England and down to New York. Plymouth & Brockton Street Railway buses (tel: +1 508 746 0378; www.p-b.com) goes to the South Shore and Cape Cod.

Travel by rail

Services:

From London – 7 hours 15 minutes; New York – 1 hour 15 minutes; Los Angeles – 5 hours 30 minutes; Toronto – 1 hour 35 minutes; Sydney – 21 hours.

Operators:

From London – 7 hours 15 minutes; New York – 1 hour 15 minutes; Los Angeles – 5 hours 30 minutes; Toronto – 1 hour 35 minutes; Sydney – 21 hours.

Journey times:

From London – 7 hours 15 minutes; New York – 1 hour 15 minutes; Los Angeles – 5 hours 30 minutes; Toronto – 1 hour 35 minutes; Sydney – 21 hours.