Travel to Boston
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.
Travel by road
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 4357; www.aaa.com) can provide information, and may offer reciprocal benefits to members of automobile clubs in other countries.
Emergency breakdown services
AAA (tel: +1 800 222 4357).
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.
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.
Time to city
Travel by Rail
Amtrak uses Boston's South Station at the junction of Summer Street and Atlantic Avenue, and Back Bay Station, at 145 Dartmouth Street. Although Amtrak services are notoriously slow and often subject to delays, the Acela Express service between Boston, New York and Washington, DC is fast and more reliable.
Amtrak (tel: +1 800 872 7245; www.amtrak.com) is the USA's national rail operator. The Northeast Regional service travels from Boston to Virginia Beach via New York and Washington, DC. The Lakeshore Limited service goes from Boston eastwards to Chicago via Albany. Amtrak's high-speed train service, the Acela Express, is the fastest way to reach New York and Washington, DC, but tickets tend to be more expensive.
From New York - 3 hours 40 minutes; Washington, DC - 7 hours; Chicago - 21 hours 25 minutes.