We only spent 2 days in Boston but we experienced multiple forms of transportation starting with the silver line from the airport to our hotel. The silver line is a bus and it’s free! It’s final destination was the South station which is close to Chinatown and the theatre district. We had to walk about 8 minutes after getting off the bus to get to our hotel, but the weather was great and we didn’t mind at all!
We stayed at the Hyatt Regency which had a great location to the orange line/Chinatown stop.
Boston’s Subway is known as the “T”. You can buy a one way ticket to anywhere on the line for $2.75 or a round trip for $5.50. You can also buy a day pass for $12. There are ticket machines at the stations and they take cash or credit cards, including Amex. The subway was on time and pretty clean other than a few “odd” smells, during our visit.
We rode the train once, from Salem to Boston. It was supposed to cost $7.50 per ticket one way, but no one ever collected any money from us so we rode for free! The ride was comfortable and only about 35 minutes long. The only bummer was you had to walk outside to transfer to the T, and it was raining.
We took the ferry from Boston’s Long Wharf to Salem. The cost was $25 for one way, which was a little expensive but the views and historical commentary on board were well worth it! The downstairs was completely enclosed and warm with a snack bar and drinks (alcohol and non). Upstairs is open air and windy! Two bathrooms were located on board. The trip was a little less than an hour.
Finally we Uber’d to the airport which was $22. We had a free credit of $20 so our ride was really only $2. We could’ve taken the silver line bus back for free but we would’ve had to walk to the station which was 8-10 minutes away. Uber picked us up right at the door!
We got to experience most of Boston’s Transit system options in our two days in Boston and found it to be very efficient.
Boston’s a very walkable city as well. We fell in love and hope to come back one day!