Getting around the city is not the easiest experience to a newbie, however, it is pedestrian friendly and picturesque. Boston is not based on a grid system so it would be useful to carry around a map until you get the lay of the land.
If you plan to do most of you travel by using the subway system known as the T then the MBTA website is a vital tool. The MBTA also offers apps for your smart phone for people on the go. Also residents should request a Charlie Card which is a plastic card used in admission to the T subways and busses. You load value on and it offers discounted rates compared to the paper passes given out to day visitors.
The MBTA also offers commuter rail service to the suburbs for those commuting outside the city.
Many people choose walking or biking as a secondary mode of transportation but Boston weather is known to be grueling and unpredictable so it’s always nice to have a few cab numbers on hand.
Traveling outside the city is done mainly by bus and train. South and North Station are the two ground transportation hubs along with Logan Airport for air travel. Visit specific bus and train lines to book travel: Grey Hound, Peter Pan, Megabus, Boltbus, and Amtrak.
As always personal vehicles are widely used in a city this size. Check in with the City of Boston to register your vehicle, obtain a parking permit, and familiarize yourself with parking restrictions such as street cleaning, snowplowing, and road closures.
( Nov 28, 2011 )