Is Public Transportation in Boston Easy to Use for Visiting Tourists?


Quick Answer

Boston's Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority offers four separate ways to get around the city and its suburbs with relative ease. Simply purchase a Charlie Card through the company's website, from a station's customer service agent or at a fare vending machine to travel. Paper tickets can be purchased as well.

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The Boston subway offers five separate color-coded lines, each traveling in specific directions throughout the city, making stops at popular destinations. The Red Line travels from Alewife, with stops in Cambridge, Downtown Crossing and South Station, and ends in the Boston suburbs. The Blue Line travels to and from Logan Airport, with stops at the New England Aquarium. The Green Line travels through Copley Plaza, with further stops at universities such as Boston College and Boston University. The Orange Line stops in the Back Bay, and the Silver Line makes its way to the World Trade Center.

The buses make stops at the Boston medical community, Logan Airport and Harvard University. Boston also offers a ferry service from the southern suburbs, Hull and Hingham, to the Boston Harbor. If looking to travel outside Boston, the commuter rail travels to northern suburbs such as Newburyport and Rockport, eastern suburbs such as Natick and Needham, as well as southern suburbs such as Kingston and Plymouth.

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