Getting around the city

Compared with other cities, Boston has a very small footprint due to its historic roots, so walking is always a good option.  But when you are in a hurry or have to go further, you will find the public transportation system very good. These are the most popular options:


Boston is a walking city...

Boston-WalkingBoston is rated among the most walkable cities in the country.  There are a number of elements that contribute to that, like its relatively small size and winding narrow streets or it's historic and modern architecture that make walking fun. The many city parks invite walkers and runners and of course, it is a relatively safe city which makes walking realistic.



On a bike..

Boston-BikingIn the past, biking in Boston was limited to specific areas, such as parks and recreational areas. But that is changing. The city is adopting more bike-friendly street designs, and there are more and more bike lanes and special bike paths in the city.  Biking is very popular near colleges and universities and there are numerous recreational bike trails like the Charles River bike path.



Hop on the T...

Boston-T-redlineBoston's Subway system, called the "T", is the backbone of the city transport system. It connects all the major neighborhoods of the city and is a low cost, convenient way to get around the city. It also joins the commuter rail system which reaches many suburban and more distant destinations. 



Or a bus...

MBTA-BusCity destinations that are not covered by the T can be reached by an extensive bus system.




Take the Trolley at least once...

Boston TrolleyA common sight on Boston's streets are the trolleys and duck tours. They are mostly tourist attractions but is a good way to get to know the city quickly.



...Or explore the harbor by Ferry

Boston-Harbor-FerriesBoston Harbor is a major seaport in the Eastern US. There are ferries that connect to popular destinations in the harbor such as Charlestown and many of the islands in the harbor. This makes for great weekend excursions in summer, even for destinations as far away as Cape Cod or Salem.