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Flying to Boston, Massachusetts
Flights to Boston arrive at Logan International Airport (BOS), which services most major national and international carriers. Logan is only three miles from downtown Boston, and a cab to the downtown area shouldn't cost more than $25 including tolls. Except during the graveyard shift, shuttles connect the airport to the subway system, from there a mere ten minutes away from downtown.
Boston is the gateway for most visitors to Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard, and Nantucket, although the islands can also be easily reached from New York City's LaGuardia Airport, as well as Kennedy Airport.
The Barnstable Municipal Airport (HYA) serves Cape Cod, and is located close to the Cape's center in Hyannis. On the other islands, planes fly into Martha's Vineyard Airport (MVY), about 30 minutes flying time from Boston and one hour from New York, and Nantucket Memorial Airport (ACK), which is about 50 minutes from Boston and one hour and fifteen minutes from New York. These options, however, might not be practical as driving time isn't that long, and the prices are above-average high.
You can reach Newport by plane by flying into T.F. Green Airport (PVD), located 40 minutes away in Warwick, Rhode Island. However, this too may not be a practical option on account of cost. Newport's harbor has dock space for sailboats, powerboats, and yachts, as well as the cruise ships that set anchor in the harbor.
Taking the Train to Boston, Massachusetts
Amtrak has three station stops in Boston: South Station, Back Bay Station, and North Station. Trains for Boston leave Penn Station in New York more than once an hour, and take around four hours to get there. Adjacent to the South Station, the busiest of the three, and near a subway stop on the “T,” you will find Boston's modern bus station.
From Boston's South Station to Providence takes about 40 minutes, and trains leave around twice an hour. From New York's Penn Station to Providence takes around three hours, and trains depart, also, around twice an hour.
Sailing to Boston, Massachusetts
The three major port cities in the region are Boston, on the Massachusetts mainland, Hyannis, on Cape Cod's southern shore, and Newport, in Rhode Island's Narragansett Bay. Most cruises you'll be taking will depart or arrive in one of these cities.
Driving to Boston, Massachusetts
The Massachusetts Turnpike, or I-90, is an east-west toll road that originates in Boston, crosses the state through Springfield, and links to the New York State Thruway. (Then it extends further west to Chicago, and beyond to Seattle.) Boston connects via I-95 (Massachusetts Route 128) to Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York all the way to Florida in the south, and to New Hampshire and Maine to the north. I-93 heading northwest towards New Hampshire and Vermont. Don't forget the maple syrup.
Cape Cod, Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard, are reached from the south by branching off I-95 to I-195, eventually crossing over the Cape Cod Canal. From Boston, I-495 or Route 3 reach Cape Cod
To reach those slots at Foxwoods Resort Casino or Mohegan Suns Casino, just keep in mind that they're both a few miles north of I-95 in southeast Connecticut. There are lots of signs.
Here are driving distances and times from the major cities of the Northeast to Boston:
- New York, NY - Four hours, 215 miles
- Washington, DC - Eight hours, 440 miles
- Philadelphia, PA - Five and a half hours, 310 hours
- Buffalo, NY - Seven hours, 450 miles
- Portland, ME - Two hours, 110 miles
- Springfield, MA -One hour and 40 minutes, 90 miles
- The White Mountains (Woodstock, VT) - Three hours, 140 miles
- Burlington, VT - Four and a half hours, 215 miles
- Montreal, Quebec - Seven hours, 325 miles
Airports Serving Boston, Cape Cod, Newport, Connecticut, Coastal Massachusetts and Rhode Island
Bradley International Airport (BDL)
Logan International Airport (BOS)
Portland International Jetport Airport (PWM)
Theodore Francis Green State Airport (PVD)