Boston Calling: How to Get to the Festival You Don’t Want to Miss

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When: May 24, 25 & 26, 2019

Where: Harvard Athletic Complex, Allston, MA

Boston is calling you to its annual festival and you want to be there! It’s a smorgasbord of artists and attractions that will appeal to just about any tastes, and it’s billed as the “biggest and best.” Judging from previous years, this year’s edition of Boston Calling will live up to that promise.

Whether you just want to get grooving to live music or need some belly laughs from watching some of America’s best comedians, you’re sure to have a great time. With visual arts also forming part of the program, it’s a feast for the senses!

This years’ lineup is absolutely fabulous with everything from rappers to rockers and some of the funniest funny men and women. Some of the performers we’re looking forward to the most include Twenty One Pilots, Travis Scott, Hozier, Tame Impala, Chvrches and Mitski.

If you’re hoping to be there, you better get busy with your bookings, as May 25 is just around the corner. We’re here to help you get to Boston Calling the easy way. Who wants to drive when you can take a bus or sit back and relax on a train to Boston?

How to Get to Boston for Cheap

The good thing about Boston is that it is one of the most accessible cities in the U.S. which is great news for you because you can easily get there from pretty much anywhere in the country (or outside of it).

Below, we’ve selected the most popular routes to Beantown. If your town is not on the list, fret not – just check out our list of routes leading to Boston to find the best available deals from your location!

New York to Boston

Book tickets from $1*

Heading to Boston Calling from the Big Apple? Why not chill out on an air-conditioned coach? You and your friends will arrive well-rested and ready to party. Travel time is usually under five hours and you won’t have to deal with freeway stress. By the way, once you’re partied out, you’ll be glad you booked coach tickets. Seriously, you don’t want to drive for four and half hours after dancing not one, but three nights away!

Philadelphia to Boston

Book tickets from $1*

Make sure Philly is well represented at Boston Calling. It’s a long drive, sure, so don’t do the driving! Simply hop on a bus, use the WiFi to pass the time with gaming or browsing, and before you know it, you’ve arrived at party central. You’re fresh and raring to go, and you can literally party till you drop since you don’t have to worry about the drive back.

Portland, ME to Boston

Book tickets from $1*

Portland: you have no excuse to be a party pooper! While you might be tempted to drive to Boston Calling or flag down a friend for a ride, just remember that festival parking comes at a premium. Plus, you still have to get home, and if you’re going to party as hard as we certainly will, you’re going to want to do nothing but sleep on the way back. Let the professional bus driver get you there and home again safely. 

Montreal to Boston

Book tickets from $42*

Wow, Montreal, are you seriously going to shell out all those bucks on a flight? What’s going to happen to your festival spending budget? And quite apart from that, have you taken the airport hassle into consideration? Flying doesn’t save you all that much time after all. Unless you actually LIKE airports, that is. You don’t? Well, Wanderu has all the solutions you need. Get to Boston, get to Boston Calling, and get home again without a worry in the world.

Washington, DC to Boston

Book tickets from $29*

Yeah, it’s a longish drive, so don’t drive at all. Just get there, get down, and party your heart out. Once you’ve filled your head with your favorite music for three days solid, the road back gives you a great chance to catch some shut-eye. Who said cheap couldn’t be luxury?

*These fares are for one-way trips to Boston on March 11, 2019 and are subject to availability.

How to get to the festival grounds once you arrive in Boston

Unlike past years in which Boston Calling took place right in the heart of town at City Hall Plaza, this year the festival grounds have been moved to the Harvard Athletic Complex in Allston, MA. However, you will still be able to get there easily using Boston’s public transit system.

A single ride on the T (a.k.a. Boston’s subway system) will cost you $2.75. If you have a CharlieCard, the price is $2.25 and gives you free transfers to local bus within two hours of paying your fare. For more info on fares, check out the MBTA website.

How to get to Boston Calling from South Station

The majority of bus and train lines coming into Boston arrive at South Station. The station is served by the Red Line of the T. To get to the Harvard Athletic Complex from South Station, you need to do the following:
  • Hop on a Red Line train headed to Alewife and stay on it for six stops.
  • Get off at Harvard.
  • Once you exit to the street, locate John F Kennedy St and start walking south.
  • When you reach the Charles River, continue walking over the bridge to cross into Allston, MA. John F Kennedy St will then turn into N Harvard St.
  • Right after you cross the bridge, turn right and continue following the signs to the Harvard Athletic Complex. The entire walk after you exit the T will take you around 15 min.
Here’s what your trip will look like: If you don’t feel like walking, you can get off at the Central stop of the Red Line (one stop before Harvard) and catch the 70/70A bus headed to North Waltham. The bus stop is located at the corner of Magazine St & Green St, a very short walk from the T stop. The bus will drop you off at Western Ave & N Harvard St from where it will be a short walk to the festival grounds.

How to get to Boston Calling from North Station

If you happen to arrive at North Station, the best way to get to Boston Calling would also be via the T. These are the steps you need to take:

  • Hop on an Orange Line train headed to Forest Hills. The Orange Line entrance is located right outside of North Station, just follow the direction signs at the station.
  • At the Downtown Crossing stop, get off the Orange Line train and transfer to a Red Line train headed to Alewife.

After that, follow the directions above to reach the festival grounds. 

How to get to Boston Calling from Logan Airport

If you’re flying into Boston on the day of the festival and want to jump into the fun right away, you’re in luck because Logan International Airport is served by the Silver Line of the T which will take you to South Station for free!

All you need to do is hop on a Silver Line bus and travel all the way to South Station (a.k.a. The last stop). Once you get there, transfer to a Red Line train headed to Alewife (again, for free!) and follow the directions above on how to get from South Station to Boston Calling.

The Boston Calling Playlist

Now that you’re all set to go, it’s time to get pumped up about all the awesome artists you’re about to enjoy live. Add this Boston Calling playlist to your Spotify mix and get excited!

Whatever You Do, BE There!

There is absolutely no reason whatsoever to miss Boston Calling, especially when you have the Wanderu app on your phone or the Wanderu website bookmarked in your browsing history. Now, you can plan to be at all the best festivals this summer and Boston Calling is a great place to get started. So what are you waiting for? Time to start booking those bus tickets to Boston!

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Staffo Dobrev

Staffo Dobrev

Having lived in some of the greatest cities in the world, Staffo has always had a soft spot for travel and adventures. Instead of hitting the usual tourist attractions, though, Staffo prefers to make friends with local people and check out fun places and activities that are not in the travel books.
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