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City Information

Boston is one of the oldest cities in the country, but it is kept young and fresh with the help of over 150,000 students who flock to the city’s prestigious universities every year. Beantown’s many sights and activities celebrate American history, prolific sports teams, and New England seafood. So let's spill the tea (into the harbor, if you will):

Boston's Freedom Trail is the best way to see the city on foot and visit some of the most iconic landmarks of the American Revolution: from Bunker Hill and the USS Constitution to the Old North Church and Faneuil Hall. The Freedom Trail officially begins in Boston Common, the oldest public park in the U.S. and a beautiful spot for walking, picnicking, or ice skating in the winter. Foodies will love the Italian cuisine in the North End and the modern eateries of South End, while sports fans can tour Fenway Park, and art lovers can explore the expansive Museum of Fine Arts.

From Boston, travelers can easily get to the beachy summer destination of Cape Cod, or surrounding states like New Hampshire, Vermont, and Rhode Island. With four main train stations and several bus stops in the city, as well as Boston Logan Airport (which, by the way, has some excellent airport food), Boston is a central hub for travel throughout New England and beyond.

Station Information

South Station

South Station is the largest and busiest train station in Boston, and a major transportation hub for the greater New England area. South Station's 13 tracks are used by Amtrak, Acela, the MBTA commuter rail, and the MBTA subway system (a.k.a. the "T") with connections to the Boston Logan International Airport. You can also access intercity bus service in the adjacent South Station Bus Terminal. South Station's historic train terminal opened in 1899 right in downtown Boston, and is close to many points of interest like the Boston Common, the Freedom Trail, and the hip Seaport district. At the terminal, you'll find free WiFi, luggage storage, a 24-hour information booth, and 14 dining options, including that New England favorite, Dunkin'.

Popular train stations in Boston:

  • South Station

  • Back Bay Station - 145 Dartmouth St

  • North Station

What train companies travel to Boston, Massachusetts?

Located in Massachusetts, Boston is accessible by train from 68 other cities. You can choose from 424 daily scheduled trips when you search for trains to Boston on Wanderu. Amtrak usually has the most trains on any given day.

Looking for other ways to get there? Ferry tickets to Boston are also available. Coach trips to Boston are yet another option .

Train companies serving Boston

TrainRoutesAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Amtrak Northeast Regional404h 45m£67.96
Amtrak211d 5h 41m£143.82
Amtrak Lake Shore Limited1912h 16m£60.99
Amtrak Acela113h 52m£136.81
Amtrak Downeaster102h 3m£15.46

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a good price for a train ticket to Boston?

£4.90 is the cheapest price for a train ticket to Boston, according to recent searches on Wanderu. You can use our search to check if this price is currently available on buses from your city to Boston. In the last month, trains from Pittsfield to Boston had the lowest average price at £7.36.

Where is the train station in Boston, MA?

The busiest train station in Boston is South Station. There are several other active stations in addition to this main station. The most popular train stations in Boston are:

  • South Station
  • Back Bay Station - 145 Dartmouth St
  • North Station

Which train service has the best service to Boston?

Based on customers travel reviews, travelers who booked on Wanderu rave about traveling to Boston by train with Amtrak Downeaster giving them a 4.6 rating out of 5. Travelers also mentioned that Amtrak Acela had the most comfortable train service to Boston taking into account the seats and amenities that Amtrak Acela offers. They rate Amtrak Acela a 4.6 out of 5 when it comes to just how relaxing and enjoyable their experience was onboard. If you are looking to arrive to Boston punctually travelers suggest that Amtrak Downeaster has the best on time performance on their train schedules to Boston, rating them a 4.7 based on their on time arrivals.

What is the closest airport to Boston, MA?

The closest airport to Boston is Boston Logan Intl Airport (BOS), it is located 2.8 miles from the city center of Boston.

Where should you stay in Boston?

A great area to stay in Boston is the Back Bay neighborhood, which is easily accessible from Back Bay Station — one of the most popular train stations in Boston. Back Bay is centrally located, with museums, restaurants, cafés and shopping all nearby.

Downtown Boston is another ideal place to book your accommodations, especially if you’re interested in historic sites like the Freedom Trail. It’s also an easy walk to the Seaport, which has excellent night life. Downtown is perfect for travelers arriving into South Station, a beautiful Amtrak station with a giant atrium.

Travelers on a budget may consider staying in Somerville, which is adjacent to Cambridge, just north of Boston. The attractions in Somerville are a little more sprawled than in some other areas, but you can find some amazing food, and public transportation makes it easy to jump over to Cambridge or back down into Boston.

How do you get around Boston?

The best way to get around Boston is by taking the “T,” short for MBTA, which stands for the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. The T includes subway, bus, trolley and ferry services in the Greater Boston area.

Visitors can buy a 1-day pass for $12.75 or a 7-day pass for $22.50. Within that window of time, passengers are allotted unlimited travel on the subway, local buses, the Silver Line express bus service, the Commuter Rail Zone 1A, and the Charlestown Ferry. Alternatively, you can purchase one-time rides a la carte, with a one-way T-ride costing $2.75.

What are some fun things to do in Boston?

Boston is a great place to take a deep-dive into U.S. history. Prime attractions include the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum, the John F. Kennedy Presidential Museum & Library, the charming Beacon Hill neighborhood, the Freedom Trail, and more.

Also popular are Fenway Park (home of the Boston Red Sox), the Boston Public Garden, the Mapparium at Northeastern University, and any number of Boston brewery tours. Foodies may also consider stopping by Eataly Boston for delicious Italian groceries and restaurants.

What are some good restaurants in Boston?

The Back Bay, South End and North End neighborhoods are especially notable for having great food. Back Bay restaurants can be expensive, but some excellent lower-price options include The Salty Pig, Luke’s Lobster, the Pour House and The Friendly Toast (which also has a restaurant in Cambridge, near MIT).

In South End, try Gaslight or The Gallows, both popular options with reasonable prices.

The North End is Boston’s Little Italy, so you’ll find excellent Italian restaurants like Giacomo’s and Carmelina’s. Neptune Oyster, though not an Italian restaurant, is also in North End and has a legendary lobster roll. (Lobster rolls are notoriously spendy, however, so if that’s on your bucket list be prepared to pay quite a bit.)

What is the best time to visit Boston by train?

The best time of year to visit Boston is in the fall, but hotel prices typically stay high through October. For lower prices, try spring. It may still be chilly — wear layers! — but you’ll avoid the frigid Boston winters and the high prices of summer and fall.

Is Boston a popular train travel destination?

Boston is the most popular train destination in Massachusetts. It also ranks number 153 in United States. Boston has the most train connections in the region. There are 578 train schedules arriving in Boston each day.

What is the population of Boston?

The population of Boston is 667137. Boston ranks number 1 in terms of population in Massachusetts and number 98 in all of United States.

How much do train tickets to Boston cost?

Train tickets to Boston range from £5 for a short trip to Boston, while a 60 to 200 mile train trip to Boston starts at , and a longer trip by train to Boston can be as cheap as . Looking to travel across state or province lines? A trip from out of your region will be as low as £5 .

What type of traveler does Boston attract?

People who take the train to Boston are most often visiting their families or loved ones. With frequent schedules, the ability to book and hop on a train last minute make taking a train to Boston easy whether you're planning a trip far in advance or need some quality time with loved ones at the last minute.

What train station is located closest to the city center of Boston?

The closest train station to the city center of Boston is North Station, located just 0.4 miles away. Select North Station as your arrival if your plans call for exploring the downtown area of Boston. Search on Wanderu and in the search results you can filter travel options by arriving or departing station.

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