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About Boston

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 tasting 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 Bus Terminal

Boston, MA - South Station Bus Terminal - BOSSSB-0

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The South Station Bus Terminal is Boston's primary intercity bus station, and a major hub for bus companies like Greyhound, OurBus, Concord Coach Lines, Peter Pan Bus Lines, and more. The bus station is directly adjacent to the South Station Train Terminal, making it easy to access the local MBTA public transit, commuter rail, and connections to the airport. At the bus station, you'll find an on-site parking garage, a food court, and free WiFi. Nestled between the Financial District, Chinatown, and the Seaport, South Station is within a short walk from some of Boston's top sights and it is easily accessible by any mode of transportation.

Popular bus stations in Boston:

  • Boston Logan Airport

  • South Station

  • 748 Atlantic Avenue - Alongside South Station Bus Terminal

  • South Station Bus Terminal

  • 39 Dalton Street

  • Logan Airport

  • Chinatown- MBTA Surface Rd bus stop

  • Copley Square at Trinity Church

  • Seaport District

What bus companies travel to Boston, Massachusetts?

Located in Massachusetts, Boston is accessible by bus from 181 other cities. You can choose from 940 daily scheduled trips when you search for buses to Boston on Wanderu. Concord Coach Lines usually has the most buses on any given day.

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

Bus companies serving Boston

BusRoutesAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Jefferson Lines672d 0h 53m$251.12
FlixBus US355h 4m$43.09
Concord Coach Lines342h 26m$27.27
Peter Pan Lines303h 10m$32.65
Greyhound297h 1m$45.97
OurBus274h 13m$38.70
Boston Express41h 10m$16.10
C&J31h 10m$21.75
Dartmouth Coach32h 28m$34.12
Yankee Line20h 57m$12.00
  • Jefferson Lines

    Jefferson Lines

    Jefferson Lines is a well-established intercity bus company with service to some of the Midwest’s top travel destinations. As one of the United States’ largest bus service providers, Jefferson Lines is beloved by students, commuters, and vacationers in America’s heartland. Travel with Jefferson Lines is comfortable thanks to reclining seats, individual climate controls, restrooms, and free WiFi. You can even check the status of your trip with their bus tracker tool.

  • FlixBus US

    FlixBus US

    FlixBus US is the American branch of German bus company FlixBus, known for providing sustainable, affordable, and modern bus travel. The company offers cheap bus tickets to popular urban destinations throughout the United States. FlixBus US buses include many amenities, including comfortable seats, free WiFi, power outlets at every seat, and an online portal for free entertainment.

  • Peter Pan Lines

    Peter Pan Lines

    Peter Pan Bus Lines is one of the biggest bus carriers in the Northeast region of the United States. Headquartered in Springfield, Massachusetts, the company offers affordable bus tickets and comfortable bus trips to over a dozen destinations across nine states and the District of Columbia. Peter Pan is known for their reliable bus service and green certified modern coaches that offer amenities such as onboard restrooms, free WiFi, power outlets and extra legroom between seats.
  • Greyhound


    Greyhound is the largest nationwide bus carrier in the United States, offering cheap, safe and reliable service across the country. Greyhound has become a household name, serving over 16 million passengers per year with daily trips to over 2,400 destinations. Greyhound buses are outfitted with power outlets, free WiFi, restrooms, and air conditioning for your comfort.

  • OurBus


    OurBus is an intercity bus company based in New York City. OurBus provides cheap bus tickets to some of the most popular cities in the United States. All OurBus coaches come equipped with a generous roster of amenities, including extra legroom, freshly cleaned restroom, free WiFi, power outlets at every seat, and complimentary bottled water. With cheap bus tickets, OurBus is one of the best ways to travel by bus if you are looking for comfort at a good price.

  • C&J


    C&J is a family-run bus carrier that provides first-class travel across the Northeast, with stops in New York, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts. With free WiFi, extra legroom, and clean restrooms, C&J earned the 2022 Wanderu Passengers' Choice Award for Best Quality Vehicles in 2022. In addition, their green-certified fleet of coaches is among the most efficient in the region and emits the least amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) per traveler compared to any other kind of transportation vehicle.

  • Yankee Line

    Yankee Line

    Founded in 1980, Yankee Line is one of the premier bus carriers in the Northeast Corridor of the United States. Headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, Yankee Line offers affordable bus trips and chartered motorcoach services across much of New England. Yankee Line is well-known for its commitment to passenger safety, as well as its emphasis on green transport options. Every single one of the carrier's buses is equipped with all the essentials for coach travel, including lavatories, power outlets, complimentary WiFi, and disabled access.

Which bus carrier has the best service to Boston?

Based on customers travel reviews, travelers who booked on Wanderu rave about traveling to Boston by bus with Capebus giving them a 5 rating out of 5.

Travelers also mentioned that Boston Express had the most comfortable bus service to Boston taking into account the seats and amenities that Boston Express offers. They rate Boston Express a 4.8 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 Concord Coach Lines has the best on time performance on their bus schedules to Boston, rating them a 5 based on their on time arrivals.

Frequently Asked Questions

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

$5.99 is the cheapest price for a bus 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, buses from Worcester to Boston had the lowest average price at $7.19.

Where is the bus station in Boston, MA?

The busiest bus station in Boston is Boston Logan Airport. There are several other active stations in addition to this main station. The most popular bus stations in Boston are:

  • Boston Logan Airport
  • South Station
  • 748 Atlantic Avenue - Alongside South Station Bus Terminal

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?

There are a number of great neighborhoods to stay in Boston, depending on your budget. Downtown Boston — especially neighborhoods like the South End, Back Bay and Beacon Hill — are close to all the action, and are in walking distance of major sites, but can also be somewhat pricey.

The trendy Seaport district is expensive as well, but offers easy access to great food and bars. For a better deal, look toward Cambridge and Somerville north of the Charles River, where Harvard and MIT are located.

A particularly appealing, budget-friendly option is East Boston near Logan International Airport. The up-and-coming area features terrific food at a better price than downtown Boston, and easy access to the rest of the city via the MBTA Blue Line.

How do you get around Boston?

The MBTA is Boston’s public transportation system. The “T” refers to the subway which runs all over Boston, as well as the nearby suburbs. Street signs will have a big “T” in a circle that indicates a stop is closeby.

There are also buses that go all throughout the city, as well as Commuter Rail that extends further outside of the city than the T (though runs less often). For the T, a single basic fare on a “Charlie ticket” costs $2.75. You can purchase Charlie Tickets at vending machine located in most stations.

What are some places to visit in Boston?

A can’t-miss stop during your visit to Boston is the Freedom Trail. It’s a 3-mile trek through downtown that leads you past and into 16 of the city’s principal historic monuments and sites from the Revolutionary War period. The path is easy to follow, with red bricks lining the sidewalk and footprints at street crossings indicating which direction to go.

Another favorite destination for tourists is Fenway Park, also known as “America’s Most Beloved Ballpark.” Home of the Boston Red Sox, the stadium opened in 1912 and today retains much of its original charm.

What are some good restaurants in Boston?

A good, recommended restaurant in Boston is O-YA, conveniently located near South Station. O-YA features a Japanese menu, including sushi, in an elegant setting.

Another highly rated spot near South Station is Explorateur Café, a Euro-style cafe with delicious coffee, pastries and unique French-inspired dinner dishes.

For a more affordable, to-go option, consider Tatte Bakery & Cafe just up the street from South Station, perfect for lunch or a light dinner.

What is the best time to visit Boston by bus?

A good time to visit Boston by bus is usually in the middle of September, through into October and November. With summer over, fewer tourists are crowding the city, temperatures are cooler and college students have already moved into their dorms.

Is Boston a popular bus travel destination?

Among bus travelers Boston is the second most popular destination in the region. It also ranks number 423 in United States. Boston has the most bus connections in the region. There are 628 bus schedules arriving in Boston each day.

What is the population of Boston?

The population of Boston is 667137. Boston ranks number 2 in terms of population in Massachusetts and number 172 in all of United States.

How much do bus tickets to Boston cost?

Bus tickets to Boston range from $6 for a short trip to Boston, while a 60 to 200 mile bus trip to Boston starts at , and a longer trip by bus 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 $6.

What type of traveler does Boston attract?

People who take the bus to Boston are most often visiting their families or loved ones. With frequent schedules, the ability to book and hop on a bus last minute make taking a bus 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 bus station is located closest to the city center of Boston?

The closest bus station to the city center of Boston is South Station, located just 0.6 miles away. Select South 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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