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How to get to Boston by train

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

$9.00 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 $10.47. The train from Pittsfield to Boston also tends to start at relatively low prices.

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

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.

Iselin

There are 22 scheduled trains per day from Iselin to Boston. The route can be as long as 210 miles, or 337 kilometers. On average, the journey takes 6 hours . There are 3 train lines that operate on this route. Amtrak has the most daily trains. Trains from Iselin usually arrive in Boston at South Station.
Avg. Time
6h 0m
Avg. Price
$125.42

Baltimore

There are 19 scheduled trains per day from Baltimore to Boston. The route can be as long as 360 miles, or 579 kilometers. On average, the journey takes 7 hours and 29 minutes. There are 3 train lines that operate on this route. Amtrak has the most daily trains. Trains from Baltimore usually arrive in Boston at South Station.
Avg. Time
7h 29m
Avg. Price
$111.57

Kingston

There are 18 scheduled trains per day from Kingston to Boston. The route can be as long as 66 miles, or 106 kilometers. On average, the journey takes 1 hour . One train company, Amtrak Northeast Regional, connects Kingston to Boston. Trains from Kingston usually arrive in Boston at South Station.
Avg. Time
1h 0m
Avg. Price
$28.96

Havre

There are 16 scheduled trains per day from Havre to Boston. The route can be as long as 1900 miles, or 3057 kilometers. On average, the journey takes 54 hours and 11 minutes. One train company, Amtrak, connects Havre to Boston. Trains from Havre usually arrive in Boston at South Station.
Avg. Time
2d 6h 11m
Avg. Price
$477.25

Newark

There are 15 scheduled trains per day from Newark to Boston. The route can be as long as 197 miles, or 316 kilometers. On average, the journey takes 5 hours and 4 minutes. There are 2 train lines that operate on this route. Amtrak Acela has the most daily trains. Trains from Newark usually arrive in Boston at South Station.
Avg. Time
5h 4m
Avg. Price
$80.70

Located in Massachusetts, Boston is accessible by train from 149 other cities. You can choose from 704 daily scheduled trips when you search for trains to Boston on Wanderu. Amtrak Northeast Regional usually has the most trains on any given day.

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

Train companies serving Boston

Amtrak

There are 48 scheduled Amtrak trains per day. Amtrak can get you to Boston from 218 cities, including Indianapolis.
Avg. Time
1d 17h 14m
Avg. Price
$177.87

Amtrak Northeast Regional

There are 161 scheduled Amtrak Northeast Regional trains per day. Amtrak Northeast Regional can get you to Boston from 43 cities, including New York.
Avg. Time
4h 46m
Avg. Price
$64.68

Amtrak Lake Shore Limited

There are 13 scheduled Amtrak Lake Shore Limited trains per day. Amtrak Lake Shore Limited can get you to Boston from 17 cities, including Chicago.
Avg. Time
11h 38m
Avg. Price
$59.91

Amtrak Acela

There are 42 scheduled Amtrak Acela trains per day. Amtrak Acela can get you to Boston from 10 cities, including New York.
Avg. Time
4h 13m
Avg. Price
$139.22

Amtrak Downeaster

There are 3 scheduled Amtrak Downeaster trains per day. Amtrak Downeaster can get you to Boston from 3 cities, including Wells.
Avg. Time
2h 11m
Avg. Price
$19.67