Getting to Boston

Getting to Boston
The city of Boston, and the wider New England region in the north-east United States, is accessible via Logan International Airport. The base has four passenger terminals and 94 gates that are used by tens of millions of travellers every year.

Major US carriers such as American Airlines, Delta, United and US Airways provide flights to Boston Logan, along with British and European operators like Virgin Atlantic, British Airways and Air France.

The airport is described by its operators as "a city within a city", with its own fire and police departments, two hotels and a power plant, as well as numerous restaurants, shops and other amenities.

Passengers can travel to and from Logan International via Boston's public transport network, which provides bus and underground rail services from the city's downtown area. Logan Express coaches are available to towns such as Braintree, Framingham and Woburn in the Greater Boston area, while shuttle buses link airline terminals and transport stations.

Not to be missed in Boston

Boston was first incorporated as a town in 1630 and as a city in 1822, making it one of the oldest cities in America. It is associated with some of the country's most significant political and social movements and is now the economic and cultural heart of the New England region.

The city, which serves as the capital of Massachusetts, covers a relatively small area of 125 sq km and is home to some 618,000 people. Greater Boston is considerably larger, with over 7.6 million people living in an area of more than 12,000 sq km.

Boston and its surrounding area is home to many important organisations and institutions, including prestigious higher education establishments such as Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

There are many other experiences and attractions worth seeking out in the city, from museums to tours highlighting local history.

Five must sees in Boston

Five must sees in Boston
One activity not to be missed is paying a visit to Boston Common, which is the oldest public park in America. The area features fountains, statues, plenty of greenery and the world's shortest suspension bridge.
 
Another popular pursuit for visitors to the city is following the Freedom Trail, a 4km walking tour taking in 16 significant historical sites. The walk begins at Boston Common and ends at the USS Constitution, taking in locations such as the Old State House, Faneuil Hall and Paul Revere's House along the way.
 
Sport is an important part of life in Boston, with many local people following the Red Sox baseball team. Games are played at Fenway Park near Kenmore Square, an area that comes to life on game days. Visitors can learn more about the team, its history and the culture surrounding it by taking a tour of the stadium.
 
Culture vultures might be interested in visiting the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston's largest art museum. The institution houses a comprehensive and varied collection that includes the largest group of Monet paintings outside Paris and artworks associated with the civilisations of ancient Greece, Rome and Egypt.
 
Also held in high regard is the Harvard Museum of Natural History, one of the highlights of which is a collection of hand-blown glass flowers and plants that has been attracting tourists for hundreds of years. Visitors can also explore zoological, mineralogical and geological galleries showcasing all sorts of weird and wonderful objects.

Direct Flights travel tip

Travellers visiting downtown Boston and the theatre district should take the opportunity to explore nearby Chinatown and sample some of the tasty Asian cuisine on offer.

When to go to Boston

Boston has a changeable climate, owing to its geographical location with ocean to the east and mountains to the north and west.
 
Spring offers mild conditions and the spectacle of trees blossoming into life, while the peak summer months of July and August can be hot and humid. Many people choose to visit in September and October to see the city's beautiful autumnal foliage before winter arrives in December, bringing cold conditions that can sometimes persist until April.