Buses to and from Boston Airport (BOS)
Logan International Airport (BOS) handled approximately 28 million passengers in 2011, and is therefore rated as the nineteenth busiest airport in the United States of America. This airport is also the twelve busiest in the country for international air traffic, and rated as fourteenth for on-time domestic departures. The airport is found in the East Boston neighbourhood, partly in the town of Winthrop, and in the state of Massachusetts. For ground transport, there are several Logan International Airport buses available, travelling to various destinations, and a number of buses provide free transport on the airport grounds as well.
Passengers of Logan Airport will arrive at one of four terminal buildings, depending on the origin of their flight and their airline company. Terminal A is used by Alaska Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Delta Shuttle and United Airlines, Terminal B is used by Air Canada, Spirit Airlines, US Airways, PenAir, American Airlines and others, Terminal C is used by Cape Air and JetBlue Airways and Terminal E is the international terminal of the airport, with airline companies that include Lufthansa, British Airways, Air France, Aer Lingus and Alitalia. The terminals are all equipped with their own ticketing, baggage claim and ground transport facilities, as well as many shops, restaurants, VIP lounges and other amenities. The airport also offers free Wi-Fi throughout its buildings. Passengers who would like to travel by bus can use Massport’s Logan Express Bus service, or one of the MBTA shuttles.
MBTA Buses / On-airport Shuttles
The terminals of Logan Airport are spaced quite far apart from one another, and therefore shuttles are required for terminal transport. However, passengers could also choose to use the moving walkways that are available between Terminals A, B and E. The buses of the airport operate every fifteen to twenty minutes, and provide a link between all terminals. They are also free of charge and accessible to passengers with disabilities. They are blue and white in colour and are available from the lower level of each terminal building. The buses park along the curb-side. The shuttle transport services used by the airport have been running on compressed natural gas since 1993, and therefore support a greener environment.
On Shuttle Bus 11, passengers can travel between Terminals A, B, C and E, and Shuttle Bus 22 runs from Terminals A and B to the subway, from where trains are available to Back Bay, Boston College, Boston University, Brookline, Downtown Boston, Fenway Park, The Longwood Medical Area, Newton and Northeastern University. Shuttle Bus 33 serves Terminals C and E and the subway, while Shuttle Bus 55 serves all terminals and the subway. This bus is available during later evening hours and early morning hours when there are fewer passengers at the airport. To reach the Water Transportation Dock passengers will need to take Shuttle Bus 66. This bus serves all the terminals, and stops at the subway as well. Shuttle Bus 88 is useful for transport to any of the terminal buildings from the Economy Parking Garage.
Another bus available is the MBTA Silver Line Rapid Transit service, which travels from the terminals to the South Station. From the South Station, passengers can travel the Red Line to Cambridge, Downtown Boston, Harvard University, Massachusetts General Hospital and MIT. On the lower level of every terminal, passengers can purchase tickets for the Silver Line Rapid Transit service. Although the Silver Line Buses are accessible to passengers in wheelchairs, certain travellers may arrange to travel with MBTA’s Paratransit service, referred to as ‘The Ride’. Travellers will need to have ADA Paratransit or ‘Ride’ Certification. For more information, call (617) 222-5123 or (800) 533-6282. Further details for all of MBTA’s transport services is available at http://www.mbta.com.
The Express Bus Service
The owner of Logan International Airport, Massport, offers the Logan Express bus service as a non-stop and convenient way to reach various destinations. The buses leave the airport every thirty to sixty minutes, and travel to Braintree, Woburn, Framingham and Peabody. Passengers in wheelchairs will find the buses convenient to use as they are all equipped with lifts. Although reservations are not required, it is advised to call ahead at least a day in advance of your arrival at the airport. The Logan Express will cost $12.00 for a one-way journey per adult passenger, and $22.00 for a round-trip journey. The buses can be found on the lower level curb of all the terminal buildings.
Departing passengers using the Logan Express bus will find it opposite South Shore Plaza on Forbes Road in Braintree, and the bus leaves every half an hour from 4:00am. There are also a few early morning trips available. The journey will take about thirty to forty-five minutes. In Framingham, the bus departs from off the Route 30 side of Shoppers’ World on the Burr St. extension, and is also available every half an hour from 04:00am. The Woburn Logan Express Shuttle leaves from the Anderson Regional Transportation Centre every half an hour from 04:00am and from Peabody at 164 Newbury Street every half an hour from 04:15am. On Saturdays the buses are available from 07:00am until 11:00pm, and on Sundays from 07:00am to 01:00pm. The weekend buses are only available every hour.
Passengers who would like to travel by one of the Logan International Airport buses can contact the airport for more details at 1-800-23-LOGAN (56426).