Boston Airport Trains (BOS)
Logan International Airport is one of the larger airports found in North America, handling around 28 million passengers per annum, and has been allocated the official IATA code of BOS. It is located in Boston, Massachusetts, and in the East Boston neighbourhood. The airport is rated as the twelve busiest for international air traffic in the country, and as fourteenth best for on-time domestic departures in the United States. This large airport offers several buses as well as taxis for ground transport, and Logan International Airport trains are also available. By train is one of the most convenient and cost efficient ways to reach the airport, or to travel to downtown Boston from the airport.
Passengers arriving at this airport will find four large terminal buildings, each dedicated to certain types of flights and certain airline companies, for example, Terminal E is the international terminal of the airport, handling flights by Aer Lingus, Air France, British Airways, Lufthansa and Alitalia, just to name a few. The other terminals are referred to as A, B and C, and they are for domestic operations. Terminal C is home to Cape Air, the airline company for which the airport is a hub, and JetBlue Airways, and Delta Air Lines and Alaska Airlines operate from Terminal A. Terminal B was opened in 1974, consists of a north and south building, and has flights by Air Canada, US Airways, American Airlines, Virgin Airlines and others. Passengers who need to travel to Boston can make use of one of the airport trains available, or take a bus or taxi. There is no train station on the airport grounds, however, free bus services travel frequently to the nearby stations. Travelling to or from the airport by train is therefore very simple and convenient.
The South Train Station
MBTA, the city’s public transport company, offers a bus service from Logan Airport to the South Station. The buses are referred to as the MBTA Silver Line rapid transit buses, and they serve all the airport terminals. They are also wheelchair accessible and have room for passengers’ luggage items. Along the way to the South Station, they stop at the South Boston Waterfront. At the South Station, passengers can take the Red Line to Cambridge, Downtown Boston, Harvard University, the Massachusetts General Hospital and MIT. Before boarding the bus, ensure that you have purchased a CharlieTicket. Insert this ticket in the fare box at the front of the bus when boarding. Airport personnel are able to assist passengers with the purchase of bus tickets.
Passengers who are departing from Logan Airport will take the MBTA Red Line train or Commuter Rail to the South Station, and then the Silver Line Route SL1 bus to the airport terminals. The Silver Line rapid transit buses run from approximately 05:30am to 12:30am, seven days a week.
The Airport Subway Station
The subway station is also not found on the airport grounds, however, free Massport airport shuttles are available from all the terminal buildings. Arriving passengers should take the bus routes 22, 33 or 55 to the ‘MTBA Blue Line’ station. Bus 22 serves Terminals A and B, Bus 33 serves Terminals C and E and Bus 55 serves all the terminals, but only during later evening and earlier morning hours. It is the bus that operates during off-peak hours. Bus 66 also goes to the subway, but has a stop at the Water Transportation Dock. The Massport buses are able to accommodate passengers with disabilities, and can transport luggage items. Use this subway station for transport to Back Bay, Boston College, Boston University, Brookline, Downtown Boston, Fenway Park, the Longwood Medical Area, Newton and Northeastern University.
To the airport by train from the North or South
Passengers from the south should take the Orange Line to State Street and then transfer to the Blue Line that serves the Airport Station. Free Massport buses will provide transport to the terminals.
To the airport by train from the Northeast
A direct route on the Blue Line is available from the Northeast areas of the city.
To the airport by train from the West
Passengers from the west will take the Green Line to Government Centre and then transfer to the Blue Line.
Persons who are using train transport in Boston will need to purchase a one-way CharlieTicket for $3.50, a one-day LinkPass for $11.00 or a one-week LinkPass for $118.00. There are machines from where tickets can be purchased outside the airport terminals, and at the train stations. They accept credit/debit cards and cash. LinkPass purchases will allow unlimited travel on all subway lines, local buses, commuter rail zone 1A lines and inner-harbour ferries for either one day or one week. All further details regarding Logan International Airport trains are available at http://www.mbta.com.