Getting Around Boston
Boston is a famously walkable hub of cultural and commercial activity, offering travelers an eclectic array of things to do, see, and experience.
The narrow and winding streets, some of which are still paved in cobblestones, are a testament to the city’s rich history. Some roadways in the oldest parts of Boston were laid out during the 17th century.
For the leisure traveler, Boston is best explored without a car. Here is how:
Discover Boston and Beyond (without a car)
With this helpful guide, you can explore the best of Boston, conveniently, and with easy access to all the attractions.
If you’re planning a trip to “America’s Walking City,” you’ll be happy to know that Boston features an extensive public transportation system. Known to locals at the “T”, the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority offers subway, bus, Trolley car, and Ferry service.
Five color coded lines run throughout Boston and into neighboring suburbs:
- The Green Line, consisting of four branches, runs along the Boston University campus, near our Kenmore Square hotel, and along a series of parks known as the Emerald Necklace.
- Popular Destinations Include: Fenway Park, Museum of Science, TD Garden Arena, Back Bay, Symphony Hall, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Common, Hynes Convention Center, Northeastern University, and Boston College
- The Blue Line runs along the seacoast. Fun Fact: Boston’s Blue Line is the first subway in the world to run underneath a section of the ocean.
- Popular Destinations Include: Logan International Airport, and the New England Aquarium
- Orange Line partly travels under Washington Street, formerly known as Orange Street.
- Popular Destinations Include: Assembly Square, LEGOLAND, Freedom Trail, Bunker Hill monument, Haymarket, Chinatown
- Red Line is named after Harvard University (Go Crimson!)
- Popular Destinations Include: Harvard Square, MIT, David Square, Alewife, Park Street, Boston Children’s Museum, Tea Party Museum, and Kendall Square
- Silver Line consists of buses that travel above and underground in a dedicated lane.
- Popular Destinations Include: Logan International Airport, South Boston Waterfront, Downtown Crossing, Harpoon Brewery, Blue Hills Bank Pavilion, Boston Convention and Exhibition Center (BCEC)
BLUEbikes is Boston’s public bike share system. With over 1,800 bikes at 200+ stations, biking is a fast, fun and, convenient way to explore the city.
Bike Stations Near Hotel Commonwealth and Fenway Park:
- Kenmore Square at Commonwealth Ave (0.3 Mile)
- Burlington Ave at Brookline Ave (0.4 Mile)
- Jersey St at Boylston St (0.5 Mile)
- Landmark Center at Boylston St (0.5 Mile)