Getting Around in Greater Boston

Boston has a relatively small geographic footprint, which makes it a great walking city. Getting to many of the places you need is easy – or at least manageable – on foot. For more distant destinations, or for getting someplace quickly, Boston has an excellent public transportation system.

The ‘T’:  Virtually all areas of the city are accessible via the subway or bus system – both run by the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA), commonly referred to as The ‘T’. The MBTA’s commuter rail lines should help our international colleagues get to most of the out-of-town hospital affiliates of Tufts University School of Medicine. Schedules, maps and fare information is available on the MBTA web site.

  • MBTA phone apps: There also are numerous privately developed “apps” that offer real-time MBTA information available for smartphones and tablets on various platforms, including Apple's iOS, Android, Blackberry and Windows Phone.

Taxi cabs: Taxi cabs are also widely available in Boston. They can be hailed on the street, found at taxi stands at a number of popular locations, or called to your address via phone. Here is some useful information on how to get taxis, fares and taxi company phone numbers

  • Taxi app: Here is a free electronic taxi booking app for iPhones and Android phones.

Car rentals: For longer trips, or when a car is needed for a longer period of time, car rentals are another option. Below is a list of local car rental agencies, and a link to ZipCar, a “car sharing” membership service with cars at many roadside locations around Boston available for rental, even by the hour.

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