Getting there: A cabbie’s routes
James Jones of the Back Bay has been driving cabs in Boston since 1974. “People pull up next to me at 4 in the morning with raw panic in their eyes trying to get to the airport,” says Jones, 55. Relax. Here are his recommended routes from five locations.
1. Harvard Square Pick up the Mass. Pike at the Allston tollbooth. Take it east, to the Ted Williams Tunnel. The first exit -- still in the tunnel - is for the airport. Your second-best bet would be the “river roads.” Cross the Charles on JFK Street near the Kennedy School, and take Soldiers Field Road to Storrow Drive. At the end of Storrow, follow signs to the airport, which will take you on I-93 south to the Callahan Tunnel and the airport exit.
2. Newton Centre Take Centre Street to Newton Corner, where you can pick up the Massachusetts Turnpike (Interstate 90) eastbound to the Ted Williams Tunnel. Take the airport exit. If the Pike is backed up, at Newton Corner follow signs to Charlesbank Road, which turns into Nonantum Road, then Soldiers Field Road, then Storrow Drive. At the end of Storrow, follow signs to the airport.
3. Copley Square Take Berkeley Street to the Storrow Drive inbound entrance just past Beacon Street. Follow signs to I-93 South and the airport. If Storrow looks nasty, take Boylston Street to Charles Street between the Common and Public Garden, and turn right on Beacon Street. Take a left on Bowdoin Street (just past the State House). Bowdoin becomes New Chardon Street, at the end of which you’ll see signs for the Callahan Tunnel. Take the airport exit.
4. Peabody Pick up Route 107 in Salem or Lynn and take it south to Route 60 to connect with Route 1A in Revere. Take 1A South to East Boston’s airport exit. If Route 128 or I-95 South is closer for you, take it to exit 44A, Route 1 South. Follow 1 South all the way to the Northgate Rotary near the Revere cinemas. Get off the rotary at Route 60 West to 1A South until you reach the airport exit.
5. Marina Bay, Quincy Take Quincy Shore Drive west to Neponset Circle, then get on I-93 North. Drivers with more than one passenger should take the HOV lane (it’s a shortcut), and all others the Logan exit (No. 20). Either one takes you to the Ted Williams Tunnel. Take the airport exit. If traffic reports say the Ted Williams approach is jammed, take the Frontage Road exit (No. 18), then the South Boston exit off Frontage to the West Fourth Street Bridge or the Broadway Bridge. Go left on A Street, follow it to the end, then take a right on Congress Street. Signage will show you the way to the airport.
Public Transportation: Easy on the budget
The Silver Line’s SL1 bus has service to Logan from South Station; the bus brings you directly to the terminals. The T’s Blue Line has an Airport stop; from there, take a free shuttle to your terminal. Cost is $1.70 with a MBTA Charlie Card; $2 cash onboard.
MBTA runs Harbor Express shuttle boats between Logan and Boston’s Long Wharf, Quincy, and Hull. Cost is $10 one way from Boston, $12 from Quincy or Hull. Private airport-bound water taxis leave from about 20 locations.
There’s also a Logan Express park-and-ride bus leaving from Braintree, Framingham, and Woburn, with service every day. Cost is $12 one way; on the Massport website (massport.com), click on “Getting to Logan” for schedules.
Parking: You pay for proximity At Central Parking and the Terminal B garage, rates start at $3 for a half-hour and go up to $24 per day plus $12 for each additional zero to six hours or $24 for each additional six to 24 hours. Terminal E’s parking prices are comparable, with a discount given for Lot 2, a slightly farther walk. The economy lot costs $18 a day, with shuttles every 20 minutes to the terminals. A few tips:
Check local parking prices before your trip; you might save substantially using a park-and-fly service near your house.
Only the Economy Lot and Terminal E’s Lot 2 have a weekly parking rate ($108).
Central Parking has two connected buildings, one with walkways to B and C, the other to A and E. (Just follow the signs on each floor of the garage.) No matter the terminal, Level 4 of Central Parking is on the same level as your walkway.
If you’re driving a hybrid, use one of the reserved spaces on Level 6 of Central Parking or Level 4 of the Terminal B Garage.
Pay in the airport or garage before going to your car. If you stayed more than a day, your car’s location will be printed on your receipt.
The harbor view from the roof of Central Parking (or the lot in Terminal B) is stunning.