If you are flying, you will be landing at Boston Logan airport. There are several ways to get to the Harvard Square Hotel.
*Please note: Sat. Jan. 11 & Sun. Jan. 12 the MBTA subway will be shuttling buses between several Red Line stations. Please budget an extra 20-30 minutes on Sunday to your commute to the Amtrak/bus/airport. More details are at the bottom of this page.
1. PUBLIC TRANSIT, THE MBTA OR “T”
A. From Logan Airport
Please plan for a 1 hour door-to-door between Logan Airport and Harvard Square Hotel
From Logan Airport, you want to hop onto the Silver Line which is a bus service that will connect you to the Red Line which is the subway that will take you right into Harvard Square, or “Harvard” on the Red Line. (Don’t take the Blue Line.. it will not take you to Harvard Square unless you transfer several times.)
Subway map: http://mbta.com/schedules_and_maps/subway/
When you leave your gate, head down to baggage claim and signs for ground transport. There will be signs directing you to where the Silver Line bus pick-up stop is. Usually they are next to where the other buses pick up.
It’s a FREE ride from the Silver Line airport stop to your final destination. So you don’t need to wait in line to buy a ticket, just hop on! (You will need to pay on your way back to the airport) Make sure to exit at South Station. Almost all will get off the bus at this stop.
When you get to South Station, head to the far right side. It will say the train is headed Outbound toward Alewife station via Park Street. You will go up a small set of stairs, then down a larger set of stairs to get to the platform level.
From South Station to Harvard it is 6 stops and approximately 15-20 minutes. Try to get a seat facing the left side of the train so you can see the beautiful view of Boston over the Charles River between Charles MGH and Kendall/MIT stops!
Walking from Harvard T to Hotel
When you get off at Havard T stop there are several exits you can take but best ones are to exit to your left when you step off the train. You can take the main exit which is to your left when you exit the fare gates. Go up the two sets of escalators.
When you get to street level you want to cross the street (Brattle St.) to get to the side right across from you where the Harvard COOP store is located. Bear left and continue walking along Brattle St., passing Cardullo’s, Gap, EMS, Chipotle, and last Cambridge Eye Doctors. Harvard Square Hotel will be on the other side of the street across from Cambridge Eye Doctors.
B. From Bus or Amtrak arriving at South Station
You will need to find your way to the subway which is usually in a different part of the building where the Amtrak and buses arrive/depart and you will have to take a set of escalators down one level. Follow the signs to the “T” and then you should see a line of ticket gates.
You will need to purchase a Charlie Card (prepaid plastic rechargeable card) or Charlie Ticket before you can enter the station. There are several ticket machines next to the ticket gates.
Also NEJETAA will have a stack of rechargeable Charlie Cards for you when you check in at the hotel on Friday afternoon.
On the Charlie Card (prepaid plastic) a single ride is $2 flat rate fare to any stop and it includes a free bus connection (but you won’t need it since you’re only going on the subway)
Charlie Ticket fares are $2.50 for one ride.
After buying your ticket or fare, go through the gates and go down the set of stairs that says it is going Outbound towards Alewife station via Park Street Station. It will take you down the platform to get on the next train.
From South Station to Harvard it is 6 stops and approximately 15-20 minutes. Again, try to get a seat facing the left side of the train so you can see the beautiful view of Boston over the Charles River between Charles MGH and Kendall/MIT stops!
Walking from Harvard T to Hotel
When you get off at Havard T stop there are several exits you can take but best ones are to exit to your left when you step off the train. You can take the main exit which is to your left when you exit the fare gates. Go up the two sets of escalators and then when you get to street level you want to cross the street (Brattle St.) to get to the side right across from you where the Harvard COOP store is located. Bear left and continue walking along Brattle St., passing Cardullo’s, Gap, EMS, Chipotle, and last Cambridge Eye Doctors. Harvard Square Hotel will be on the other side of the street across from Cambridge Eye Doctors.
There is a taxi stand and you will need to queue in order to wait for the next cab. The worker operating the stand may ask where your final destination is, so just tell them Harvard Square Hotel. If they are not sure what that is, they will know Harvard Square so tell them it is right next to the Charles Hotel.
Taxis are a bit more expensive here in Boston so be ready to pay $35-$60 including tip depending on the traffic and the route the driver will take as it could be 20 or 40 minutes.
Most cabs now should accept credit cards. Please note there are several tolls the driver must pay that get added onto your fare that are about $6.50-$7.50 according to this site already a year old. If you take the Mass Pike, I-90 then you’ll get an extra toll. However, if you take a taxi back to Logan Airport, the added toll will be a few dollars less.
Here is a list of shuttle services to be used at your own risk (sorry we are not familiar with all of these!).
Travel from the Harvard Square Hotel:
IMPORTANT! Please note there will be shuttle buses replacing Red Line subway service between Kendall/MIT, Charles/MGH, and Park Street stations Saturday Jan. 11 and Sunday Jan. 12.
If you plan to take public transit back to South Station for the Amtrak or bus or to Logan Airport to fly out of Boston, this will affect you.
Please budget an additional 20-30 minutes into your commute to ensure you don’t miss your Amtrak/bus/flight! From Harvard Square, we recommend you budget for a 1 hour commute to South Station, and 1.5 hour commute to Logan Airport – just to be safe.
You will need get off the train at Kendall/MIT station and then be directed outside to take a shuttle bus that will drop you off at Park Street station, then you will have to go back underground to the subway again.
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