In terms of convenience to downtown Boston and the ARGFest ’08 hotel, if you’re flying in, no option beats Logan. With four terminals, Logan is the busiest transportation center in New England. All the majors fly into Logan, plus JetBlue and AirTran for those who prefer a discount carrier.
Just across the harbor in East Boston, it’s just a short trip from Logan to downtown. There are a variety of shared van, taxi, and limo services that are available to you (a taxi should run you about $25 to the Radisson Hotel Boston), but if you’re a traveler who is both frugal and impatient, your best bet is to take the T: The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (known as the T) runs the transit system throughout the Greater Boston area, and provides two ways to get to/from the airport (for more info on the T, see Getting Around Town on the T).
You can catch the MBTA Silver Line right at the airport terminals. Follow the signage on the lower level, which indicates both where you can buy a CharlieCard or ticket (which you use to pay your fare), and where you can catch the SL1 bus. The Silver Line will take you to South Station (see directions from there to the Radisson Hotel Boston in the By Train or Bus section).
You can catch a complementary Logan Shuttle, which will take you to Airport Station on the MBTA Blue Line. Once at Airport Station, you can buy a CharlieCard or ticket (which you use to pay your fare). To get to the Radisson Hotel Boston, take the Blue Line towards Bowdoin Station. Get off at Government Center and switch to the Green Line. You can take any Green Line train except for those marked A to Lechmere (thus, any of the B, C, D, or E lines are fine) to Boylston Station, which is a short walk from the hotel (see the Walking from Boylston Station to the Radisson Hotel Boston section for directions).
Manchester - Boston Regional Airport (MHT) (Manchester, NH)
Despite being about 60 miles out of town, the Manchester - Boston Regional Airport markets itself as an alternative way to fly into Boston. If you’re short on money and long on time, it’s an option to consider. For one thing, Southwest airlines flies to Manchester, and they are pretty good at out-pricing the major airlines, and forcing all the other airlines that fly into Manchester to offer pricing that is typically cheaper than flying into Logan.
Getting from Manchester - Boston Regional Airport to Boston is going to take some time, though. In addition to taxis, limousines, buses, and shared vans, there is a free shuttle that operates from the airport to Sullivan Square Station on the MBTA Orange Line. This is a 75-minute ride that leaves the airport every two hours from noon through 10:00 PM. To get from Sullivan Square Station to the Radisson Hotel Boston, take the Orange Line towards Forest Hills Station. Switch to the Green Line at North Station, and take any Green Line train except for those marked A to Lechmere (thus, any of the B, C, D, or E lines are fine) to Boylston Station, which is a short walk from the hotel (see the Walking from Boylston Station to the Radisson Hotel Boston section for directions).
T.F. Green International Airport (PVD) (Providence, RI)
The third Boston area airport is in Providence, RI. At about 60 miles south of Boston, this is again an option for those who want to save some money by not flying into Logan (Southwest flies here as well), and don’t mind spending some time getting to and from the airport.
The ground transportation options here are the least attractive of the three airports. In 2009/2010, there will be direct MBTA commuter rail service from T.F. Green to South Station, but not yet. For the moment, there are taxis, limousines, and buses, but because of the distance to Boston, anything you can catch at the airport other than the Peter Pan Bus is likely to erase any cost savings you might have experienced. Adventurous sorts could take a taxi to the Providence MBTA commuter rail station and take the train from there which would bring you to South Station (see directions from there to the Radisson Hotel Boston in the By Train or Bus section).
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By Train or Bus
If you’re coming to Boston from the Northeast and/or prefer not to fly, Amtrak is a decent option. The Acela Express line runs from Washington, DC to Boston, with stops in several major centers in between. There are many other connecting routes that can bring you to Boston by train as well. Except for the Downeaster route that connects Boston to New Hampshire and Maine, all Amtrak Trains arrive at South Station, and from there it’s very easy to get to the Radisson Hotel Boston.
Conveniently, bus services such as Greyhound and their various competitors also serve Boston at South Station. For those of you traveling north from the Big Apple and feeling extra frugal, the Chinatown bus operators (like Fung Wah and Lucky Star) offer very cheap and frequent service to South Station. However, Greyhound has caught onto this, and their Internet ticket pricing from NYC <-> Boston now matches that of the Chinatown buses.
In addition to being the terminus of many train and bus lines, South Station is also on the MBTA Red Line, making connecting to local transportation quite easy. To get from South Station to the Radisson Hotel Boston on the MBTA, take the Red Line towards Alewife (directions on Boston’s subway lines are indicated by where the trains end up), and get off at Park Street. At Park Street, switch to the Green Line; you can take any Green Line train except for those marked A to Lechmere (thus, any of the B, C, D, or E lines are fine) to Boylston Station, which is a short walk from the hotel (see the Walking from Boylston Station to the Radisson Hotel Boston section for directions).
Chances are that you won’t have a lot of use for a car once you’re in Boston. Between figuring out driving directions, negotiating the traffic, and finding parking, you’re generally much better off taking the T (see Getting Around Town on the T).
However, if driving into town is most convenient for you, keep in mind you’ll need some place to park your car. Indoor garage self parking is available at the Radisson Hotel Boston for $31 per evening, or $33 for valet service. Across the street, the Motor Mart Parking Garage offers 24 hours for $28.
You can get to Boston on Interstate 90 from the West, or Interstate 95 from the North or South. You can get step-by-step directions to the Radisson Hotel Boston using their gateway to Microsoft Virtual Earth or Google Maps. The Radisson Hotel Boston’s address is:
Even if you are only in town for 3 or 4 days, the best deal is probably a Week LinkPass for $15. This is good for unlimited travel on subways and buses, and if you compare the cost to more than one Day LinkPass at $9 each, or individual fares for $2 each, it could be worth it if you're going to see the sights.
Walking from Boylston Station to the Radisson Hotel Boston
It’s a short walk from Boylston Street Station to the Radisson Hotel Boston. Walk south on Tremont Street, and then turn right to head west on Stuart Street until you reach the hotel. Alternatively, you can walk west on Boylston Street, alongside the lovely Boston Common, before turning left to head south on Park Plaza/Charles Street; the hotel is at the southwest corner of Stuart Street and Charles Street.