Wicked Good Guides / Boston for Visitors / Getting around


In a word: Don't.

Everything you've heard about Boston drivers is true - we're angry and hostile. Our roads aren't much better - while it's not really true that the local road were laid out by wandering cows 375 years ago, it will seem that way. Parking in downtown Boston is VERY expensive and limited, especially on weekdays. On weekends, some garages (for example, the Government Center Garage near Quincy Market and the North End) now offer discounts.

So unless you want to see sights outside the city (such as Concord), leave your car in the hotel garage and take the subway or a tourist "trolley."

If you do drive, SmarTraveler has real-time traffic reports. Do not rely on online mapping services for directions to specific points in the Boston area. They don't do well with our funny road system; better to ask your concierge for directions.



I was in Boston a few years ago and I can say driving in Boston is not so bad. When you drove through munich in boston its easy ;-)


Michael on July 24, 2003 06:40 PM.

Boston drivers are the best. After 10 lessons got my license in 1950. Driven all over this great country. Only getting one ticket in all these years. If you can drive in Boston you can drive anywhere.
Take the challenge.

GDS on July 10, 2005 01:32 PM.

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