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Travel Tips & Weather

To check the weather and see the CNN satellite animation:   www.cnn.com/weather


Driving Times from Boston, in hours:

Plimoth Plantation: 1 hour

Cape Cod (Hyannis): 1.5 hours

Cape Cod (Provincetown): 2 hours

New Bedford: 1 hour

Gloucester: 45 min.

Newburyport: 45 min.

Springfield: 1.5 hours

The Berkshires (Williamstown): 3 hours

The Berkshires (Lenox): 2.5 hours

 
Ferry Crossing Times, in hours:

Boston or Plymouth to Provincetown (high speed): 1.5 hours

Hyannis to Nantucket (high speed): 1 hour

Woods Hole to Martha’s Vineyard: 45 min.

 

Getting Around in Massachusetts

No car is needed in the Greater Boston area. The city’s MBTA public transport system, known as “the T”, is efficient and inexpensive. Buy a Charlie Ticket from one of the machines located in each subway station and load it with a 7-day LinkPass (£12) for unlimited travel on the metro system, local buses and the inner-harbour ferry. Zipcar (invented in Boston) has locations 42 throughout the city.

When touring, rent from a wide range of internationally-known companies. Start your rental when you leave Boston. Full current EU licences are recognised; credit cards are required; do carry ID, such as a passport, at all times.

 

Biking in Boston

Called the Hubway (thehubway.com), Boston’s bicycle sharing system provides more than 100 stations and 1,000 bikes all over the Greater Boston area.

 
The Bus: A Great Alternative
Bus services criss-cross the state. The main lines include C&J Trailways, Concord Coach Lines, Greyhound, Peter Pan/Bonanza Bus, Plymouth & Brockton, Yankee Line. In Boston, the main terminals are South Station and and Back Bay Station.

 

Up Close and Personal

Throughout Massachusetts, guides offer fun and informative walking and bus tours. Many of the most interesting in Boston are themed. Walk the Freedom Trail, with a National Park Service ranger or with costumed historical characters. Taste Italian delicacies in delis and restaurants on a North End Market Tour; discover the story of hot fudge sundaes on The One & Only Boston Chocolate Tour. To see locations from The Departed, Ally McBeal and more, take the Boston TV & Movie Bus Tour Highlights.

 

Money-Saving Passes

The Boston CityPASS saves almost 50% on entry to 5 memorable attractions. The booklet also includes information on using the T to get around. The GoBoston card saves up to 55% at about 60 attractions, walking tours and more in Boston plus Salem, Old Sturbridge Village, Plimoth Plantation and whale watching trips.