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Best means of transportation to downtown Boston???

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Best means of transportation to downtown Boston???

Will be staying at the Hyatt Summervile Suites in mid-Sept. We are taking Amtrak into Boston. Can we get the subway to Burlington? We want to visit downtown Boston area during our stay. Any form of transportation into downtown Boston or should we rent a car? If we rent one, is parking a problem? Any info would be great!!!

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1. Re: Best means of transportation to downtown Boston???

Hyatt has a suite hotel in Medford, near Somerville, called Hyatt Place. Is that the one you are talking about? If so, they provide a shuttle to the "T" Subway Station. It is not close enough to walk. When youn arrive, you may wish to take a taxi to the hotel, since you'll have luggage, etc. I would guess about $40 for fare.

Do not rent a car. Parking is both difficult and expensive - $30-40 a day.

There is no subway to Burlington, although there are busses from Alewife T Station. However, is there a reason you want to go there? While there is a ncie mall and plenty of shopping, I would guess you would find similar venues in Delaware.

AlanM

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2. Re: Best means of transportation to downtown Boston???

We will be staying at the Hyatt Summerfield Suites in Burlington, MA (we chose this hotel because of the reasonable cost and the positive comments on Trip Advisor). Although we probably will do some shopping at the Burlington Mall, the main purpose of our trip is to visit Boston and do some sightseeing. Both of us have been thru Boston, but never had a chance to really visit. Is this hotel too far? I can, of course, change my reservation but we cannot afford to pay $250-600/night for a hotel room!!! Any suggestions???

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3. Re: Best means of transportation to downtown Boston???

Have you called the hotel to ask these questions?

Getting to the Burlington Mall should not be a problem, then taking a cab to the hotel. Ask the hotel what the cab rate to the mall is, and if they provide a shuttle to the mall.

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4. Re: Best means of transportation to downtown Boston???

For better access to Boston, you would be much better off at the Hyatt property in Medford. It's cloer to Boston and they have a shuttle to the T subway.

AlanM

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5. Re: Best means of transportation to downtown Boston???

Personally, I'd rather spend a few extra bucks and not have to rent a car or deal with the potential hassles that staying in Burlington might bring.

Though it's out of the immediate sites of tourist interest, the Best Western Roundhouse is within city limits, and they offer a shuttle service to the subway. It's not a pedestrian friendly location, right off Rte I-93, but your daily transportation time would be cut down considerable... and the price ain't too bad.

http://www.bestwesternboston.com/Packages.php

You may even be able to disembark your train at Back Bay station... the hotel courtesy car might even pick you up there.

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6. Re: Best means of transportation to downtown Boston???

If you want to see other suburbs or places outside of Boston staying in Burlington is great location (in my opinion, others may differ). You can drive to Salem, Rockport, Newburyport, Lexington/Concord easily from Burlington. If you decide to rent a car, the parking in Burlington will be free and the driving in that area is fairly easy.

But if you want to spend all your time in Boston though you'll want to get into town using public transportation (and not take a rental car in -- unless it is a weekend as the parking rates are much cheaper on weekends). The driving in Boston (even just to the parking lots to plunk your car) isn't the easiest for a visitor. The closest subway stops are Oak Grove (Orange line) in Medford or Alewife on the Arlington/Cambridge line (Red line). Both these have garages and parking but these lots do fill up early in the day during the week as commuters take the subway into the city. On weekends these two stations have plenty of parking. There is one alternative to park in Wellington Station (Orange line). Supposedly this station has large numbers of parking spots so it doesn't fill up during the week with commuters' cars. Go to www.mbta.com and you can see maps and info on the above stations and how to get to these stations.

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7. Re: Best means of transportation to downtown Boston???

Also, do realize that driving into Boston from Burlington, you will encounter heavy rush hour traffic (often stopped or almost) in the morning on the major highways, and again in the evening rush, going out of Boston or north from Burlington. Your hotel may be able to give you directions using some of the secondary roads through Lexington and Arlington, which are usually faster to negotiate at those hours.

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8. Re: Best means of transportation to downtown Boston???

Burlington is not that far out, but it is not easy to get around from Burlington on public transportation. There is no subway or commuter rail. It is a really car-oriented suburban place. There is an express bus between Burlington and downtown Boston that runs during rush hours.

If you do stay there, you may want to consider renting a car and taking it to a subway or commuter rail stop rather than driving in town.

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9. Re: Best means of transportation to downtown Boston???

The 350 bus stops right on front of that hotel. It drops off at the Alewife T stop, where you can take the Red Line downtown.

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10. Re: Best means of transportation to downtown Boston???

Good idea Veronica! Bricknurse the schedule for the Bus 350 is here on the MBTA web site:

www.mbta.com/schedules_and_maps/bus/routes/…

You would take it to the Alewife T station (Red Line subway stop). Then take the Red line into Boston. Using the bus and the subway would probably take 1:15 hr to get into Boston. I took this bus a few times and didn't think it was a bad ride. This is a good option if you don't have or want a rental car and you are committed to staying at the hotel you've booked.

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