Annual Conference & INFO-EXPO Boston Convention & Exhibition Center June 14 -16, 2015

Getting around Boston


Boston is a very walkable city and public transportation is readily available. Walking can be somewhat confusing, however, with narrow, often one-way streets that twist and wind about. To add to the confusion, even when there are street signs (there aren’t always) they may be confusing; for instance a street may have one name on one side of an intersection and a different name on the other side.

Luckily the Seaport District, where the Convention Center is located, boasts wide streets and they are relatively straight. The area around the Convention Center is very safe, and there are big maps every block or two to help you find your way around. Bostonians are very helpful – just not generally effusive – so don’t hesitate to ask a native if you need assistance.

By Public Transportation

The Metro Boston Transportation Authority (MBTA) — fondly known as the T — is one of the oldest subway systems in the country, but the MBTA also runs buses, commuter trains and boats.

To take the T, ask any attendant for a plastic Charlie Card and take it to one of the fare dispensing machines. (You can also buy a Charlie Ticket at any of the machines, but the Card will save you money because the fares are lower). Add money to the Card – just follow the directions (be sure to tap the card at the end as instructed!) and then just tap the card on one of the entrance machines to get to the train.

More information about the Charlie Card, including a cost comparison between “card” and “ticket.”

It typically costs $1.60 for an adult bus ticket and $2.10 for the subway. See more fare information,

Every MBTA station has this map, and each car in a train also has a short version showing the stops on that particular route.


Silver Line — From South Station the Silver Line (SL 1 or SL 2) will take you to the Convention Center and to associated hotels in the area (The Seaport District).

Red Line — One line goes to Cambridge to the northwest, then in the center of Boston it splits and goes to either Braintree or Mattapan (Ashmont) to the south. The Red Line goes through Park Street (right by the Boston Common), Downtown Crossing, and South Station. It takes you to Harvard Square, Tufts University, Kendall/MIT, and at the other end to the JFK Library, for starters.

Green Line — The oldest line and also the most confusing. In the north it starts at Lechmere, just beyond the Charles River, and passes through North Station to Park Street, then all the Green Line trains continue on to Copley, where the Green E-Line splits off.

  • Take the Green B Line to Boston University, Fenway Park and Boston College
  • Take the Green C Line to the City of Brookline
  • Take the Green D Line to the western part of Greater Boston, including Simmons College, Beth Israel, Brookline and Newton.
  • Take the Green E Line: Green E Line to North Station, the North End, then to the southwest to Northeastern University, the Boston Symphony, Prudential Mall, Christian Science Monitor, Mary Baker Eddy, Museum of Fine Arts, Simmons College, Isabella Stewart Gardener Museum, and the Longwood Medical Area.   Note: in the North End, get off at Haymarket and enjoy the farmer’s market and lots of restaurants. Government Center, the stop for Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market, is closed for renovations until March 2016, but Haymarket is close and it’s a very short walk.

Orange Line –- This line goes from Oak Grove to the north and Forest Hills to the southwest. In the center it passes through North Station and Downtown Crossing; from Downtown you can walk underground to Park Street. Like the Green Line, it goes to North Station and Haymarket.

Blue Line  — The shortest line; it does pass by the Airport but the Silver Line is the best way to get into Boston as you would have to take a shuttle bus from the Airport to the Blue Line, and then have to change trains at least once to get to the Convention Center area. The Blue Line also goes to the New England Aquarium and the Wharf area.

Purple Lines — The purple lines on the map indicate the Commuter Rail, covering the suburbs and outlying areas.


By Bike

Other Options

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