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How long to drive to Boston?

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Southport, England
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How long to drive to Boston?

Hi there,

My wife and I are coming to the area for a week in Summer this year.

We have two options for a weekly rental:

1. An apartment in Nantasket Beach close to the Clarion Resort Hotel

2. An apartment in Quincy

Obviously the apartment in Quincy is a lot closer for visiting Boston.

My question is:

What would be the difference in travelling time to get into Boston, from either of these locations, either by car or train?


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1. Re: How long to drive to Boston?

You'd be taking the commuter rail from Nantasket Junction if you stay @ Nantasket Beach. Here's the schedule for it. I wouldn't hesitate to stay near this beach, but that's just my opinion, I'm a coastal person and always chose anything near the ocean!


From Quincy you'd be able to take the subway. It would be the red line:


From Hull you'd be about 45 minutes from Boston & roughly 19 miles away. Driving it, you'd come up 3A-N to the Neponset River Bridge which then becomes Morissey Blvd, then you'd pick up I-93N. In the summer months it can get crazy with the traffic, but if that's where you end up staying, you just have to deal with it. Know when to travel it, that's all. Fridays are always hectic with every one going away, so try to avoid driving it that day.

Quincy on the other hand, would only be about 10 minutes away from Boston. Roughly 5 1/2 miles, if that.

Good luck wherever you stay!

Lincoln, NH
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2. Re: How long to drive to Boston?

From Hull, you should take the Harbor Express ferry service to get to Boston. (Yeah, the train will get you there, but the train and boat are my daily rides to Boston, and the boat is delightful, the train is a ride.) You can see their schedule on the MBTA web site: Allerton Point to Boston. That's the best and most scenic way. I'd far prefer to stay in Hull than Quincy... and it's easy to get to town, Hull has fun restaurants and a decent beach to walk after dinner.

Southport, England
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3. Re: How long to drive to Boston?

Thanks so much for your prompt reply - very helpful.

I guess if we're driving into Boston, we're going to end up onthe I-93, whether we're travelling from Quincy or from Nantasket Beach.

The apartment we're looking at in Hull is actually close to the Clarion Beach Resort Hotel, so it's not actually too far along the peninsula.

I'm guessing if we stay there it will add about 20 minutes to the driving time into Boston, compared with staying in Quincy (the apartment in Quincy is on Independence Ave, close to John Quincy Adams birthplace). Does an extra 20 minutes sound about right?

Thanks again

Lincoln, NH
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4. Re: How long to drive to Boston?

The timing is right, but there is no good reason to drive into town unless you're returning later than the last boat or train. Driving is difficult and expensive. For nights that you'd want to stay later than the return boat/train, you could drive to the MBTA Red Line "Quincy Center" station and park there. The Red Line runs later than the trains and boats.

Southport, England
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5. Re: How long to drive to Boston?

LoonMountainMan, thanks for your reply also.

I hadn't realised that there was from the tip of the Hull peninsula to Boston - I thought the closest one was from Higham.

Great information!

Southport, England
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6. Re: How long to drive to Boston?

Sorry, my last post was incomplete - it should have read as below:

"I hadn't realised that there was a ferry from the tip of the Hull peninsula to Boston - I thought the closest one was from Higham."

Thanks also for your comments about driving into Boston. I have done this before, and I remember how busy it was. I had wondered about possibly driving to the Subway stop in Quincy, so we'll probably either do that or take the ferry.

Thanks again.

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7. Re: How long to drive to Boston?

If it is not too late to chime in. I would agree with my friend LMM that if you can, stay on the water at Nantasket. There is nothing like relaxing on the beach after a hard day of sightseeing. Also, Nantasket has some great views along the shore whether you travel towards Scituate or go all the way down to Point Allerton. There is a great walk along the seawall with views to Boston light, the city and you will pass what some call the original Kennedy compound.

As for the commute, while rush hour can be crazy, the ride is not that bad at other times if you wanted to drive into the city or at least to a closer T stop.

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