Taxis are widely available in downtown Boston, although it can be difficult to find an available cab late at night on the weekends when swarms of inebriated twenty- and thirty-somethings make their way home from the bar and club scene.  If you are traveling with friends, taxis are a pretty good way to get around, especially after midnight when the T shuts down.  Cab fare is not cheap, with Boston now among the five most expensive large cities for taxi service— click here for current rates and more information.

In the downtown area, most hotels will call a taxi for you.  There are also taxi stands located strategically near many of the city’s popular destinations, including Faneuil Hall, Copley Place, South Station, North Station, and Back Bay Train Station.  These taxi stands can be identified by a sign indicating it is a taxi stand and the long line of taxis waiting for a fare.   You may also wave a taxi down that is travelling on the the street, if it is unoccupied.  

Cabs are typically in plentiful supply at Logan Airport and are available at the airport taxi stand.  Note that cab fare to and from Logan Airport includes additional surcharges and tolls for the tunnels.  Using one to get to and from your hotel in Boston is a good option if you prefer not to lug their suitcases up and down the stairs of subway stations.  To save some money, you can always take a taxi to a subway station and travel more economically around town.   Van and Wagon taxi cabs may charge an extra $5 for excessive luggage, boxes, or skis. 

Notably, Boston can be subject to poor winter weather conditions, which may cause taxis to be in short supply and in these cases taxis may accept double fares.  When a taxi is occupied by more than one party, each will be charged the regular fare, less two dollars ($2.00). Under these conditions there shall be no charge for any tolls or fees. Under these conditions there is a minimum charge of $2.50 for each party.

Suburbs within 12 miles of Boston operate on metered city fares (with more distant suburbs on a flat fare basis from places like the airport), but others have their own local cab services which are usually slightly more expensive.  Several taxi companies service the Boston area, so if you know you will be needing one, ask the hotel staff to arrange a ride for you or call at your own convenience.

In case you need to call a cab to for pickup a more residential spot in Boston, here are the major cab companies:

  • Boston Logan Taxi Cab : 617-499-4800
  • Boston Cab, 617-536-5010
  • City Cab, 617-536-5100
  • ITOA, 617-825-4000
  • Metro Cab, 617-242-8000
  • 617TaxiCab 617-829-4222
  •  Independent Cab 617-267-1313


Renting a Car in Boston 

With traffic and parking a nightmare and a very convenient public transportation system in place, renting a car in Boston is less than appealing. However, during the summer traveling by car is the best (and often the only) way to get to Cape Cod and the rest of the Massachusetts shore or other attractions off the beaten path. If you just don’t want to be constrained by the commuter rail and public transportation schedules, then renting a car may be the right choice. Before you decide to rent, check out the prices at different rental agencies (there are many), and do try to book early, which may give you a chance at a better rate. Most agents offer a convenient pick-up service at Logan Airport, so if you are flying into town, see whether your agency has one.

Since downtown Boston is one of the few truly walkable cities in America, almost European in feel, consider holding off on the rental until you really need it. The airport is so close to downtown, with multiple methods of getting to downtown hotels (MBTA, taxi, shared hotel van), that it may be wiser to go directly to your hotel and rent a car as needed to head out of town. Daily parking rates even at the hotels are intimidating. 

Another advantage of waiting until after your visit to downtown Boston to rent a car is the avoidance of the airport's onerous $10 per day "Convention Center Surcharge," $30-$50 per day parking fees, and streets impossible to navigate without a GPS.  When moving on from Boston, take the subway to Cambridge and pick up a car there.



Another issue is that rental agencies and Massport seem hell-bent on tacking on additional fees. Renting from Logan recently (10/2014) highlighted the later as the cheapest from any company/travel portal was approaching $100/day and the big difference seemed to be Massport induced, ostensibly to pay for the new consolidated rental building and shuttles. The solution: rent off-airport. For example, simply take the shuttle bus over to the T (subway) terminal (free, 2 minutes), hop the Blue Line to Govt Center or Bowdoin ($2.65, 10 minutes), and walk a block to Avis (free, 5 minutes). You may even was able to return the car to Logan for no extra charge. The result: a $35/day vs. almost $100/day rental.


Chauffeur Services

If you want to make sure you get to your destination on time and in style you should hire a chauffeur service to pick you up from the airport. When searching for a Limousine service Keep These 3 Things in mind.

  1.  Determine ahead of time how many people will e in your party and how much luggage you will have so you will have a clear understanding of your needs.
  2. If you decide to go with hourly services you should ask if there are a minimum amount of hours for the vehicle you requested.
  3. Make sure you are comparing Apples to Apples, ALWAYS Ask if the rate is "All Inclusive" or if they have additional fee's.Normal fees to expect are 20% gratuity, 7% fuel, early morning / late night if the trip is between 12am - 5am, airport fees, parking and wait time.

There are plenty of Local, National & International services available, remember that you get what you pay for, most services like:

  • Boston Airport Cab (Serves entire Massachussets and nearby states)
  • Elite Limo
  • Boston Limousine  1-800-309-6009
    Will give you a free quote. Its always a good idea to make your reservations as far in advance as possible but usually you can get a Vehicle in as little as 1-2 hours' notice in 40 U.S. cities. You can get a single bill and single point of contact for all of your rides, worldwide.There is a  24 Hour dispatch service so you can speak to a real person anytime and Every ride is watched closely by their staff through GPS tracking of the vehicle and status updates directly from the driver via a mobile app.