Visiting the BU Center for Space Physics

Travel to Boston:

The most direct route to BU is flying into Boston Logan airport.  Regional airports in Providence RI and Manchester NH are other possibilities, these airports are about 1 hour drive from BU.  The AMTRAK has trains along the northeast corridor, mainly from New York and DC, including the high speed Acela.  The trains typically stop at South Station and Back Bay, the Back Bay station is closer to BU.

Getting to BU:

Renting a car is discouraged for visitors: navigation is a challenge, parking hard to find and expensive, and public transit works well.  If you are not sure of your hotel’s exact location, it is a good idea to take a taxi from the airport, then you can ride the T or the buses after you acclimate.  BU maintains good maps of the campus which can generate directions for you:


Hotels in Boston are expensive, so prepare yourself psychologically.  The nicest (and somewhat expensive) hotels near BU, both within a short walk of the CSP, are:

Gryphon House:

Hotel Commonwealth:

Other recommended places, somewhat farther from campus (Coolidge Corner, good restaurants nearby) but still within a mile or so (i.e. walking distance) are:

Courtyard Marriott:

Samuel Sewall and Bertram Inn:

There are also big box chain hotels (Westin, Marriott, etc.) near Copley Square in Back Bay, these are 1-2 miles from Campus and along the T Green Line.

Local Transport:

The T and taxis are the way to go.  Pick up a Charlie card or ticket and you can add value and ride with a swipe of the card, the Green Line B train (the B letter is important) runs through the BU campus.  Or, take a thrill ride with a Boston taxi driver.

Also see:

Astronomy Department directions page