Visiting

Travel to Boston and the Center for Space Physics

Our offices are located in room 506 on the fifth floor of the College of Arts and Sciences building at 725 Commonwealth Avenue. The easiest entrance is at the west end of the building, also accessible by heading left once you enter the building, and taking the elevators to the 5th floor.

You can find our list of recommended hotels and B&Bs here, all located within a short commute to BU.

By Air:

The most direct route to Boston is flying into Boston Logan airport. Regional airports in Providence RI and Manchester NH are other possibilities, however these airports are about 1 hour drive from Boston.

There are a number of options to get from Logan airport to BU.

Taking a Taxi

Logan Airport is located about eight miles from Boston University. A taxi to the Center costs about $20 and takes from a half-hour to an hour, depending on traffic.

Taking the Airport Shuttle Bus & MBTA: (Fare $2.65)

Take the Airport Shuttle Bus (which stops at all major terminals) to the Airport “T” station and pay $2.65 for a Charlie Ticket. Take an Inbound blue line train to Government Center, where you to the Green Line via a Boston College “B” train and get off at Boston University East.
As you exit the “B” train, the College of Arts and Sciences building (725 Commonwealth Ave.) is directly across from you. Go to the west end of the building, or head left once you enter the building, and take the elevators to the 5th floor, room 506.

Taking the Silver Line & MBTA (Free)

Take the Silver line bus for free from any major terminal to South Station, where you transfer to a Red line train heading towards Alewife. Change at Park Street (2 stops later) for a Boston College “B” Green Line train and get off at Boston University East.
As you exit the “B” train, the College of Arts and Sciences building (725 Commonwealth Ave.) is directly across from you. Go to the west end of the building, or head left once you enter the building, and take the elevators to the 5th floor, room 506.

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By Train:

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).

Directions from South Station

A taxi will cost $9 to $12 and will take about 30 minutes depending on current traffic conditions.

Take the Red Line Inbound train heading towards Alewife, changing at Park Street (2 stops later) for a Boston College “B” Green Line train and disembarking at Boston University East.
As you exit the “B” train, the College of Arts and Sciences building (725 Commonwealth Ave.) is directly across from you. Go to the west end of the building, or head left once you enter the building, and take the elevators to the 5th floor, room 506.

Directions from Back Bay

A taxi will cost $8 to $15 and will take about 10 minutes depending on current traffic conditions.

To take the MBTA, walk for 5-6 minutes North on Dartmouth Street until you reach Copley Station. Take an outbound “B” line train and exit at Boston University East.
As you exit the “B” train, the College of Arts and Sciences building (725 Commonwealth Ave.) is directly across from you. Go to the west end of the building, or head left once you enter the building, and take the elevators to the 5th floor, room 506.

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By Bus:

Most major bus lines operate from South Station Bus Terminal. A taxi from here to BU will cost $9 to $12 and will take about 30 minutes.

You can also take the MBTA to BU from South Station (fare $2.65). From the Trailways or Greyhound station, walk to South Station and follow the “from South Station” directions in the “By Train” section above.
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By Car:

Please note renting a car is discouraged for visitors to Boston as navigation is a challenge, parking hard to find (and expensive), and public transit works well.

From the West

Take the Massachusetts Turnpike (I-90) to Exit 18 (Cambridge/Brighton). Pay toll, then follow the signs for Cambridge through the first light. Turn right at the next light, keeping the Doubletree Hotel on the right. Take Soldiers Field Road/Storrow Drive to the Kenmore Square exit. Turn right at the light at the end of the exit ramp. Stay to the left and follow Beacon Street to Kenmore Square. Keeping to the right through the square, continue onto Commonwealth Ave. The Center is located at 725 Commonwealth Avenue on the fifth floor, accessible via elevators closets to the intersection of Comm Ave and St. Mary’s Street (Marsh Plaza).

From the North

Travel South on Route 95 to Route 93. Take Exit 26 (Storrow Drive/North Station) moving quickly to the left on the exit ramp, and into the tunnel to Storrow Drive to the Kenmore Square Exit (left exit). Use the right-hand side of the exit ramp for Kenmore Square (see directions above from Kenmore square exit).

From the South

Take Route 93/Route 3 North to Exit 26 (Storrow Drive/Back Bay). Go West on Storrow Drive; follow directions above to the Kenmore Square exit and the University.

Metered parking is available in front of the College of Arts and Sciences building at 725 Commonwealth Avenue. (Meters accept quarters only.) A few campus parking lots, which offer parking for around $10 per day, are located off Commonwealth Avenue just West of Kenmore Square.