Getting Around Boston
Conveniently located in Boston's Back Bay, the BU campus is close to all of the cultural and recreational attractions that the city has to offer. Whether you choose to walk, bike, or ride the "T," you'll find it easy to find your way around town during the summer.
Boston has a comprehensive public transportation system known as the "T." There are bus lines, trolleys, and subway trains running throughout the city.
Boston has a very compact downtown area, making it easy to get around by foot, bike, or via public transportation. From the BU campus, you can easily follow the Charles River Esplanade to the Hatch Shell for a free concert, or walk along tree-lined Commonwealth Avenue to the Boston Common for a theater performance. If you enjoy exploring the nooks and crannies of historic neighborhoods, Beacon Hill is a short walk or T-ride away from campus. In Boston's North End you will find street festivals and delicious Italian cuisine and pastries.
Although students are welcome to bring cars to campus, a car is not necessary or recommended in Boston. Parking is always a challenge in the city, though students who decide to drive may purchase a parking pass from Boston University.
Whether you arrive in Boston at Logan Airport, or by train or bus at South Station, it is easy to get to the Boston University campus by public transportation or taxi. You can find directions to campus here.
Boston University Shuttle - The BUS
Traveling between Boston University's Charles River and Medical Campuses is easy using the Boston University Shuttle (BUS). The BUS departs from 33 Harry Agganis Way on the Charles River Campus and ends at 710 Albany Street on the Medical Campus, making several stops at key locations along the route. This service is provided free of charge to members of the University community. For a current schedule, route map, exact stop locations, and to subscribe to our mailing list, please visit the BUS website at bu.edu/thebus.
The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (more commonly known as the MBTA or the "T") maintains the public transportation system in Boston. This system of underground trains (the subway), buses, and trolleys allows you to travel easily all over the city of Boston as well as the suburbs. Boston University is located on the T's Green Line 'B' train. The main BU stops are BU East, BU Central, and BU West. The Green Line inbound can take you to shops on Newbury Street, or you can transfer to the Red Line at Park Street and visit Harvard Square in Cambridge. Visit the MBTA website for fares, schedules, and route maps.
MBTA stations are marked by signs with a large letter "T". The five major subway lines are the Green, Red, Blue, Orange, and Silver. To ride, purchase a CharlieCard or CharlieTicket using cash or a credit/debit card. Automated fare vending machines are located in most MBTA stations, or ask an MBTA official. If you board a Green Line trolley at an above-ground stop with no fare vending machine, you may pay cash ($2.50).
The subways and trolleys connect at many points with MBTA buses. Buses accept the CharlieCard or CharlieTicket, or exact change ($2). You may request a free bus transfer ticket from the driver when you board if you plan on switching buses to reach your final destination.
There are five recognized cab associations in Boston. For official information on approved rates and rider’s rights, visit the City of Boston website.
- Boston Cab: 617-536-3200
- City Cab: 617-536-5100
- ITOA: 617-825-4000
- Metro Cab: 617-782-5500
- Tunnel Taxi: 617-567-2700
There are many currency exchange facilities in Boston. Currency exchange offices are located at Logan Airport, as well as at many large banks. You can also exchange currency on campus at the following locations:
771 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215
Bank of America (must have an account)
771 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215
Exchange services are more limited outside of Boston, and it's best to carry U.S. currency travelers' checks or small amounts of U.S. cash. New England businesses accept most credit cards and U.S. currency travelers' checks. Some restaurants accept cash only. Some businesses may require a photo identification card (passport or other identification) before cashing travelers' checks.
You'll find plenty of exciting things to do in Boston while you are here. Visit our Boston in the Summer page for some suggestions.
We look forward to seeing you around Boston!