Travel and Transportation
TRAVEL AND TRANSPORTATION
Air Travel: Logan Airport
Logan International Airport is the main airport serving the Boston area. The easiest way to travel from Logan Airport to Harvard Square/Cambridge is by taxi. Depending on traffic, the taxi ride can take 20 to 45 minutes and cost between $35 and $45. Another option is to take a free Silver Line bus from the airport to South Station, then transfer to the Red Line (toward Alewife) and get off at the Harvard stop; this will take about 45 minutes in total.
Amtrak offers train service between Boston’s South Station and other major cities, including New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C., with stops at numerous other cities and towns along the way. For information, call 1-800-USA-RAIL, or visit www.amtrak.com.
Driving Directions to Harvard Square
From points north of Boston – Take Route 93 South into Boston. Take the exit for Storrow Drive/Cambridge. Follow Storrow Drive (at certain points called Soldiers Field Road), keeping to the right along the Charles River until you reach the exit marked “Harvard Square/Cambridge.” (You will pass other signs for Cambridge before reaching the Harvard Square exit.) At the end of the Harvard Square exit, make a right and cross over the Charles River on Lars Anderson Bridge to John F. Kennedy Street.
From points south of Boston – Take Route 3 North/Route 93 North. Take the exit for Storrow Drive/Cambridge. Follow Storrow Drive (at certain points called Soldiers Field Road), keeping to the right along the Charles River until you reach the exit marked “Harvard Square/Cambridge.” (You will pass other signs for Cambridge before reaching the Harvard Square exit.) At the end of the Harvard Square exit, make a right and cross over the Charles River on Lars Anderson Bridge to John F. Kennedy Street.
From points west of Boston – Take Route 90 (Massachusetts Turnpike) East. Take exit 18 (Cambridge) and follow the signs for Cambridge. Stay in the far left lane and proceed straight ahead through one set of lights, but do not cross the river. Instead, take a left before the bridge. Go through the next set of lights at Western Avenue. This will put you on Storrow Drive. Follow Storrow Drive one half mile to the first exit marked Harvard Square. Take a right over the Charles River, then go straight through the light at Memorial Drive and into Harvard Square.
Taxis are abundant in Harvard Square, and can be found at numerous cab stands in the vicinity. One of the more reliable companies is Cambridge Taxi, which can be reached at 617-718-4000.
We strongly recommend that participants do not bring cars, since parking in Cambridge and Harvard Square is difficult and expensive. However, if you do choose to bring a car, information about Harvard’s parking services is available at www.campusservices.harvard.edu/parking. The cost of parking in a Harvard University lot or garage is $14/day. For on-street parking, please note that meters in Harvard Square are in effect 8 a.m. – 8 p.m., accept only quarters, and cost $1/hour.
SUBWAYS, BUSES AND COMMUTER RAILS
The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) operates subways, buses, and commuter rails throughout the Boston area. For complete service and schedule information, call 617-222-3200 or visit www.mbta.com.
The subway, locally referred to as the “T,” is made up of five lines: Red, Blue, Orange, Green, and Silver. The Harvard stop is on the Red Line. Subways run from approximately 5:00 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. Tickets are available for purchase at kiosks at all indoor subway stations and most outdoor subway stops. A oneway subway ride costs $2.50 if purchased with cash or credit card, or $2 if purchased with a CharlieCard (stored-value card available free at most stations). Unlimited passes ($11/day, $18/week or $70/month) are also available for purchase at MBTA ticket kiosks.
Many MBTA bus lines also stop in and around Harvard Square. The bus costs $2 if purchased with cash and $1.50 if purchased with a CharlieCard.
Commuter rail trains, which serve the greater Boston area, depart from Porter Square (one subway stop from Harvard on the Red Line) and South Station (six stops from Harvard on the Red Line). Fare varies depending on the distance traveled.