Boston's transport network consists of the country's oldest
subway system, buses, trams, ferries around the harbour, and the
commuter rail. For getting around the Boston-Cambridge area, the
subway is the best as it's easy to use, fast, and safe.
It serves most of the city and on the whole visitors will have
little use for the bus network, which is cheaper but more confusing
for newcomers. Buses operate from 5am to 11.30pm and the subway
until around 1am. A 'Night Owl' bus service has been introduced to
provide transport along main bus routes and parallel to subway
lines on Friday and Saturday nights until 2.30am.
Taxis are plentiful but expensive, with water taxis a novel way
to explore the city. Licensed metre cabs park at cabstands, usually
near hotels, but can also be reserved by phone. Boston is a
motorist's nightmare and there's no need to rent a car while in the
city, unless planning excursions.
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