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The rail is maybe the better way to ride into downtown if in the suburbs. I stayed out in Danvers; 15 miles away. After finding the parking place and rail line, the rest was okay to drop you off at north station in downtown. Fare costs, though, I believed were rather steep, and are to go up again soon. It cost $5.25 each way and is based on zones of distance to travel. It takes about 30 minutes to get downtown. To get on the rail, you have to wait until the posting on the digital board signifies which track the train will arrive. Then, during the rush hour there is a "rush" to get to a desired seat
Whether you are taking the subway, or rail, or Amtrack, the main stations in Boston downtown are South and North; that being called TD NOrth Bank Garden. I am not sure where the garden was; mostly concrete. GEt your tickets before getting on, or at the stations. Otherwise a additional costs is $1-2 on board each way. YOu can get 10 day types also
Go through the tunnel from east end
Commuting to get to the downtown may be difficult if you cannot find d spot for the vehicle first. I drove all around Salem a while before I finally found a place on an off street that was free. The cost in the normal lot is only $2 a day, and right next to the rail track in Salem off Hwy 107, but all places are taken I guess by 7-8AM, leaving little choice but to drive until you find a slot
Prking ast the wharf charge
There are parking places in the Boston downtown area. Be prepared for high cost, at least from a Midwestern price point. Down at the wharf area, it is $16 a day, and I suspect the other lots closer in to the center are $20+. I did see some private lots that offered lesser rates at about $8-10 a day. There may be a catch, though?
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Map of subway lines
I believe the use of subways must be for the immediate locals living within a couple of miles of downtown. The lines do not go out further than that. To get farther out, then a transfer to bus, or rail is needed, so why do it? Also the costs are based on zones, and subway costs is $2.00 to $4.75 for the area covered. Going out farther then costs additional zone fare to final termination point.
Road consdtruction alert
The main arteries coming form downtown are I-90 Turnpike. and I-95 and I-93. There is no real belt loop to get around the suburbs, so traffic can congest when traveling point to point. Be prepared for slow traffic, and road work seemed to be prevalent in a number of areas.
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