We call it the T but it stands for MBTA public transportation system. It’s safe, easy to use, and a quick way to get around Boston. To reach the beginning of the Freedom Trail at the Boston Common Visitor Center, take the Red or Green Line to Park Street Station. Exit the station and the Visitor Information Center is 100 yards down the street. There are several T stops along the Freedom Trail.
Here’s a map of the T www.mbta.com
Use the address of the Visitor Information Center on Boston as a guide for GPS directions: 139 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02111
Driving into Boston can be a challenge streets are very narrow and crooked, and we tend to have rules of the road that are unusual. It is America’s Walking City, after all. If you do drive, we suggest parking in a garage, leaving your car for the days you are visiting and getting around by walking, subway, taxi, or pedicabs (in the summer!). The garages most convenient to the Freedom Trail are the Boston Common underground parking garage on Charles Street and the garage at the Charlestown Navy Yard near the USS Constitution. Prices vary depending on the day and length of stay.
DRIVING DIRECTIONS TO BOSTON COMMON FROM NORTH
Take I 93 South, exit 20 A - B toward South Station; merge onto Surface Rd./Purchase St. 0.3 mi); left onto Kneeland St (0.1); turn right onto Stuart St.(0.2); turn right at Charles St. S/RT-28N, after the first traffic light.
I 93 South, take exit 26 to merge onto RT-28 S/RT-3 N/Storrow Drive toward Storrow Dr/RT-28S, take second exit (left) Copley Square (0.5), at the light, dogleg left onto Arlington (Public Garden is on the left), turn left at the second light onto Boylston Street, take left onto Charles Street (underground parking is in the first block on the right).
DRIVING DIRECTIONS TO BOSTON COMMON FROM SOUTH
Take I 93 north, exit 20 toward I 90 W/Worcester/S Station, follow signs for South Station/Chinatown; turn left onto Kneeland St.(0.1), (this turns into Stuart St (0.2); after the third stop light you must turn onto Charles St. S/RT-28 N; continue on Charles for 1 block, through the traffic light and bear right into the Boston Common garage underneath Boston Common.
I 93 North, exit 26 toward Storrow Drive, merge onto RT-28 S/Storrow Drive, take second exit (left exit) onto Arlington/Copley Square, at the light - dogleg left onto Arlington (Public Garden is on the left), turn left at the second light onto Boylston Street, take left onto Charles Street (underground parking is in the first block on the right).
DRIVING DIRECTIONS TO BOSTON COMMON FROM WEST
Take I 90 E Massachusetts Turnpike, exit 22 Prudential Center.Take the exit for South Station, follow signs for South Station/Chinatown; turn left onto Kneeland St.(0.1), (this turns into Stuart St (0.2); after the third stop light you must turn onto Charles St. S/RT-28 N; continue on Charles for 1 block, through the traffic light and bear right into the Boston Common garage underneath Boston Common. Follow Stuart and turn left at Charles St., right into the Boston Common Parking Garage.
I 90 E Massachusetts Turnpike to exit 18 (left toward Cambridge), turn right onto Soldiers Field Rd./Storrow Drive, take right hand exit at Copley Square/Arlington Street; at the second traffic light turn left onto Boylston Steet and at the enxt traffic light left onto Charles St.; immediate right turn into the Boston Common Garage. (Google map From: Massachusetts Turnpike to Storrow Drive)
Traffic Alert: I-93 will be undergoing renovations as part of the "93 Fast 14" 1-93 Rapid Bridge Replacement Project in 2011-12. For traffic and road repair information, you can contact MassDOT directly at 93Fast14.firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also get up-to-date traffic information from SmartTracker.
By Commuter Rail
If you are staying in a suburb of Boston, we recommend parking at a commuter rail stop and taking the train into North Station, Back Bay Station, or South Station. From there take the subway (MBTA affectionately called the “ T”) to Park Street Station, located on the red and green lines. The Boston Common Visitors Center, the official start to the Freedom Trail, is located at 148 Tremont Street. For information about commuter rails to and from the Freedom Trail, click here http://www.mbta.com/schedules_and_maps/rail/
By Commuter Boat
If you are coming from the South, you can travel into the city quickly by boat. Boats to Charlestown Navy Yard make round trips all day long departing from Lovejoy Wharf and Long Wharf, just steps off the Trail. Click here http://www.mbta.com/ to get the latest information.
There are hundreds of direct, connecting flights, and shuttles from New York, New Jersey, Philadelphia, and Washington, DC and beyond into Logan International Airport, which is less than 3 miles from downtown Boston and the Freedom Trail. Click here for airlines and transportation to and from Logan Airport. Click here http://www.massport.com