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When is the best time to visit Boston?
June to October
Travelling on return flights to Boston between June and October means warm summer temperatures. You can attend plenty of festivals, such as Boston Pride, Boston Comic Con and Boston Film Festival. However, with its full social calendar and pleasant weather, summer also means Boston fills with higher tourist numbers. So, if you’d love to see Boston in summer be sure to start searching for airfare to Boston as soon as possible.
November to February
As the temperatures cool down, the city usually sees a decline in tourists arriving on return flights to Boston. However, if you don't mind some snow and bundling up in your warmest winter jacket, winter can be a great time to look for off-season flights to Boston. You can even plan your trip around events such as the Boston Christmas Festival, the Boston Tea Party Reenactment and the Boston Wine Festival.
March to May
If you want to avoid the snow and the summer crowds, start your search for tickets to Boston for travel between March and May. The weather is slowly starting to warm up, but you'll still need to pack warm layers - just in case! Those wanting to experience one of the city’s most famous - and outrageous - celebrations should look to book their return flights to Boston in March so as to attend the massive St. Patrick’s Day Parade.
What is the cost of visiting Boston?
Hotel prices in Boston
A room in a budget hotel in Boston may cost between $90 to $100 USD ($132.57 to $147.30 AUD) per night. If you're looking at staying in a major hotel chain, prices tend to start around $150 USD ($220.95 AUD) per night. If you want to keep your accommodation costs low, look at hotels outside of the centre once you’ve secured your tickets to Boston.
Food prices in Boston
Expect to pay between $15 to $20 USD ($22.10 to $29.46 AUD) for a meal and a drink at a mid-range restaurant while dining out in Boston. For cheap eats, pizza slices and sandwiches cost around $5 to $8 USD ($7.37 to $11.78 AUD). If you're buying flights to Boston and have plans to eat out at one of the city’s upmarket restaurants, expect menus with main meals starting at about $20 USD ($29.46 AUD). Those staying at self-catering accommodation can budget between $60 to $70 USD ($88.38 - 103.11 AUD) for a week’s worth of groceries.
Transportation costs in Boston
You don't need to budget too much money for getting around Boston. The city is walkable, and you can easily get around without using the subway or a taxi. However, if you're feeling tired or want to get somewhere faster, you can expect to pay about $3 USD ($4.42 AUD) for a trip on the subway or $12 USD ($17.68 AUD) for a day pass.
What should I know before visiting Boston?
Transport from Boston Logan International Airport (BOS)
When your flights to Boston land at Boston Logan International Airport (BOS), you can take the blue subway line or the silver bus line into the city. For those with large and heavy bags, it’s best to take a metered taxi or request a ride with Uber to your hotel. Boston Logan International Airport (BOS) is close to the city, and taxi fares run at about $35 to $60 USD ($51.55 to $88.38 AUD) per trip, depending on your final destination. If you’ve booked a car rental through Webjet at the same time as organising your airfare to Boston, your vehicle will be waiting for you at the airport.
You only need a car for day trips
As one of the oldest cities in the United States, Boston's streets aren't all mapped out on an easy to navigate grid. If it's your first time buying flights to Boston, you'll have a much easier time using public transportation than driving around the city. With parking at most hotels costing $40 USD ($56.82 AUD), it's more wallet-friendly to ditch a car unless you absolutely need it.
Happy hours in Boston
The city of Boston (and wider Massachusetts) banned ‘happy hours’ and after-work drink specials, you can still find excellent combo deals on food at local bars and restaurants. Between 4pm and 6pm, hungry travellers can feast on anything from $1 oysters, two-for-one tacos and other cheap eats.
Boston is full of free attractions
If you're searching for cheap flights to Boston over the summer, don't miss out on attending one of the free concerts along the Charles River Esplanade. The city often puts on other free public events, such as outdoor yoga classes, and some of the universities offer free film screenings. For those looking to save money on admission fees, plan your visit around the days when any of Boston’s museums open their doors for free entry. Once you’ve locked in the dates of your flights to Boston, see your time away overlaps with a free admission day. For example, travellers can pop into the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) for free on Thursdays, between 5pm to 9pm.
Unlike other cities in the United States, Boston's public transportation doesn’t operate around the clock. The last subway train departs the city centre at 12.30am. If you miss it, you'll need to catch a metered cab or request a ride with Uber.
Summer is a great time to visit Boston. Although there are lots of tourists throughout the peak season months of June to August, temperatures are high and there are a range of festivals, baseball games and outdoor concerts to enjoy across the city. The shoulder months of September and October are also a great time to visit with fewer tourists around and temperatures remaining moderately high.
Logan International Airport
Situated around 10 minutes’ drive from Boston’s city centre, Logan International Airport is the largest airport in New England. The airport is officially known as General Edward Lawrence Logan International Airport after the famed 19th century lawyer, judge, military officer and politician. Flights travel to Logan International Airport from a number of destinations, including Dublin, Toronto, Rome and Beijing. There are no direct flights available from Australia.