42nd Annual Conference - Travel Information

Society for American Music
2016 Conference – Boston, MA

Travel by air

The nearest airport is Boston Logan International Airport. For complete information about flights visit the airport website: https://www.massport.com/logan-airport/.

Travel by train

Amtrak serves three Boston train stations: South Station, North Station, and Back Bay Station. See below for Public Transport and Shuttles. Public transport will cost under $5 one way.

Travel by bus

Numerous regional bus companies serve Boston, arriving at North Station, South Station, and Back Bay Station. (You can compare routes and prices at https://www.wanderu.com).

Ground Transportation & Shuttle Service from Logan to Hyatt

Although you may find other companies online, some of them have gone out of business. Therefore we recommend the following.

Shuttle Service:
Easy Transportation Service: 617-869-7760; Online reservation
Price one-way as of Dec. 2015: $17 (no discount for round-trip); reservation required; operates between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m. daily
Note: Special rates for groups of more than 10 passengers. For passengers with multiple children, one child can travel free.

Taxi Service:
A typical fare will be $45 flat rate + $7-9 for tolls, plus tip (may vary from company to company - check with driver first)

$55-68 for UberBLACK service; $65-79 for UberSUV; More info

$14 estimated Lyft price from Logan to the Cambridge Hyatt. https://www.lyft.com/cities/boston

Public Transport:
Take the Silver Line bus (departs Terminal E) to South Station (about 15 minutes depending on traffic). Change to the Red Line (subway), outbound, to Kendall/MIT Station (about 8 minutes). Change to the CT2 Ruggles bus (departs Main St. and Kendall Station) and get off at Amesbury St. and & Vassar St. (about 4 minute ride). Walk for 2 minutes to hotel. Total fare: $4.75; $1.85 seniors. Plan your trip here: http://www.mbta.com/rider_tools/trip_planner/

If the weather’s pleasant, you don’t have too much luggage, and it’s daylight, you can also walk the 1.5 miles from the Kendall/MIT station to the hotel.

Note about T-fares: The cheapest option is to buy a Charlie Card, available via vending machines at major stations (e.g., North and South station). Using a credit card, you can store any amount of money on it, then just tap it as you go through the turnstile and the appropriate amount will be deducted. You can transfer among T stops any number of times, however if you switch to a bus you have to tap your card again. The second cheapest option is to buy a Charlie Ticket, which also can store multiple rides. Finally, you can pay cash on board.

For a comparison of fares see http://www.mbta.com/fares_and_passes/. Just as an example, on the rapid transit (subway) the fares are: Charlie Card $2.10 / senior (65+) $1.05; Charlie Ticket or On Board Cash fares: $2.65. [Seniors and persons with disabilities please note: Discounted passes require a Senior CharlieCard, available only at Downtown Crossing Station; see http://www.mbta.com/fares_and_passes/reduced_fare_programs/). Student fares unfortunately don’t apply to college students!

Rental Cars:
Available at the airport.

The hotel address (for GPS users):
Hyatt Regency, 575 Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA 02139


Who knows? Prepare for the worst by with warm, sturdy, waterproof footwear (Boston sidewalks can be treacherous in the best of weather thanks to uneven bricks and cobblestones), warm coats/hats/gloves (wind is almost guaranteed), and an intrepid attitude. Then again, the weather may surprise us all!

Get to Know Boston

Recommended smartphone apps for getting to know Boston: There are numerous apps, but one you might like to get (depending on the weather!) is Freedom Trail Walking Tour (free), which gives you maps, pictures, descriptions and YouTube videos of all 17 stops on the trail.


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