The city of Boston is an international hub of arts, music, theatre, sports, and history. Our Visitor’s Guide offers information to assist you in making your travel arrangements as well as options for additional sights and activities.
Logan International Airport is Boston’s main airport, serving all major cities and airlines.
You may also choose to fly into Manchester Regional Airport in New Hampshire or TF Green Airport in Providence, Rhode Island. Each airport is approximately 1 hour from Boston. Flight Line offers shuttle service from Manchester, while the MBTA commuter rail, Amtrak, and Peter Pan Bus offer transportation between Providence and Boston.
Visit the Massport website for more information about directions to and from Logan Airport, including their ground transportation brochure with contact information for shuttle services.
There are 3 main routes into Boston:
I-90 (Massachusetts Turnpike) from the West
I-95 from the North and South
I-93 from the North and South
Parking in Boston can be difficult. There is metered parking on most streets, however, be aware of signage, as spots can become resident-sticker only, valet only, or tow zones at various points during the day.
MBTA, a/k/a “The T”
Subway Fares (as of September, 2014)
$2.65 per subway ride with paper Charlie Ticket or cash-on-board
(no free transfers)
$2.10 per subway ride with plastic Charlie Card
(includes free transfer to local bus)
$1.05 per subway ride for seniors and persons with disabilities
(blind persons ride for free)
Bus Fares (as of September, 2014)
Bus fares are $2.10 with paper Charlie Ticket or cash-on-board, $1.60 for Charlie Card, and $0.80 for seniors and persons with disabilities (blind persons ride free); both Charlie Card and Ticket include free transfer to local bus.
Discounted Visitor Passes available; $12 per day or $19 for 7 days for unlimited subway and local bus travel; can be purchased at in-station fare vending machines or local retail sales terminals.
|Useful BEMF T stops:|
Boylston on the Green Line
Boylston St. at Tremont St.
Courtyard Boston Downtown
Emerson College Dorms
Arlington on the Green Line
Boylston St. at Arlington St.
Courtyard Boston Downtown
Symphony on the Green Line
(E train only)
Huntington Ave. at
Massachusetts Avenue on the Orange Line
Massachusetts Ave. south of
St. Botolph St.
Visit the Massport website for car rental options at Logan airport.
The Hubway is Boston's bike sharing system with 140 stations throughout Boston, Brookline, Cambridge, and Somerville. Visit their Pricing page for more information about 24-hour and 72-hour passes and usage fees.
Courtyard Boston Downtown Hotel
The Boston Early Music Festival is pleased to recommend the Courtyard Boston Downtown Hotel as its official host hotel for the 2015 Festival. Information about special rates for BEMF visitors will be announced later this year.
The Boston Early Music Festival is pleased to offer low-cost air-conditioned dormitory rooms at Emerson College, across from the Boston Common and steps from BEMF’s Exhibition location at the Courtyard Marriott, and close to nearly every Festival venue. Basic amenities are provided (linens, shared bathrooms, breakfast buffet). Rates are $90/night for single occupancy rooms and $150/night for double occupancy rooms. A minimum three-night stay is required.
For more information about Emerson College dorm rooms, please contact Carla Chrisfield.
A full-scale buffet breakfast (eggs, omelets, pancakes, waffles, cereal, bagels, muffins, toast, fruit, etc.), included as part of your reservation, is provided daily from 7AM – 9AM.
- All rooms are air-conditioned and are handicap accessible.
- Shared bathrooms only; no private bathrooms are available.
- Basic linens are provided: sheets, one pillow, one blanket, one towel; we recommend you bring any additional items that will make your stay more comfortable.
- Wireless internet access is available throughout the building.
- No in-room phones are available.
- Coin-operated laundry facilities ($1.50 per wash; $1.50 per dry).
- Use of small public kitchenettes available by request (sink, stovetop, microwave; no refrigerator).
- 24-hour resident assistance.
- Please note that no unregistered guests will be allowed into the dorm at any time. No exceptions.
- There is no smoking allowed in the Emerson College dormitory.
- The consumption of alcoholic beverages in the Emerson College dormitory is strictly prohibited.
- N.B.: The Emerson College dormitory uses a strobe light fire alarm system; please let us know if this raises a specific health concern.