Getting there is half the fun when you’re traveling by boat! Boston Harbor has year-round ferries and water taxis and warm-weather recreational trips as well.
The MBTA currently offers scheduled ferry service year round to the Charlestown Navy Yard, Hingham, Hull, and Logan Airport operated by Boston Harbor Cruises. You can buy tickets on board with cash, show a month Commuter Rail pass for the proper zone, or buy a ticket on the mTicket app.
- Boston Rowes Wharf to Hingham
- Boston Long Wharf to Logan Airport, Hull, and Hingham
- Boston Long Wharf to Charlestown Navy Yard
There are seasonal ferry services to Salem, Provincetown, Winthrop, and Quincy. Tickets can be purchased online for all of them and on board for some of them.
- Lynn – no service in 2018
A new year-round ferry service connects Lovejoy Wharf (next to North Station) with the Fan Pier in the Boston Seaport. Tickets must be purchased online.
Seven of the Boston Harbor Islands can be reached by ferry: Spectacle, Georges, Peddocks, Thompson, Grape, Lovell’s, and Bumpkin. Ferry schedules, fares, and additional information can be found here.
Little Brewster (home of Boston Light) is not accessible by ferry this season, but there are 2-hour boat tours of the harbor’s lighthouses available from late June to late September
Water taxis provide on-call service at 28 locations around the Inner Harbor. Trips to between most water taxi docks are $12-15 per passenger. Trips can be booked by calling 617.227.4320 or 617.406.8584. Service is provided by Boston Harbor Cruises and Rowes Wharf Water Transport.
A water shuttle provides service between the Encore Boston Harbor Casino, Long Wharf, and Fan Pier. Tickets are $7, with a discount for service between Long Wharf and Fan Pier. Additional information about the service can be found here.