Boston is a historic city known not only for the role it played in the country’s colonial history, but the role it plays today as a hotbed for culture, sports, and education in the New England region. What makes Boston an ideal city to visit? Close to other major cities along the Eastern Seaboard, plus year-round attractions, Massachusetts’ capital is always bustling. Fortunately, it is easy to find inexpensive flight options to and from Boston, attracting both business and pleasure travelers. Named as one of the 10 best cities in the country and packed with massive outdoor areas, a vibrant culture, and history at every turn, it’s easy to see why people flock to Boston. Visit to take a step back in time; to cheer on the Boston Red Sox, New England Patriots, Boston Celtics, or Boston Bruins; to take in the gorgeous coastline; or to check out what makes this city one of America’s most walkable and charming destinations.
The Boston region is home to four airports, giving travelers plenty of options for inexpensive flights. Logan International Airport, the most popular and largest, is the city and region’s main international airport and attracts the most airlines. It handles a lot of JetBlue traffic, thanks to Boston's designation as one of the carrier's focus cities. Delta and US Airways are also major carriers. Logan is ideal for those traveling to and from the Caribbean, Mexico, Panama, the Cape Verde islands, and destinations in Europe.
The most popular domestic flight destinations include Chicago, Washington National, Atlanta, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Charlotte, JFK New York, Baltimore, Los Angeles, and Dallas/Fort Worth. The top international destinations are London (via British Airways, Delta, and Virgin Atlantic), Paris, Toronto, Dublin, Frankfurt, Amsterdam, Munich, Rome, Zurich, and Tokyo.
Logan has 100 gates spanning four terminals connected by shuttle buses and moving walkways. Within the airport, visitors will find free Wi-Fi, award-winning restaurants, children’s play areas, art installations, and spas. One of the busiest airports in the U.S., Logan provides options for travelers with time to kill between flights or preboarding.
The other main airport in the area is T.F. Green Airport. Considered the reliever airport to Logan, this regional facility in Warwick, R.I., offers many regional routes from carriers including Delta and Delta Connection, JetBlue, Southwest, United and United Express, US Airways, and US Airways Express. Flights go as far west as Las Vegas and as far south as West Palm Beach.
Two more airports service the Boston area: Worcester Regional Airport and Manchester-Boston Regional Airport. For cheap flights to Fort Lauderdale or Orlando on JetBlue, Worcester is the airport to use. It is easy and affordable to get from Boston to Worcester Regional Airport. Simply take the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority’s Framingham/Worcester Line east to Back Bay and South Station in Boston.
Manchester-Boston offers largely regional flights via Southwest, Delta, Delta Connection, United Express, and US Airways. Located just 50 miles north of Boston, the easiest way to get to and from the airport is via airport shuttle operated by Flight Line, which runs hourly service to the city for $39 each way.
Compared to the other airports in the area, Logan is the most accessible from Boston—it’s a mere three miles northeast of downtown. The airport boasts the title of the “easiest airport to get to” from Aviation.com due to the numerous inexpensive ways to reach it, including public transit options like the MTBA Blue and Silver lines, which whisk riders to and from the airport for only $2.50 each way. Transit from downtown to the airport clocks in at roughly six minutes. Other options for accessing Logan are ride sharing, the commuter boats for points outside of the city, and Logan Express.
Airfare to and from Boston stays pretty consistent throughout the year, minus a slight increase in fares when the leaves turn from green to the vibrant, fiery fall colors for which the Eastern Seaboard is famed, and in the summer. So it isn’t a question of price in regards to the best time of the year to fly to Boston; it is a question of the weather. From December through February, snowstorms can bring the region to a standstill. If you're on a strict schedule, traveling to and from Boston in the dead of winter could prove a risky venture.
Popular times to head to Boston include autumn to view gorgeous fall foliage, October for the Head of the Charles regatta, April for the Boston Marathon, and May and June for college graduation season. The Fourth of July is another busy time of year for travel, thanks to nice weather and local festivities. If you are planning a trip to attend a college graduation, book flights early as these can fill up far in advance.
In terms of the most affordable flights, prices have a direct correlation to the weather: the colder it is, the cheaper the airfare. The best deals are normally found January through March and then again in the heat of August. However, holidays like Memorial Day may mean higher airfare, but you may also be able to find great hotel deals because many locals flee the city in favor of the Atlantic Ocean breeze of Cape Cod or other seashore spots.
There are plenty of budget airlines flying into Boston. Southwest and JetBlue are the most popular options, but doing a bit of digging for flight deals can result in other airlines coming in with cheap airfare to Boston, too.
Who doesn’t love hitting up tourist attractions for free? The capital city offers plenty of options for those who want to explore the city without spending a fortune. For outdoor lovers and those who just love a good walk, Boston has a whopping seven miles of parks to explore. Dubbed "the Emerald Necklace,” the park system here consists of 1,200 acres in nine parks linked together by paths and water routes.
The intricate system of parks, designed by landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, is based on the idea that people can come to these areas for relief from the demands of the city without having to leave the city. The most well-known of these parks is the magnificent Boston Common, which dates back to colonial times and is found within the heart of the city. Other parks to explore within the Emerald Necklace are the Public Garden, the Commonwealth Avenue Mall, The Riverway, Olmsted Park, Back Bay Fens, Jamaica Pond, Franklin Park, and Arnold Arboretum.
Learn more about the historical aspects of the city on one of several free tours. The Freedom Trail tour takes you through 16 historical sites covering more than two miles in a little less than half a day. Visit spots that shed light on the history of Boston on this self-guided, free experience. The Bunker Hill Monument is another free option that is open year-round from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visitors can learn about the American Revolution and climb 294 steps to the top of the monument for memorable view of Boston.
On less-than-ideal weather days, head inside for a free tour of the State House. The tour of the building encompasses architecture, history, and a glimpse into the legislative world in eight languages.
History aside, Boston is packed with amazing cultural options like the Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) Boston. After more than 100 years of greeting visitors, this Huntington Avenue attraction is considered one of the most comprehensive art museums in the world, with more than 450,000 pieces of art. In 2010, the MFA debuted the Art of the Americas wing, a four-level exhibit displaying ancient and modern works, as well as a new contemporary art wing. Admission is free for members.
While shopping can cost money, window-shopping on Newbury Street and checking out the mall stores at Copley Place give a glimpse into the fashion world of the city. Inexpensive shopping options can be found at Faneuil Hall Marketplace. With more than 70 local and national retailers, the marketplace charms visitors as they stroll through this historic spot dating back to the 1740s. Throughout the day, shoppers can enjoy live music and street performers as they stroll the cobblestone way.
No matter the time of year, Boston is always a thriving city with plenty of action. From catching a ballgame at Fenway Park to wandering the expansive green spaces within the bustling city, there is always something to do. Thanks to inexpensive flights, people from all over the world are able to take advantage of everything this gem of New England has to offer.
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