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The City of Boston's Hackney Carriage Rules [PDF], section 5.II.y: Passenger’s Right to Direct Route: Hackney Carriage Drivers shall take such route to the destination as the passenger shall so direct. So you are absolutely allowed to declare your own route, and the driver must follow it. The Rules explain what recourse you have if they refuse. NYC ...


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I always do it if I think the route is not optimal. You are paying the bill after all!


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Cabbies almost always choose the route they think is going to be the quickest, not the shortest. That's because a busy cabbie will lose money whenever they are stuck in traffic - the extra on the meter for stopped time doesn't make up for the fact that they could be getting another fare. So if you try to direct them to a shorter but slower route they will ...


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As noted elsewhere, you cannot take the price of a single itinerary on a single route on a single date and make conclusions about rail travel on a single service compared to rail travel on an entire continent. Even if you could, it would not hold. I tried some bookings for 27 February at 0800. Amtrak's Acela Express would be $78. SNCF quotes me 70 EUR (~96 ...


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Aside Greyhound (costing 30-60USD), Rome2rio shows various other bus options including Yo Bus costing 20USD. There is also a bus combination using BoltBus which supposedly costs 19-24USD. MegaBus can get you there for as low as 11USD one way depending on what day of the week you're traveling and how far in the future you book your ticket. The bus trip takes ...


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Travelling by train in Europe is not necessarily cheaper, so your premise is false. Some examples on flexible tickets: Bern-Geneva (160 km) will cost you 49 CHF per direction per person, meaning 200 CHF = 225 USD Flexible Madrid - Ciudad Real (186 km) round trip is almost 75€ per person (two persons: 150€ = 206 USD). Flexible Norrköping - Stockholm (162 ...


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Porter Airlines offers flights from Toronto's City Center Airport to Boston which are not available through big travel agencies like Expedia. Their convenient city center airport can save taxi fare to the airport. Yes, this does involve flying.


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You cannot prepay for a taxi per se, as a taxi is a specific type of regulated class of transportation in Boston (as elsewhere). Taxis must display a medallion, must affiliate with a radio dispatcher, must have specially licensed drivers, and must meter or otherwise charge fares according to a fixed schedule among other restrictions. But not every vehicle-...


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Here's my take, which isn't actually based on anything empirical as much as about a decade living on the East Coast: If you're along the Acela corridor, served by the Acela Express and the Northeast Regional lines, your best bet is probably the train. This is rooted by two experiences: Boston Logan is built out in what is essentially the Atlantic Ocean. ...


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The Prudential center is a great place to see it. Directly above the observatory is the bar Top of the Hub You can go up without any charge and buy a drink at the bar and walk around and enjoy the views. Here's a picture I quickly snapped on my phone from last year at the Top of the Hub bar:


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Fortunately, the family-friendly website FamilesGoTravel.com has this: Here is a list of Taxi companies who have told us they have car seats. We recommend you call ahead to confirm they’ll have one available to you. And their company for Boston: PlanetTran 888-756-8876 Hope that helps!


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Probably, the Freedom Trail is the best known walking tour in Boston. It is a 2.5 mile walk. You can book a tour, but you can also easily download the map and follow the trail by yourself. The best resource is probably the WalkBoston web page. They have dozens of free walking maps that you can use to follow some predefined walks.


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Less than a mile away is Package Express. Open till 10pm and $5 (according to the link) you should have time to collect again before they close at 10pm, since your function is scheduled to end at 8pm. However in view of the exceptional circumstances I suggest you give them a call first. If not, and not arriving by train so unable to use Amtrak’s Baggage ...


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Not a direct answer, but worth considering: Depends a bit on which Hyatt. There are three in the Boston area. Hyatt Regency Downtown: BOS has free bus rides with the Silver Line to South Station. From there it's a 7 minute walk to the Hyatt Regency downtown. This would not only be free, but at most times of the day also faster than a taxi, limo or Uber. ...


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I've been unable to find anything that is definitively less than 20 people, but there are a few promising options. Day trips between Boston and New York typically leave around 7 a.m. and bring you back to your starting city around anywhere between 7 p.m. and 11 p.m. (that's scheduled only - do expect delays due to traffic and construction, as the entire ...


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A great place to have a bird's eye view of Boston is the Skywalk Observatory. It is located at the top of the Prudential Center. Please find the link below: http://www.prudentialcenter.com/shop/shop_detail.php?id=64 It is not free but it isn't too expensive and open to the public Ticket Prices: Adults $13.00 Seniors $11.00 Children under 12 $9.00 ...


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The Acela trains in particular can be quite crowded. The Northeast Corridor Amtrak routes on the Washington to Boston corridor are easily the highest traffic routes in the US rail network. In fact, there are many that actually commute along these lines several times per week between the various cities. (I.E. living in NYC and working in Boston or ...


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It shouldn't be any worse than usual - it might even be a bit light; Larchmont is a ways north of NYC proper, so I wouldn't expect significant NYE related backups there. One thing that you should be wary about however, is drunk drivers! There will probably be more of them on the road than usual that night, so be cautious and alert. (Similarly, there will ...


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I usually open the conversation with a knowledgable-sounding comment on the traffic: "What would b the best route at this time - over the bridge, or through the tunnel". I just make sure first that there is a bridge or tunnel in that city. Last week in Milan, Italy, I had the experience of substantially longer routes taken by the taxi driver, and I would ...


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If you don't want to get into a long discussion about which route is quicker at this time of day, you can always invent an innocuous reason. "Could you go via the park? I'd like to see whether the trees are in leaf yet/ past the museum? I'd like to see what the queue is like for the exhibition." You're not challenging the driver's ability, and if you're ...


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Buy in advance if you can, but don't sweat it if you can't. Here are the reasons: Certain bus times are more popular and can get sold out. If you buy ahead of time, it can be cheaper. Some of the bus lines advertise a $1 ride which you might be able to get if you buy a month in advance. Buying online (for Bolt Bus) can get you frequent traveler rewards. ...


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Another option is http://us.megabus.com/. It is cheaper and faster compared to greyhound. And it's less than $20.00 . It's way better than greyhound in my opinion.


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Charlie Card is free. If you approach any MBTA employee in South Station or Back Bay Station they'll just give you one and you can load it with your credit card at the machine. I have seen dedicated employees handing them out during rush hour. You can't get one in Logan Airport, but you can get take the Silver Line to South Station (which is free, I ...


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Boston Logan is one of the most efficient airports I have flown in and out of. It is also a huge airport. From my experience, if you don't require assistance, I reckon you be at the airport at least an hour before your flight departs.


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A good starting point is the Freedom Trail -- it's a nice primer on Boston history... They also offer walking tours, I believe. The trail includes: Boston Common Massachusetts State House Park Street Church Granary Burying Ground King’s Chapel King’s Chapel Burying Ground Benjamin Franklin Statue & Boston Latin School Old Corner Book Store Old South ...


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I'm not sure there will be such a website, as there are so many flights, and they change seasonally. I've just done a quick search on the ITA Matrix, for direct flights from LAX to BOS on a random Friday a few weeks hence, direct flights only, leaving after 9pm: Excluding code shares, that's 5 different overnight direct redeye flights from LAX to Boston ...


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Personal experience: it's better to wait in Stockbridge until you can get a ride in to at least Newton where you can pick up the T. Even if being selective delays you. The police start getting more militant beyond Stockbridge. Plus competition on the exit ramps. Springfield or any other place closer in but beyond the T's reach is horrible. Stockbridge is ...


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The MBTA doesn't have any official statement about this, but I wouldn't recommend doing it. The CharlieCard is a contactless smart card, and it activates when you place it close to a reader. If you place two cards next to the reader at the same time, it's essentially random as to which one will actually be read and used. It is even possible for both of them ...


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As usually, the MBTA is quite obtuse about this. Apparently this did work at some time (http://charlieonthembta.blogspot.com/2006/12/now-can-you-transfer-funds-from.html) but there is no current information whether this is still the case or not. They are pretty clear that you can't redeem the remaining value of a Charlie Card for cash. It's a pretty ...


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There are no direct buses available from Toronto to Boston on any of the major carriers Greyhound, Coach. Rail is also out which will put you based on my estimation of Amtrak service into about 17 hour range with transfer in New York Penn Station. So your only option left would be to do a car rental, which may be just as expensive as the flight. Plus ...



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