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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Boston has a lot of great self-guided tour options. The Freedom Trail is obviously the most common and popular. There is also the Black Heritage Trail that is a self-guided tour of the Beacon Hill neighborhood with a lot of history. Beacon Hill has a tremendous amount of 19th century architecture. The Irish Heritage is another viable option. You can find ...


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I don't know Seattle's Pike Place Market, so perhaps my answer will not satisfy you completely. However, Boston has a covered market which is surrounded on both sides by a series of small shops (all-year-round) and lots of stalls, which I presume are there only in the summer. I'm talking about Quincy Market, which is in the area where Faneuil Hall is. I ...


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This seems fairly straight-forward. If you can and have access to a printer, buy them online. I've done this with Megabus and Greyhound. Then when you get there there's no last minute queuing (which can be bad sometimes) and you just show your form and get on the bus. Simple! Generally they ask you to be there 15 minutes before (at least that's Boltbus's ...


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I don't see why not. I used to live across the Mississippi River from the Metrodome in Minneapolis. Once I took a cab to the Metrodome. The driver turned to go down town, a long way to get to the Metrodome. I asked the driver if there was a good reason for going downtown when the tenth avenue bridge would have taken us right to the Metrodome. The driver ...


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Having done what you are embarking on 10 years ago, I may have some words of wisdom (IMHO obviously ;)): Do you have accommodation (long term) figured out? If you have, did you get an inventory of items in the house (some owners do provide such inventories). If you haven't, there is a good chance that when you do rent a house/apartment, the owner will have ...


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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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In this case I'd do exactly what Google Maps advises, even though it may seem a bit odd. This route leaves I-84 well north of New Haven, CT, which is where I'd expect to see most of the traffic issues on this route at any time of day, let alone New Years' Eve, and bypasses it on Route 15 (Wilbur Cross Pkwy), rejoining I-95 well west of New Haven, and ...


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Last year, we spent a brilliant time with Manny in the Boston YHA - he did a huge meal for all his guests and took donations for charity. Other than that, we went for a wander around the town and nothing was open. If you plan to drink some beer, buy some the day before as - again - none of the shops are open :)


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I don't think there's anything similar; your best bet might be to try one of the farmers' markets - more details from TimeOut Boston here. These at least have produce and the like, but are only once or twice a week, none year round. Haymarket / Quincy Market doesn't really compare; apparently Haymarket has remaindered produce, so not comparable with the ...


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This is probably the first time in my life I've heard 'taxi' and 'etiquette' mentioned together in a sentence! However, I don't think its a form of etiquette, think of it as professional courtesy. You both know the city and if you're certain about your route, it should at least be open for debate. At least, that's my opinion.



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