Getting Around Cambridge

Cambridge is part of the Greater Boston area which has good general transportation and excellent public transportation. The cornerstones of the Boston transportation system are the highways, the airports, the Amtrak train terminal, the Commuter Rail, the Harbor and port facilities and the city subway system.

By Car

Major road access to Cambridge is through routes  2, 2A, 16, 38 and  3. The
Massachusetts Turnpike (90) runs just south of Cambridge and is easily accessible at the Allston-Brighton interchange.

By Plane

Boston Logan Airport (BOS) is the nearest international airport about 10 miles from Cambridge with travel time of about half an hour to an hour depending on the mode of transportation.

Other airports nearby are:

   - Worcester Regional Airport (ORH), Worcester, Massachusetts - 46 miles

   -  Manchester-Boston Regional Airport (MHT), Manchester, New Hampshire -  62 miles

   -  T. F. Green Airport (PVD), Warwick, Rhode Island - 56 miles

   - L.G. Hanscom Field (BED), a Reliever Airport with Commercial Service (CR) in Bedford  - 11 miles

By Rail

The Commuter Rail is available at  Porter Square with a travel time of 10 minutes to Boston. Nationwide passenger rail service is available on Amtrak at South Station in adjacent Boston.

By Bus

Bus Service with connections to neighboring communities is available througout Cambridge.  Long distance buses such as Greyhound and Peter Pan are availble at the Bus terminal at South Station in Boston. 

By Subway

Both, the Red Line and Green Line connect Cambridge to Boston.  Red Line stations are at  Kendall Square (4 min. to Park  Street), Central Square, Harvard Square (11 min.), Porter Square (13 min) and Alewife (18 min).  Green Line service is available at Lechmere (8 min. to Government Center.   

By Ship

There are a number of harbor ferries and ferries to Salem, MA and the Cape Cod.  They can be reached via the subway (MBTA) system. Cambridge is located on the Charles River, which is connected by a 14-foot channel to Boston Inner Harbor. There is also a cruise port in Boston that can be reached via car and a combination of subway and taxi.

Eldery and Disabled

The MBTA provides services to elderly with THE RIDE, a paratransit service for the elderly and disabled.