Getting to Boston

South Station at night

By Train

One of the easiest and most environmentally-friendly options for participants in certain East Coast cities will be to take the train into Boston. Amtrak's Acela runs multiple trips per day with journeys of several hours. Acela trains arrive at Boston's South Station, which has direct connections with the MBTA's red line (see below for further information on getting around Boston). Further Amtrak service is available to Boston from other destinations.

Plane at a terminal at twilight

By Air

The primary airport serving the Boston region is Boston Logan, located a short distance across Boston Harbor from central Boston and Cambridge. Logan has direct flights to many European and domestic destinations. From Logan, you can take Public Transit, including bus and train lines, as well as Ride Apps, including Uber and Lyft. Note that Blue Line service to and from Logan requires a short ride on free Massport shuttles, Routes 22, 33, or 55.

Getting Around Boston

South Station at night

Bus and Train

Boston's (and Cambridge's) transit is managed by the MBTA. MIT is directly served by the Red Line subway, as well as bus routes 1, 64, 68, and 85. Fares are $2.40 per ride on the subway and $1.70 per ride on the bus, although up to two transfers are included across the system at the price of the most highest-priced service. Fares can be paid with Charlie Cards, which can be purchased at fare vending machines at most subway and select bus stations.

A blue bike parked against a tree


Boston has a bike rental program, Bluebikes, with several stops convenient to the MIT campus. Rentals are $2.95 a ride or $10 for a day pass. There are traffic-segregated bike lanes around the MIT campus, including parts of Vassar St. and Massachusetts Ave., which can be explored in official maps for Boston and Cambridge. Bluebike rentals do not include helmets.

Cars parked on a street in Boston

Ride Share and Taxis

Boston is served by several App-based taxi/ride share services, most notably Uber (Android, iOS) and Lyft (Android, iOS). In addition, if arriving at Logan airport, taxis are avilable at each terminal (see Logan's website for further details). Pickup waits of order ten minutes or more are typical for the Boston area.

Conference Lodging

MIT's Baker House at night

Conference Lodging

We have requested a small block of rooms in the MIT dormitories to coincide with the timing of this conference. We expect to receive confirmation of this reservation by mid-March. Rooms will be available on a first-come, first-served basis at an expected rate of $100/night before taxes. Please contact us if you are interested in reserving one of these rooms.

Other Lodging Options

MIT's Baker House at night

MIT Area

There are a variety of hotel options available, depending on your exact budget and needs. Note that neither the SOC nor LOC officially endorse any of these hotels. However, options in the area include Marriott, Hyatt, DoubleTree Suites, and Sonder. Alternatively, hotels in the Back Bay neighborhood or Downtown/Beacon Hill are alternatives for anyone interested in a longer walk.