Boston, MA

Harvard Yard. Fenway Park. Faneuil Hall. Boston is the closest major city to Williamstown, and as such transportation options are plentiful.

  • How: Going to or from Boston around an academic break time? The Williams Motorcoach is an easy and quick way to get there, with buses going to both North Station and Boston-Logan International Airport. The Motorcoach also runs buses on a handful of weekends throughout the academic year, so you may get lucky. More information, including a schedule, can be found on the Motorcoach website.

    Travel Time: ~3:15 to North Station, ~3:30 to Logan

    Cost: $35 one-way (a 15% discount is available if you book 20+ days in advance)

    Environmental Impact: This bus goes directly between Williamstown and Boston and is often relatively full, making it very efficient per passenger and a great choice environmentally.

  • How: Taking a bus to Boston is a bit complex, but is often the fastest and cheapest way to get there directly from campus without a car. The simplest option is just to take a Peter Pan between the old Williams Inn and Boston South Station, with transfers in Pittsfield and Springfield. These buses run twice a day.

    If you want to save a little time or money, here are a few tips:

    1. On the morning bus out of Williamstown, it's often better to take a Peter Pan to Springfield, and switch to a Greyhound into Boston from there, as it cuts up to 2 hours off of the layover.
    2. If your timing is right, it might be up to $20 cheaper to take BRTA direct shuttle to or from Pittsfield, and the Peter Pan for the rest of the journey.
    3. The evening bus into Williamstown includes a layover at Pittsfield after the bus station has closed, which is not ideal. You may want to take the bus to Pittsfield and try to get a ride into Williamstown if possible, or get a taxi/Lyft/Uber, which may even be the cheapest option if you can split the fare
    4. The Greyhound bus from Pittsfield may end up being a better option for morning journeys into Boston and afternoon journeys back to Williamstown

    Cost: ~$48 one-way (+fees, usually $2.50 per booking) between Williamstown and Boston. Students can get 10% off Peter Pan Fares through UNiDAYS.

    Travel Time: 3:30-7:00, mostly depending on layovers

    Environmental Impact: Not quite as good as the Motorcoach because of the stops, but still not a bad option.

  • How: Greyhound operates one bus a day direct between Pittsfield and Boston South Station, with stops along the way. Click here for a schedule. Pro tip: for some reason, it is often cheaper to book a ticket to Boston Logan with a transfer at South Station, and just not take the transfer. See above for some more tips and tricks and when this might end up being the best option. (Not sure how to get to the Pittsfield bus station? Check the Pittsfield page for options.)

    Cost: $20-45 one-way (+fees, usually $2.50 per booking)

    Travel Time: ~3:40 between Pittsfield and Boston

    Environmental Impact: Not quite as good as the Motorcoach because of the stops, but still not a bad option.

  • How: Amtrak runs one train a day between Pittsfield and Boston South Station, with stops along the way. In the past, service has been extremely questionable, with multi-hour delays a frequent occurrence. However, there has been recent track work, so it's possible the service will begin to improve. (Not sure how to get to the train station? Check the Pittsfield page for options.)

    Cost: ~$25 one-way. Expect fare increases if you book very late, but also look for discounts down to $12 if you book well in advance.

    Travel Time: ~3:50 between Pittsfield and Boston

    Environmental Impact: Trains are generally the most fuel efficient vehicles per passenger, which lands this option right up there with the Motorcoach in terms of sustainability.

  • How: Want to drive to Boston, but hate driving in a city? You have two great options: park at Wachusett and take the commuter rail in from there, or park at Alewife and take the Red Line "T" into the city. Wachusett train station is only a 1:50 drive away from the college, and the train ride to North Station takes about 90 minutes from there. Pros: a shorter drive and (generally) cheaper parking. Alewife is about a 2:35 drive, followed by a ~25 minute subway ride from South Station. Pros: A slightly quicker overall trip, cheaper subway, and more frequent trains.

    Cost: $12.25 one-way from Wachusett + $3 per-day parking, or ~$2.40-2.90 one-way from Alewife + $3-15 per-day parking

    Travel Time: ~3:00-3:30 all told

    Environmental Impact: Driving is generally not the most environmentally-friendly option unless you have an electric vehicle, but here at least you can eliminate the congestion and pollution from driving in a city.

  • How: There's two main routes to Boston: via the Mass Turnpike, or via Route 2. Depending on your exact final destination, either one may be the better option, so be sure to check Google Maps. Traveling via Route 2 also has the added bonus of saving a little bit of money on gas and tolls (about $7 total each way).

    Travel Time: ~1 hour

    Environmental Impact: In all likelihood this will be more polluting than any of the above options, but fuel-efficient or electric vehicles would still be a good option. Also, keep in mind that a full car is much better per passenger than a solo driver.


Want to know how to get around Boston once you get there? Downtown Boston is among the most walkable cities in the country, but if you need to get a little bit further, check out this guide.


Logan Airport

If you’re driving from Williamstown, often the easiest way to get to the airport without having to drive through the city and pay pricey airport parking is the Logan Express from Framingham. If you’re already in the city, the T and the Back Bay Logan Express are also good options.

  • How: If you're just looking to get between the city proper and the airport, a best good is to use the T, Boston's subway. (If you're in Back Bay, check below to learn more about the Logan Express.) A map can be seen here—the Blue Line and the Silver Line #1 both go to Logan.

    Cost: $2.40-2.90 per ride

  • How: The Logan Express buses pick up and drop off at the Hynes Convention Center and Back Bay Station. Buses run every 20 minutes throughout most of the day. Click here to learn more.

    Travel Time: Varies heavily depending on traffic. Approximately 15-35 minutes.

    Cost: $3 from the city to the airport, free when returning back to the city!

  • How: The easiest Logan Express to use coming from Williamstown is the one just off I-90 in Framingham. It's easy; just park your car in the lot and take the bus in. Trips leave every half hour throughout the majority of the day, with more scattered options late night. Click here for a schedule and to learn more. Parking is $7 a day.

    Travel Time: ~2:25 to Framingham, then ~30-45 minutes to Logan (more during rush hour)

    Cost: $12 per adult, see site for full information

    Environmental Impact: Driving is generally not the most environmentally-friendly option unless you have an electric vehicle, but here at least you can eliminate the congestion and pollution from driving in a city.