I have NYC-Boston down to a science. Now please help me figure out the other end of my trip to the suburbs in a sane fashion.
Cannot believe this question
was already four + years ago.
The advice and suggestions there have served me well over the 20-30 trips in that time. I've done both the 350 (Burlington Mall) and 62/76 (Bedford VA Hospital or along the Great Road) from Alewife with great success. However my aunt is increasingly unwell, no longer driving and therefore pick ups aren't an option and I've opted for a car rental although I discovered that the 350 does stop outside the hospital she uses so that remains an option when she's in.
What I've done is take the red line to Central Square and picked up a car at the Enterprise there. It's cheap car rental, doesn't require driving downtown Boston and is an easy shot up to Bedford/Burlington via Memorial/Route 2/128. Is that the best option? All in (gas, RT transit to NYC, T fare and car rental) it was about $85. Of course cutting out the car and just doing T/bus is significantly cheaper but the ~$40 car rental and ~$7 gas was worth it for convenience and flexibility. Is there another place I could consider renting from that would be cheaper (without the trade off of further and therefore more gas)? Downtown Boston is out as driving there gives me heebie jeebies.
As I see it - these are the other NYC-BOS options:
-Rent a car in NYC and drive up and back (don't like idea of Cross Bronx near rush hour and 95 - car rental is more expensive here and uses the most gas. Plus there are tolls if I go 84/Mass Pike vs. 95 the whole way).
-Metro North to New Haven, rent a car and drive to Boston (cheaper car rental then NYC, uses less gas. Still long ish drive at 2 hours each way.)
-Amtrak to Providence and rent a car there (shorter drive, but Amtrak cost alleviates savings over not renting a car in NYC. Side note: bus to Providence is more expensive and longer than bus to Boston, WTF?)
-Amtrak to the 128 station (RTE) and rent a car there. Distance wise, probably longer than Cambridge but straight shot up 128 and probably faster than in and out of Cambridge. Car rental comparable but there's no bus service there that I can find so the cost of Amtrak drives it up.
Any options that I'm missing? Anything else I should consider?
easiest/sanest way to get from South Station to Boston suburbs please?