Drive time, Logan (BOS) to Burlington
Replies: 11 - Last Post: May 24, 2013 10:24 AM Last Post By: psw
May 23, 2013 7:40 AM
May 23, 2013 10:16 AM
1From the airport, you'd exit the airport and almost immediately go through the Callahan tunnel (toll) and get onto route 93 North right at the tunnel exit. Just before Concord, New Hampshire, you'd get on to route 89 to Burlington.
The distance is a little over 200 miles. This should take about 4 hours without any traffic.
So subtracting from noon, this would mean leaving Boston at about 8am.
However............rush hour traffic in Boston totally jams up the tunnel and route 93 from maybe 6:30 or 7 am, with cars going 20mph or less, bumper to bumper, often stopped cold, and usually all the way to where route 93 encounters route 95/128 (the inner half-circle road around the city).
You'd have to leave considerably more time than 4 hours at rush hour, or leave Boston well before the traffic becomes really bad.
(Note: Sometimes the rush hour traffic extends to 9:30am or even longer.)
May 23, 2013 6:22 PM
May 23, 2013 7:53 PM
3Starting from Cambridge won't help that much. You'd have to get over to 93 anyhow through city streets during rush hour traffic, then head north as above described.
Are you flying in on Tuesday? If so, what time do you arrive? If not too late, but after the evening rush, I'd advise heading up 93 on Tuesday evening and finding a hotel between Rts 95/128 and 495. This would be under an hour's drive and get you well past the area of morning rush hour congestion. Wednesday would be much more relaxed this way.
May 24, 2013 3:08 AM
4And 93 north from Boston has no HOV lanes (either way).
If you want somewhere near 93 to stay the night before, try the Hyatt Place in Medford, right alongside 93 and just outside the city. It would buy you a bit of time in traffic--still have some slow going on 93 in the stretch between the hotel and where 93 meets 128/95, but not as bad as including the downtown stretch.
Or do as #3 says and get even further north.
May 24, 2013 6:06 AM
5Thanks. I wonder why all the maps (Google, MS Streets) label I-93 as having HOV lanes? Sounds like it would be a good idea.
Actually not flying into Logan, just trying to find a room with 2 queens (NOT 2 doubles) in central Boston and the Embassy Suites Logan is one of the handful that offers that, also the Hampton Inn Lechmere has 2 queens.
We're doing an 8 day loop out of BTV including Middlebury, Lake Placid, Newport and Boston and was trying to avoid yet another room change the last night and drive straight from an intown Boston location (to maximize time there) to BTV for a 2 pm flight. Maybe not doable. There's no way I can get a 16 year up and in the car by 6:30 AM.
I realize it's 9:20, but the traffic cameras are showing free flowing on I-93 north.
May 24, 2013 6:22 AM
6I-93 does have HOV lanes---SOUTH of the city.
I'm still a bit confused about your itinerary. Are you doing sightseeing in Boston (reason for staying at a hotel in the city)? Maybe leave the city late in the day, then, after evening rush hour, and get well out of Boston for the overnight. Maybe Salem or Manchester, NH. Even Lowell, MA (a little off 93, closer to rt 3) would get you out of the city rush hour traffic. (btw, there's an interesting urban National Park in Lowell with exhibits related to the industrial revolution.) Also the Hyatt mentioned in Medford (slightly out of the worst of the rush hour traffic) has a king and a sleeper sofa.
May 24, 2013 6:34 AM
May 24, 2013 7:13 AM
8"From the Lechmere location, essentially right on I-93, maybe with a 7:15 departure things might work out. "
Nope. Not enough extra time for that traffic. You'd be looking at leaving earlier than that. Lechmere merely looks like its "essentially right on I-93" on a map, but look for the entrance/on ramps. Just to get on 93 at that point means going back south past the Science Museum on surface streets, which can be essentially just stopped, and sitting in the traffic you'll be able to see overhead (elevated highway at that point)going back out, or going across town on slow surface streets to get to the on ramp way on the other/Medford side of Somerville, and then sitting in stop and go traffic until the majority of folks get off rt 93 at rt 128/95. And if there's an accident, all bets are off. (When in the US, I live right in the middle of all this, so I know whereof I speak.)
I'd change your flight for a later one if staying in the city is what you want to do.
May 24, 2013 8:37 AM
May 24, 2013 8:57 AM
10Well, we often do Newport as a day trip from Boston. The drive's not bad. We get there in time for a walk around the shops/galleries/town to stretch our legs and get some lunch. And one mansion per day is all I can deal with anyway;Visual overload kicks in. And a drive around to the beach for the view, with maybe a stop at the fort. (The Cliff Walk is still not entirely fixed from a bad storm so that may still be out.) Maybe a sail. Maybe an early dinner. About an hour and a half back to Boston.
May 24, 2013 10:20 AM
11Lowell is, in fact, just off the junction of 93 and 495, a very good place from which to head North. The National Park is fascinating. How much time do you have? There are canal-boat tours of the former industrial sites starting up about now. If you want to go, make a reservation the day before.
Actually, if you want to include Newport, do it on the last Boston day, check out of your hotel, then go directly from Newport to Lowell after dinner to avoid rush hour on 95/128 to 93N.
Edited by: psw
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