Whether you want to catch a Red Sox game, sample some of the nation's best clam chowder, or immerse yourself in American history, Boston is a destination that offers something for everyone. If you're traveling to Boston from Montreal, you'll find that taking the bus is the most efficient and affordable mode of transit.
What do you need to know about planning a trip from Montreal to Boston?
You'll appreciate the speed and flexibility that taking the bus offers. Greyhound has three or four daily departures that leave Montreal any time from 8:15 a.m. until 11:30 p.m. Since the average trip takes about seven and a half hours, you can plan to arrive in Boston any time from 5 p.m. through 7 a.m.
Since departure and arrival bus stations can vary from route to route, be sure to select the appropriate one for your trip. For instance, some bus trips start at the Montreal Airport Greyhound Bus Station, while others depart from the Gare d'autocars de Montréal. In Boston, arrival stations include Boston Logan Airport, the South Station Boston Bus Terminal, and others.
No matter which route you choose, it's bound to include a few stops. Most buses stop in Burlington and White River Junction, Vermont, before arriving in Boston. The stops typically last just 20 minutes, so you'll be on your way quickly. Remember that you'll need a passport for this bus trip. All buses on this route stop briefly at the border crossing between Canada and the United States for immigration purposes.
Why is the bus the best way to get from Montreal to Boston?
When time and money are both deciding factors, the bus is an easy choice for traveling from Montreal to Boston. There are no direct train routes between Montreal and Boston, and plane tickets cost at least twice as much as bus tickets. Since you can arrive at the bus station shortly before your departure time, flying between the two cities won't even help you save time.
How can you optimize your trip?
Most of the drive from Montreal to Boston involves highway and interstate driving, so you might not have the opportunity to see many sights. Sit on the right side of the bus to catch a glimpse of Lake Champlain after entering New York State, or sit on the left to see CC Putnam State Forest in Vermont and Mt. Kearsarge State Forest Park in New Hampshire.
If you have work to catch up on or friends to connect with along the way, you can rely on the bus's Wi-Fi connection. All Greyhound buses offer free Wi-Fi, so you don't have to worry about budgeting more to cover the cost.
What are the best things to do when you arrive in Boston?
If your bus stops at Boston's South Station, you'll find plenty to do nearby. The station itself is home to fast food options such as Cosi and Au Bon Pain. Hotspots such as the Boston Waterfront, the Theater District, and the North End are just a quick taxi or T ride away.
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User reviews from travelers who booked a trip from Montreal to Boston
Our first driver was great, very welcoming and friendly. The second driver, though perfectly nice, carried on an extremely loud conversation (the only one on the bus, and which lasted the duration of the 4 hour trip) with a customer who was intermittently sobbing. It was very unprofessional and disruptive.
This was the worst trip of my life! I got to boston 7 hours later than planned because of the greyhound service.
The first trip from Montreal to Boston got delayed for 3 hours because no driver was available. From Boston to Montreal, the wifi didn't work and it was really cold inside the bus. Otherwise it was OK
The bus smelled like pee! It was horrible. I had to sit in a stinking bus for almost 9 hours. The trip is expensive; the bus should not smell like pee. Wifi didn't work either. We were told that it would start working in the US. That wasn't true. The ride back to Montreal did not have wifi either. I expect better quality from Greyhound.
In late and the wifi doesn't work
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