Boston, MA, is the largest city in Massachusetts, rich in history and full of culture, arts, education and diversity.
Founded in 1630, Boston is also one of the oldest cities in the United States and has a population of just over 650,000 people.
Boston played a key role in the American Revolution, which is highlighted on a not to be missed tourist attraction, the Freedom Trail, a 2.5 mile walking route which spans the historic sites that tell the story of how the United States was founded.
Whether you plan to walk, take the train or even ride a bike, there are many ways to get around Boston.
Boston and Washington D.C. tie for the highest number of commuters who bike or walk to work – and the ICSP conference venue, The Westin Copley Hotel, is ideally located in an area which is extremely walkable.
There are various bike sharing programs located throughout the city of Boston and more then 3,600 bicycle parking spaces around the city.
The public transit system otherwise known as the MBTA operates from 5am to 12am. To learn more about fares, pass information and trip planners, please click here.
Boston Logan Airport is an International Airport located in the East Boston neighbourhood and has four passenger terminals and six runways. The airport has frequent service to destinations throughout North America (including the US, Canada and Mexico), Latin America, the Carribean, the Mid-Atlantic region (including Bermuda and the Azores), and the Middle East, Europe and Asia.
Boston’s Taxis, histrorically called Hackney Carriages, are licensed by the Police Commissioner. Be sure to look for the “Boston Licensed Taxi” medallion to ensure a safe and secure ride. Taxi meter rates are per mile, with the first 1/7 mile starting at $2.60. Each 1/7 mile thereafter .40. All tolls are additional.
The average cost of a taxi from the airport to downtown Boston is approximately $30 and takes about 15 – 20 minutes.
The journey from the MBTA Subway to Downtown Boston is approximately $2.75 and takes around 30 to 40 minutes.
Boston is located in the Eastern Time Zone (UTC -05:00)
The average temperatures in Boston in the month of May typically sit around an average high of 67°F and a low of 50°F.
Electricity and Power
Electric power is standardized in all states across the United States. It is set at 110 Volts and 60 cycles. Standard electric plugs have two flat blades and some newer plugs have a third round grounding pin.
If you will be travelling internationally to Boston, you will need an adaptor to fit the US electrical outlets. You may also need a converter to change the voltage from 110 volts to 220 volts.
The currency used in the United States is the American Dollar.
All major credit cards (Visa, Mastercard, American Express etc.) are widely accepted throughout Boston.
You may exchange money for American dollars at the airport, at banks in the city and at some hotels. However, it is usually recommended to exchange money in your country of origin.
ATMs are available all over Boston – but be sure to tell your bank before travelling to the United States to avoid any hassle.
Boston offers a spectacular range of shopping districts and centres, particularly close by the conference venue, in Back Bay along Newbury Street.
With over 100 stores, Faneuil Hall Marketplace (also known as Quincy Market) is also a unique shopping area to visit. The marketplace includes unique artisan pushcarts, four resorted historic buildings, and shopping which ranks as a high favourite shopping destination among Bostonians.
While tipping is not mandatory in most of the United States, it is customary in many circumstances for service, especially at almost all sit-down restaurants which offer table service.
Tipping practises vary throughout the US, but typically averages around 15%.
Although Boston is typically regarded as a safe US destination, it is a major city which requires the use of common sense. Tourist areas are fairly safe, even after dark. Areas such as Back Bay, Quincy Market, and The North End are well populated with people, especially at night.
In the event of an emergency, dial 9-1-1.