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Boston Airport - general question

Old Jan 20, 19, 7:23 pm
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Boston Airport - general question

Sorry for such a general question, but have not been to New England in many years (used to live there) and am planning a trip around Labor Day. It has been probably 25 years since I flew into BOS, and I must have been truly scarred by the experience (much construction, a complete mess, took forever to get into even remotely out of the area by car etc) because I swore I would never do it again. Would be heading for Maine and could fly into Portland or Manchester NH, but involves connections, more time ..... Clearly SFO - BOS is the simplest way to go.

Is it a reasonable idea these days to fly into BOS, get a car and head up to Maine? I know it is a busy city and a busy airport, but unless I show up at 5 pm on a Friday will this make me wish I had just suffered with a connecting flight?

[Apologies Bostonians. I love your city. I spent a lot of time there but since I lived in CT I did not fly. I think there was some giant construction project messing up everything that last trip all those years ago...]
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Old Jan 21, 19, 1:19 am
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Things have changed greatly at BOS in 25 years. The Big Dig is done, there's a new rental car center, there's a whole new Terminal A & a whole new part of Terminal B, the two largest parts of Terminal C have been connected behind security, and so on. Traffic is still nasty leaving Boston during evening rush hour, but as long as you're not leaving the airport between about 3:30 and 6:30 PM, you should have no problem flying into BOS and driving to Maine.
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Old Jan 21, 19, 10:14 am
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Originally Posted by LoganFlyer View Post
Things have changed greatly at BOS in 25 years. The Big Dig is done, there's a new rental car center, there's a whole new Terminal A & a whole new part of Terminal B, the two largest parts of Terminal C have been connected behind security, and so on. Traffic is still nasty leaving Boston during evening rush hour, but as long as you're not leaving the airport between about 3:30 and 6:30 PM, you should have no problem flying into BOS and driving to Maine.
Thanks LoganFlyer. And yes, The Big Dig was it! I knew there was a name for the mess that was Logan in those days but couldn't remember it. And although I figured that particular construction was over, some airports seem to just be a perpetual mess/extremely difficult. And there aren't any airports I can think of that don't have a lot of traffic 3:30-6:30. Helpful for planning; connecting flights are to be avoided at almost any cost and I am blessed to live 15 minutes from SFO and non-stop flights all over the world.
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Old Jan 21, 19, 11:42 am
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If you can afford it, splurge for JetBlue’s Mint service when flying SFO-BOS.
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Old Jan 21, 19, 12:54 pm
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If you can avoid rush hour, with the Big Dig complete, getting a car and heading up to Maine is fine. What's your route? Is this a leisure trip? If it were me, I would start my "coastal" road somewhere on Cape Ann/Northshore Mass.. So, heading up 95/128 towards Salem Mass area and north to Maine from there. Cape Ann, to Portsmouth NH to Southern Maine.
Much nicer to do in summer than winter!!
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Old Jan 21, 19, 4:10 pm
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Thanks for the tips. Leisure trip and Cape Ann looks like just the right distance. After flying across the country, or even the 6 hour flight to Hawaii, I try not to sign myself up to do much more. Flying is too much of a hassle already! (And will look into JetBlue Mint - had forgotten about it.)
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