If you are in the Boston area — or anywhere in eastern Massachusetts — then you have a way to get to your cruise that is much cheaper cheaper than a taxi and more convenient than public transportation.
It also simply wasn’t available a few years ago. Transportation Network Companies (TNCs) like Uber and Lyft have revolutionized how people get around these days, and they also offer a great way to get to your ship.
In fact, while many people still use taxis to get from the airport or their hotel to the cruise port, Uber and Lyft are becoming a widely used option. The appeal is understandable. Using the services you can pick up a ride from your phone on demand, usually in a nicer, newer car than your typical taxi. Best of all, the cost for using Uber or Lyft can often be lower than a similar taxi ride.
(Note: If you are a first-time user with Lyft, you can sign up at this link to receive a $15 free ride credit good toward your first rides.)
Uber’s area includes everything from the New Hampshire border all the way to Nantucket. Lyft offers a similar area, although Cape Cod is not covered. What this means is that no matter where you stay before your cruise, you are likely in the Boston service area and can get a ride.
Here are maps of the service area:
There is one notable place where you can’t catch a ride (sort of) — Boston Logan airport. Right now the airport requires cars picking up passengers be licensed as a livery vehicle and registered separately. This doesn’t work for Lyft, but Uber does have some cars that meet this requirement. As a result, Lyft won’t work at the airport, but Uber will, for the time being. Outside the airport, both services work as expected.
Estimated Fares for to Boston Cruise Terminal
What people like about these services is their cost. In general, your fares will be considerably less than using a taxi. For example, an estimated fare on Lyft from Cambridge to the cruise port is just $16 — about half the estimated $30 cab fare for the same ride. And while certainly not as cheap as public transportation, Uber/Lyft do offer more convenience, especially if you are having to carry large bags for your cruise.
To give you an idea of how much Uber or Lyft would cost, we’ve rounded up some estimated fares between popular pickup locations and the Boston cruise port. We’ve also compared the fares to the cost of a taxi. (Note that the taxi fares include a customary 15% tip. Uber & Lyft prices do not. Uber doesn’t use tipping. Lyft makes it optional.)
For those unfamiliar, here is a breakdown of the different options shown above:
UberX – Base service, carrying up to four passengers in a typical sedan
UberXL – Upgraded service, carrying up to six passengers in an SUV
Lyft – Base service, carrying up to four passengers in a typical sedan
Lyft Plus – Service carrying up to six passengers
If you are not already and Uber or Lyft user, you can sign up in minutes by downloading the app to your smartphone. If you plan to use Lyft, you can sign up at this link to receive a $15 free ride credit good toward your first rides. That discount would make Lyft among your cheapest options to get to the port.
More on Cruising From Boston
Getting to the Port of Boston Cruise Terminal — Information on transportation options, including taxis, Uber, Lyft, and other means. Everything you need to know to get to the port and start your vacation.
Boston Cruise Parking — Parking at the port? We’ve got you covered with all your parking options, including costs.
Dropping Off at the Port — Not sure where to go once you get to the port? We have turn-by-turn
Boston Cruise Hotels — Getting in late? Leaving early? Simply need a place to rest your head? We’ve rounded up the options for places to stay near the port.