Your Ultimate Guide to Solo Travel in Boston

Updated May 25, 2021.

Thinking of taking the solo travel leap? Boston is a great solo travel city! Here is your ultimate guide to making the most of your solo trip.

Why Boston?

For the History! And also, it’s very easy to get around because the T is easy to use, and it’s a very walkable city. Whether you want to visit colleges, explore the American history, or just test out this whole solo travel thing, Boston is a great place to do any and all of that.

Old State House nestled among new skyscrapers!
More here: Ultimate Guide to Boston’s Freedom Trail

Is it Safe?

In a word: yes! I have been to Boston solo three times now, and I never once felt unsafe, even for a moment. Be smart, don’t make yourself look like a target, and you’ll be just fine!

Paul Revere with the Old North Church in the Background
For more, check out my guide on How to Travel Safely!

How Can I Get There?

I flew into Boston’s Logan International Airport, but you can also drive (New England road trips are epic, especially in fall!), take Amtrak, or even take a boat to get to Boston!

Read on: What to Know Before You Visit Boston

Where to Stay?

I always recommend staying downtown wherever you go. You’ll pay a little more, but you’ll save money on transportation, be able to walk wherever you want to go, and you can go back to your hotel room to rest or freshen up whenever you want. Do a quick price comparison—the overall price may not be as much as you think when you factor in transportation and time!

Found a great deal on a single room at the historic Omni Parker House!
Read on: What to Eat in Boston

How to Stay Occupied?

There are tons of things to do in Boston! If you’re a history lover like me, you could spend an entire day on the Freedom Trail alone. Prefer staying active? Take a running tour! Walk around the gorgeous Public Gardens, take a Swan Boat ride, or take in the food scene! Boston is well-known for its food: baked beans, Boston Cream Pie, lobster, and more!

Relaxing Swan Boat Ride in the Public Gardens!
More here: 10 Things to Do in Boston

How to Save Money?

Honestly, I had a hard time figuring out how to save some money in Boston. My best advice is to look for a hotel downtown for just one person. Most hotel or other accommodation searches default to two-person options, but if you change your search to one person, you will find less expensive options.

Also, take the T! Don’t be afraid to use the public transportation system wherever you are in the world. It’s often much less expensive than taxis, Uber, Lyft, etc., and Boston’s T in particular was really quite expedient! And if you’re staying downtown, you can save money by walking everywhere. Boston is very walkable!

Wear your walking shoes!
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Are you ready for your solo trip to historic Boston? Comment below! Want more on solo travel? Check out my Solo Travel Page!

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