The congress will be at Emerson College, specifically two buildings:
All attendees must check in at the housing building (Colonial Building).
Modes of Transportation
One can get around Boston by taxi (or Uber/Lyft), or by subway or bus. Since the city is not large, it can be quite pleasant to walk, but you will need a good map or telephone app, because the street plan is not at all regular.
The Boston subway system (a.k.a. "the T") is relatively simple. Besides the new Silver Line (actually a bus) which connects the airport to South Station, there are four lines: Red, Green, Blue and Orange. The Landa Kongreso takes place next to the junction of the Orange and Green lines.
There are four "central" stations: Park Street, State, Downtown Crossing, and Government Center. A subway train is "inbound" if it is traveling towards one of those stations, and "outbound" if it is traveling away.
Directions to the Venue
Logan International (BOS)
The nearest airport to Emerson is Boston's Logan International Airport (BOS). To get to Emerson, take the Silver Line SL1 bus from in front of any terminal to South Station. The ride from the airport is free and takes about 20 minutes. (The ride to the airport costs $2.75.) Once you reach South Station, follow the "Directions from South Station train station" below. (Note that this is different than the bus station! Despite that the Silver Line is a bus, it stops at the train station, not the bus station!)
TF Green (PVD)
You may find cheaper flights (e.g. via Southwest) to Providence's TF Green Airport (PVD). To get to Boston, you can take the commuter rail to South Station. It costs $12 each way and takes about an hour and a half. Once you reach South Station, follow the "Directions from South Station train station" below. (Note that this is different than the bus station!)
Massachusetts & Rhode Island
The MBTA commuter rail serves Massachusetts and Rhode Island. All commuter rail lines terminate at either North Station or South Station. The stations are not linked! See below for directions to Emerson from each.
Rest of US & Canada
Amtrak serves the continental US, and Montréal, Toronto, and Vancouver. The following lines have stops in Boston:
- Downeaster, serving southern New Hampshire and Maine; arrives at North Station
- Lake Shore Limited, serving Albany, Syracuse, Buffalo, Erie, Cleveland, Toledo and Chicago; arrives at South Station
- Northeast Regional & Acela Express, serving the east coast as far south as Virginia; arrives at South Station
See below for directions to Emerson from North and South Station. The stations are not linked!
Directions from North Station train station
The most direct way to get from the North Station train station to Emerson College is via subway (the "T"). In North Station, follow signs to the Green Line Inbound. (Which line, B/C/D/E, does not matter.) You will need a CharlieTicket to pay for the subway ride (see "Paying for Public Transportation", below); it will cost $2.75. Take the subway four stops to Boylston St and exit. Once you are above ground, you will be at the corner of a large park, Boston Common. Turn to face the nearby intersection; registration is on the other side of the street to your right at 100 Boylston.
Directions from South Station train station
(Note that the train station is a separate building from the bus station! They are connected by a short walkway.)
The most direct way to get from the South Station train station to Emerson College is by walking. It is about a half mile (1 km) walk. Find Essex St; if you exit directly from the train platform, it will be to your right; if you exit through the main entrance it will be to your left. Follow Essex St. Essex becomes Boylston; follow it until just past Tremont St, where Boston Common starts. Registration will be on your left in building 100.
If walking is not a good option for you, please let us know prior to your arrival and a member of the committee will arrange to drive you to registration from the train station.
The following MBTA buses stop near Emerson College and run during Congress hours:
- SL4/SL5, serving the South End
- 11, serving South Boston
- 43, serving the South End
Bus service is $2.00 each ride with a CharlieTicket (see "Paying for Public Transportation", below).
Rest of Massachusetts
Peter Pan provides bus service to Boston from much of Massachusetts, including the Route 90 and 91 corridors and the Berkshires. It berths at the South Station bus station in Boston; see below for directions from there to Emerson.
Other regional service providers can be found in the MBTA system map.
Several different regional bus services serve the northeast US:
- BoltBus; serving Philadelphia, New Haven, Newark, and NYC
- GO Bus; serving Hartford, NYC, Providence
GO Bus does not berth at South Station; instead, take it to the Newton, MA stop at Riverside. From there, take the Green Line ($2.75; ~40 minutes) to Boylston St.
- Lucky Star Bus; serving NYC
- Megabus; serving Baltimore, Burlington, Montpelier, NYC, Philadelphia, Portland (ME), Secaucus, and Washington (DC)
- Peter Pan; serving Albany, Baltimore, NYC, Philadelphia, Providence, and Washington (DC)
All the above except GO Bus berths at the South Station bus station in Boston; see below for directions from there to Emerson.
Other regional service providers can be found in the MBTA system map.
Rest of US / Mexico / Canada
Directions from South Station bus station
(Note that the bus station is a separate building from the train station! They are connected by a short walkway. Google Maps is wrong.)
The most direct way to get from the South Station bus station to Emerson College is by walking. It is about a half mile (1 km) walk. Find Kneeland St to the left of the bus station, and follow it until you reach Tremont St. Turn right on Tremont and follow it for one block (to where Boston Common starts), then turn left onto Essex St. Registration will be on your left in building 100.
If walking is not a good option for you, please let us know prior to your arrival and a member of the committee will arrange to drive you to registration from the bus station.
By car & public transit
Driving in Boston can be hectic. Fortunately, it is possible to park at the Riverside intermodal terminal just off I-95, and take the subway the rest of the way.
If coming from points west, take I-90 (a toll road) to exit 14 (I-95) and follow the signs for I-95 South. Once on I-95 South, stay in the right lane, as you will be getting off the very next exit.
Take I-95 to exit 22 (Grove St). Stay right on the exit ramp. The Riverside terminal is on your left after ¼ mile (0.4 km). After parking, you can take the Green Line ($2.75; ~40 minutes) to Boylston St.
Parking at Riverside is $6 for weekdays, and $3 for weekends, for a total of $18 for the duration of the Congress.
By car only
From points west
Take I-90 (a toll road) east to exit 22 (Prudential/Copley Square; this exit is underground). Stay right for Copley Square. Once you are above ground, continue straight on Stuart St for about a half mile, then turn left onto Charles St South (this is a large intersection where Stuart St turns from a one-way to two-way street; you will need to be in the far left lane to turn left) and follow the directions to the garage below.
From points north
Take I-93 South to exit 20A (South Station). Follow Surface Rd through a few intersections, then take a right onto Kneeland St. Follow this for about a half mile (0.7 km) until you are forced to take a right onto Charles St South. Do so, then follow the directions to the garage below.
From points south
Take I-95 North to exit 12/I-93 North. Follow I-93 North to exit 20 (Worcester), but stay left at the fork and follow the signs for Chinatown (not Worcester!). Take a left at the second intersection onto Kneeland St. Follow this for about a half mile (0.7 km) until you are forced to take a right onto Charles St South. Do so, then follow the directions to the garage below.
Directions to Boston Common Garage
After one block you will be passing between Boston Common and Boston Public Gardens; the garage entrance is underground on your right. (If you miss the entrance, you can circle around either the Gardens (left) or Common (right) and try again.) Weekend parking is $18/day and can be reserved online. Emerson borders the southeast corner of the Common.
Paying for Public Transportation
To use the subway or bus, you will need to get a "CharlieTicket" and add some money to it. There are ticket machines at all subway stations and at the airport where you can purchase a ticket with cash, credit or debit card. You can board a bus with a CharlieTicket, or pay with cash.
A subway ride costs $2.75, and a bus ride $2.00, so try to predict how many times you will need or want to use the subway or bus when you get a card. You may just want to buy a 7-day pass for $21.25, which will cover all rides for a week. Transfers between subway lines is free, but transfer to or from buses is not.
The Silver Line is free inbound from the airport, and costs $2.00 per ride otherwise.
If you'd like someone to escort you from the airport by public transportation, or if you have special transportation needs, please contact us.
If you need more urgent help, call the Boston Landa Kongreso Hotline at +1-XXX-XXX-XXXX, and one of the organizers will answer.