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What's the cheapest, quickest way to get from Brattleboro to Boston?

Asked by momus (19points) March 20th, 2010

I’ve been checking into buses, ride shares, plain old driving etc. But I only have one brain, so I figured I’d see if anyone else had seen or used something cheap. It would have to be available at least once a month. Thanks for helping.

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Jeruba's avatar

It’s only about two hours by car. Is your destination at either end anywhere near a bus or railway station, or would you be putting in travel time just getting to and from stations, waiting in line for tickets, allowing leeway, risking missed connections, etc.? Where are you headed in Boston?

If it were me, I think I’d just drive it from portal to portal for the sake of convenience and simplicity, assuming I had a car.

ETpro's avatar

If you can’t drive it, and can’t find a ride share, check with Greyhound or Trailways. The trip is 116 miles, and is about 2 and a half hours.

jerv's avatar

I used to live in Brattleboro and we usually took I-91 to Rt 2 (exit on the left around Greenfield) and rode that right into the Cambridge/Somerville area. Took us less than 2 hours, especially given how they drive in Eastern MA ;P

My mom and I know quite a few other ways from various parts of Cheshire and Windham county to the Boston area, but from that far West, I think that I-91—>MA-2 is your best bet unless you happen to be really familiar with the roads. I mean, 140 will also do the trick, but you really can’t get there from Bratt, though you can go through Keen to Peterboro and go that way. However, it gets a little convoluted and only really saves time if you happen to be on the Eastern edge of Cheshire county anyways.

momus's avatar

Thanks so much for your answers (especially to jerv, I’ll check out the route you described).

@ jeruba: I’d be heading for MassArt.

ETpro's avatar

@momus I live in Boston’s North End. If I can be of assistance as boots on the ground here, just let me know how.

Jeruba's avatar

Well, in that part of town you are probably better off riding the T than looking for parking, although there are paid lots nearby, according to the MassArt website. You can certainly get there by MBTA from the bus station. But it will add overhead to your trip. If you’re spending the night somewhere nearby, you should probably drive, leave your car there, and go out to Huntington Ave. via the T. It’s on the Green Line just past the MFA.

jerv's avatar

If it weren’t for the fact that I have family and can park in their driveways, I never would bother bringing my car. As much as I dislike driving in Seattle and complain about the parking here, it ain’t got nothing on Boston :P

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