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Attraction PassesThe Boston CityPASS offers savings to those planning to visit multiple Boston attractions and travel sites. Make sure it is included in any travel packages you consider. The Boston CityPASS ticket booklet will save travelers up to 40 percent off the combined cost of purchasing individual tickets to all of the included attractions and allows travelers to skip most main-entrance ticket-purchase lines. The passes, which are valid for 9 consecutive days including the first date of use, include prepaid admission to some of the city's fun places to go, such as the New England Aquarium, Museum of Science and Skywalk Observatory at Prudential Center as well as a choice of either the Harvard Museum of Natural History or Boston Harbor Cruises. Boston CityPASS is available online and at participating attractions. For customer service, phone (208) 787-4300 or (888) 330-5008.

The Go Bostonpass is an all-access pass that can save visitors up to 55 percent on admission to more than 40 Boston-area attractions. There are different passes to suit, whether you want to choose the number of days or attractions to visit. Top attractions include the New England Aquarium, Fenway Park, trolley tours, cruises, walking tours and more! Travelers can also choose from four premium experiences with the 3-, 5-, and 7-day passes, including a whale watch, Boston Duck Boat Tour, Red Sox Game Ticket, or Blue Man Group show. The Go Boston pass is available online or over the phone (866) 887-9103.

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Travel Information

City Population

617,594

Elevation

20 ft.

Sales Tax

The state sales tax in Massachusetts is 6.25 percent. Combined city and state taxes on hotel occupancy in Boston is 14.45 percent.

Emergency

911

Police (non-emergency)

(617) 343-4500

Fire (non-emergency)

(617) 343-3550

Time and Temperature

(617) 637-1234

Hospitals

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, (617) 667-7000; Boston Medical Center, (617) 638-8000; Massachusetts General Hospital, (617) 726-2000; Tufts Medical Center, (617) 636-5000.

Visitor Information

2 Copley Place, Suite 105 Boston, MA 02116. Phone:(617)536-4100 or (888)733-2678

Air Travel

Logan International Airport (BOS) is just 3 miles east of downtown across Boston Inner Harbor.

Rental Cars

Boston is served by most major rental car agencies. Hertz provides discounts to AAA members; phone (617) 568-5200 or (800) 654-3131.

Rail Service

Amtrak offers service to and from New York, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., out of Boston's South Station at Atlantic Avenue and Summer Street. Connections to all points in the national Amtrak system can be made at the Back Bay Station, 145 Dartmouth St.; phone (800) 872-7245 for reservations and information. The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) operates commuter rail service; phone (617) 222-3200.

Buses

Greyhound Lines Inc., (800) 231-2222, and Peter Pan Bus Lines, (800) 343-9999, operate from South Station.

Cruise Ports

Cruiseport Boston’s Black Falcon Cruise Terminal is at 1 Black Falcon Ave. in South Boston.

Taxis

Cabs in Boston are metered, with the fare $2.60 for the first 1/7 mile or less and 40c for every 1/7 mile thereafter. Phoning for a pickup or going to a hotel taxi stand is easier than hailing a cab on the street. Local companies include the Independent Taxi Operators Association, (617) 268-1313. Limousine service is available throughout the Boston area for about $80 an hour, normally with a 4-hour minimum.

Public Transportation

Transportation by trolley, bus, boat and subway is available in Boston.

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