a VirtualTourist member from Los Angeles
How can I get to Plimouth plantation by public transportation? I will be traveling from central Boston. I am traveling alone so don't want to use a taxi. I understand there is a trolly from Plymouth, but I will be going in May and think the trolly is not available then.
Regular public transportation doesn't take you all the way to Plimouth Plantation, but it gets you pretty close. The Plimouth Plantation site outlines what's available: plimoth.org/plan-your-visit/...
I think the trolley you mention is this one: http://www.p-b.com/ahs.html. That's a hop-on/hop-off trolley in Plymouth itself, so you'd still need to get between Boston and Plymouth. You're right that the trolley wouldn't be running in May.
So, you're going to have to take either the bus or train to Plymouth, and then get a taxi between the station and the plantation. It's tough to say which is better - road traffic south of Boston is notoriously bad, but there aren't many time options by train. Make sure to take a cell phone or arrange a pickup at Plimouth Plantation for after, so you don't end up stranded there.
MBTA commuter rail to from South Station to Plymouth is very spotty, with only 3 trains per day on weekdays, and no service at all on weekends. The last returning train from Plymouth is at 2:28 PM. There's slightly more frequent service to nearby Halifax, so I suppose you could try to take a taxi to/from there. The Plymouth and Brockton Street Railway Company runs bus (not streetcar) service between Boston Bus Terminal (near South Station) and Plymouth.
See http://p-b.com/week-fromBos.html for timetable details.
Thanks everyone for the heads up on the spotty transportation. You'd think it would be more tourist friendly. Oh well.
There is a train from South Station to Plymouth or Kingston. From either spot you will have to take a cab to where you want to go.