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profile member asked on Jan 27, 2013

public transportation to plimouth plantation fro central Boston


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.



4 Answers

answered on 1/27/13 by
a VT member from Shanghai

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: [original link]

I think the trolley you mention is this one: [original link]. 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.

answered on 1/28/13 by
a VT member from Boston

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 [original link] for timetable details.

answered on 1/31/13 by
a VT member from Los Angeles

Thanks everyone for the heads up on the spotty transportation. You'd think it would be more tourist friendly. Oh well.

answered on 11/3/15 by
a VT member from Plymouth

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.

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