Plan Your Visit

2019 Festival | June 9–16, 2019

Plan Your Visit

The city of Boston is an international hub of arts, music, theatre, sports, and history. Our Visitor’s Guide offers information to assist you in making your travel arrangements as well as options for additional sights and activities.

Lodging

Courtyard Marriott Boston Downtown
The Boston Early Music Festival is pleased to recommend the Courtyard Marriott Boston Downtown as its official host hotel for the 2019 Festival.

Courtyard Marriott Boston Downtown
275 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02116

Single rooms at the BEMF-only discounted rate of $289 per night (state and local taxes not included) MUST be reserved through our official Festival liaison, Martha Camire, at 617-728-2179 or martha.camire@marriott.com, no later than Friday, June 7, 2019. Rooms are available on a first-come, first-served basis, so we encourage you to book your room well in advance of the deadline.

Dorm Rooms
BEMF will be offering reduced-cost dormitory accommodations to Festival attendees at the Myles Standish Hall at Boston University in Kenmore Square, located one mile north of New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall (BEMF’s primary Festival Concert venue).

DOWNLOAD the 2019 Dormitory Registration Form (DOC)

Myles Standish Hall offers suite-style single and double accommodations with a shared bath, in a newly-renovated, fully air-conditioned state-of-the-art dormitory residence. Rooms are equipped with one or two extra-long twin-sized beds, a desk, a desk chair, and a dresser. Bed and bath linens and basic amenities are provided for all guests. We recommend that you bring any additional items that will make your stay more comfortable. Each room will also contain a mini-fridge and a microwave.Please note that breakfast is not included in the room rate; however, there are numerous and varied dining options in the immediate vicinity of Kenmore Square, as well as grocers, convenience stores, and pharmacies. All buildings have secure access control and 24-hour proctored front desks, as well as complimentary WiFi.

Rates are $99/night for a single room and $178/night for a shared double, and reservations must be made directly through the BEMF office using the dorm registration form. BEMF will accept reservations through Wednesday, May 22, 2019, while inventory lasts.

Boston University does not offer any parking accommodations. Restricted access parking is available in the Warren Towers Public Garage (700 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston).

For questions, please contact BEMF General Manager Carla Chrisfield at carla@bemf.org or 617-661-1812.

Getting to Boston

By Air
Logan International Airport is Boston’s main airport, serving all major cities and airlines.

You may also choose to fly into Manchester Regional Airport in New Hampshire or TF Green Airport in Providence, Rhode Island. Each airport is approximately 1 hour from Boston. Flight Line offers shuttle service from Manchester, while the MBTA commuter rail, Amtrak, and Peter Pan Bus offer transportation between Providence and Boston.

Visit the Massport website for more information about directions to and from Logan Airport, including their ground transportation brochure with contact information for shuttle services.

By Bus

By Train

  • Amtrak
    800-USA-RAIL (872-7245)

By Car
There are 3 main routes into Boston:

  • I-90 (Massachusetts Turnpike) from the West
  • I-95 from the North and South
  • I-93 from the North and South

Getting around Boston

Parking
Parking in Boston can be difficult.  There is metered parking on most streets, however, be aware of signage, as spots can become resident-sticker only, valet only, or tow zones at various points during the day.

Public Transportation

  • MBTA, a/k/a “The T”

Subway Fares

  • $2.75 per subway ride with paper Charlie Ticket or cash-on-board (no free transfers)
  • $2.25 per subway ride with plastic Charlie Card (includes free transfer to local bus)

Discounts for seniors and persons with disabilities are available. For current guidelines, please visit mbta.com.

Bus Fares
Bus fares are $2.00 with paper Charlie Ticket or cash-on-board, $1.70 for Charlie Card. Discounts for seniors and persons with disabilities are available. For current guidelines, please visit mbta.com.

Discounted Visitor Passes available; $12 per day or $21.25 for 7 days for unlimited subway and local bus travel; can be purchased at in-station fare vending machines or local retail sales terminals.

Useful BEMF T stops: 

  • Boylston on the Green Line  (Boylston St. at Tremont St.)
    For Courtyard Boston Downtown and Emerson Cutler Majestic Theatre
  • Arlington on the Green Line (Boylston St. at Arlington St.)
    For First Lutheran Church and Emmanuel Church
  • Symphony on the Green Line, E train only (Huntington Ave. at Massachusetts Ave.)
    For NEC’s Jordan Hall
  • Massachusetts Avenue on the Orange Line (Massachusetts Ave. south of St. Botolph St.)
    For NEC’s Jordan Hall

Rental Cars
Visit the Massport website for car rental options at Logan airport.

Taxis
Boston Cab: 617-536-5010
Checker Cab: 617-536-7000
City Cab: 617-536-5100
ITOA: 617-825-4000
Metro Cab: 617-782-5500
Town Taxi: 617-536-5000

Several ride-hailing apps also serve the Greater Boston region, including Lyft, which is available for pick-ups at Logan International Airport.

Bike Rentals
BlueBikes is Boston’s bike sharing system with over 200 stations throughout Boston, Brookline, Cambridge, and Somerville. Visit their Pricing page for more information about 24-hour and monthly passes and usage fees.