Should I rent a car in Boston?

I’m finally planning on taking a trip to Boston to see my parents, but I know that I’m going to want the freedom to get around the city while I’m there. Should I rent a car in Boston, or is there a better way of getting around?

Cameron Thiessen · Updated on
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
You should not rent a car in
unless you are used to driving there.
Here are some reasons that ought to convince you:
  • Boston has some of the worst traffic in the country
  • The parking situation is difficult to navigate
  • Boston’s subway is a much more efficient way of getting around
  • Taxis and ride-share apps like Uber or Lyft are a more efficient option
  • There are rentable bikes all over the city that are just as fast as driving
Of course, if you want to go outside the city at any point, you might want to consider
getting a rental car
If you choose not to heed these warnings and end up driving a rental car in Boston, you’re going to want to make sure you’ve got some robust
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