South Station Bus Terminal

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Coordinates: 42°21′00″N 71°03′21″W / 42.3500°N 71.0558°W / 42.3500; -71.0558

Bus terminal entrance on Atlantic Avenue, Boston
Entrance hall and skylight
Bus Terminal on Atlantic Avenue, Boston
Aerial view of highway approaches, with the bus terminal at lower left
Dedication plaque inside the South Station Bus Terminal

The South Station Bus Terminal, owned by the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, is the main gateway for interstate buses into Boston, Massachusetts. It is located at 700 Atlantic Avenue, at the intersection with Beach Street, in the Chinatown/Leather District neighborhoods.[1][2] The facility is immediately south-southwest of the main MBTA/Amtrak South Station terminal, located above the station's platforms. The bus station building, which was constructed in the 1990s, is a mixture of glass and metallic exterior, with mainly a red-granite stone and metallic surfaced interior. Situated in isolation from the main South Station train terminal, the bus terminal is strikingly vertical in design, with five floors.

Once built, the building served as a nexus to consolidate several intercity bus locations serving Boston into a single central location. This shift facilitated the removal of the main bus terminal at the heart of Dewey Square, a shift from the former Greyhound Bus terminal at number 10 St. James Avenue in the Back Bay area, and the transferral of various curbside Chinatown bus lines into this one facility. Continental Trailways service also previously operated from a terminal in the Back Bay, until sometime in the 1980s.

The station contains a variety of amenities for waiting passengers. These include a newsstand and snack bar; three fast-food outlets: Honey Dew Donuts, D'Angelos, and McDonalds; a number of payphones; free 15-minute public parking on the roof,[3] and restrooms. Like other significant transportation facilities, it also contains full service ticket counters and seating areas.

  • First floor: main entrance, walkway to South Station Rail Terminal;
  • Second floor: MBTA Transit Police;
  • Third floor: buses, concourse, gates, food and concessions, restrooms, pay phones;
  • Fourth floor: offices, conference room;
  • Fifth floor: 15 minute free parking (parking entrance from Kneeland Street).

Bus lines serving the terminal[edit]

BoltBus
Boston Express
C&J Trailways
Concord Coach Lines
  • Boston to Concord, NH
  • Boston to Portland
  • Boston to Portland, Augusta, Colby College, Bangor, and Orono
Dattco
  • Boston to Taunton and New Bedford
Fung Wah Bus Transportation
  • Boston to New York (Chinatown) (currently suspended)
Greyhound Lines
  • Boston to Portsmouth, Portland, Brunswick, Lewiston, Augusta, Waterville, Bangor
  • Boston to White River Junction, Burlington, Montreal
  • Boston to Framingham and New York (Port Authority Bus Terminal)
  • Boston to Worcester and New York (Port Authority Bus Terminal)
  • Boston to Worcester, Springfield, Albany, Schenectady, Utica, Syracuse, Rochester, Buffalo, Erie, and Cleveland
Lucky Star
  • Boston to New York (Chinatown)
Megabus
Peter Pan Bus Lines
Plymouth and Brockton
  • Boston to Rockland, Plymouth, Sagamore, Barnstable (Rt. 132), and Hyannis
  • Boston to Rockland, Plymouth, Sagamore, Barnstable (Rt. 132), Hyannis, Harwich, Orleans, Eastham, Wellfleet, Truro, and Provincetown
  • Boston to Rockland, Marshfield, and Duxbury
  • Boston to Logan Airport
  • Boston to Park Square
YO! Bus

Greyhound Company

  • Boston to New York

Gate assignments[edit]

Bus loading area and gates

See also[edit]

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