After my long flight from Hong Kong back to Boston, I needed to get home and fast. Did you know that ridesharing is back at Boston Logan International Airport as of 2017? If you are flying into Logan and need an Uber airport pickup, read on to learn how to use Uber when travelling to Boston.As we say in New England, it's just past the Dunkin' Donuts.Click To Tweet
I was on an international flight from Hong Kong so I arrived into Terminal E at Boston Logan International Airport. Once you pick up your baggage from Baggage Claim and proceed through Customs, turn left out of the doors. You’ll see the signage, but walk all the way down to the exit doors at the end of this hallways. As we say in New England, it’s just past the Dunkin’ Donuts that’s on your left.
I was curious why it’s called App Ride/TNC and here’s why. I guess I never realized that “an online-enabled platform to connect passengers with drivers using their personal, non-commercial, vehicles” is a TNC or Transportation Network Company. Boston was one of the last cities in the country that didn’t permit ridesharing pick ups from the airport. But in August 2016, Governor Baker signed a bill allowing Uber and Lyft to handle airport pick ups. Thank you Gov. Baker!
They’ve now made the signage permanent, which says that ride sharing at Boston Logan International Airport isn’t going anywhere any time soon.
While some people have been against having ride share companies returning to the airport, most people support the idea of faster service at a lower price. I think the only ones that hate seeing Uber and Lyft back at Logan are the cab drivers.
Once through the exit doors, follow the clearly marked signage to the App Ride/TNC lot. They were even nice enough to offer both an indoor and outdoor route. With our crazy winters, I’ll gladly take that indoor route in the snow.
We waited along with several other people, at the one side of the lot until we were told to move by an employee. Apparently, they don’t want people all over the lot, but at night it was hard to tell where to wait.
There’s also a shelter if there’s bad weather, but I just wanted to be outside despite it being a little chilly. We only had to wait a few minutes before our Uber Black Car driver showed up to whisk us all of 5 minutes home. Why an Uber Black Car? There weren’t any Uber X drivers were available so I was glad to find anyone to take me back home.A word of advice: Pay attention during your ride, especially if you don't live here, to avoid paying a higher fare.Click To Tweet
TSG Tip: I live in Boston and hate it when taxi drivers, here in Boston or anywhere else, take you on a scenic route to your destination to up the fare. Since many Uber drivers are or were also cab drivers, I don’t know why I was surprised when our Uber Black Car driver took us the longest possible way home. I was exhausted from a long flight and wasn’t paying attention, but a word of advice: Pay attention during your ride, especially if you don’t live here, to avoid paying a higher fare.
If you live in Boston or require cheap travel to Boston while visiting our great city, skip the taxi queue and join the rest of us who are choosing ride sharing as an efficient and cost effective method of getting into the city. If you’d like try Uber and get a free ride, use my invite code, mariank250ue and get a free ride up to $20 by redeeming your code here.