In honor of the Red Sox back for the season, my April Feature Friday posts will be Red Sox themed! If you missed my previous posts Where to Eat for Cheap Near Fenway and How to Buy Cheap Red Sox Tickets, make sure to check them out!
So now you have red sox tickets and know where to eat beforehand, but how do you get to Fenway Park on a game day on a budget? There’s a lot of different options, and it will definitely vary depending on where you’re coming from.
Parking can be a very sensitive topic in Boston and one I rarely cover on the blog. However, I want to give you a few different options of how to get to Fenway Park without spending too much. There are other options than paying $50 right by the ballpark. I won’t get into very specifics in some areas (don’t steal my spot) but enough to hopefully help you out!
Here’s all your transportation options to a Red Sox game:
Walking– If you are close enough to walk, we will assume you know how to get there. If you are staying at a hotel nearby, ask the front desk for directions and travel recs. Walking is free, so it is the cheapest option!
MBTA– The MBTA is a great (but very crowded) option, especially if you live near a station and/or already have a monthly pass. The T is $2.50 per ride per person with a paper ticket and $2.00 per ride with the plastic Charlie Card. However, there may be a 5% fare increase starting in July, 2014.
MBTA Parking Garage rates and availability differ from station to station. However, parking ranges from $4-$7 depending on the garage.
Take the B, C or D Green Line to Kenmore (any except the E Line) and follow the signs to Fenway Park. If you are taking the commuter rail in from Metro West, the Framingham/Worcester Line stops at Yawkey Station. Commuter rail prices vary depending on location and distance.
MBTA Bus– There are multiple bus routes that have stops near Fenway Park and you can find them here. Fares are $1.50 with ticket or on board and $1.25 with Charlie Card.
Pedicab– Take a pedicab to a Red Sox game: A bicycle cab. Pedicab drivers work solely on tips, so make sure if you do take a Pedicab to the game, don’t save money by not tipping enough.
A Cab– This option will vary depending on where you are coming from. However, you can enter your estimated locations here to have an idea how much a cab will cost.
Lyft, Uber, Sidecar– Lyft, Sidecar and UberX are car sharing services that pride themselves with being cheaper than a taxi. However, they do have peak rates during high demand times, and can vary depending on demand, distance, etc. I like to have all three downloaded on my phone and then check availability. New users can get a free $25 Lyft Credit with my referral link or new users can sign up with Uber to get a free $20 credit with my referral link. ($20 credit for a limited time and then will switch to $10, fyi). This can be a budget-friendly option especially if you have some free credit to use!
Driving– The closer you are to Fenway Park, the more you will pay (and the more you may need to wait to get on the highway). If driving in is your best option, consider parking further away from the ballpark to save more money. Obviously, the cheapest option is finding a free street parking spot, but you definitely need a back-up plan unless you have a secret spot or tricks.
- Meter Parking: This can be risky, but can be an inexpensive option, especially for night games. Parking further away from the ballpark may give you more options and make sure to read parking meter signs for restrictions and timing. For some specific ideas of where to looking for spots, check out this post here, however, I am assuming a lot of these spots fill up fast!
- Prudential Center: $16 with Red Sox Ticket Stub during Night and Weekend Games; Approximately .75 miles from Fenway
- MFA: MFA Members can receive discount parking at the MFA garage. $13 after 5:30pm for members only. Approx .9 miles from Fenway.
- Garage at 100 Clarendon: Apparently the Official Parking Garage of the Boston Red Sox but it is also a hike. $10 parking after 3pm Monday-Fridays and enter after 7am on weekends with ticket stub. Approximately 1.3 miles from Fenway Park.
- SpotHero App: An smartphone app that allows you to find available parking garages and pay directly through your phone! No cash needed! New users can get a free $5 credit with my referral link here. Available parking garages may vary.
There are also other smaller parking garages further away from Fenway Park that may be a good option. Leaving plenty of time and getting there early is a great way to find a free street spot or a cheap parking garage as the cheapest options tend to fill up first!
Also, ask friends and family if they have any recommendations of how to get to the game. My favorite parking spots and tips in the city are suggestions from friends and former co-workers. They are more likely to give you specifics than strangers on the internet that afraid you’ll get there before me and then steal my spot.
If you do have any parking suggestions near Fenway or other transport options that I forgot to mention, feel free to leave them in the comments if you do not have a fear of people stealing your spot.
Have fun at the Red Sox game if you do go! GO SOX!