Boston’s Logan Airport is one of the 20 busiest airports in the country, serving tens of millions of travelers each year. Located in East Boston, Logan Airport is about four miles from the center of the city. It’s one of the main hubs for Delta Air Lines on the East Coast and operates as a key airport for JetBlue.
In the past few years, Logan has undergone extensive renovations to both its terminals and the roadways that surround them. If you know you’re going to be at Logan sometime in the future — either leaving for some far-off destination or during a layover as part of a longer trip — Logan International Airport offers a wide variety of restaurants, shops and other amenities guaranteed to please any traveler.
Here are a few tips to help you find the important information any traveler will need to know during their stay here.
Terminal Guide for Logan Airport
Boston has four terminals in operation: A, B, C and E. Logan Airport is quite large, but is relatively easy to navigate. Walkways connect terminals B, C and E, and there are regular shuttle buses that go to every terminal, as well as the airport MBTA station, the Logan boat dock and economy parking. Logan shuttle buses run 24 hours a day, stop at each terminal every 15 to 20 minutes and are wheelchair-lift equipped.
Terminal C is probably the busiest of all Logan terminals, and Terminal E services only international flights and includes U.S. Customs and Immigration facilities. Becoming familiar with Boston Logan terminals and knowing where to find your airline removes one headache familiar to all travelers.
TERMINAL A: Delta Air Lines, Southwest Airlines, WestJet Airlines
TERMINAL B: American Airlines, United Airlines, Penair Airlines, Air Canada
TERMINAL C: JetBlue Airways Airlines, Aer Lingus Airlines, TAP Air Portugal Airlines, Alaska Airlines, Virgin America Airlines, Cape Air Airlines, Sun Country Airlines
TERMINAL E: TACV, Virgin Atlantic Airlines, El Al Airlines, Porter Airlines, Swiss International Airline, COPA Airlines, Qatar Airways Airlines, Icelandair Airlines, Hainan Airlines, Lufthansa, LATAM, Wow Air, SAS Scandinavian Airlines, Thomas Cook Airlines, Aero México Airlines, Delta Air Lines international flights, Norwegian Air Shuttle Airlines, TAP Air Portugal Airlines international flights, Cathay Pacific Airways Airlines, SATA Air Acores Airlines, Turkish Airlines, Avianca Airlines, JetBlue Airways Airlines international flights, Air France, Primera Air Nordic, British Airways Airlines, Emirates Airlines, Iberia Airlines, Japan Airlines, Alitalia Airlines, American Airlines international flights
If you’re interested in finding out more about which terminal you will either be flying into or out of, or where is baggage claim at Boston Logan, you’ll find detailed maps of each terminal here.
Parking at Boston’s Logan Airport
Onsite Parking Options
Logan Airport has two main parking areas: the central parking garage and the economy parking lot. You can reach all terminals from the central parking garage. Parking is also available in the Terminal B garage and in a smaller lot next to Terminal E. If you choose the central parking option, anticipate walking with your luggage to the nearest terminal as shuttle service is not provided. Rates for parking in the central parking garage start at $35 a day.
Massport’s economy parking area is another option for airport parking. Located on the airport site, economy parking starts at $26 a day and has shuttle service every 15-20 minutes. The economy parking facility has more than 2,700 spaces, which can fill up quickly, and is at the intersection of Service Road and Prescott Street. If you plan to travel alone, this option can pose some safety concerns due to its distance from the main terminals.
Offsite Parking Options
If you’re looking to avoid the congestion of airport traffic upon arrival and departure, consider a parking option that is offsite but still close to Logan Airport.
Park Shuttle & Fly is located within a 10-minute shuttle trip from Logan Airport making it the closest option for offsite airport parking. Due to its convenient location, you can expect no drawbridge delays on your shuttle ride to the airport. Travelers can also reserve parking ahead of time and even take advantage of car detailing services so that their day of departure is stress-free,and their arrival is greeted with a clean car.
Daily parking rates are $25 and weekly parking rates are $150. If you need a long-term parking option for Logan Airport, you can save over $30 a week at Park Shuttle & Fly vs at Logan’s economy lot which offers no weekly rate.
How Early Should I Arrive for My Flight?
The Transportation Security Administration, or TSA, staffs and operates all checkpoints at Logan. Massport, which operates Logan, works closely with the TSA to keep lineup times no longer than 15 minutes. Slowdowns and holdups, however, can occur from time to time, so you should arrive for your domestic flight at least two hours before departure, and you should give yourself at least three hours before an international flight.
You’ll need a valid government ID and your boarding pass to get into any gate area at Logan Airport. Children do not require an ID, just a boarding pass. Gate passes only get issued to those helping unaccompanied minors get to their gate. Please contact your airline for more information about how to obtain a gate pass.
Is There Anything I Can Do to Help Speed up My Time in the Security Line?
Yes — pack smart. It will help you get through the checkpoint much faster. Layer items in your luggage, as this makes it easier for TSA officers to survey your belongings if they select you for a random check.
Approaching the checkpoint isn’t the time to start pulling out your boarding pass and your photo ID. You should already have those things in hand when you walk up to the checkpoint. Have your jackets and shoes ready for inspection, and put your cell phone and keys in your carry-on bag. Remember to remove your laptop and place it in a bin.
Is Boston Logan Airport Open 24 Hours a Day?
Logan’s pre-screening area is open 24 hours a day. However, once the final flight for the day has landed, anyone left inside the terminals must return to the pre-screening area until TSA reopens the screening checkpoints the next day. TSA normally reopens checkpoints about an hour before the day’s first flight.
Can I Sleep at Logan?
Sleeping in Boston airport is allowed in the pre-screening area, but we wouldn’t recommend it. Most of the seats in the pre-screening area have armrests, and there are bright lights and constant noise. Logan Airport authorities do provide stranded passengers with cots during major weather events that cause flight cancellations. However, if you need to stay overnight, we would recommend you book a room at the Hilton Boston Logan, which you can access through either Terminal A or Terminal E.
Amenities at Boston Logan International Airport
Stuck waiting for a flight? Luckily, there’s no shortage of things to do on a layover at Boston Logan Airport. You’ll find a wide variety of shops and restaurants at Logan Airport, guaranteed to help you relax and enjoy yourself even on the most extended layover.
Restaurants at Logan Airport
Legal Sea Foods is one of Boston’s finest restaurants and the perfect place to have lunch or dinner during a layover or while waiting for a flight. Even better, Legal Sea Foods is easy to find, since it has locations in Terminals A, B and C.
Also, in Terminal B, you’ll find Todd English’s Bonfire restaurant. English, one of America’s best-known celebrity chefs, began his career in Boston. Bonfire is known for its grilled entrées, sure to delight most palates. And, if you’re looking for a bit of delightful diner-style fast food with a ’50s theme, try Johnny Rockets in Terminal C.
If you’re a sports fan, you should give Jerry Remy’s Bar and Grill a try. Remy is a former Red Sox second baseman and has been part of the team’s TV broadcast crew for decades. It’s also pre-security, so if you come to the airport with some friends or family who won’t be going with you past security, it’s a great place to have a meal together.
When you’re past the security checkpoint, your dining options remain plentiful. If you’re in Terminal E, try Stephanie’s or The Vineyard Grill. If you’re looking for a little bit of that real Boston experience, visit Durgin Park, also in Terminal E. Its namesake restaurant, located in downtown Boston’s Faneuil Hall, is famous for the…well…colorful way the wait staff interacts with patrons.
Logan Airport offers so many more wonderful restaurants to try. It would take you almost three months to eat in every one. You’ll find everything from familiar fast-food giants like McDonald’s and Wendy’s, to well-known coffee joints like Dunkin’ Donuts, to many more of the same type of fine dining establishments mentioned above. A complete list of all the restaurants located at Logan Airport, along with the terminals where you can find them and their hours of operation, is available right here.
Shops at Logan Airport
After you’ve had a bite to eat, shopping is one of the best things to do at Logan Airport. It’s easy to move from terminal to terminal once you’re past the security checkpoint, and you can visit a variety of great stores. You’ll find traditional shops like duty-free stores if you’re taking an international flight and numerous new stands where you can get the latest newspaper, magazine or bestselling book, along with a drink or snack. If you’re in the mood for something more eccentric, there is Brookstone in Terminal A. If beauty is on your mind, visit L’Occitane, which you can find in Terminal E, or try Victoria’s Secret in Terminal C.
You can get a taste of the real New England experience when you shop at The Black Dog, a longtime favorite on Martha’s Vineyard, now with a location in Logan. If you are interested in fine men’s clothing, check out the Hugo Boss or Michael Kors locations in Terminal E.
A complete list of all the stores located in Logan Airport, where to find them and their hours of operation is available right here.
Can I Shower at Boston Logan Airport?
Yes. Since January 2017, The Club in Terminal E has offered passengers a chance to relax and make the most of their time in Logan before they leave, including taking a hot shower. Passengers booked on international flights from Terminal E can buy a pass to the lounge either from the club’s website or through the LoungeBuddy smartphone app. Daily passes start at $39.
Is Wi-Fi Available at Logan Airport?
The days when major travel hubs didn’t offer Internet access are, thankfully, long behind us. Logan offers wireless Internet in each terminal for laptops and mobile devices. Better yet, it’s free. Just look for the Logan SSID — LoganWi-Fi — on your device, and once you accept the terms of agreement, you’re free to roam the Internet. A company called Boingo manages Logan’s Internet connections. If you have any questions about the service, you can contact support at 800-880-4117.
If you’re looking for a place to charge your computer or your phone to take advantage of the free Internet, look for charging stations built into, around or near the airport’s seating areas.
Children Play Areas at BOS Airport
Logan airport has three play areas known as Kidport. You’ll find each Kidport after you go through the security checkpoint in Terminals A, B and C. These spaces include climbing structures, slides and structures designed to mimic planes and control towers at Logan Airport. Each Kidport is located near concessions, and, more importantly, restrooms.
ATMs and Currency Exchange
Need cash? You’ll find convenient ATMs throughout each terminal. Look for Bank of America ATMs in terminals B and C. CardTronics ATMs are in Terminals C and E on the departure and arrival levels at Terminal B. There is a Citizens ATM on the departure levels of Terminals C and E. Other financial institutions that have ATMs at Logan Airport include Fleet Bank, Travelex, Danversbank, East Boston Savings Bank and American Airlines Federal Credit Union.
If you’re looking to acquire some foreign currency of the country you may be visiting, or you want to convert foreign currency back to American dollars, you can find Travelex Money Exchange booths on the departure levels at Terminals B and C and on both levels at Terminal E. There is also a Travelex America exchange on the departure level of Terminal C.
Want to Avoid Parking Hassles at Logan? Try Park, Shuttle & Fly
Since 1975, Logan’s Park, Shuttle & Fly has been helping busy travelers avoid the hassles of traffic and parking in and around Logan Airport. When you leave your car with us, you can catch the shuttle to Logan and be there within 10 minutes. There’s no lugging your bags around, no long walks from a parking garage to a terminal and no drawbridge delays. And your car will be safe with us, as our lot is fully fenced in. Once you park your car with us, it does not move until you return. And if you join our rewards program, you can earn free parking.
You’ll love our valet service, our exhaustive vehicle detailing service, luggage assistance and rewards program. You can make a reservation online anytime you like with no deposit required. Our service is friendly, reliable and professional. If you know you’re going to be gone three days or longer and you select our car wash and detailing service, your car will look as good as new when you pick it up after your trip is over.
Our rates are $25 a day and $150 a week. It’s the best parking deal at Logan. You can check rates and make your reservation today.