The Thanksgiving Breakdown

By Shannon Fischer | Boston Magazine |

THIS TURKEY DAY, more than 700,000 Massachusetts residents will kick off the holiday season by enduring full-body scans at Logan, traffic jams on the Mass. Pike, and probably a Fung Wah bus fire or two. Most of us will get where we’re going via car, though plenty will opt for planes and trains. So what’s the best mode of transportation for you? We crunched the numbers on an average one-way journey of about 200 miles, or roughly the distance from here to New York, and added in the cost of some supplies to make your trip easier. However you choose to get to your destination, you’re in for one wild ride – but at least you’ll have dry turkey and familial squabbling to look forward to.

BY PLANE
Estimated Number of Mass. Travelers:
43,000
How Much It Will Cost: $36 Cab fare from Back Bay to Logan + $90 Ticket to JFK on JetBlue + $4.99 Magazine (may we suggest the one you’re holding?) + $6 Fortifying cocktail = $136.99
How Long It Might Take: 3 hours, 20 minutes
How You’ll Spend Your Time: 7% in the cab, 56% at the airport, 37% in the air

BY TRAIN
Estimated Number of Mass. Travelers:
57,000
How Much It Will Cost: $9 Cab fare from Back Bay to South Station + $100 Amtrak ticket to Penn Station + $9.25 Salad and Perrier + $9.99 Download of Planes, Trains, and Automobiles = $128.24
How Long It Might Take: 5 hours, 11 minutes
How You’ll Spend Your Time: 4% in the cab, 14% at the station, 82% on the train

BY CAR
Estimated Number of Mass. Travelers:
614,000
How Much It Will Cost: $30 Gas + $12 Tolls + $7.58 Coffee and turkey sandwich at Fresh City in Framingham Plaza + $20 Copy of self-help audio book Coping With Difficult People = $69.58
How Long It Might Take: 5 hours, 15 minutes
How You’ll Spend Your Time: 77% driving, 19% in traffic, 4% pit stop

All figures are most recent available. Sources: AAA, U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics, Travelocity,
Boston Globe, TaxiFareFinder.com, Amtrak Northeast Regional Line, JetBlue

  • Jo

    You missed a terrific alternative: Mass Transit Buses
    Sure, we’ve all heard the horror stories about a certain “problem line”, but I like BoltBus with Wifi and a pitstop enroute.