Navigating Boston during First Night

If you’re planning on being in Boston for New Year’s Eve, make sure you consider transportation! Boston is known as “America’s Walking City” but there are other options and it’s Winter. Boston’s extensive public transportation system, SpotHero, Street Parking, and services like Lyft or Uber will ensure that navigating Boston is both enjoyable and reliable. Check out the options below to make sure your trip is smooth sailing!


Driving into Boston? Think ahead and reserve discounted parking with SpotHero – a parking reservation service that connects drivers to discounted, convenient parking. Download the SpotHero iPhone | Android app or visit the Copley Square SpotHero Parking Page to reserve your parking spot for First Night.

New to SpotHero? Download the app and enter promo code BOSTON2017 for an extra $5 off!


If you’re driving into the city, ParkBoston offers an easy and convenient way to pay for metered street parking, get 10 minute warning alerts, and even extend your parking session from a remote location using a mobile phone or web browser.

Here’s how it works:
ParkBoston App

  • Download the the iPhone or Android ParkBoston app (Note: Blackberry and Windows users can sign up by visiting park.boston.gov online or from the mobile brower – this option is available to any users who do not wish to download the app). Users can also sign up through an automated IVR touch-tone system.
  • Once you’re in the app or using the online browser enter your 3-digit zone number
  • Enter your license plate number, state and the vehicle friendly name (a name you choose to use in identifying your car within the app)
  • Once your information is entered you can determine a length of time within the maximum parking time allowed. If have phone service and you’ve reached your final 10 minutes of paid parking time, you will receive a warning text message. If you choose to extend your parking time, you can do so in the app or online.

The ease of use isn’t just based on payment method, but also the ability to extend your parking session from a remote location, like a restaurant, office, or residence, up to the maximum time allowed. You can monitor how much time is left on your session at any time by opening up the app.

Keep in mind there are road closures due to First Night festivities. Dartmouth Street will be closed from St. James to Boylston from 12/31 – 1/1. Trinity Place and Blagden Street will also be closed 12/31 – 1/1. Boylston Street will be closed from 5:30 to 7:00 PM on the 31st along the parade route from Dartmouth Street to Boston Common.


No matter where you end up, you can count on Lyft for rides in minutes. The Lyft app matches you with friendly local drivers at the tap of a button. Just request and go. After the ride, simply pay through your phone. Lyft is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. From florists to firefighters, meet awesome drivers.

Disclaimer: We urge you to read about Lyft and understand how it works. Busy nights like New Year’s Eve can cause surcharges in services like Lyft.


Tap each ride option to to see wait time, size, and price. Choose your ride type and set your location. You’ll see your driver’s picture and vehicle details, and can track their arrival on the map. No phone calls to make, no pick-ups to schedule, no cash required (Uber automatically charges the credit card on file, so you never need cash!). With 24/7 availability, request a ride any time of day, any day of the year. Rate your driver and provide anonymous feedback about your trip.

Disclaimer: We urge you to read about Uber and understand how it works. Busy nights like New Year’s Eve can cause surcharges in services like Uber.

To get started download the Uber iPhoneAndroid app. For more information on Uber and how it works visit get.uber.com.


The MBTA commuter rail system can get you where you need go in the city of Boston. Worried about lines? Never taken the T before? No problem! Go to mbta.com to look at commute options and tickets. To avoid lines and to make sure you have up to date train schedules and delays, download the MBTA mticket app and use mobile ticketing. Follow updates and share your #MBTA journey through the city of Boston.

The MBTA will not collect fares after 8:00 PM on New Year’s Eve, and the subway will run until approximately 1:00 AM. The Commuter Rail will operate a modified Saturday schedule with extra outbound service from North and South Stations (visit the MBTA website for more information).


Boston is a one of the best cities to roam, so much history and beauty with every turn. Take a day to slow down and walk the streets of Boston. WalkBoston.com provides you with maps that you can customize based on the landmarks or neighborhoods you would like to explore.


We’re glad you’re here and hope that no matter how you choose to get around, that you enjoy your weekend and all that Boston has to offer… Share your photos and show how you bring #FirstNightBoston to life.

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