Q. I'm flying into Boston next month and am wondering how much it costs to take a cab to the city of Cambridge, which MapQuest tells me is only a few miles from the airport. Any idea how long travel time would take? Or should I just take public transport (which I discovered only costs $2)? How long is the ride on the subway?

A. Cabs leaving Boston's Logan Airport must pay rather hefty fees and tunnel tolls (they have to pay for that Big Dig somehow), so your ride might easily cost $25 with tip but with no traffic should only take 20-25 minutes. The "T" (Boston's public transit system) might take about 30-35 minutes to Harvard Square in Cambridge and does indeed cost $2. There's a free shuttle bus from the airport to the airport station. Plus, riding the subway is better for the environment.

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