Transportation

Concord is 20 miles (32 km) NW of Boston, 15 miles (24 km) NW of Cambridge, 6 miles (8 km) W of Lexington by car, train, bike or rideshare.

I’ve made many maps of Concord: of walking tours, trails, Walden Pond, Battle Road, restaurants, shops & lodgings. 

Car

Concord is 20 miles (32 km) northwest of Boston along MA Route 2. Driving north on Interstate 95, take the exit for Route 2 West to Concord. At the intersection with MA Route 126/Walden Street, turn left (south) for Walden Pond or right (north) for Concord Center.

Traveling south on I-95, exit to MA Route 2A West, which will take you via Battle Road to Lexington Center and Lexington Green, site of the first battle of the Revolutionary War. Bear left just in front of the Minuteman statue (southeast point of the Green) and follow Massachusetts Avenue to MA Route 2A. Turn right on 2A and follow the signs reading Battle Road.

This is the route taken by the British troops going out to Concord on April 19th, 1775, to search for arms stockpiled illegally by the colonials.

The road follows a route parallel to Battle Road Trail (a foot- and bike-path), past the entrance to the Minute Man National Historical Park Battle Road Visitor Center and the place where Paul Revere was captured by a British patrol after his historic ride to alert the countryside to the British expedition. Eventually, bear right along Lexington Road to reach Concord center and Monument Square.

Parking

Free parking lots are the Concord Town Lot on Keyes Road off Main Street behind the Concord Visitor Center, and behind 14 Walden Street (enter between 12 and 14 Walden Street) near the US Post Office.

Parking meters in Concord are only in the commercial centers. They accept coins, credit cards, and the Pay by Phone parking app. Parking on streets a block or two away is free.

Train

MBTA Commuter Rail trains on the Fitchburg Line depart Boston’s North Station for the 40-minute trip to Concord. Fewer run on weekends.

The trains can also be boarded at the MBTA Red Line’s Porter Square subway station in Cambridge. From Harvard Square, take the Red Line subway toward Alewife to the next stop (Porter Square). On foot, walk north on Massachusetts Avenue for 1.2 miles (1.9 km) to Porter Square.The station is at the intersection of Massachusetts Avenue and Somerville Avenue.

Fitchburg train at Concord Depot
Fitchburg train at Concord Depot

Bicycles are allowed on most trains (except during rush hours), so you can take the train one way and ride along the Minuteman Bikeway the other way.

The train arrives at the Concord Depot, 80 Thoreau Street at Middle Street, which is a 10- or 15-minute walk (0.6 mile, 1 km) from the Concord Visitor Center and Monument Square, the town center. The train continues to West Concord, 2 miles (3.2 km, 7 minutes) west of Concord Center.

Main Street, Concord, leading to Monument Square
Main Street, Concord, leading to Monument Square

Rideshare/Taxi

You can take a rideshare (Uber, Lyft, etc.) or taxi to Concord from Boston, Cambridge or Lexington. If you take the train to Concord, you can take a rideshare to Lexington, then take MBTA Bus 62 or 76 to Cambridge’s MBTA Red Line Alewife Station to continue your journey to Boston.

Coming to Concord, request Monument Square, or the Colonial Inn (48 Monument Square) as your destination so you’ll be dropped in the town center.

Monument Square & Colonial Inn
Monument Square & Colonial Inn

Bus

MBTA Buses 62/76 (Alewife to Bedford VA Hospital via Hanscom AFB) and 76 (Alewife to Civil Air Terminal) touch the eastern edge of Concord and Minute Man National Historical Park at Hanscom Air Force Base.

 From the Alewife Red Line subway station, take Bus 62/76 (those that go “via Hanscom AFB”) or 76, and ride 40 minutes. Get out at the stop named Old Mass. Ave at Marrett Road, just across Old Mass. Ave from the Fiske Hill parking lot. This is the eastern end of Minute Man National Historical Park, a 5-minute walk east of the Minute Man Visitor Center. Fifteen more minutes’ walk west brings you to the Paul Revere Capture Site

Monument Square in Concord Center is four miles (6.5 km) farther west from the Paul Revere site, about a 90-minute walk.

Sign for MBTA Bus 62/76

Bike

The Minuteman Bikeway extends from Cambridge’s MBTA Red Line Alewife Station subway terminus through Arlington and Lexington to Bedford’s Depot Park (map). From near the park, the Reformatory Branch rail trail (unpaved) continues to Concord.

Bikes may be rented from Ata Cycle, right across the street from the Concord Depot (train station) at 93 Thoreau Street.

Getting Around

Concord is eminently walkable, except for Walden Pond, 1.8 miles (2.9 km, a 40-minute walk) from Monument Square, or 1.7 miles (2.74 km, a 35-minute walk) from the Concord Depot (train station). Also, Minute Man National Historical Park’s Battle Road Trail is five miles (8 km) long, so bike or car are good to have there. See my Walking Tours for more.

Walden Pond, Concord MA
Walden Pond, Concord MA