Boston’s Logan International Airport (formal title: General Edward Lawrence Logan International Airport) is the busiest airport in New England, with 40.9 million passengers traveling through in 2018.
Boston is a focus city of Delta Air Lines and JetBlue, and many major international carriers fly out of Logan, including Emirates, Cathay Pacific, Lufthansa, and Turkish, as well as US-based carriers that fly internationally, like American Airlines and United Airlines.
In recent years, Boston has seen a growing number of routes to Europe on budget airlines, such as Norwegian and LEVEL, which means there are often deals on international full-service carriers who are trying to compete.
Here’s everything you need to know about finding cheap international flights from Boston.
Logan is the only airport in Boston proper.
Other airports in the region include Bradley International Airport (BDL) in the Hartford/Springfield area of Connecticut, Manchester-Boston Regional Airport (MHT) in Manchester, New Hampshire, Portland International Jetport (PWN) in Maine, and Green Airport (PVD) in the Providence area of Rhode Island, but all are much smaller in terms of capacity. They do not serve as many airlines nor do they have as many routes to both international and domestic destinations as Logan does.
Sometimes it may be worth looking at airports farther afield. For example, if you find an exceptional deal from NYC, Philadelphia, or DC, the savings may be enough to warrant booking a separate flight from Boston (or taking a cheap bus or train) to that city to catch the deal. (We call this the Greek Islands trick and you can read about it here.)
Likewise, for flights to South America, look for deals from Miami, and for flights to Asia or Australia, look for deals from Los Angeles or San Francisco. You can often fly from Boston to one of these cities for around $200.
Given Boston’s position on the East Coast of the US, it sees the most deals to destinations in Europe and there are numerous direct flights to Europe departing daily. There are direct flights to major cities in Eastern and Central Europe, Ireland and the UK, Iceland, and the Azores. To get to smaller cities or locations in Eastern Europe you’ll need to connect to a regional flight or bus/train.
On the low end it takes about 5 hours (Azores, Iceland), and on the high end it takes 8-9 hours (Rome, Istanbul) to fly direct from Boston to Europe.
From Logan there are direct flights to Amsterdam (Delta, KLM), Barcelona (LEVEL), Copenhagen (SAS), Dublin (Aer Lingus), Edinburgh (Delta), Frankfurt (Lufthansa), Istanbul (Turkish), Lisbon (Delta, TAP Air Portugal), London (Norwegian, British Airways, Delta, Virgin Atlantic), Madrid (Iberia, Norwegian), Manchester (Virgin Atlantic), Munich (Lufthansa), Paris (Air France, Delta, Norwegian), Ponta Delgada (Azores Airlines), Reykjavik (Icelandair), Rome (Alitalia, Norwegian), Shannon (Aer Lingus), Terceira (Azores Airlines), and Zürich (Delta, Swiss).
Roundtrip flights from Boston to Europe in the high season typically range from $900–$1,200, while the same flights in the low season typically range from $700–$1,000. A good roundtrip price is below $600 in high season and below $500 in low season.
Examples of cheap flights from Boston to Europe:
Like many East Coast cities, Boston has limited direct service to Asia, though there are direct flights to major cities in China, South Korea, and Tokyo. Depending on your destination, you’ll either connect in Asia, or you might look at booking one flight to a West Coast hub like Los Angeles, and then booking another flight from there to your final destination. Direct flights from Boston to Asia take about 14 hours.
From Logan there are direct flights to Beijing (Hainan), Hong Kong (Cathay Pacific), Seoul (Korean), Shanghai (Hainan), and Tokyo (Japan Airlines).
Roundtrip flights from Boston to Asia typically cost $1,300–$1,600 in the high season and $900–$1,200 in the low season. In the high season, a good deal is below $800 roundtrip, while in low season, a good deal is below $650 roundtrip.
Examples of cheap flights from Boston to Asia:
There are no direct flights from Boston to Australia, New Zealand, or the South Pacific. Most flights connect in cities like Los Angeles, San Francisco, or Tokyo.
There are no direct flights from Boston to Oceania. Many flights to Australia, New Zealand, and the South Pacific connect in Los Angeles or San Francisco. You might save by booking two separate roundtrip flights (Boston to LAX or SFO, and then from there to your destination in Oceania).
For roundtrip connecting flights to Australia, New Zealand, and the South Pacific, expect rates to vary from $1,800–$2,100 in the high season and $1,400–$1,700 in the low season. Good deals are below $900 roundtrip in the high season and $700 roundtrip in the low season.
Examples of cheap flights from Boston to Oceania:
There are limited direct flights from Boston to Africa—only Morocco and Cape Verde are served directly. Other flights will require a connection through Europe or NYC. From Boston there are direct flights to the UAE, and Israel.
From Logan there are direct flights to Praia (TACV Cabo Verde), Doha (Qatar), Dubai (Emirates), and Tel Aviv (El Al). Royal Air Maroc will begin direct flights to Casablanca starting in June 2019.
For roundtrip connecting flights to Africa, expect rates to vary from $1,600–$1,900 in the high season and $1,200–$1,500 in the low season. Good roundtrip deals are below $850 in the high season and $700 in the low season. Note that rates vary drastically by destination.
Examples of cheap flights from Boston to Africa or the Middle East:
Logan has a number of direct flights to Mexico and Central and South America. Flight times vary from 4.5 hours (Cancún) to 10.5 hours (São Paulo).
From Logan there are direct flights to Bogotá (Avianca), Cancún (American, Delta, JetBlue), Liberia (JetBlue), Mexico City (Aeromexico, JetBlue), Panama City (Copa), San Salvador (Avianca), and São Paulo (LATAM). Other flights connect in hubs like Mexico City, Panama City, Houston, NYC, and Miami.
Roundtrip flights from Boston to Mexico typically cost $400–$600 in all seasons. A good deal is below $300.
Roundtrip flights from Boston to Central America typically cost $600–$900 in the high season and $400–$700 in the low season. In the high season, a good roundtrip deal is below $500 while in low season, a good deal is below $350.
Roundtrip flights from Boston to South America typically cost $1,000–$1,500 in the high season and $800–$1,300 in the low season. In the high season, a good deal is below $750 roundtrip, while in low season, a good deal is below $650 roundtrip.
Examples of cheap flights from Boston to Latin America:
There are numerous direct flights from Logan to the Caribbean, with JetBlue serving many of them. Flight times range from 3.5 hours (Nassau) to 5 hours (Aruba).
From Logan there are direct flights to Aruba (Delta, JetBlue), Barbados (JetBlue), Grand Cayman (JetBlue), Hamilton (Delta, JetBlue), Havana (JetBlue), Montego Bay (American, Delta, JetBlue), Nassau (Delta, JetBlue), Port-au-Prince (JetBlue), Providenciales (American, Delta, JetBlue), Puerto Plata (JetBlue), Punta Cana (JetBlue), Santo Domingo (JetBlue), St. Lucia (JetBlue), and St. Maarten (JetBlue).
Roundtrip flights from Boston to the Caribbean typically cost $500–$800 in the high season and $400–$600 in the low season. In the high season, a good roundtrip deal is below $450, while in low season, a good deal is below $350.
Examples of cheap flights from Boston to the Caribbean:
There are a number of direct flights to major Canadian cities from Boston on Air Canada, WestJet, and Porter Airlines. Flight times range from 1 hour (Montreal) to 6 hours (Vancouver).
From Logan there are direct flights to Halifax (Air Canada, WestJet), Montreal (Air Canada), Ottawa (Air Canada), Toronto (Air Canada, Porter, WestJet), and Vancouver (Air Canada).
Roundtrip flights from Boston to Canada typically cost $350–$500 year round. A good deal for a roundtrip flight is below $300. For Montreal or Toronto, under $200-$250 roundtrip is a good deal.
Examples of cheap flights from Boston to Canada:
Logan offers direct flights to Honolulu (flight time: 11 hours), but no direct flights to Alaska. You’ll need to connect on your way to Alaska via cities like Minneapolis, Chicago, Seattle, or Los Angeles. (Remember, only Premium members receive domestic deals to Hawaii and Alaska.)
From Logan there are direct flights to Honolulu on JetBlue. Hawaiian is launching a direct flight on the same route in April 2019. For flights to other islands, connect in HNL or look for flights from LAX, SFO, PDX, or SEA and connect from Boston to there.
Roundtrip flights from Boston to Honolulu normally cost between $800 and $1,100 year-round. A good roundtrip deal is $550 and below.
There are no direct flights from Boston to Alaska. Many flights connect via Seattle, particularly flights on Alaska Airlines.
The cheapest flights from Boston to Alaska are connecting flights to Anchorage or Juneau. Flights cost about $550–$800 roundtrip year round. A good deal for a roundtrip flight is $400 and below.
Examples of cheap flights from Boston to Alaska or Hawaii:
While Boston is a relatively small international airport, its four terminals are not connected airside (there are walkways and shuttle buses landside), so you’ll have to go through security if you’re changing terminals. The average security wait time in Boston is only 15 minutes, but this can fluctuate depending on time of day.
There is one exception—you can transfer from terminal C to E (the international terminal) without having to clear security again. In any case, allow for extra time to get between terminals. For a domestic-to-international connection, it’s recommended you give yourself a minimum of 90 minutes, but if you're connecting from terminal C to terminal E, you can bypass security, so you’ll need a minimum of only 60 minutes.
If you're arriving on an international flight and connecting to domestic, you should allow at least two hours to go through customs and immigration, plus another 30 minutes to go through security, erring on the safe side. Wait times at customs and immigration range from 30 minutes to three hours, depending on the air traffic. One of the busiest times is between 5pm and 8pm, when many incoming international flights land.
Keep in mind that Boston can see bad snowstorms in the winter, which can cause major delays and cancellations—this can affect your connection times, too.
Logan is just four miles from downtown Boston so if you’d like to leave the airport during your layover to visit Boston, it’s reasonably easy to do so. Logan recommends arriving to the airport two hours before a domestic flight and three hours before an international flight. Based on those recommendations, you should only plan to visit downtown Boston if you have at least a five-hour domestic layover or a six-hour international one, which would give you two to three hours on the ground.
If you’re not traveling during rush hour, the fastest way to get downtown is via taxi or rideshare—it should take about 10 minutes, but allow for at least 30 minutes, just to be safe.
Otherwise, transportation options include the T (Boston’s public metro system), ferry, city bus, or the Logan Express shuttle. The cheapest option is the MBTA’s Silver Line bus, which is free to South Station and takes about 30 minutes. The T costs $2.75 each way, and it takes about 40 minutes to get downtown. The Logan Express costs $7.50 each way to Back Bay and takes 30–45 minutes. The fastest public transport option is the ferry, which only takes 15 minutes, but it’s also the most expensive at $18.50 each way.