Tips For Libre Travelers

Check out the map, which includes restaurants, around the Stata Center and surrounding Kendall Square neighborhood.

Where to stay

Prices range from $ (cheap) to $$$ (pricey).

Hostels

These are outside walking distance, but may have lower costs.

Hotels

Walking distance (within a mile)

On the Red Line

The Red line is an MBTA subway route that cuts through Boston, Cambridge, and Somerville.

By bus

  • The Doubletree is over the Charles river in Boston just two kilometers away. A 5 minute ride on the 64 or 70 bus takes you into Central Square. ($$$)
  • Also in Boston is the Days Hotel of Boston. The 86 or 70 bus picks up across the street (in front of the Star Market grocery) and takes you to Cambridge and the Red Line in approximately 10 minutes. ($$)

Transportation

The easiest way to get around Boston/Cambridge is to use the MBTA. Passes can be purchased with cash or credit/debit cards in stations.

Arriving in the City

From Logan Airport

Most people travel via these three routes from the airport:

  • CCabs are located all over the city: at the airport and major subway stations.
  • The Blue Line is a train, with a shuttly bus from Logan Airport to the Airport MBTA stop; the Silver Line is an expedited bus. The MBTA website provides a very helpful page on how to navigate via the Silver Line and Blue Line from the airport.

Commuting from the Suburbs

  • Travel via North Station from north of the city. From there, take the Green Line to Park Street to reach the office, or to transfer to the Red Line toward Alewife to reach MIT.
  • Travel via South Station from south of the city. The station is situated on the Red Line. You can take the Red Line toward Alewife to Downtown Crossing to visit the FSF office, or reach MIT by continuing north and disembarking at Kendall/MIT Station.

If you have questions about traveling, contact us at campaigns@fsf.org.

Getting to the event locations

Getting to LibrePlanet at the Stata Center, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

[ MIT's interesting-looking Stata Center ]

The Stata Center. Image CC-BY-3.0 Pablo Valerio

  • Address: 32 Vassar St, Cambridge, MA 02139
  • Closest subway stop: Red line: Kendall/MIT Station
  • Directions: When you leave the station, turn west on Main Street (toward Ames street), turn left on Vassar Street, and then turn left. The Stata Center is a unique-looking building - in fact it's hard to miss.

Our map is useful for finding your way from the station to the conference.

Getting to the Free Software Foundation office

  • Address: 51 Franklin Street, 5th Floor, Boston, MA 02110
  • Closest subway stops:
    • Green/Red lines: Park Street Station
    • Green/Orange lines: Downtown Crossing Station
    • Directions: Each of these subway stations is only a block away from the FSF. State Street and Government Center are also in easy walking distance. Our office is in a nondescript office building at the foot of a colossal glass condominium, just a block away from the hub of Downtown Crossing, Washington Street.

    The door is unlocked during the day, so you can just come right on inside to the 5th floor. If the door happens to be locked, the intercom outside will connect you to a phone in the office to be let up - or call us: +1 617 542 5942.

    Parking

    Prices are approximate and may not be up to date.

    Around Kendall/MIT

    • Massachusetts Avenue and side streets around MIT have metered street parking. These meters have limits of 30, 60, or 120 minutes, so they are not good for parking to attend an all-day conference.
    • One Broadway Garage - 1 Broadway - $20 for 4 hours, $30 for 24 hours
    • Technology Square Garage - 800 Technology Square - $20 for 3 hours, $30 for 24 hours
    • Kendall Square South Garage - 350 Kendall Street - $11 per day on weekends
    • Kendall Center Yellow Garage - 77 Ames Street - $31 for 3 hours, $42 for 24 hours
    • Kendall Center Green Garage - 90 Broadway - $31 for 3 hours, $42 for 24 hours
    • Kendall Center Blue Garage - 290 Binney Street - $31 for 3 hours, $42 for 24 hours
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    Downtown/Near FSF office

    Around Harvard Square

    • Metered street parking along JFK Street, Massachusetts Avenue, and Mt. Auburn Street.
    • University Place Garage: $14 evenings/weekends.
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    Where to Eat

    Kendall Square

    Map

    [Venue Map]
    1. Flat Top Johnny's: Billiards, beer, burgers
    2. BeanTowne Coffee House: Coffee
    3. The Friendly Toast: Diner plus more
    4. Cambridge Brewing Company: Prominent brewpub
    5. State Park: Extremely good bar. Jukebox & shuffleboard
    6. The Smoke Shop BBQ: Barbeque
    7. Bon Me: Vietnamese-inspired sandwiches
    8. Mamaleh's: Modern Jewish deli and soda fountain; very delicious!
    9. Area Four: Pizza + cafe
    10. Catalyst: American food
    11. Legal Sea Foods: Fish, other sea life
    12. Bailey & Sage: Soup & sandwiches
    13. Clover: Sandwiches etc.; very veg-friendly
    14. Firebrand Saints: Gastropub
    15. Commonwealth Cambridge: American food
    16. Kika Tapas: Tapas
    17. Evoo: "Eclectic American"
    18. Za: Fancy pizza
    19. Barismo: Coffee roaster, also coffee grinder and brewer
    20. Abigail's: American food, cocktails
    21. Fuji at Kendall: Sushi + Asian fusion
    22. Cafe Artscience: Artistic, sciencey food

    Central Square

    • Veggie Galaxy is a vegan diner that serves breakfast all day. They also have lunch, dinner, and bakery options. They also accept bitcoin! Vegan/Vegetarian.
    • Dig in to hearty Eritrean platters at Asmara! Vegan/Vegetarian options.
    • Brick and Mortar is a hidden tiny gem. Vegan/Vegetarian options.
    • 1930s-era Green Street is another favorite for cocktail lovers. Vegetarian options.
    • Get your nerd on at Miracle of Science burger bar. Vegetarian/Vegan options.
    • Grab a late-night falafel to go at Falafel Palace. Vegetarian/Vegan options.
    • The nightclub The Middle East also houses some Middle Eastern and Greek restaurants. Vegan/Vegetarian options.