Tips for Libre Travelers

LibrePlanet 2023 will be held at the Boston Convention and Exibition Center (BCEC) located at 415 Summer Street, Boston, MA, 02210. The closest MBTA stop is World Trade Center which can be reached with silver line buses SL1, SL2, and SL3. Follow the "BCEC" signs to get from the stop to the venue. Another option is to take the red line to South Station. From there it is a 12-minute walk to the BCEC.

Where to stay

Local hosts

Do you want to room with like-minded individuals? Do you want to host a LibrePlanet attendee or speaker? The accommodations section on the LibrePlanet wiki is your place to let others know.


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


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

The hotels closest to the BCEC are: Slightly farther away are:



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:

  • Cabs are located all over the city, and at the airport and major subway stations.
  • The Blue Line is a train, with a shuttle 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.


Getting Around

Getting to the Free Software Foundation office

  • Address: 51 Franklin Street, 5th Floor, Boston, MA 02110
  • From north of the city, travel via North Station From there, take the Orange Line to Downtown Crossing to reach the office.
  • From south of the city, travel via South Station. Take the red line to Downtown Crossing.
  • 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.
  • 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, call us at +1 617 542 5942.

If you have questions about traveling, contact us at


Prices are approximate and may not be up to date.

Parking at the BCEC

Parking at the venue costs $25.

Downtown/Near FSF office

Where to Eat


Check out the BCEC's restaurant map, which includes restaurants, around the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center and surrounding Seaport District neighborhood.


Back Bay

  1. Mike and Patty's: Breakfast, Sandwiches, Brunch - ($)
  2. The Friendly Toast: A unique breakfast experience for guests, morning, noon and night - ($$)
  3. Citrus and Salt: Mexican lunch and brunch. Also a cocktail Bar - ($$)
  4. Grill 23 & Bar: Seafood, steak house, wine bar - ($$$$)
  5. Flour Bakery Clarendon St: One of the best bakeries and sandwich lunches in town - ($$)
  6. The Thinking Cup: Coffee, tea, sandwiches - ($$)
  7. Parish Cafe: American sandwiches, craft beers - ($$)
  8. The Salty Pig: Fancy pizza - ($$)
  9. Saltie Girl: Seafood, wine bar, cocktails - ($$$)
  10. Life Alive: Vegan food - ($$)