How Early to Arrive at Boston Logan Airport (Domestic & International Flights)

Boston Logan International Airport is the largest airport in New England.

Boston Airport has four terminals to accommodate the number of flights and passengers. I therefore recommend arriving at Boston Airport 2 hours before a domestic flight or 3 hours before an international flight.

The terminals at Boston Airport are not connected. Instead, you must take the shuttle bus to travel between Boston Airport terminals.

Shuttle buses are located on the lower level of each terminal at Boston Logan Airport. Look for “Shuttle Bus” on the terminal curb. This signage indicates where each route stops.

When to Arrive at Boston Logan International Airport?

You should aim to arrive at Boston Airport 2 hours before a domestic flight and 3 hours before an international flight. This should give you enough time to:

  • Arrive at the airport
  • Check-in for your flight
  • Drop your bags
  • Clear security
  • Walk to your gate

Why Do You Need Longer for International Flights?

If you’re taking an international flight from Boston Airport, you should arrive 3 hours before departure. This gives you extra time for:

  • Checking visas
  • Entry requirements
  • Immigration control
  • Clearing customs

Long-haul international flights also typically use larger planes with more passengers. As such, these aircraft have a more extended boarding period to give everyone enough time to board the plane.

Other Factors to Consider When Flying From Boston Logan Airport

There are four other factors you’ll want to consider when flying from Boston Logan International Airport:

  1. Getting to the airport: Traffic around Boston can be crazy. Allow extra time if you’re travelling during peak hours.
  2. Time of year: There’ll likely be more people if you’re travelling over significant holidays. As such, traffic and queues may be longer.
  3. Checking in: If you have to check in in person at the airport, you may need to wait in line longer.
  4. Checked luggage: If you have bags to check-in, you’ll need to allow extra time. Most bag drop locations close one hour before the flight’s departure (exact times vary).

Which Boston Airport Terminal Do You Need?

Boston Logan International Airport has four terminals: Terminal A, Terminal B, Terminal C, and Terminal E.

Terminal A:

  • Delta Airlines
  • Westjet Airlines

Terminal B:

  • Southwest Airlines
  • American Airlines
  • Alaska Airlines
  • United Airlines
  • Spirit Airlines
  • Air Canada

Terminal C:

  • Jetblue
  • Aer Lingus
  • Cape Air Airlines

Terminal E:

  • Allegiant
  • Virgin Atlantic
  • Boutique Air
  • El Al Airlines
  • Porter Airlines
  • Lufthansa
  • Swiss International Air Lines
  • COPA Airlines
  • Royal Air Maroc Airlines
  • Sun Country Airlines
  • Qatar Airways
  • Icelandair
  • Hainan Airlines
  • Korean Air Lines Airlines
  • SAS Scandinavian Airlines
  • KLM Airlines
  • Delta Airlines
  • Norwegian
  • TAP Air Portugal
  • Cathay Pacific Airways
  • Turkish Airlines
  • Jetblue
  • Air France
  • British Airways
  • Frontier Airlines
  • Emirates
  • Hawaiian Airlines
  • Iberia Airlines
  • Japan Airlines
  • Alitalia
  • American Airlines


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