One-Way Trips Between Kendall Square and Allston/Brighton

What could be better than a one-way trip on the Charles River? Paddlers can now enjoy simple one-way trips between our locations on Soldier’s Field Road in Allston/Brighton and Kendall Square in Cambridge!

It’s just a 5-mile trip between the two rental centers, and you can travel in either direction. On the way, you’ll pass Harvard, Boston University, the Esplanade and Hatch Shell, MIT, and the classic Boston skyline view of the Hancock and Prudential Buildings and the State House Dome! Be sure to paddle through the Esplanade along the way.

A one-way trip costs the regular hourly rental rate plus $10 ($25 for Tripper XL Canoes.) As long as you are renting fewer than eight boats, simply show up and tell us you’re looking for a one-way trip — reservations are required only for groups renting eight or more boats or boards.

Getting Here and There

We are currently not shuttling passengers between locations (except pre-arranged groups of eight boats or more), so public transportation is your best bet! It’s about 10 minutes on the subway and 1.5 miles walking, including a one-mile walk along the river. Make sure to have walking directions from both our Cambridge and Boston locations!

We are happy to pre-arrange a shuttle for groups of six people or more. The fee is $125 per trip (14 passengers/trip). Advance reservations are required for shuttles.

How Late Can I Start?

Paddlers must begin their one-way trip no later than two and a half hours before the destination rental facility closes. Paddlers who leave near this cut-off time should be prepared to paddle straight to the center, as there is little extra time for detours and stops. For current hours at the two rental centers, visit the Kendall Square or Allston/Brighton pages.

Group & Corporate Outings

One-Way Trips make the perfect outing for a corporate group from the Boston area, or for visitors looking to see the essence of the city. You can even combine it with a hearty barbecue picnic from Redbones! Get an instant quote for your outing, or learn more about outing options like guiding and catering.

One-Way Surcharges
(plus boat rental)
Per Boat
One-Way Fee for
Most Boat Types
One-Way fee for Tripper XL Canoes$25

Which Direction Is Easier?

There's no current on this section of river, so the day's wind direction is more important for determining which direction will be easier. If the wind is from the north, northwest, west, or southwest, a Boston-to-Kendall trip will likely be better. When the wind is from the northeast, east, southeast, or south, a Kendall-to-Boston trip is recommended.


Conditions in the lower river near our Kendall Square location do get rough when the wind is blowing more than 10 knots (about 11 mph), and especially rough above 15 knots (about 17 mph). Check out the latest wind forecast.

One other consideration is that parking at our Boston location is free, whereas the Kendall Square parking garage charges a fee.

What Should I Bring?

It is a good idea to bring along sun protection, some snacks, and liquids. No alcohol is allowed on boats or boards.

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