Commuter Rail

Commuter Rail Fares and Passes

Commuter Rail fares are based on a "Zone" and "Interzone" system, with Zone 1A servicing core stations within the City of Boston and immediate area and Zones 1 through 10 servicing communities in and around Greater Boston. Each Commuter Rail station's zone is identified in the chart below.

Zone Fares

"Zone fares" are based on direct travel from any outer Commuter Rail station (Zones 1 through 10) to a Zone 1A station, including North Station, South Station and Back Bay. Your fare or pass is based on the Zone you boarded.

For example, if your commute includes boarding the Lowell Line at Lowell Station (Zone 6) and getting off the train at North Station (Zone 1A), you would buy one single ride Zone 6 ticket.

Interzone Fares

"Interzone fares" are based on travel between Commuter Rail stations outside of Zone 1A. Interzone fares and passes are not valid for travel to Zone 1A stations, including North Station, South Station and Back Bay Station. Interzone monthly pass and ticket fares are based on TOTAL zones "travelled" in.

For example, if your commute includes boarding the Lowell Line at Lowell Station (Zone 6) and getting off the train at Anderson/Woburn Station (Zone 2), you would pass through three zones and would buy one single ride Interzone 5 ticket.

ZONE
 
RIDE FARE
 
MONTHLY PASS
 
10-RIDE PASS1
 
CASH-ON-BOARD
 
 
1A $2.252 $84.503 $22.50 $5.25
1 $6.252 $200.254 $62.50 $9.25
Interzone 1 7 $2.75 $90.256    
2 $6.752 $217.754 $67.50 $9.75
Interzone 2 7 $3.25 $110.256    
3 $7.502 $244.254 $75.00 $10.50
Interzone 3 7 $3.50 $119.756    
4 $8.252 $263.004 $82.50 $11.25
Interzone 4 7 $4.00 $130.256    
5 $9.252 $291.504 $92.50 $12.25
Interzone 5 7 $4.50 $148.006    
6 $10.002 $318.005 $100.00 $13.00
Interzone 6 7 $5.00 $167.006    
7 $10.502 $336.505 $105.00 $13.50
Interzone 7 7 $5.50 $183.756    
8 $11.502 $363.005 $115.00 $13.50
Interzone 8 7 $6.00 $202.756    
9 $12.002 $363.005 $120.00 $15.00
Interzone 9 7 $6.50 $202.756    
10 $12.502 $363.005 $125.00 $15.50
Interzone 10 7 $6.50 $202.756    
Seniors and Persons
with Disabilities
(Blind persons ride for free)
50% Off Rides 

Percentage off based on Commuter Rail single-ride fares noted above.
Requires a Senior/TAP ID or Mass Commission for the Blind ID.
10-Ride Tickets available based on 10 half fares.
Children 11 years old
and under
Free 

Children 11 years old and under ride free when accompanied by an adult with a limit of two children for each adult.

 

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Commuter Rail Zone Chart

North Side Station Fare Zones

Zone Fitchburg Lowell Haverhill Newburyport/Rockport
1A North Station, Porter North Station, West Medford North Station, Malden North Station, Chelsea
1 Waverley, Belmont Winchester Center, Wedgemere Wyoming Hill, Melrose/Ceder Park, Melrose Highlands  
2 Waltham, Brandeis/Roberts Mishawum, Anderson/Woburn Greenwood, Wakefield, Reading Riverworks. Lynn
3 Kendal Green, Hastings, Silver Hill Wilmington North Wilmington Swampscott, Salem
4 Lincoln   Ballardvale Beverly Depot
Montserrat
5 Concord, West Concord North Billerica Andover North Beverly, Hamilton/Wenham
Beverly Farms
6 South Acton Lowell Lawrence Ipswich
Manchester
7 Littleton/495   Bradford, Haverhill Rowley
West Gloucester, Gloucester
8 Ayer, Shirley, North Leominster, Fitchburg, Wachusett     Newburyport
Rockport

South Side Station Fare Zones

Zone Framingham Needham Franklin Fairmount Providence/Stoughton Middleborough/Lakeville Plymouth/Kingston Greenbush
1A South Station, Back Bay, Yawkey, Boston Landing South Station, Back Bay, Ruggles, Forest Hills South Station, Back Bay, Ruggles South Station, Newmarket, Uphams Corner, Four Corners, Talbot Avenue, Morton Street, Fairmount South Station, Back Bay, Ruggles South Station, JFK/UMass South Station, JFK/UMass South Station, JFK/UMass
1 Newtonville Roslindale Village, Vellevue, Highland, West Roxbury Hyde Park   Hyde Park Quincy Center Quincy Center Quincy Center
2 West Newton, Auburndale Hersey, Needham Junction, Needham Center, Heedham Heights Readville, Endicott, Dedham Corperate Center Readville Route 128 Braintree Braintree Weymouth Landing/East Braintree, East Wymouth
3 Wellesley Farms, Wellesley Hills, Wellesley Square   Islington, Norwood Depot, Norwood Central   Canton Junction
Canton Center
Holbrook/Randolph South Weymouth West Hingham
4 Natick, West Natick   Windsor Gardens, Plimptonville, Walpole   Sharon
Stoughton
Montello, Brockton Abington Nantasket Junction, Cohasset
5 Framingham   Norfolk     Campello Whitman North Scituate
6 Ashland, Southborough   Franklin, Forge Park-495   Mansfield Bridgewater Hanson Greenbush
7 Westborough       Attleboro, South Attleboro   Halifax  
8 Grafton, Worcester       Providence Middleborough/Lakeville Plymouth
Kingston
 
9         TF Green Airport      
10         Wickford Junction      

 

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1 10-Ride Ticket is available only on the mTicket mobile app.
2 A $3.00 surcharge will be added to tickets purchased onboard all trains departing from North Station, South Station and Back Bay Station. Customers boarding Mondays through Fridays at a commuter rail station with an MBTA ticket vending machine or an accessible ticket vendor will be charged a $3.00 surcharge when purchasing tickets onboard. For a list of these stations, click here.
3 Zone passes valid on Local Bus, Subway, and Inner Harbor Ferry.
4 Zone passes valid on Local Bus, Subway, Express Bus, and Inner Harbor Ferry.
5 Zone passes valid on Local Bus, Subway, Express Bus, and Ferries.
6 Interzone passes valid on Local bus.
7 Interzone tickets and passes are not available on our automated ticket vending machines. Interzone tickets and passes are sold on our mTicketing app, at ticket sales offices, and at retail sales outlets. For a list of sales locations, click here.

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Zone Map

Look at the Commuter Zone Map to see what zone fare your trip requires.

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