Fares and Passes
Your fare will depend on whether you travel by Subway, Bus, Commuter Rail, or Ferry and whether you pay by cash, CharlieTicket, CharlieCard, or mobile app.
Paying Your Fare
You can pay your fare with a CharlieCard, CharlieTicket, the mTicket app, or by cash on-board. Click here to see what types of transportation each payment option is accepted on. How you choose to pay may affect how much your fare costs, which passes you can purchase, and your eligibility to make discounted transfers.
Bus and Subway Fares
Bus fares vary based on the route. The three categories of Bus routes are: Local Bus, Inner Express Bus, and Outer Express Bus.
A 1-Day, 7-Day, or Monthly Pass (also called a LinkPass) for Subway will allow you to ride Local Bus for free until the pass expires. Payment of Subway One Way fares with a CharlieCard or CharlieTicket will allow you to transfer to Local Bus for free within 2 hours of paying your original Subway fare.
Below are the most common Bus and Subway Fares.
Commuter Rail Fares
Your Commuter Rail fare will depend on which stops you board and exit the train. Stops are categorized into Zones 1A-10. Fares can be bought as One Way, Round Trip, and Monthly Passes.
Below are the ranges in prices (based on zone) for the most common Commuter Rail fares.
Your Ferry fare will depend on your origin and destination. Fares can be bought as One Way, Round Trip, and Monthly Passes.
Below are the ranges in prices for the most common Ferry fares.
Fares for The RIDE are determined by when the trip is booked and the location of the destination. The two fare options are listed below.
A trip also qualifies if it is not within the core ADA area of service, or has a destination more than 3/4 miles away from an active MBTA Bus or Subway service.
CharlieCards are reusable, durable cards that can be used on Bus and Subway. You can load money onto a CharlieCard to get a discounted One Way fare or purchase any pass (1-Day, 7-Day, Monthly) at the standard fare.
Reduced Fare Eligibility
Children aged 11 years and under and persons who are blind or visually impaired may ride MBTA services for free. Seniors, persons with disabilities, and students are eligible for reduced One Way fares.
Employers, schools, and visitor groups can sign up for pass programs that have benefits such as online account management, automatic monthly CharlieCard re-loads, and advance ordering for large groups. For more information, take a look at the Pass Program Website or call (888) 844-0353.