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Read our step-by-step guides to paying your fare on each MBTA mode, and find info about transfers, where to buy tickets, and more.

People 12 and older who do not qualify for reduced fares pay the standard fare. Children 11 and younger accompanied by a paying adult ride for free (up to 2 children per adult).

One-Way Fares

Local Bus One-Way

$1.70

with a CharlieCard

1 free transfer to Local Bus within 2 hours

$2.00

with a CharlieTicket or Cash

Inner Express Bus One-Way

$4.00

with a CharlieCard

1 free transfer to Local Bus within 2 hours

$5.00

with a CharlieTicket or Cash

No transfers

Outer Express Bus One-Way

$5.25

with a CharlieCard

1 free transfer to Local Bus within 2 hours

$7.00

with a CharlieTicket or Cash

No transfers

Passes

1-Day Pass

$12.00

Unlimited travel for 24 hours on Local Bus and subway.

CharlieCard valid on  
CharlieTicket valid on  Zone 1A  Charlestown

7-Day Pass

$21.25 

Unlimited travel for 7 days on Local Bus and subway.

CharlieCard valid on 
CharlieTicket valid on  Zone 1A  Charlestown

Monthly Local Bus Pass

$55.00

Unlimited travel for 1 calendar month on Local Bus.

Valid on

Monthly LinkPass

$84.50

Unlimited travel for 1 calendar month on Local Bus and subway.

Valid on 

Monthly Inner Express Bus Pass

$128.00

Unlimited travel for 1 calendar month on Local and Inner Express Bus, plus subway. CharlieTicket also valid for Commuter Rail Zone 1A and Charlestown Ferry.

Valid on    Zone 1A  Charlestown

Monthly Outer Express Bus Pass

$168.00

Unlimited travel for 1 calendar month on all buses, plus subway. CharlieTicket also valid for Commuter Rail Zone 1A and Charlestown Ferry.

Valid on    Zone 1A  Charlestown

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How to Pay Your Bus Fare

MBTA fixed-route bus and Silver Line bus fares are paid at the onboard fare box located at the front of the bus.

Tip: Some Silver Line stops are underground, so you will pay your fare the same way you would pay a subway fare

First, choose your how you’ll pay your fare

There are 3 ways to pay your bus fare: CharlieCard, CharlieTicket, or in cash at the onboard fare box.

CharlieCard

Best for frequent riders on
Online card management and protection
Discount on one-way fares
Tap in and out of stations and vehicles
Commuter Rail Zone 1A or ferry with 1- and 7-Day pass

Valid on 

CharlieTicket

Best for visitors looking for passes
Purchase at any subway station
 Commuter Rail Zone 1A or ferry with 1- and 7-Day pass
Discounts
Limited transfers with stored value
Online management or protection

Accepted on all modes

You can also buy one-way tickets in cash on buses and aboveground trolleys at CharlieTicket prices.

Then, choose where to buy your ticket or pass

When you’re ready to board the bus

Pay with your preloaded card or ticket

Tip! If the fare box beeps once, your fare payment has been accepted. If it beeps quickly 3 times, it was unable to read your card or there wasn’t enough money on it to pay your fare.

Or, add cash value to your card or ticket

Fare boxes accept coins and bills up to $20. Daily, monthly, or weekly passes are not available for purchase at the onboard fare box.

Or, pay in cash

When you arrive

You don’t have to validate your ticket when you reach your destination.