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CharlieCard

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CharlieCards are reusable cards that can be loaded with cash value or passes to pay bus and subway fares. CharlieCards are available at select MBTA subway stations. 

If you don’t have a CharlieCard, you can also pay your fare with:

  • CharlieTicket, a paper ticket that can be loaded with subway, bus, Commuter Rail, and ferry tickets or passes
  • mTicket, an Android and iPhone app for Commuter Rail and ferry tickets or passes
  • Cash at onboard fare boxes on buses and trolleys at street-level stops

Auto-pay

Get a monthly subway or bus pass that renews automatically

MyCharlie

Already have a CharlieCard? Add value or monthly passes online.

Should I get a CharlieCard?

The type of MBTA pass you use depends on which modes you take and how often you take them.

CharlieCard

Best for frequent subway and bus riders
 Easily tap into stations and vehicles
Online card management and protection
 Discount on one-way fares for bus and subway
 Not valid on Commuter Rail or ferry

CharlieTicket

Great for visitors
 Great for Commuter Rail and ferry riders who also take the subway and bus
Available at all fare vending machines
 Commuter Rail and ferry passes also valid on bus and subway
Limited or no transfers when loaded with cash value
 No online management or protection

mTicket

Best for Commuter Rail and ferry riders who don’t often take the subway or bus
 $10 discount on monthly passes
 Instant purchase on smartphone
 Online account management
 No transfers to other modes

Where can I get a CharlieCard?

Note: On September 23, 2019, the CharlieCard Store will close early at 2 PM for a mandatory departmental training.

CharlieCard Services

Register your CharlieCard with MyCharlie to protect it against loss, theft, or damage. The MBTA can also help you replace your card or consolidate multiple cards.

Bulk Orders

Have a question?

Auto-pay

Get a monthly subway or bus pass that renews automatically

MyCharlie

Already have a CharlieCard? Add value or monthly passes online.