Should I Get a CharlieCard?
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Learn about CharlieCards, the easiest way to pay your fare on the MBTA.
There are 2 main ways to pay your fare on the MBTA:
A CharlieCard is best for you if…
A monthly bus and subway pass loaded onto a CharlieCard offers unlimited travel on Local Bus and subway. It costs $84.50 and pays for itself if you take at least 37 trips a month.
A monthly Local Bus-only pass costs $55 and pays for itself after 32 trips.
Even if you don’t ride the T enough to purchase a monthly pass, loading cash value on a CharlieCard offers a lower single-trip fare and discounted transfers from the bus to the subway.
CharlieCards can be reloaded at any fare vending machine.
A CharlieTicket is best for you if…
CharlieTickets are available at all fare vending machines located in subway stations. They can be loaded with 1-day and 7-day passes that are valid for unlimited travel* on the MBTA Local Bus, subway, Commuter Rail Zone 1A, and Charlestown Ferry.
*Note that CharlieTicket passes are valid from the date and time of purchase.
If you only use the MBTA once in a while, you may want to purchase your exact fare on the days you travel.
On the Commuter Rail or Ferry, you can pay your 1-way or round trip fare at ticket windows or on board.
For the bus and subway, you can load cash value on a CharlieTicket at any fare vending machine.
Please note that unless you are reloading a CharlieCard, fare vending machines always dispense CharlieTickets. CharlieCards are only available from MBTA service agents at select stations.