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Reduced Fares

Note: Children 11 and under accompanied by an adult and persons who are blind or visually impaired ride all MBTA services for free. 

Fares

No matter which type of reduced fare card you have, the price you'll pay for rides is the same. Here are some common types of fares:

Fare TypePrice
Fare TypeLinkPass (unlimited rides on local bus and subway—not valid on express buses)Price$30/month
Fare TypeSingle ride on subwayPrice$1.10
Fare TypeSingle ride on local busPrice$0.85
Fare TypeSingle ride on inner express busPrice$2.50
Fare TypeSingle ride on outer express busPrice$3.50
Fare TypeTransfer between local bus and subwayPriceFree
Fare TypeSingle ride on commuter rail*Price50% of standard 1-way fare
Fare TypeSingle ride on ferry*Price50% of standard 1-way fare

*Not available with Youth Pass.

Seniors

Bus, Subway, and Ferry

Seniors must have a Senior CharlieCard in order to receive a reduced fare on the bus, subway, or ferry. Senior CharlieCards can be requested at the CharlieCard Store located in Downtown Crossing or at a Senior CharlieCard event (see upcoming Senior CharlieCard events).

Senior CharlieCard

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Commuter Rail

Seniors requesting a reduced fare on the commuter rail can provide proof of eligibility with either a Senior CharlieCard or a valid government-issued ID (for instance, a driver's license) that states they are 65 or older.

For staff at Councils on Aging and Senior Centers in the Boston area: You can conduct your own Senior CharlieCard event if you have 15 or more seniors who would like to apply for Senior CharlieCards. 

Persons with Disabilities

Persons with disabilities may receive reduced fares on MBTA services with a Transportation Access Pass (TAP).

Bus, Subway, and Ferry

Persons with disabilities must have an MBTA-issued TAP card to receive reduced fares on the bus, subway, or ferry. Transportation Access Passes can be requested with a completed TAP application at the CharlieCard Store located in Downtown Crossing.

Transportation Access Pass

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Commuter Rail

Persons with disabilities can receive reduced fares on the commuter rail by presenting an MBTA-issued TAP card or a TAP card from a Massachusetts or Rhode Island regional transit authority (RTA).

Transportation Access Pass Application
Transportation Access Pass ApplicationTAP Application (Word)
Transportation Access Pass ApplicationTAP Application (PDF)

Middle and High School Students

Middle and high school students are eligible for a reduced fare under certain circumstances. 

College students do not benefit from reduced fares on the MBTA, but you may be eligible for a Semester Pass through your school. Contact your college administrator for more details.

Bus, Subway, and Ferry

Middle and high school students are eligible for reduced fares on the bus, subway, or ferry if their school issues them a Student CharlieCard (S-Card) or M7 Card. All Student cards expire on August 31 each year and are reissued by schools for the following year. Please direct all questions and concerns regarding lost, stolen, and/or replacement Student CharlieCards to your school administrator.

Student Charlie Card

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Commuter Rail

Middle and high school students can receive reduced fares on the commuter rail by presenting an S-Card, M7 Card, or valid middle or high school ID.

If you're a Boston Public Schools student, learn how you can take the T to school.

School administrators can learn more by visiting the pass program website or by calling 617-222-5710.

Youth Pass Program

The MBTA Youth Pass is a collaboration between the MBTA and partner cities. The Youth Pass program provides access to reduced fares to low-income young people between the ages of 12 and 25 who are not enrolled in school. 

Persons Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired

People who are blind or visually impaired ride all MBTA services for free with a Blind Access CharlieCard, available at the CharlieCard Store.

Guides accompanying blind or visually impaired customers also ride for free.

In order to receive a Blind Access CharlieCard, you must have a valid, non-expired ID from the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles and a recently dated certificate from the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind. Out-of-state visitors may bring documentation from their permanent state of residence to be reviewed for eligibility.