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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

Subway One-Way


with a CharlieCard

1 free transfer to Local Bus within 2 hours


with a CharlieTicket or Cash


1-Day Pass


Unlimited travel for 24 hours on Local Bus and subway.

CharlieCard valid on  
CharlieTicket valid on  Zone 1A  Charlestown

7-Day Pass


Unlimited travel for 7 days on Local Bus and subway.

CharlieCard valid on 
CharlieTicket valid on  Zone 1A  Charlestown

Monthly LinkPass


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

Valid on 

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How to Pay Your Subway Fare

At most MBTA subway stops, you’ll pay your fare at a fare gate to access the platform. At street-level stops on the Green Line and Mattapan Trolley, you’ll pay your fare at the onboard fare box.

First, choose how you’ll pay your fare

There are 3 ways to pay your subway fare: CharlieCard, CharlieTicket, or cash onboard (only at street-level Green Line and Mattapan Trolley stops).


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 Charlestown ferry with 1- and 7-Day pass

Valid on 


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

Accepted on all modes

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

Then, choose where to buy your ticket or pass

When you’re ready to board the subway

How you pay your subway fare depends on whether you board at a subway station or at a street-level trolley stop.

Pay with a preloaded card or ticket

Tip! 3 quick beeps means that either the machine was unable to read your card properly or that you do not have enough money on your card to pay the fare. 

At fare boxes, 1 beep indicates that your fare has been deducted from your CharlieCard. 2 beeps indicate that your fare has been deducted from your CharlieTicket.

Or, add cash value to your card or ticket at a street-level stop

Fare boxes accept coins and bills up to $20. You can’t buy 1-day, 7-day, or monthly passes at the onboard fare box. 

Or, pay in cash at a street-level stop

When you arrive

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