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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.
When riding the MBTA, transfer rules depend on:
*If you pay with cash, mTicket, 10-ride, or paper tickets, you will pay the full fare price for transfers.
All transfers between subway lines and the Silver Line at rapid transit stations are free.
Note: These rules also apply to reduced fare CharlieCards loaded with cash value. You will be charged the reduced fare price for the mode according to the rules in this table.
1 transfer within 2 hours of first tap
2 transfers within 2 hours of first tap*
*Only when travel is in the exact order listed.
No discounted/free transfers
1 transfer within 2 hours of first fare payment
1 transfer within 2 hours of first fare payment when transferring at Ashmont Station
Unlimited travel on:
*Only with pass on CharlieTicket.
*Does not include SL 1 or 2.
*Except with Zone 1A passes.
**With Zone 6 – 10 passes.
No transfers with mTicket or Interzone passes.
No transfers with mTicket passes.
Read our step-by-step guides to paying your fare, whichever payment method you choose:
How to Pay Your Subway Fare
How to Pay Your Bus Fare
How to Pay Your Commuter Rail Fare
How to Pay Your Ferry Fare