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Beginner's Guide to the Commuter Rail

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Whether you’re trying to plan your commute to work or you just want to get out of the city for a bit, the Commuter Rail offers easy connections to and from Boston and the surrounding communities.

During your trip, don’t hesitate to ask Commuter Rail conductors or MBTA staff for assistance.

Masks on the T

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Riders are no longer required to wear a mask while on the T, except for on The RIDE. The MBTA continues to follow CDC guidelines in encouraging people to wear face masks on public transit. Please respect your fellow passengers' decisions.

See the latest mask guidelines

Getting to Know the Commuter Rail

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Wherever you’re trying to go in eastern Massachusetts, the Commuter Rail can get you there. Here are some basics of the system to help you get the most out of your trip.

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Choosing the Right Commuter Rail Pass

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Commuter Rail stations are located within Zones, numbered 1A – 10, based on how far they are from Boston. Commuter Rail fares are determined by the Zones you are traveling to and from. 

A one-way ticket costs between $2.40 – $13.25. Round trip, 10-ride, and monthly passes are also available. Reduced fares are available for eligible riders.

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Weekend Rail

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Take unlimited Commuter Rail trips on Saturdays and Sundays for just $10.

Learn more about $10 weekends

Navigating Commuter Rail Stations

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If you’ve never taken a Commuter Rail trip before, you may be wondering what the stations are like. They’re a little different than subway stations, but they’re pretty simple once you get used to them. 

Here are some common questions about catching a train on a Commuter Rail route.

On the Train

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We hope your journey on the Commuter Rail is a comfortable one—but during rush hour and big events, trains can get crowded. We ask customers to follow a few rules to ensure the comfort and safety of everyone on board.

Popular Destinations

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With 130 stops in Massachusetts and Rhode Island, the Commuter Rail is a great way to see some of the most beautiful parts of New England—without worrying about traffic or parking.

Here are some of the most popular destinations for day trips on the Commuter Rail. Please note that some of these routes are seasonal.

Planning an Accessible Trip

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Many Commuter Rail stations are accessible to people with disabilities, and we offer trip planning assistance to help you get the most out of your journey on the MBTA. 

If you are a senior or person with a disability, you may be eligible for reduced fares.

Do You Get T Passes Through Your Job?

Monthly Commuter Rail passes can help you save money, even if you’re working a flexible schedule—just two round trips per week may be enough to make a monthly pass worth it.

See if a monthly pass works for you

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Masks on the T

MBTA character "Charlie" wearing a suit and mask and giving a thumbs up

Riders are no longer required to wear a mask while on the T, except for on The RIDE. The MBTA continues to follow CDC guidelines in encouraging people to wear face masks on public transit. Please respect your fellow passengers' decisions.

See the latest mask guidelines

Fare Calculator

Choose your origin and destination to calculate your fare with our Trip Planner.

There was a problem performing your search; please try again in a few minutes.

Weekend Rail

Commuter Rail train crossing a bridge over a river, with lush greenery

Take unlimited Commuter Rail trips on Saturdays and Sundays for just $10.

Learn more about $10 weekends

Do You Get T Passes Through Your Job?

Monthly Commuter Rail passes can help you save money, even if you’re working a flexible schedule—just two round trips per week may be enough to make a monthly pass worth it.

See if a monthly pass works for you

More Guides

Visitor's Guide Clickable Graphic
Subway Guide clickable graphic
Bus Guide Clickable Graphic
Clickable graphic for the Ferry Guide: vertical lines with a colored pattern of yellow, light blue, and dark blue

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