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Beginner’s Guide to the Ferry

Clickable graphic resembling blue waves, for the Ferry Guide.

For residents of Massachusetts’ North or South shores, the ferry is a popular option for commuting to work and for scenic routes into the city. 

Read on to learn more about taking the ferry to Boston, Hingham, Hull, or even Logan International Airport—including info on fares, schedules, and seasonal routes.

Getting to Know the Ferry

"Glory" in Boston Harbor

Whether you want to avoid traffic for your daily commute or take in the scenery of the Boston Harbor and Boston Harbor Islands, the ferry is a great option for your trip. 

Choosing the Right Ferry Pass

customer buying tickets for charlestown ferry

Your ferry fare depends on the route you’re taking and the locations of your origin and destination, between $3.70 – $9.75 each way.

Navigating Ferry Docks

ferry rita docking near boston aquarium

In Boston, the main ferry terminals along Atlantic Ave are all within walking distance of each other and Aquarium Station. There are a number of other cruise companies located in that area—look for signs for the MBTA and Boston Harbor Cruises.

During Your Trip

boston harbor skyline from ferry

Our ferries operate year-round, so they include both indoor and outdoor seating for your comfort—regardless of the weather. Ferries also offer a fantastic view of Boston and the Boston Harbor Islands, so just sit back, relax, and enjoy your trip.

Popular Destinations

mbta ferry rita traveling to charlestown

Ferries are a great way to avoid traffic on your way to some of the most popular destinations in Greater Boston. Here are some of the most common destinations.

Please note that Salem and Winthrop ferries are operated by their respective municipalities, with easy connections to MBTA service.

Planning an Accessible Trip

customer entering mbta ferry dock with guide dog

All MBTA ferry terminals and boats 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.