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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

Local Bus One Way

CharlieCard: $1.70

Travel on all Local Bus routes, SL4 and SL5. Includes 1 free transfer to another Local Bus, SL4, or SL5 within 2 hours of your original ride.

  • Transfer to subway: $0.55
  • Transfer to Inner Express Bus: $2.30
  • Transfer to Outer Express Bus: $3.55

CharlieTicket or Cash: $2.00

CharlieTickets include 1 free transfer to another Local Bus, SL4, or SL5. No transfers with cash.

Inner Express Bus One Way*

Routes: 170, 325, 326, 351, 424, 426, 428, 434, 448, 449, 450, 459, 501, 502, 503, 504, 553, 554, 556, and 558.

CharlieCard: $4.00

Includes 1 free transfer to subway, Local Bus, or any SL route within 2 hours of your original ride.

  • Transfer to Outer Express Bus: $1.25

CharlieTicket or Cash: $5.00

No free or discounted transfers.

Outer Express Bus One Way*

Routes: 352, 354, and 505.

CharlieCard: $5.25

Includes 1 free transfer to subway, Local Bus, Inner Express Bus, or any SL route within 2 hours of your original ride.

CharlieTicket or Cash: $7.00

No free or discounted transfers.

* If you are riding an Express Bus locally (you board and exit the bus before it reaches the highway), you pay the Local Bus fare. Let the driver know your exit stop to pay the lower fare.


Passes

1-Day Pass

CharlieCard or CharlieTicket*: $12.00

Unlimited travel for 1 day** on:

  • Local Bus
  • Subway

* CharlieTicket also valid for travel on Commuter Rail Zone 1A and Charlestown Ferry.

** CharlieTickets are valid from the time of purchase. CharlieCards are valid from the first time they are used.

7-Day Pass

CharlieCard or CharlieTicket*: $21.25

Unlimited travel for 7 days** on:

  • Local Bus
  • Subway

* CharlieTicket also valid for travel on Commuter Rail Zone 1A and Charlestown Ferry.

** CharlieTickets are valid from the time of purchase. CharlieCards are valid from the first time they are used.

Local Bus Monthly Pass

CharlieCard or CharlieTicket: $55.00

Unlimited travel for 1 calendar month on:

  • Local Bus*

* Does not include routes SL1, SL2, or SL3.

Monthly LinkPass

CharlieCard or CharlieTicket: $84.50

Unlimited travel for 1 calendar month on:

  • Local Bus
  • Subway

Inner Express Bus Monthly Pass

Routes: 170, 325, 326, 351, 424, 426, 428, 434, 448, 449, 450, 459, 501, 502, 503, 504, 553, 554, 556, and 558.

CharlieCard or CharlieTicket*: $128.00

Unlimited travel for 1 calendar month on:

  • Inner Express Bus
  • Local Bus
  • Subway

* CharlieTicket or pre-printed CharlieCard with date also valid for travel on Commuter Rail Zone 1A and Charlestown Ferry.

Outer Express Bus Monthly Pass

Routes: 352, 354, and 505.

CharlieCard or CharlieTicket*: $168.00

Unlimited travel for 1 calendar month on:

  • Outer Express Bus
  • Inner Express Bus
  • Local Bus
  • Subway

* CharlieTicket or pre-printed CharlieCard with date also valid for travel on Commuter Rail Zone 1A and Charlestown Ferry.

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How to Pay Your Bus Fare

MBTA fixed-route bus and Silver Line bus fares are paid at the onboard fare box located at the front of the bus.

Tip: Some Silver Line stops are underground, so you will pay your fare the same way you would pay a subway fare

First, choose your how you’ll pay your fare

There are 3 ways to pay your bus fare: CharlieCard, CharlieTicket, or in cash at the onboard fare box.

Then, choose where to buy your ticket or pass

When you’re ready to board the bus

Pay with your preloaded card or ticket

Tip! If the fare box beeps once, your fare payment has been accepted. If it beeps quickly 3 times, it was unable to read your card or there wasn’t enough money on it to pay your fare.

Or, add cash value to your card or ticket

Fare boxes accept coins and bills up to $20. Daily, monthly, or weekly passes are not available for purchase at the onboard fare box.

Or, pay in cash

When you arrive

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