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Bus and Subway Fares

People 12 and older who do not qualify for reduced fares pay the standard fare. If you are a student, senior, or someone with a disability who qualifies for reduced fares, click on the correct category below to view your fare. Children 11 and younger accompanied by a paying adult ride for free (up to 2 children per adult).

Tip: For information about 1-day, 7-day, and monthly passes, click on the "Passes" tab below.

Subway One Way

CharlieCard $2.25

Travel on all subway lines, SL1, SL2, and SL3. Includes 1 free transfer to subway, Local Bus, SL4, or SL5 within 2 hours of your original ride.

  • Transfer to Inner Express Bus: $1.75
  • Transfer to Outer Express Bus: $3.00

CharlieTicket or Cash $2.75

CharlieTickets include 1 free transfer to any SL route within 2 hours of original ride. No transfers with cash.

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, 441, 442, 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.

    Where to Get a CharlieCard or CharlieTicket

    Fare Vending Machine

    Load any amount of money for One Way fares or a pass (1-Day, 7-Day, Monthly) onto a CharlieCard or CharlieTicket at fare vending machines found at all Subway stations and the following Commuter Rail stations:

    Back Bay, Braintree, Forest Hills, JFK/UMass, Lynn, Malden Center, North Station, Porter, Quincy Center, Ruggles, South Station, Worcester

    Select Bus and Subway Stations

    To take advantage of discounted One Way fares, you can get a blank CharlieCard from an MBTA Customer Service agent working at the following stations:

    Alewife, Arlington, Ashmont, Back Bay, Dudley Station, Forest Hills, Harvard, North Station, Oak Grove, Park Street, Ruggles

    Retail Sales Locations

    Get a free, blank CharlieCard and load any amount of money for One Way fares or a pass (1-Day, 7-Day, Monthly) onto it at stores located throughout the Greater Boston and Providence areas.

    Find a store near you

    On-Board

    You may pay for a One Way trip using cash when on-board the Bus, above-ground stops on the Green line, and Mattapan trolley on the Red line. If you do not pay with exact change, the remaining value will be stored on your CharlieCard or a CharlieTicket for later use.

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