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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

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.


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.

Monthly LinkPass

CharlieCard or CharlieTicket*: $84.50

Unlimited travel for 1 calendar month on:

  • Local Bus
  • Subway

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

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How to Pay Your Subway Fare

At most MBTA subway stops, you’ll pay your fare at a fare gate to access the platform. At street-level stops on the Green Line and Mattapan Trolley, you’ll pay your fare at the onboard fare box.

First, choose how you’ll pay your fare

There are 3 ways to pay your subway fare: CharlieCard, CharlieTicket, or cash onboard (only at street-level Green Line and Mattapan Trolley stops).

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CharlieCards are reusable plastic cards that can be loaded with cash value or 1-day, 7-day, or monthly passes.

CharlieCard holders pay lower single ride fares and can manage their cards online. 

Standard one-way CharlieCard fare: $2.25

Where to get a (free!) CharlieCard 

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CharlieTickets are reusable paper passes that can be loaded with cash value or 1-day, 7-day, or monthly passes.

Standard one-way CharlieTicket fare: $2.75

At street-level trolley stops, you can use the onboard fare box to pay in cash or to add cash value to your CharlieCard or CharlieTicket.

Cash fare payments do not include transfer options to other modes of transit.

Standard one-way cash fare: $2.75

Then, choose where to buy your ticket or pass

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You can buy or renew 1-day, 7-day, cash value, and monthly passes on CharlieTickets and CharlieCards at fare vending machines. They are located at all subway stations and at the Lynn and Worcester/Union Commuter Rail stations.
 
Most machines accept cash and major credit/debit cards. Some machines only accept credit/debit cards and are clearly marked to indicate they don’t accept cash. 

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*Green Line and Mattapan Trolleys only

At street-level trolley stops, you can add up to $20 cash value to a CharlieCard or CharlieTicket at the onboard fare boxes. 

How to use the onboard fare box 

You can get blank CharlieCards and load any amount of money for single ride fares or a pass (on a CharlieCard or CharlieTicket) at stores located throughout the Greater Boston and Providence areas.
 
Cash and credit/debit cards accepted.
 
Find a store near you

Cash value and passes can be added to CharlieCards online. You can also sign up for auto-pay, a monthly LinkPass that automatically renews each month. 

We recommend registering for a MyCharlie account to protect your card if it is lost, stolen, or damaged.

Sign up for Auto-pay 
Sign up or log in to MyCharlie 
Reload your card without creating an account

When you’re ready to board the subway

How you pay your subway fare depends on whether you board at a subway station or at a street-level trolley stop.

Pay with a preloaded card or ticket

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To enter subway stations, tap your card on the fare gate target. 

At street-level stops, tap your card on the fare box near the front door of the trolley to board. 

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To enter subway stations, insert your CharlieTicket into the slot on the fare gate with the orange arrow facing up and away from you. 

At street-level stops, insert your ticket into the onboard fare box to board.  

The ticket will be returned to you after the machine reads it.

Tip! 3 quick beeps means that either the machine was unable to read your card properly or that you do not have enough money on your card to pay the fare. 

At fare boxes, 1 beep indicates that your fare has been deducted from your CharlieCard. 2 beeps indicate that your fare has been deducted from your CharlieTicket.

Or, add cash value to your card or ticket at a street-level stop

Fare boxes accept coins and bills up to $20. You can’t buy 1-day, 7-day, or monthly passes at the onboard fare box. 

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  1. Tell the driver you need to add value to your CharlieCard. 
  2. Press the white button in the upper right corner on the fare box.
  3. Tap your CharlieCard on the fare box target.
  4. Insert cash or coins up to your desired value. Change is not returned from onboard fare boxes, so any cash you insert will be loaded onto the card.
  5. Press the white button again.
  6. Tap your CharlieCard to complete the transaction.
  7. Tap 1 more time to pay your fare.

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  1. Tell the driver you need to add value to your CharlieTicket.
  2. Press the white button in the upper right corner on the fare box.
  3. Insert your CharlieTicket into the machine, with the orange arrow facing up and away from you.
  4. Insert cash or coins up to your desired value. Change is not returned from onboard fare boxes, so any cash you insert will be loaded onto the ticket.
  5. Press the white button again.
  6. Remove your ticket from the machine.
  7. Insert it 1 more time to pay your fare.

Or, pay in cash at a street-level stop

  1. Tell the driver you are paying your fare in cash.
  2. Insert the amount displayed on the fare box. 

Tip! If you insert more than $0.25 over the required single ride fare, the excess will be loaded onto a CharlieTicket and dispensed from the fare box.

When you arrive

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