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Transfers

When riding the MBTA, transfer rules depend on: 

  • Whether you’re using a CharlieCard or CharlieTicket* 
  • Whether you have a pass or are paying as you go
  • Which modes of transit you’re using

*If you pay with cash, mTicket, 10-ride, or paper tickets, you will pay the full fare price for transfers.

All transfers between subway lines and the Silver Line at rapid transit stations are free.

Transfer Rules by Fare Type

Single-Ride Fares (Cash Value)

CharlieCard

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Note: These rules also apply to reduced fare CharlieCards loaded with cash value. You will be charged the reduced fare price for the mode according to the rules in this table.

Transit UsedTransfer RulesPrice
Transit UsedSubway + Local BusTransfer Rules

1 transfer within 2 hours of first tap

Price1 single-ride subway fare ($2.25)
Transit UsedLocal Bus + Local BusTransfer Rules

1 transfer within 2 hours of first tap

Price1 single-ride Local Bus fare ($1.70)
Transit UsedExpress Bus + SubwayTransfer Rules

1 transfer within 2 hours of first tap

Price1 single-ride Express Bus fare ($4 or $5.25)
Transit UsedExpress Bus + Local BusTransfer Rules

1 transfer within 2 hours of first tap

Price1 single-ride Express Bus fare ($4 or $5.25)
Transit UsedLocal Bus → Subway → Local BusTransfer Rules

2 transfers within 2 hours of first tap*

*Only when travel is in the exact order listed.

Price1 single-ride subway fare ($2.25)
Transit UsedAll other mode combinationsTransfer Rules

No discounted/free transfers

PriceFull CharlieCard fare for each mode used 

CharlieTicket

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Transit UsedTransfer RulesPrice
Transit UsedSubway/SL 1 or 2 → SL 4 or 5Transfer Rules

1 transfer within 2 hours of first fare payment

Price1 single-ride subway fare ($2.75)
Transit UsedMattapan Trolley + SubwayTransfer Rules

1 transfer within 2 hours of first fare payment when transferring at Ashmont Station

Price1 single-ride subway fare ($2.75)
Transit UsedLocal Bus + Local Bus/SL 4 or 5Transfer Rules

1 transfer within 2 hours of first fare payment

Price1 single-ride Local Bus fare ($2.00)
Transit UsedAll other mode combinationsTransfer Rules

No discounted/free transfers

PriceFull CharlieTicket fare for each mode used

Passes

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Pass TypeTransfer Rules
Pass Type1-day or 7-day LinkPassTransfer Rules

Unlimited travel on: 

  • Subway 
  • Local Bus 
  • Silver Line 
  • Inner Harbor Ferry* 
  • Commuter Rail Zone 1A* 

*Only with pass on CharlieTicket.

Pass TypeMonthly LinkPass (including reduced fare CharlieCards)Transfer Rules

Unlimited travel on: 

  • Subway 
  • Local Bus 
  • Silver Line 
  • Inner Harbor Ferry* 
  • Commuter Rail Zone 1A* 

*Only with pass on CharlieTicket.

Pass TypeMonthly Local Bus PassTransfer Rules

Unlimited travel on: 

  • Local Bus*

*Does not include SL 1 or 2.

Pass TypeMonthly Inner Express Bus PassTransfer Rules

Unlimited travel on: 

  • Inner Express Bus
  • Local Bus
  • Subway
  • Inner Harbor Ferry* 
  • Commuter Rail Zone 1A*

*Only with pass on CharlieTicket.

Pass TypeMonthly Outer Express Bus PassTransfer Rules

Unlimited travel on: 

  • Outer Express Bus
  • Inner Express Bus
  • Local Bus
  • Subway
  • Inner Harbor Ferry* 
  • Commuter Rail Zone 1A*

*Only with pass on CharlieTicket.

Pass TypeMonthly Commuter Rail PassTransfer Rules

Unlimited travel on: 

  • Commuter Rail (up to your Zone)
  • Subway 
  • Local Bus 
  • Express Bus* 
  • Inner Harbor Ferry
  • Commuter Ferry** 

*Except with Zone 1A passes.
**With Zone 6 – 10 passes.

No transfers with mTicket or Interzone passes.

Pass TypeMonthly Commuter Ferry PassTransfer Rules

Unlimited travel on: 

  • Ferry
  • Subway 
  • Local Bus
  • Express Bus 
  • Commuter Rail (up to Zone 5)

No transfers with mTicket passes.