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It costs $2.25 to ride the subway, trolley, or Silver Line 1-3 and $1.70 to ride the bus with a CharlieCard. If you use a CharlieTicket or cash, it costs a little more. Fares on the Commuter Rail, ferry, and The RIDE depend on how far you travel. Reduced fare programs are available.

Multi-trip and monthly passes are available for all modes except The RIDE. 1-day and weekly passes are available for the subway and bus. The most common fares include transfers to other modes and lines.

Tickets and passes can be purchased in stations or at retail stores in Greater Boston. You can also buy some products on your smartphone or online. The MBTA does not refund any fare products.

Bus and Subway Fares

Bus and subway fares are flat fees. The most common fares are:

Local Bus One Way

  • CharlieCard: $1.70
  • CharlieTicket or Cash: $2.00

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Subway One Way  

  • CharlieCard: $2.25
  • CharlieTicket or Cash: $2.75

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7-Day Pass

CharlieCard or CharlieTicket: $21.25

Monthly LinkPass

CharlieCard or CharlieTicket: $84.50

Commuter Rail and Ferry Fares

Commuter Rail and ferry fares depend on how far you travel.

The ranges for a standard one-way ticket on the Commuter Rail and ferry are:

Commuter Rail One Way

Zones 1A – 10: $2.25 – $12.50

Learn about Commuter Rail fares

Learn about Commuter Rail zones

Ferry One Way

All ferry routes: $3.50 – $18.50

View all ferry fares

Round-trip, 10-ride, and monthly passes are also available for the Commuter Rail and ferry.

The RIDE Fares

The RIDE is the MBTA’s shared paratransit service. Fares are determined by the location of the destination and whether you make changes to your reservation. All fares are one way.



Destination is:

  • Less than ¾ mile from an active MBTA bus or subway stop/station OR
  • In the core RIDE service area

Premium RIDE Fare


Destination is:

  • More than ¾ mile from an active MBTA bus or subway stop/station OR
  • Not within the core RIDE service area

You may also pay a premium fare if you:

  • Request same-day service changes
  • Change your reservation after 5 PM for service the next day

Learn more about The RIDE

Reduced Fares

Children 11 and younger traveling with an adult and people who are blind or visually impaired may ride MBTA services for free. Seniors, people with disabilities, and some students are eligible for reduced fares.

Learn more about reduced fare eligibility

Monthly LinkPass Auto-pay

Never wait in line at a fare vending machine again—get a monthly bus and subway LinkPass that automatically renews every month.

Online CharlieCard Services

You can add cash value* or passes for the bus and subway to your CharlieCard online. You can also order monthly passes for the Commuter Rail, Express Bus, and ferry.

*Please note: You cannot check the balance of your CharlieCard online at this time.

Learn more about CharlieCards

Institutional Sales Programs

The T offers several programs for businesses, schools, and groups to place large orders for tickets and passes.

Learn more about our Institutional Sales Programs

Have a Question?

We've put together some frequently asked questions about our fares system.

Browse our Fares FAQ