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How to Pay

You may pay your fare in several ways, depending on the type of transportation you take. Select your choice of transportation below to see its payment options.

Paying Your Commuter Rail Fare

Step 1: Purchase a Ticket or Pass

You can purchase your Commuter Rail fare with the following payment methods: mTicket app ticket, CharlieTicket, and cash on-board. Fare costs, transfers, and the type of passes available for purchase may vary based on your payment method.

Monthly Pass CharlieTicket
Commuter Rail monthly pass
mTicket App
mTicket app with an activated ticket

You can buy your Commuter Rail fare using the mTicket app, at a fare vending machine, on-board, or at select retail sales locations.

mTicket App

You can purchase a One Way, Round Trip, 10-Ride, or Monthly Pass through the mTicket app. Monthly Passes on mTicket are $10.00 cheaper than they are on a CharlieTicket. However, unlike passes loaded onto a CharlieTicket, mTicket passes are not valid for use on the Bus and Subway. Available on the iPhone App Store and Google Play.

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Fare Vending Machine

You can load a One Way, Round Trip, or Monthly (up to Zone 8; valid for Bus and Subway travel as well) Pass onto a CharlieTicket at a fare vending machine, found in all Subway stations and the following Commuter Rail stations:

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

A fare vending machine in an MBTA station


One way or round trip tickets can be purchased on-board by cash. If tickets are purchased on-board at a station that has a fare vending machine, there may be a surcharge of $3.00. Round-trip tickets purchased on board will be valid until the end of service that same day.

Please note: During Fare Is Fair events, you cannot purchase your Commuter Rail fare on board.

Retail Sales Location

MBTA riders can get One Way, Round Trip, and Monthly Passes at stores located throughout the Greater Boston and Providence area.

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Step 2: Present Your Ticket or Pass to the Conductor

Commuter Rail fares are collected after you board the train. A conductor will come to check your mTicket app or CharlieTicket, or collect payment if you have not already purchased your fare. Fare prices depend on what zones you are traveling to and from, so make sure you purchase the correct fare for your trip before you board the train. If you are paying with cash on-board, make sure to tell the train conductor what your destination stop is.

Paying with the mTicket App

  1. Activate your ticket.
  2. Show your phone with the activated ticket to the conductor.
  3. The conductor will mark your seat with a slip of paper that indicates your destination.

Paying with a CharlieTicket

  1. Show your ticket or pass to the conductor.
  2. The conductor will mark your seat with a slip of paper that indicates your destination.

Paying with Cash On-Board

  1. Tell the conductor which station you are traveling to and if you are purchasing a one way or round trip ticket.
  2. The conductor will tell you the cost of the fare and collect your payment.
  3. You will be given a ticket marking your origin and destination stops and the fare zone you are traveling in.
    Note: If you are traveling round-trip, remember to save this ticket and present it to the conductor on your next trip.
  4. The conductor will mark your seat with a slip of paper that indicates your destination.