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Transfers

customer paying fare with charliecard

On the MBTA, the cost of a transfer depends on how you pay your fare and the modes of transit you take.

Most Common Transfers

Generally, your trip includes 1 free transfer to a mode that costs the same or less than your first fare payment. For example, your subway fare includes 1 free transfer to a Local Bus route within 2 hours of your first trip.

Note that SL1, SL2, and SL3 are subway fares, while the SL4 and SL5 are Local Bus fares.

Subway to Local Bus

  • With a CharlieCard, 1 free transfer to Local Bus within 2 hours of the first tap
  • With a CharlieTicket, 1 free transfer to SL4 or SL5 from a nearby subway stop within 2 hours
  • With a 1-day, 7-day, or monthly LinkPass, unlimited transfers to Local Bus
  • No free or discounted transfers with a CharlieTicket or cash

Local Bus to Subway

  • With a CharlieCard, pay the fare difference, up to $2.40 for the entire trip
  • Allows for one additional transfer back to a bus route
  • With a 1-day, 7-day, or monthly LinkPass, unlimited transfers to subway
  •  No bus to subway transfers with a monthly Local Bus pass
  • No free or discounted transfers with a CharlieTicket or cash

Local Bus to Local Bus

  • With a CharlieCard or CharlieTicket, 1 free transfer to Local Bus within 2 hours of first tap
  • With a monthly Local Bus pass, unlimited Local Bus transfers
  • With a 1-day, 7-day, or monthly LinkPass, unlimited Local Bus transfers
  • No free or discounted transfers with cash

Subway to Subway

  •  Transfers at subway stations are free
  •  If you exit the station, you will pay the full subway fare to enter another subway station

Subway or Local Bus to Commuter Rail

  • With printed monthly Commuter Rail pass, unlimited transfers between subway, bus, and Commuter Rail
  • With 1-day, 7-day, or monthly LinkPass, unlimited transfers to Commuter Rail Zone 1A
  • Cash value CharlieCards and CharlieTickets not valid on Commuter Rail

Commuter Rail to Subway or Local Bus

  • With a monthly pass on a CharlieTicket, unlimited transfers
  • No free or discounted transfers to subway or bus with 1-way tickets or cash
  • mTickets and 10-ride tickets not valid on subway or bus

All Transfer Types

To learn more about paying your fare for a transfer not listed above, find your fare payment method below.

Tickets or Passes Loaded with Cash Value

Daily, Weekly, and Monthly Passes