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Public transportation in Boston is run by the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA). The public transportation system (buses, subways, trolleys, ferries) are collectively referred to as 'The T' and is easily recognized by the T logo.


All MBTA services accept at least two forms of payment: CharlieCard and CharlieTicket.

If you are travelling from out of town, the CharlieTicket $15 pass is good value, and lasts for seven days. Both CharlieCards and CharlieTickets can hold funds which can be used on any bus or subway line. You can use cash, credit or debit cards to add funds to your CharlieCard or to purchase a new CharlieTicket.

A single journey on the MBTA subway costs $1.70 on a CharlieCard or $2.00 for CharlieTicket. Many of the buses also accept cash.

  • The CharlieCard is a credit card sized plastic card that uses RFID technology allowing you to 'tap' to enter a turnstile. Be sure to keep your CharlieCard in a piece of foil, or RFID-blocking wallet.
  • The CharlieTicket is a cardboard ticket with a magnetic stripe. You must feed the ticket into a turnstile to enter.

More information on CharlieCards and CharlieTickets is available.


Harvard Station
  • Red Line: Take the Red Line to Harvard Station, which is a short walk from the campus. You can map out the building's location using its street address: 1 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA or looking for it from Harvard Yard.
  • Green Line: Change at Park Street, take any Red Line train heading towards Alewife. Harvard Square is the fourth stop (after Central Square).
  • Orange Line: Change at Downtown Crossing, take any Red Line train heading towards Alewife. Harvard Square is the fifth stop (after Central Square).
  • Blue Line: Take the Blue Line to Government Center, transfer to the Green Line in the direction of Boston College (B), Cleveland Circle (C), Riverside (D) or Heath Street (E) and then follow directions above from the Green Line.


The following buses go to Harvard Square.

DATTCO buses provides daily service from South Station to Taunton and New Bedford, MA.


The closest airport is Boston Logan International Airport (BOS).

There are two options to get from the airport to Harvard: