Getting Around Boston

Boston's public transportation system is an easy, inexpensive way to get around the city. Literally steps from campus, the subway (or "T") is your porthole to exploring Boston and the surrounding area—no car necessary!

MBTA Discount

T Discounts: Students (undergrad and grad) can get a discount on a semester T Pass through the MBTA. Click here to download the Student Discount Form (pdf). Simply fill out the form and give it to Student Life along with your payment.


Located off the the Green Line's "D" branch, Wheelock is located in between the "Fenway" and "Longwood" stations. An inbound train will take you towards Boston's center—Copley Square, Boston Common, and Government Center. An outbound train travels west to the leafy villages of Brookline.

At Copley station, you can switch to any of the other branches of the Green Line. To change lines, head inbound to Park Street station where you can access both the Red and the Orange lines.

Once you get the hang of it, using the T is easy—but it can take a little practice. In you're unfamiliar with the system, carry a map with you or access the MBTA (Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority) website on your smart phone.


The subway is often the fastest and often the most convenient way to get around Boston. But for destinations not close to a T stop, use the MBTA's system of bus routes. Several bus routes stop nearby campus on Brookline Ave., including two of the "cross town" routes to Cambridge.

Commuter Rail

Radiating from Boston's North and South stations, the Commuter Rail extends to cities as far away as Providence, Worcester, Salem, and Lowell. A day trip using the Commuter Rail can be less expensive and faster than driving.


Use stored-value, reloadable Charlie Cards or Tickets for transportation on the T and on buses.

You can buy a Charlie Ticket at more than 500 in-station fare vending machines and at retail sales locations. You can purchase a single ride or load multiple rides onto a single ticket. To use, insert your paper ticket at fare gates and on-board fare boxes and the system deducts value from your ticket accordingly. When your ticket runs low on value, add value at station vending machines using cash, debit, or credit. When you use a Charlie Ticket, a nominal surcharge is added to the standard fare.

A Charlie Card is a "smart card" that stores value for multiple rides or for a monthly pass.  With a card, you are omitted the surcharge that is added to the Charlie Ticket.

You can purchase a Charlie Card online or at T sales offices (Back Bay, Downtown Crossing, Harvard, North Station and South Station).  Add value through your online account or at station vending machine. To use, tap your card on the card target at fare gates or on-board vehicles. Value will be deducted from your card accordingly.

If you ride the T frequently, consider purchasing a monthly pass that will allow you unlimited rides for a flat fee.

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