The “T” Boston Subway and Metro

The Boston Metro is not the most glamorous way to get around city and some stations can feel rather rundown and shabby compared to other countries’ subway systems.
Despite this, the subway is a relatively safe and easy way to reach the main districts of Boston in a short time period. It is also an advisable way to get around for tourists visiting in low season when the temperature can dip.
The Metro is made up of 6 Lines that all intersect in the centre of the city. Interchanges are very clear and directional signs always outline the last stop on the service. Tourists should expect longer intervals between services on weekends.
When looking for the Metro station or asking for directions it is worth noting that stops are signposting with a ‘T’ symbol and that most locals refer to it as the ‘T’ or ‘subway’.
Tickets are required to enter the subway. These are simply put through a slot and collected before the barriers open. Tickets are not needed to exit stations and barriers here will open automatically.

Purchasing T subway tickets

All stations have ticket machines where tourists can purchase single, return or travel ‘Charlie’ cards.
For individuals wanting to use public transport for the duration of their stay it is wise to purchase a Charlie card. These can be topped up and re-used without a date expiry.
Charlie cards can be used on all bus and Metro services across Boston.
For more information on journeys, prices and maps visit the MBTA website:

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