Visiting for Commencement

Commencement guests will find it helpful to visit the Visiting MIT website, where you will find maps, hotels, and other essential information.

Hotel and transportation information specific to Commencement

May and June are busy months in the Boston area, which means it is essential to make hotel and dinner reservations early. This is especially important if you will be traveling with a large number of family members.

If you are driving to Cambridge, you might find that the best thing is to leave your car parked at your hotel during your stay, rather than to try to drive to different events. Parking is very difficult to find, and driving in town is more trouble than it is worth.

The Red Line of the T can take you from Kendall Square into Boston or down to Harvard Square in just a few minutes. If you have several people with you, it makes sense to take a taxi. The address of the main MIT building, where the columns and big crosswalk are, is 77 Massachusetts Avenue. It helps to tell the company which side of the street you are standing on, east or west. The east side is the MIT building at #77 Mass. Ave; the west side traffic is heading across the river to Boston.

If you are taking a cab to campus on Commencement Day, you may request to be dropped off on Memorial Drive westbound, at the entrance to Killian Court. Although this is not a taxi stand, taxis are permitted to stop there to discharge passengers.

When you are leaving campus on Commencement Day, it is better to walk over to the taxi stand at the Marriott Hotel in Kendall Square, or to request a pickup at Main Street in Cambridge (in front of Legal Seafood or the MIT Coop), rather than on Massachusetts Avenue, because the traffic is so dense in the immediate area. Visitors should be aware that cabs from out of town are allowed to pick up passengers in Cambridge only if they have been called. If you are in Cambridge, it is not possible to flag down a Boston or Brookline cab, or vice versa.


Local cab companies
Ambassador Brattle Cab
Phone: 671-492-1100
Checker Cab of Cambridge
Phone: 617-497-9000
Boston Cab
Phone: 617-262-2227
Metro Cab (Boston)
Phone: 617-242-8000
Cambridge Cab Company
Phone: 617-498-0006
Town Taxi (Boston)
Phone: 617-536-5000
Cambridge Taxi
Phone: 617-492-7900
Yellow Cab (Cambridge)
Phone: 617-547-3000


Car services

Here are a few suggestions of local car service companies. Be sure to make reservations in advance.


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