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Visiting Boston

Getting Around



Below are maps that will help you navigate through MIT Campus, Cambridge, and Boston:

Public transportation in the Boston Area is run by the Massachusetts Bay Transport Authority (MBTA). The MBTA consists of the “T” (subway), Commuter Rail, and Bus. You can purchase a CharlieCard for individual rides, single-day, weekly, or monthly passes if you think you will use the subway or bus a number of times during your stay at MIT.


The “T” is the first Public Transit System in the country. It is considered an efficient, economical, and reliable means of transportation to Boston.

Inbound is always towards downtown Boston and outbound is away from it.

View map and fares.


The bus complements the subway here in Boston. On Fridays and Saturdays, there is the “Night Owl”, where buses follow the subway routes from 12:30 a.m. to 2:30 a.m.

View schedules and fares.


You can visit the following areas by MBTA’s Commuter Rail: North Shore, Salem, Manchester by the Sea, and Rockport.

View map/schedule and fares.

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Pick-up and drop-offs at Chinatown (see Orange Line T.)


Shuttles are available to the MIT community as alternate modes of transportation. The Parking and Transportation operates the Safe Ride and the Tech Shuttle. If you have further questions regarding these free services, you may contact MIT’s Parking and Transportation Office at 617-258-6510.


You can catch a taxi on the street at any time as long as there is one available. You can spot a taxi near major hotels, train stations, and in Harvard Square. The meter fare starts around $2.25 and .30 cents for each additional eighth of a mile. The flat rate per mile is $2.60.

Here are a few taxi companies that offer 24-hour service:

Please note that it is best to call the taxi company first and ask about their service.

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