Institute of Technology
MIT is located on the north shore of the
Charles River Basin in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA. The
campus is within 3 miles of two major interstate highways,
less than 6 miles from a major international airport, and
is accessible via public transportation. MIT is a 15-30 minute
walk from downtown Boston (depending on the weather). MIT
is a 20-40 minute walk from Harvard University (located just
up the river from the MIT campus).
via Public Transportation - MBTA ("The
Subway. By train, take the Red Line to the Kendall/MIT Station
or to the Central Square Station, both of which are a short
walk from the campus. The walk from Central Square takes about
10 minutes and takes you right down Massachusetts Avenue.
The Kendall/MIT Station is on the edge of the east end of
campus, and as soon as you enter an MIT building you can get
to the other buildings without going outside.
The #1 or Dudley bus stops at MIT on Massachusetts
Avenue and provides transportation to Central Square and Harvard
Square. The MIT stop is at a large crosswalk with a stop light.
One one side of the street are steps leading up to large Ionic
columns and the Small Dome of MIT, on the other side of the
street is the Stratton Student Center and Kresge Oval (an
open, grass-covered area).
From Logan Airport
By taxi- Taxi fare from the airport is about $15.
Under normal traffic conditions the taxi ride will take about
by subway. The subway ride from Logan involves
several transfers. From any terminal at Logan airport, take
the airport shuttle bus to the Blue Line subway station. Take
the Blue Line to the Government Center station and go upstairs
to and take the Green Line trolley to Park Street. At the
Park Street station, go downstairs and take the Red Line subway
to Kendall/MIT (take the outbound train toward Alewife). Under
normal conditions the ride will take about one-half hour.
By car- The drive from Logan airport
can be rather nasty, depending on traffic conditions. Take
the main exit from the airport (not the Ted Williams Tunnel)
and follow the signs toward Boston via the Sumner Tunnel.
The tunnel toll is US $2. As you exit the tunnel, turn right
onto the expressway (93 North). Take the second exit, marked
'Storrow Drive West'. Immediately take the right fork of the
road to a stoplight. Turn left, then immediately turn right
and drive over the Charles River. The Boston Museum of Science
will be on your left. Turn left at the next stoplight onto
Memorial Drive. Follow Memorial Drive for about a half mile
and MIT will be on your right side.
From the North (I-95 or I-93)
If you are heading south on I-93, follow I-93 into Boston
then follow the I-93 instructions below. If you are heading
south on I-95, take the I-93 South exit then follow the instructions
from I-93. Alternatively, take the I-90 East exit from I-95
then follow the instructions from I-90.
From the South (I-95 or I-93)
If you are heading north on I-93, follow I-93 (the Southeast
Expressway) into Boston then follow the I-93 instructions
below. If you are heading north on I-95, take the I-93 North
exit then follow the instructions from I-93. Alternatively,
take the I-90 East exit from I-95 then follow the instructions
From the West (I-90) (Mass Turnpike)
Follow I-90 east to the Cambridge/Brighton exit (exit 18).
Following the signs to Cambridge, cross the River Street Bridge,
and continue straight about 1 mile to Central Square. Turn
right onto Massachusetts Avenue and follow Massachusetts Avenue
for about a half mile. The main entrance to MIT will be on
your left. If you cross the river again, you have gone too
From Route I-93
From I-93, take exit 26, and follow the signs to Back Bay
along Storrow Drive West, approximately 1.5 miles, to the
exit for Route 2A. The exit will be on the left, just before
the Harvard Bridge (more appropriately called the Massachusetts
Avenue Bridge). The Charles River will be on your right. As
you cross the bridge, you will be looking at MIT - the Great
Dome and academic facilities are on the right, the dormitories
and athletic facilities are on the left.
Parking in Cambridge and Boston is generally not an enjoyable
experience. Whenever possible, park your car at the hotel at
which you are staying, and use public transportation to get
to the MIT campus. If you must drive to the campus, there are
both on- and off-street parking available, but most public parking
is not very close to the center of the MIT campus (unless you
arrive early in the morning or late in the evening).
There is unmetered parking on Memorial Drive
(most of the spaces fill up at around 8:00 AM), and metered
parking on Massachusetts Avenue.
There are a number of lots at which you may
park for a fee. These include a lot at the corner of Massachusetts
Avenue and Vassar Street, Park and Lock on Third Street, Kinney
Systems at 4 Cambridge Center (entrances on Ames Street and
Broadway), and Kinney Systems at Ten Cambridge Center (entrances
from Broadway and Binney Street).