Getting Around Cambridge, MA
The best way to get around Cambridge is on foot. Harvard Square is the best place to begin any visit to Cambridge, but driving (and parking) here is usually a nightmare. Do yourself a favor and take the subway (or, as it's known locally, the "T"), ride a bike (you can rent one from the bike-sharing company Hubway for just $8 a day) or walk. Of course, taxis and ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft are also readily available should your feet get tired.
Just across the Charles River, Cambridge is easily reached by taking the Red Line train outbound to any stop past Charles/MGH station. There are stops at MIT (Kendall Square), Central Square, Harvard Square, Porter Square and Alewife. To get to Cambridge from Boston Logan International Airport (BOS) via the subway, take the Silver Line bus to South Station, then hop on the Red Line.
|On Foot||Walking is by far the best way to get around Cambridge. You'll see more top things to do and won't have to deal with the frustration of looking for parking or paying outrageous fees at a lot. Just remember to wear or pack comfortable shoes.|
The "T" is the nickname for the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority's system of subway trains, buses, trolleys and ferries. Most travelers will stick to the five-line, color-coded subway trains when in Boston. In Cambridge, the Red Line is the line visitors use.
The fare for a single subway ride (no matter the distance traveled) on the T is $2.75, but if you use a free reloadable CharlieCard, the fare is $2.25 per ride. Children 11 and younger ride for free when traveling with an adult. CharlieCards can be picked up at most T stations, select retailers and the CharlieCard Store at the Downtown Crossing station. Paper CharlieTickets can be purchased at participating retail stores and CharlieCard vending machines. One-day and weekly passes, which can be loaded onto CharlieTickets or CharlieCards, are also available for $12 or $21.25. Operating hours vary depending on the line, but most subway trains run between 5 and 1 a.m.
|Car||Having a car is more of a hassle than a help thanks to the number of narrow, one-way roads and limited parking spaces. If you must have a vehicle, you can rent one at the Boston airport or at a number of locations around Boston and Cambridge. But we suggest you leave it parked at your hotel and take the T or rely on your own two feet to travel around town.|
Taxis tend to congregate around major hotels and popular attractions. The initial fare starts at $1.95, with the first mile costing $5.55, then an extra $0.45 for each additional 1/8 mile. If you're planning to call a cab while in town, be sure to use a trusted company like Ambassador Brattle Cab, Yellow Cab, Cambridge Cab, Checker Cab, Classic Cab, UTS or Star Taxi. The Uber and Lyft ride-hailing services also operate in the Boston and Cambridge area.
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