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There are 5 ways to get from Acton to Harvard Square by train, bus, tram, subway, taxi or car

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Train  •  51 min

  1. Take the train from South Acton to Porter Fitchburg Line

$17 - $25

Cheapest option

Bus, line 504 bus, line 71 bus  •  2h 13m

  1. Take the bus from Acton, MA - Rt. 119 & 2A to Boston, MA - Copley Square
  2. Take the line 504 bus from Saint James Ave @ Clarendon St to Watertown Yard 504 / ...
  3. Take the line 71 bus from Watertown Sq Terminal to Harvard 71

$16 - $26

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Bus, tram, subway  •  1h 28m

  1. Take the bus from Acton, MA - Rt. 119 & 2A to Boston, MA - Copley Square
  2. Take the tram from Copley to Park Street E / ...
  3. Take the subway from Park Street to Harvard

$18

Taxi  •  28 min

  1. Take a taxi from Acton to Harvard Square 20 miles

$70 - $85

Drive  •  28 min

  1. Drive from Acton to Harvard Square 20 miles

$2 - $3

Acton to Harvard Square by bus and walk

The journey time between Acton and Harvard Square is around 2h 1m and covers a distance of around 35 miles. The fastest journey normally takes 2h 1m. Operated by Yankee Line and MBTA, the Acton to Harvard Square service departs from Acton, MA - Rt. 119 & 2A and arrives in Harvard Square. Typically five services run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

Route overview

Average journey time:
2h 1m
Fastest journey time:
2h 1m
Services per week:
5
Cheapest price:
$16
Carbon emissions:
6 kg CO2

First and last service

First service departs at:
06:55
Last service departs at:
06:55

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Acton to Harvard Square bus and walk schedules

Acton → Harvard Square
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The social distance requirement in Harvard Square is 2 metres.

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The cheapest way to get from Acton to Harvard Square is to drive which costs $2 - $3 and takes 28 min.

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The quickest way to get from Acton to Harvard Square is to taxi which costs $70 - $85 and takes 28 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Acton to Harvard Square. However, there are services departing from Acton, MA - Rt. 119 & 2A and arriving at Harvard via Saint James Ave @ Clarendon St and Watertown Sq Terminal. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 2h 13m.

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The distance between Acton and Harvard Square is 18 miles. The road distance is 20 miles.

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The best way to get from Acton to Harvard Square without a car is to train which takes 51 min and costs $17 - $26.

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It takes approximately 51 min to get from Acton to Harvard Square, including transfers.

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Acton to Harvard Square bus services, operated by Yankee Line, depart from Acton, MA - Rt. 119 & 2A station.

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The best way to get from Acton to Harvard Square is to train which takes 51 min and costs $17 - $26. Alternatively, you can bus and line 504 bus and line 71 bus, which costs $16 - $26 and takes 2h 13m.

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Acton to Harvard Square bus services, operated by MBTA, arrive at Harvard station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Acton to Harvard Square is 20 miles. It takes approximately 28 min to drive from Acton to Harvard Square.

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  • Distance: 17.9 miles
  • Duration: 51 min

What companies run services between Acton, MA, USA and Harvard Square, Middlesex County, MA, USA?

MBTA operates a train from South Acton to Porter every 2 hours. Tickets cost $4 - $10 and the journey takes 39 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Acton to Harvard Square via Saint James Ave @ Clarendon St, Watertown Yard, Watertown Sq Terminal, and Harvard in around 2h 13m.

Train operators
MBTA
Phone
617-222-3200
Website
mbta.com
Train from South Acton to Porter
Ave. Duration
39 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$4 - $10
Website
MBTA
Tram from Copley to Park Street
Ave. Duration
7 min
Frequency
Every 5 minutes
Estimated price
$3
Schedules at
mbta.com
Subway from Park Street to Harvard
Ave. Duration
11 min
Frequency
Every 10 minutes
Estimated price
$3
Schedules at
mbta.com
Bus operators
Yankee Line
Phone
+1 617 268 8890
Email
mail@yankeeline.us
Website
yankeeline.us
Bus from Acton, MA - Rt. 119 & 2A to Boston, MA - Copley Square
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
$12
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Yankee line
MBTA
Phone
617-222-3200
Website
mbta.com
Bus from Saint James Ave @ Clarendon St to Watertown Yard
Ave. Duration
16 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$2 - $7
Website
MBTA
Bus from Watertown Sq Terminal to Harvard
Ave. Duration
19 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$2 - $7
Website
MBTA
Other operators
Taxi from Acton to Harvard Square
Ave. Duration
28 min
Estimated price
$70 - $85

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