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There are 5 ways to get from Back Bay (Station) to Harvard Square by subway, bus, taxi or foot

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Recommended option

Subway  •  22 min

  1. Take the subway from Back Bay to Downtown Crossing Orange Line
  2. Take the subway from Downtown Crossing to Harvard Red Line

$3

Cheapest option

Line 1 bus  •  38 min

  1. Take the line 1 bus from Massachusetts Ave @ Clearway St to Massachusetts Ave @ Holyoke St 1

$2 - $7

3 alternative options

Line 1 bus via Massachusetts Ave @ St Botolph St  •  39 min

  1. Take the line 1 bus from Massachusetts Ave @ St Botolph St to Massachusetts Ave @ Holyoke St 1

$2 - $7

Taxi  •  6 min

  1. Take a taxi from Back Bay (Station) to Harvard Square 4 miles

$17 - $21

Walk  •  1h 9m

  1. Walk from Back Bay (Station) to Harvard Square 3.6 miles

Back Bay (Station) to Harvard Square by walk and bus

The journey time between Back Bay (Station) and Harvard Square is around 18 min and covers a distance of around 4 miles. The fastest journey normally takes 12 min. Services are operated by MBTA. Typically 977 services run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

Route overview

Average journey time:
18 min
Fastest journey time:
12 min
Journey distance:
4 miles
Services per week:
977
Cheapest price:
$2
Carbon emissions:
0 kg CO2

First and last service

First service departs at:
00:00
Last service departs at:
23:57

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Back Bay (Station) to Harvard Square walk and bus schedules

Back Bay (Station) → Harvard Square
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Last updated: 28 Jul 2021
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The cheapest way to get from Back Bay (Station) to Harvard Square is to subway which costs $3 and takes 22 min.

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The quickest way to get from Back Bay (Station) to Harvard Square is to taxi which costs $17 - $21 and takes 6 min.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Massachusetts Ave @ Clearway St and arriving at Massachusetts Ave @ Holyoke St. Services depart every 15 minutes, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 19 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Back Bay (Station) to Harvard Square. However, there are services departing from Back Bay and arriving at Harvard via Downtown Crossing. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 22 min.

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The distance between Back Bay (Station) and Harvard Square is 3 miles.

The best way to get from Back Bay (Station) to Harvard Square without a car is to subway which takes 22 min and costs $3.

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It takes approximately 22 min to get from Back Bay (Station) to Harvard Square, including transfers.

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Back Bay (Station) to Harvard Square bus services, operated by MBTA, depart from Massachusetts Ave @ Clearway St station.

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Back Bay (Station) to Harvard Square train services, operated by MBTA, depart from Back Bay station.

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Back Bay (Station) to Harvard Square bus services, operated by MBTA, arrive at Massachusetts Ave @ Holyoke St station.

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Map of how to get from Back Bay (Station) to Harvard Square.
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  • Distance: 2.9 miles
  • Duration: 22 min

What companies run services between Back Bay (Station), MA, USA and Harvard Square, Middlesex County, MA, USA?

You can take a vehicle from Back Bay (Station) to Harvard Square via Downtown Crossing and Harvard in around 22 min. Alternatively, MBTA operates a bus from Massachusetts Ave @ Clearway St to Massachusetts Ave @ Holyoke St every 15 minutes. Tickets cost $2 - $7 and the journey takes 19 min.

Train operators
MBTA
Phone
617-222-3200
Website
mbta.com
Subway from Back Bay to Downtown Crossing
Ave. Duration
5 min
Frequency
Every 10 minutes
Estimated price
$3
Schedules at
mbta.com
Subway from Downtown Crossing to Harvard
Ave. Duration
14 min
Frequency
Every 10 minutes
Estimated price
$0
Schedules at
mbta.com
Bus operators
MBTA
Phone
617-222-3200
Website
mbta.com
Bus from Massachusetts Ave @ Clearway St to Massachusetts Ave @ Holyoke St
Ave. Duration
19 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$2 - $7
Website
MBTA
Bus from Massachusetts Ave @ St Botolph St to Massachusetts Ave @ Holyoke St
Ave. Duration
21 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$2 - $7
Website
MBTA
Other operators
Taxi from Back Bay (Station) to Harvard Square
Ave. Duration
6 min
Estimated price
$17 - $21
Top Cab
Phone
+1 617-266-4800
Metro Cab
Phone
+1 617-782-5500
Website
boston-cab.com
Boston Cab
Phone
+1 617-536-5010
Website
bostoncab.us

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