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There are 4 ways to get from Harvard Square to Needham by bus, subway, train, taxi or car

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Line 71 bus, line 59 bus  •  1h 40m

  1. Take the line 71 bus from Harvard to Watertown Sq Terminal 71
  2. Take the line 59 bus from Watertown Sq Terminal to Highland Ave @ May St 59

$2 - $6

3 alternative options

Subway, train  •  1h 48m

  1. Take the subway from Harvard to South Station Red Line
  2. Take the train from South Station to Needham Center Needham Line

$6 - $12

Taxi  •  18 min

  1. Take a taxi from Harvard Square to Needham 11.5 miles

$40 - $55

Drive  •  18 min

  1. Drive from Harvard Square to Needham 11.5 miles

$1 - $2

Harvard Square to Needham by walk and bus

The journey time between Harvard Square and Needham is around 1h 37m and covers a distance of around 12 miles. The fastest journey normally takes 51 min. Operated by MBTA, the Harvard Square to Needham service departs from Harvard Square and arrives in Highland Ave @ May St. Typically 10 services run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

Route overview

Average journey time:
1h 37m
Fastest journey time:
51 min
Services per week:
10
Cheapest price:
$2
Carbon emissions:
2 kg CO2

First and last service

First service departs at:
01:07
Last service departs at:
17:52

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Harvard Square to Needham walk and bus schedules

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Domestic travel is not restricted, but some conditions may apply

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Wearing a face mask on public transport in Needham is recommended.

The social distance requirement in Needham is 2 metres.

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The cheapest way to get from Harvard Square to Needham is to drive which costs $1 - $2 and takes 18 min.

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The quickest way to get from Harvard Square to Needham is to taxi which costs $40 - $55 and takes 18 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Harvard Square to Needham. However, there are services departing from Harvard and arriving at Highland Ave @ May St via Watertown Sq Terminal. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 1h 40m.

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No, there is no direct train from Harvard Square to Needham. However, there are services departing from Harvard and arriving at Needham Center via South Station. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 1h 48m.

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The distance between Harvard Square and Needham is 9 miles. The road distance is 11.5 miles.

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The best way to get from Harvard Square to Needham without a car is to line 71 bus and line 59 bus which takes 1h 40m and costs $2 - $7.

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It takes approximately 1h 40m to get from Harvard Square to Needham, including transfers.

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Harvard Square to Needham bus services, operated by MBTA, depart from Harvard station.

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Harvard Square to Needham train services, operated by MBTA, depart from Harvard station.

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Harvard Square to Needham bus services, operated by MBTA, arrive at Highland Ave @ May St station.

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Map of how to get from Harvard Square to Needham.
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  • Distance: 8.6 miles
  • Duration: 1h 40m

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

You can take a bus from Harvard Square to Needham via Harvard and Watertown Sq Terminal in around 1h 40m.

Train operators
MBTA
Phone
617-222-3200
Website
mbta.com
Subway from Harvard to South Station
Ave. Duration
14 min
Frequency
Every 10 minutes
Estimated price
$3
Schedules at
mbta.com
Train from South Station to Needham Center
Ave. Duration
34 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$3 - $9
Website
MBTA
Bus operators
MBTA
Phone
617-222-3200
Website
mbta.com
Bus from Harvard to Watertown Sq Terminal
Ave. Duration
21 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$2 - $7
Website
MBTA
Bus from Watertown Sq Terminal to Highland Ave @ May St
Ave. Duration
36 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$0
Website
MBTA
Other operators
Taxi from Harvard Square to Needham
Ave. Duration
18 min
Estimated price
$40 - $55
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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Harvard Square to Needham train services, operated by MBTA, arrive at Needham Center station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Harvard Square to Needham is 11 miles. It takes approximately 18 min to drive from Harvard Square to Needham.

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