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There are 6 ways to get from South Station (subway) to Back Bay (Station) by train, subway, bus, taxi or foot

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Recommended option

Train  •  5 min

  1. Take the train from South Station to Back Bay Needham Line / ...

$2 - $55

Cheapest option

Line 504 bus  •  16 min

  1. Take the line 504 bus from Surface Artery @ Kneeland St to Saint James Ave @ Clarendon St 501 / ...

$2 - $7

4 alternative options

Subway  •  11 min

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

$3

Bus  •  24 min

  1. Take the bus from Boston South Buses to Copley Square Boston Commuter

$6 - $9

Taxi  •  6 min

  1. Take a taxi from South Station (subway) to Back Bay (Station) 2.9 miles

$13 - $16

Walk  •  24 min

  1. Walk from South Station (subway) to Back Bay (Station) 1.3 miles

South Station (subway) to Back Bay (Station) by train

The train journey time between South Station (subway) and Back Bay (Station) is around 5 min and covers a distance of around 1 miles. The fastest train normally takes 4 min. Operated by MBTA, Amtrak Northeast Regional and Amtrak, the South Station (subway) to Back Bay (Station) train service departs from South Station and arrives in Back Bay. Typically 569 trains run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

Train route overview

Average train time:
5 min
Fastest train time:
4 min
Trains per week:
569
Cheapest price:
$2
Carbon emissions:
0 kg CO2

First and last trains

First train departs at:
04:25
Last train departs at:
23:00

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

South Station (subway) to Back Bay (Station) train schedules

South Station (subway) → Back Bay (Station)
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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Back Bay (Station) is 800-232-4636.

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Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from South Station (subway) to Back Bay (Station) is to subway which costs $3 and takes 11 min.

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The quickest way to get from South Station (subway) to Back Bay (Station) is to train which costs $2 - $55 and takes 5 min.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Surface Artery @ Kneeland St and arriving at Saint James Ave @ Clarendon St. Services depart every 30 minutes, and operate Monday to Saturday. The journey takes approximately 5 min.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from South Station station and arriving at Back Bay. Services depart hourly, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 5 min.

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The distance between South Station (subway) and Back Bay (Station) is 1 miles.

The best way to get from South Station (subway) to Back Bay (Station) without a car is to train which takes 5 min and costs $2 - $55.

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The train from South Station to Back Bay takes 5 min including transfers and departs hourly.

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South Station (subway) to Back Bay (Station) bus services, operated by MBTA, depart from Surface Artery @ Kneeland St station.

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South Station (subway) to Back Bay (Station) train services, operated by MBTA, depart from South Station.

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The best way to get from South Station (subway) to Back Bay (Station) is to train which takes 5 min and costs $2 - $55. Alternatively, you can line 504 bus, which costs $2 - $7 and takes 16 min.

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Map of how to get from South Station (subway) to Back Bay (Station).
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  • Distance: 1.1 miles
  • Duration: 5 min

What companies run services between South Station (subway), MA, USA and Back Bay (Station), MA, USA?

MBTA operates a train from South Station to Back Bay every 20 minutes. Tickets cost $2 - $8 and the journey takes 5 min. Two other operators also service this route. Alternatively, MBTA operates a bus from Surface Artery @ Kneeland St to Saint James Ave @ Clarendon St every 30 minutes. Tickets cost $2 - $7 and the journey takes 5 min.

Train operators
MBTA
Phone
617-222-3200
Website
mbta.com
Train from South Station to Back Bay
Ave. Duration
5 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$2 - $8
Website
MBTA
Subway from Downtown Crossing to Back Bay
Ave. Duration
5 min
Frequency
Every 10 minutes
Estimated price
$3
Schedules at
mbta.com
Amtrak Northeast Regional

Amtrak’s Northeast Regional train service serves the US’ busy northeast corridor from Virginia to Massachusetts; major stops include Boston, Providence, New York City, Philadelphia, Washington DC and Baltimore. Amenities include Wi-Fi, a quiet car, cafe and business-class seating, and travelling with a small dog or cat is permitted. Book at least 14 days in advance for a cheaper Saver Fare.

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Contact Details
Phone
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Boston South Station to Boston
Ave. Duration
5 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$30 - $55
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Reserved Coach Seat
$30 - $55
Business Class Seat
$45 - $90
Amtrak

Amtrak is a rail service that connects the US and three Canadian provinces. Covering 21,000 route miles (34,000km) Amtrak operates more than 300 trains daily. These medium and long distance intercity services operate at speeds of up to 240km/h, to more than 500 destinations. Founded in 1971, it is based in Washington, D.C. and offers four classes of travel: First Class, Sleeper, Business and Coach. Ticket fares are divided into five subclasses: Saver, Value, Flexible, Business and Premium. Amtrak trains are known for their wide seats, plug-in power, big windows and storage capabilities.

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Contact Details
Phone
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Boston South Station to Boston
Ave. Duration
6 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$20 - $29
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$20 - $29
Premium
$170 - $240
Flexi Coach Seat
$26 - $40
Business Seat
$22 - $35
Bus operators
MBTA
DATTCO
Phone
1-860-229-4878
Website
dattco.com
Bus from Boston South Buses to Copley Square
Ave. Duration
15 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$6 - $9
Book at
DATTCO
Other operators
Taxi from South Station (subway) to Back Bay (Station)
Ave. Duration
6 min
Estimated price
$13 - $16
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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South Station (subway) to Back Bay (Station) bus services, operated by MBTA, arrive at Saint James Ave @ Clarendon St station.

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South Station (subway) to Back Bay (Station) train services, operated by MBTA, arrive at Back Bay station.

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