Boston Commuting Guide

The following is a brief guide to commuting to Boston, including estimated travel times, schedules, costs, and parking availability.

 

Town

Estimated Drive Time
to Boston*

Estimated Commute Time
Via Train**

Train / Subway Station
Details***

Acton

45-60 min

32 min to Porter Square
42 min to North Station

South Acton station
10 Central St, Acton, MA

Fares: $8.75/ride
Parking spaces: 287 parking spaces
Parking rate: $2.50

Brookline

10-15 min

The Green line travels to the following stops in Boston:
2-3 min to Longwood Station
3-4 min to Fenway Station
7-8 min to Kenmore Square
10-11 min to Hynes Convention Cntr
14-15 min to Copley Station
15-16 min to Arlington St.
16-17 min to Boylston St.
20-21 min to Government Center

Brookline Hills station (subway)
Next to Brookline High School near Cypress and Tappan Streets

Brookline Village station (subway)
On Station Street off Harvard Street between Route 9 and Washington Street, next to Hearthstone Plaza

Fares: $2.00/one-way
Parking: No MBTA parking

Concord

35-50 min

From Concord:
25 min to Porter Square
35 min to North Station

From West Concord:
31 min to Porter Square
41 min to North Station

Concord station
90 Thoreau St.
Fares: $8.00/ride (both Concord stations)
Parking spaces: 86
Parking rate: Free

West Concord station
Commonwealth Ave and Main St
Parking spaces: 147
Parking rate: $4.00

Dover

45-60 min

34 min to Back Bay
40 min to South Station

Wellesley Square station
1 Grove St, Wellesley
Parking spaces: 224
Parking rate: $4.50

Framingham

30-50 min

38 min to Back Bay
44 min to South Station

Framingham station
Irving and Concord Streets
Fares: $8.00/ride
Parking spaces: 166
Parking rate: $4.00

Holliston

50-70 min

From Framingham:
38 min to Back Bay
44 min to South Station

From Ashland:
50 minutes to Back Bay
56 minutes to South Station

No train service in town. The closest train stations are in Framingham and Ashland.

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Hopkinton

45-60 min

55 minutes to Back Bay
60 minutes to South Station

Fares: $8.75/ride

Southborough station
87 Southville Rd, Southborough
Parking spaces: 364
Parking rate: $4.00

Ashland station
One Pleasant St, Ashland
Parking spaces: 678
Parking rate: $4.00

Lincoln

30-45 min

28 minutes to Porter Square
39 minutes to North Station

Lincoln station
160 Lincoln Rd
Fare: $7.25/ride
Parking spaces: 161
Parking rate: $3.00

Natick

30-45 min

From Natick:
33 minutes to Back Bay
39 minutes to South Station

From West Natick:
31 minutes to Back Bay
37 minutes to South Station

Natick station
1 Walnut St.

Fare: $7.25/ride
Parking spaces: 71 (Permit required)
Parking rate: $600/year Natick resident; $700/year non-residents

West Natick station
249 W Central St.

Fare: $7.25/ride
Parking spaces: 178
Parking rate: $4.00

Newton

10-20 min

From Auburndale:
17 minutes to Yawkey Station
23 minutes to Back Bay
29 minutes to South Station

From West Newton:
14 minutes to Yawkey Station
20 minutes to Back Bay
26 minutes to South Station

From Newtonville:
10 minutes to Yawkey Station
16 minutes to Back Bay
22 minutes to South Station

You can also take the Green line (subway) from Newton Centre or Newton Highlands to the following stops in Boston:
12-14 min to Longwood Station
13-15 min to Fenway Station
17-19 min to Kenmore Square
20-22 min to Hynes Convention Cntr
24-26 min to Copley Station

25-27 min to Arlington St.
26-28 min to Boylston St.
30-32 min to Government Center

Auburndale station

Fare: $6.00/ride
Parking spaces: 35
Parking rate: $4.00

West Newton station
1395 Washington St

Fare: $6.00/ride
Parking spaces: 45
Parking rate: $4.00

Newtonville station
770 Washington St

Fare: $5.50
Parking spaces: 54
Parking rate: 75 cents/hour

Newton Centre (subway – Green line)
Union Street between Herrick Street and Langley Road, near Newton Centre Shopping area
Fares: $2.00/one-way
Parking: No MBTA parking

Newton Highlands (subway – Green Line)
At Lincoln and Walnut Streets near Newton Highlands Shopping area
Fares: $2.00/one-way
Parking: No MBTA parking

Sherborn

35-50 min

From West Natick:
31 minutes to Back Bay
37 minutes to South Station

From Wellesley Square:
34 min to Back Bay
40 min to South Station

The closest train stations are West Natick and Wellesley Square.

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Sudbury

35-50 min

From South Acton:
32 min to Porter Square
42 min to North Station

From Concord:
25 min to Porter Square
35 min to North Station

From West Concord:
31 min to Porter Square
41 min to North Station

The closest train stations are South Acton, Concord and West Concord.

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Wayland

25-40 min

From Natick:
33 min to Back Bay 39 min to South Station

The closest train station is in Natick.

Natick station
1 Walnut St.
Parking spaces: 71 (Town permit required, lot is 3 ½ blocks from the train)
Parking rate: $600/year Natick resident; $700/year non-residents

Wellesley

20-30 min

From Wellesley Farms:
27 min to Back Bay
33 min to South Station

From Wellesley Hills:
31 min to Back Bay
37 min to South Station

From Wellesley Square:
34 min to Back Bay
40 min to South Station

There are some limited stops from Wellesley stations to Boston’s Yawkey station. Travel time 29-40 min.

Train fares: $6.75/ride (All three Wellesley stations)

Wellesley Farms station
90 Croton St
Parking spaces: 199
Parking rate: $4.50

Wellesley Hills station
339 Washington St
Parking spaces: 51
Parking rate: $4.50

Wellesley Square station
1 Grove St
Parking spaces: 224
Parking rate: $4.50

Weston

20-30 min

From Silver Hill:
27 minutes to Porter Square
38 minutes to North Station

From Hastings station:
23 minutes to Porter Square
35 minutes to North Station

From Kendall Green station:
21 minutes to Porter Square
33 minutes to North Station

There are also several buses departing from Waltham and Newton heading into Boston.

Silver Hill station
Silver Hill Rd and Merriam St

Fare: $6.75/ride
No parking

Hastings Station
105 Viles St.

Fare: $6.75/ride
Parking spaces: 6
Parking rate: Free

Kendall Green
205 Church St

Fare: $6.75/ride
Parking spaces: 57
Parking rate: Free


*Estimated drive times. We recommend allowing extra time during heavy commuting hours or bad weather.
**Based on express trains on weekday schedule. Visit www.mbta.com for details on additional schedule times.

*** Train station unless otherwise noted

Note: The Framingham line (stations in Worcester, Grafton, Westboro, Southborough, Framingham, Natick, West. Natick, and Wellesley) also has limited service to Yawkey Way but not on the express trains.

If you spend more than $150 on train/subway passes, you may be eligible for a tax deduction. Ask your tax preparer for details. [Source: Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA)]