Transportation

Location
Cambridge, MA
Undergrads
6,652
Tuition
$42,292
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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5 College Freshman

Transportation: Walking or taking the shuttles is the primary way of getting around. Everything is within a 15 minute walk. To get to places outside of the Harvard bubble, the T is your best (and cheapest) bet.

5 College Freshman

Transportation: The subway and buses are very reliable and convenient. The city is very pedestrian friendly. There is a lot to do on and around campus, but reliable public transportation makes it easy to venture off campus.

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5 College Freshman

Transportation: Harvard shuttles go everywhere you want, they're wicked nice, and they're frequent enough to be practical. The T has a stop legit 20 seconds from the Yard, so that's a solid backup; the subway goes literally everywhere for $2 (and can get you from the airport to Harvard for free). Several taxi stands in the Square, but I'm more about Uber. ZipCar has some deal with Harvard where students get a bargain price.

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5 College Sophomore

Transportation: The subway runs from Boston Logan airport directly into the center of Harvard for free. And it is $2 to get from the subway at Harvard to the airport. And it takes max 30 minutes. Very simple and easy.

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5 College Freshman

Transportation: Being right in Harvard Square, you can get anywhere quickly and inexpensively. There is a T stop less than a two minute walk from my dorm room, and from there I can easily get to South Station (for buses and trains) and Logan Airport for $2/ride with my Charlie Card.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 124th
    Most Easily Accessible Town
  • 234th
    Best Campus Transit
  • 1326th
    Best Car Campuses

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Dominic Hood
Hometown
New Orleans, La.
Major
Psychology
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Students frequently utilize public transportation in Boston, and almost always give nothing but high marks for the system. Boston’s public transportation provides Harvard students with a reliable and safe method of reaching almost anywhere they wish to go. The local T has frequent stops throughout Cambridge and Boston, while the commuter rail takes students throughout Massachusetts and as far as Providence, RI. Moreover, the MBTA bus system provides additional routes throughout the area.

Public transportation in Boston is inescapable because the expense of parking and maintaining a car can be just as absurd as the rates that Boston cabbies charge. Harvard students benefit greatly from this resource, especially because the Harvard T stop sits in the exact center of Harvard Square, providing all points on campus easy access to wherever they need to be.

Facts & Statistics

Best Ways to Get Around Town
  • MBTA T system
  • Taxi cabs
Best Ways to Get to the Airport
  • A cab ride to the airport
  • Take the T Red Line to the Park Street stop. Transfer to the Green Line and take it to the Government Center stop. Transfer to the Blue Line and take it to the Airport stop.

Safety Escort ServicesWhat's This?

Campus Escort Program (HUCEP)
(617) 384-8237
Sunday–Thursday 10:30 p.m.–2 a.m., Thursday–Saturday 10:30 p.m.–3 p.m.

Campus ShuttleWhat's This?

University Shuttle Service

The shuttle runs through the Cambridge and Allston campuses.

(617) 495-0400

(617) 496-6642 TTY

Daily 9 a.m.–2 a.m.

Public TransitWhat's This?

MBTA (Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority)

The MBTA offers buses and the T.

(617) 222-3200 customer service

(800) 392-6100

(617) 222-5146 TTY

10 Park Plaza, Suite 3910, Boston

www.mbta.com

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

Logan Airport (BOS)

This airport is just a few subway stops away from campus.

1 Harborside Drive, Boston

(800) 235-6426

www.massport.com/logan

Nearest Passenger BusWhat's This?

Greyhound

700 Atlantic Ave., Boston

(617) 526-1801

www.greyhound.com

Nearest Passenger TrainWhat's This?

Amtrak

145 Dartmouth St., Boston

(800) 872-7245

www.amtrak.com

Student Polls

How convenient is the campus-provided transportation?    Based on 27 responses

  • 7% Nonexistent.
  • 0% Extremely difficult to utilize-it's not reliable nor is it convenient for a student's schedule.
  • 4% Moderately difficult to utilize, the pick-up times and locations are far and few between.
  • 15% Somewhat accessible with a schedule that usually parallels class times.
  • 74% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.

How necessary is it to have a car on campus?    Based on 27 responses

  • 0% You can't have a car here.
  • 70% Cars are totally pointless. Everything you need is within walking distance.
  • 22% Students usually walk or take the bus, but cars are nice for venturing outside the bus line.
  • 4% The shuttle/bus service often fails to meet student needs, so a car is very practical.
  • 4% Campus is isolated, so students rely mostly on cars to get them where they need to go.

How easy is it to get around town?    Based on 27 responses

  • 0% Very difficult.
  • 4% Fairly difficult.
  • 30% Fairly easy.
  • 67% Very easy.

Rate the cost of the following transit options    Based on 24 responses

Non-applicable
Free
  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of the following transit options    Based on 23 responses

Non-applicable
Very convenient
  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of long-distance transportation to travel between home and school    Based on 23 responses

Non-applicable
Very convenient
  • Airport
  • Passenger bus
  • Passenger train
  • Ride sharing
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