Directions & parking

Directions and parking

Need directions to MIT?

The MIT campus map has directions for getting to MIT.

**TRAFFIC ALERT, Summer 2017**: The Massachusetts Department of Transportation is conducting a major project. The Commonwealth Avenue Bridge will be removed and replaced, work that will have a rippling impact on the Mass Pike, surface vehicular traffic, and trains in the Boston area. Visitors are urged not to underestimate the impact of this work. Please see MassDOT for the complete schedule of road closures.

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Parking in Cambridge and Boston can be expensive and hard to find. Whenever possible, park your car at the hotel and use public transportation to get to the MIT campus. If you must drive to the campus, on- and off-street parking is available for a fee, but most public parking is not very close to the center of the MIT campus. More parking information is available from Parkopedia.

Visiting prospective students may park in designated areas on a first-come, first-served basis.

Public transportation

Boston’s public transportation system, the MBTA, known as “the T”, was the first subway in the United States and continues to be one of the easiest ways to get around Boston/Cambridge. Public transportation fares and schedules may be found at the MBTA website.

Nearest subway stops and bus routes

Subway stops

Take the Red Line to one of the following stops, which are the nearest to MIT’s campus:

Bus routes

  • MBTA #1 bus (Route runs back and forth along Mass Ave from Harvard Square to Dudley Square in Boston)
  • MBTA CT1 bus (Similar to the #1 bus, but with a shorter route and limited stops; runs back and forth along Mass Ave from Central Square to Boston Medical Center)

EZ Ride shuttle

The EZ Ride shuttle runs to and from Boston’s North Station, with stops at Kendall Square and around MIT’s campus (Note: the EZRide is not operated by the MBTA; Fare is $2 cash per trip). Route maps and schedules are available online.

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