Getting Around

Walkable Boston

Boston boasts beautiful architecture, landscapes, and serene urban green spaces. Getting around is often easiest on foot, so enjoy the view and stay safe! Take a look at our interactive map to find out what’s within a 15-minute walk of HMS.

Transportation

Please see Harvard University Transit and Transportation Services in the HMS Student Handbook for information on HMS transportation, parking, the M2 Shuttle that runs between HMS/MIT/Harvard University, Zipcar, and Hubway.

Students recommend:

  • The “T” – Boston’s subway system, the T is the anchor of the MBTA, which also includes an extensive bus network. More info below.
  • Lyft/Uber – Costs just a bit more than the T
  • Running – A great way to integrate commuting and fitness
  • Walking – A good option for early morning rotations
  • Biking – Another good option for early morning rotations. See HMS biking and HMS bike parking map.
  • Free shuttle services – The M2 and other Longwood shuttles are especially convenient during preclinical coursework. 
  • ZipCar – Car sharing ideal for day trips and bulk shopping

Discounted TPass

The MBTA Semester Program is a school managed pre-paid program offering an 11% discount on passes to HMS students. Passes are purchased as a four-month bundle available both in the Fall (for September - December) and/or the Spring (for February - May). Students are notified about the program by email in early August (for Fall pass) and in December (for Spring pass) with a deadline soon after. The bundle TPass requires advanced payment administered by the HMS Financial Aid Office. Payment cannot be deducted from a student’s term bill account. Specific pricing is also posted here in August and December.