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Bringing Your Bike on the Train

Follow these tips for a smooth ride on the MBTA subway or Commuter Rail with your bike:

  • Enter the station through the widest fare gate
  • Walk or carry your bike on the stairs, or use the elevator to get to the platform
  • Don't take your bike on the escalator
  • Don't ride your bike in the station

Boarding Trains

subway Subway

  • Board at the end of the car
  • Only two bikes are allowed on each car, one at either end

commuter rail Commuter Rail

Follow the conductor's instructions to board with your bike.

  • Bikes are allowed on trains that display a bike symbol at the top of the schedule
  • Bikes are not allowed on trains arriving in Boston 6:30–10 AM, or departing Boston 3:30–7 PM
  • Up to four bikes may be permitted per open coach on off-peak trains, but may be prohibited on any train if coaches become too crowded
  • Bikes must never be stored or placed in the outer vestibule between coaches
  • When fully folded, folding bikes are allowed on trains at all times

Please wait for the next train if:

  • The current train is too crowded to accommodate a bike
  • The maximum number of bikes has already boarded
  • A senior or person with a disability needs the priority space on the car or coach

In an emergency, leave your bike on the train and keep it clear of aisles and doors so that other passengers can evacuate.

If a service disruption requires that shuttle buses replace trains, bike racks may not be available near the shuttle bus stops. 

Things to Know

  • Bikes must be attended at all times 
  • They must be stored in designated areas at the end of the coach or car 
  • Bikes must never obstruct or inhibit movement of other passengers 
  • A bike must never be placed on a seat 
  • Cyclists under 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian 
  • Riders with disabilities may bring bikes on subway and Commuter Rail vehicles at all times when bikes are used to accommodate a disability 
  • Bikes are considered to be mobility devices when used by people with disabilities 
  • Seniors and people with disabilities have priority over bikes 
  • Riders who fail to abide by these rules or who refuse to follow instructions from MBTA officials may be directed to leave the train 

Bikes on the Bus

A person secures a bicycle on the bike rack on the front of a bus at Haymarket station

You may also bring a bike on the bus by securing it to the bike rack on the front of the vehicle. 

Register Your Bike

A closed pedal and park bike station with bikes parked inside at Forest Hills station

Fill out our online form to register your CharlieCard and use Pedal and Park facilities.

Bike Parking

A pedal and park bike facility with bikes locked inside at Back Bay station

Many MBTA stations have various options for parking bikes, including regular bike racks, covered bike racks, and Pedal and Park facilities.

Bikes on the Bus

A person secures a bicycle on the bike rack on the front of a bus at Haymarket station

You may also bring a bike on the bus by securing it to the bike rack on the front of the vehicle. 

Register Your Bike

A closed pedal and park bike station with bikes parked inside at Forest Hills station

Fill out our online form to register your CharlieCard and use Pedal and Park facilities.

Bike Parking

A pedal and park bike facility with bikes locked inside at Back Bay station

Many MBTA stations have various options for parking bikes, including regular bike racks, covered bike racks, and Pedal and Park facilities.