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Boston Marathon

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The Boston Marathon is one of our city’s great traditions, bringing thousands of runners and visitors to the area each Patriots' Day—the third Monday in April. The 2018 Boston Marathon will take place on April 16, 2018.

You can access almost the entire marathon course on the MBTA. To make traveling along the route easier, the T runs extra service and offers special passes for visitors.

Please note, a number of items are prohibited near the starting line, finish line, and along the course on Marathon Monday. Read the spectator guidelines for more information.

Getting to the Marathon

  • Starting Line: For runners looking to catch the BAA buses to Hopkinton
  • Course: For spectators searching for the perfect spot to cheer on the marathoners
  • Finish Line: For families of runners and fans who want to be in the heart of it all

The Starting Line - Hopkinton, MA

The only guaranteed transportation for runners from downtown Boston to the starting line are the Boston Athletic Association buses that leave from Charles Street, between the Boston Common and Public Garden. 

To take public transit to the pickup point, you have a range of options:

The Course

There are plenty of great viewing (and cheering!) locations accessible by public transit:

Learn about our 2 passes for the marathon and take the T all day

Check out the MBTA/Keolis Marathon viewing map to stake out your stop:
Marathon course map showing how it aligns with the Commuter Rail Worcester Line and the Green Line

The Finish Line - Boylston Street, Boston, MA

Situated in front of the Boston Public Library, just off Copley Square, the finish line of the Boston Marathon is one of the most popular spots for spectators and families of runners. 

Please keep in mind, there are security restrictions in place for this area on Marathon Monday.

Additional Service 

The T runs extra service to accommodate the large number of spectators:

Changes to Service

Marathon MBTA Passes

Find full MBTA fares and passes information

The T offers 2 types of unlimited travel passes to help visitors get around easily on Marathon Monday.

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