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Boston Marathon Guide

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About the Boston Marathon

The Boston Marathon draws thousands of runners and spectators each year. The 125th Boston Marathon will take place on Monday, October 11, 2021. There will also be a virtual race the weekend of October 8 – 10, 2021.

Take the T to the Marathon

The MBTA may adjust service or temporarily close stations near the finish line in the interest of public safety on Marathon Monday.

See all MBTA alerts for service adjustments

Getting to the Finish Line

For spectators and runners, the finish line is the heart of the Boston Marathon—both before, during, and after the race. Located near the Boston Public Library on Boylston Street, there are several MBTA subway and bus stops nearby.

In the interest of safety, security restrictions and MBTA service adjustments may be in place the day of the marathon.

Plan a trip to the finish line

Viewing locations along the route

Many of the best viewing (and cheering!) spots along the route are accessible from the T. Parts of the Framingham/Worcester Line are less than a half mile from the course, and the Green Line C Branch runs parallel to it.

Find a T stop near your viewing spot below, and then use our trip planner to find out how to get there.

Download PDF of the marathon route

Getting to the starting line

Official transportation to the starting line for marathon participants is provided by the Boston Athletic Association. Buses leave from Charles Street, between Boston Common and the Public Garden.

The first buses load at 7:15 AM, and MBTA service starts around 5 AM.

Plan a trip to the BAA buses

Paying for Your Trip

We recommend loading enough money on a CharlieCard or CharlieTicket early in the day, and paying with a credit or debit card to reduce lines in stations.

We are also offering a $15 Marathon Pass for Commuter Rail. The unlimited all-day pass is valid for all Commuter Rail lines and zones.

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Choose your origin and destination to calculate your fare with our Trip Planner.

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Driving to the finish line or other spectator areas is not recommended. Parking restrictions along the route may be in place leading up to and on the day of the marathon.

You can park at an MBTA station and take the subway or Commuter Rail in. Daily parking rates are $2 – $15, and you can pay in cash, credit, or on your phone.

Find a station and check rates

Tip! Check parking availability at some of the busiest MBTA garages on Twitter @MBTA_Parking

Visiting Boston?

We've put together a guide with everything visitors need to know about riding the MBTA. 

Check out our visitor guide
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Etiquette and Safety

To ensure your safety along the course, additional MBTA staff and Transit Police will be available at MBTA stations throughout the day. Please follow these guidelines to ensure everyone’s safety and comfort.

If you need to report an emergency, please call 911 or the Transit Police at 617-222-1212.

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Fare Calculator

Choose your origin and destination to calculate your fare with our Trip Planner.

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Ride Safer

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As Massachusetts reopens following the pandemic, we’re committed to keeping you safe on public transportation.

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More Guides

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