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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 Patriots' Day—the third Monday in April. The 123rd Boston Marathon is April 15, 2019.

Spectators can access almost the entire marathon course on the MBTA. For added convenience, all subway lines and the Silver Line will run additional service before and after the marathon. 

We're also offering a $15 Marathon Pass for Commuter Rail. The unlimited all-day pass is valid for all Commuter Rail lines and zones. Learn more about paying your fare.

We want to ensure your safety along the course. Additional MBTA staff and Transit Police will be available at MBTA stations throughout the day. Here are some other things you should know about using the T on Marathon Monday.

Are you running in the marathon? Learn more about getting to the starting line.

Marathon Route

Many stops along the Framingham/Worcester Line are less than a half-mile from the course, and the Green Line C Branch runs parallel to it.

Download PDF of the marathon route

Paying for Your Trip

We offer unlimited travel passes, including a $15 Marathon Pass for Commuter Rail, to help you get around.

We recommend loading enough money on your CharlieCard or CharlieTicket ahead of time, and paying with a credit or debit card, to reduce lines in stations.


Driving to the finish line is not recommended. Parking restrictions will be in place throughout Back Bay 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 – $9, and you can pay in cash, credit, or on your phone.

Learn more about PayByPhone

You can check availability at some of the busiest MBTA garages on Twitter @MBTA_Parking.

For Runners

Marathon runner in Coolidge Corner

There are 30,000 official entrants for the 2019 Boston Marathon, many from Massachusetts, and many more from across the country and the world. If you’re running this year, congratulations! Here are some things to keep in mind.

Getting to the Starting Line

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

MBTA service starts around 5 AM, and there are several options for getting to the BAA pick-up point on Charles Street.

Visiting Boston?

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

Check out our visitor guide

For Spectators 

There’s nothing like taking in the sights of the marathon on Patriots’ Day, along the course or at the finish line.

Plus, you can take the bus and subway all day with our 1-day pass—or use our special $15 Marathon Pass to hop on and off the Commuter Rail all day. Note, this pass is not valid on the subway and bus.

We will be running additional trains on the Framingham/Worcester Line to accommodate more riders. All other Commuter Rail lines will operate a regular weekday schedule.

See a schedule of additional trains

Along the Course

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

The Red Sox have a home game at 11:05 AM on Patriots’ Day, so trains and stations may be especially crowded before and after the game.

At the Finish Line

Marathon spectators

For fans and family who want to be in the heart of it all, the finish line is one of the most popular spots. It's in front of the Boston Public Library near Copley Square, and there are several ways to get there.

Please be aware of security restrictions in the area on Marathon Monday.

Etiquette and Safety

Please follow these guidelines to ensure everyone’s safety and comfort.

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

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