Boston Marathon updates from MBTA
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
Service Adjustments for Monday, October 11
In the interest of public safety, the MBTA may adjust service or temporarily close additional stations near the finish line.
- Copley Station is closed for the entire day. South Street, Kent Street and Saint Mary’s Street stations are closed from approximately 10 AM – 6 PM. We recommend using transit near me to find nearby stations and alternate routes
- The Red, Orange, Blue, and Silver lines will operate a regular weekday schedule, with additional service before and after the race
- All buses will operate on a regular weekday schedule, but may be detoured to accommodate the Marathon and other festivities
- All Commuter Rail lines will operate on a regular weekday schedule
- The RIDE and ferry will operate on a regular weekday schedule
Please note that bicycles are prohibited on all MBTA vehicles, all day.
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.
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.
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.