Boston Marathon Guide

October 7, 2021

    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.

    Please note that bicycles are prohibited on all MBTA vehicles, all day.

    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

    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.