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Boston Marathon


The MBTA is proud to host thousands of Boston Marathon spectators and runners every year as they travel throughout Boston. To make traveling around the city easier on race day, we’ve designed a special Boston Marathon viewing map, offer premium Marathon Day fares, and provide extra service in and out of Boston so you can take the T to your favorite Marathon-viewing spot!

Official MBTA/Keolis Viewing Map

Find the best spots on the T to cheer on the Marathon runners! We've highlighted stations closes to the Marathon route along the Green Line and Worcester Commuter Rail Line so you can decide on the best locale for you.

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On Your Mark! To the Starting Line

The only guaranteed mode of transportation for official Marathon runners from downtown Boston on race day is the authorized Boston Athletic Association buses that load on the Tremont Street-side of the Boston Common, easily accessed on the T at Boylston Street Station (Green Line), Park Street Station (Green and Red Lines), Chinatown Station (Orange Line), Downtown Crossing Station (Orange and Red Lines), and State Street Station (Orange and Blue Lines). 

Paying Your Fare

Interested in traveling to more than one location on the Marathon route? We've got your covered! These fares allow you to hop on and off the T all day:

  • $20 Worcester Line All-Day Marathon Pass: Allows for unlimited travel up and down the Marathon route and back home for one flat rate on the Worcester Line only. This pass is available for purchase before and the day of the Marathon onboard Worcester Line trains and from ticket offices at North, South, and Back Bay Stations.
  • $12 One-Day Pass for Subway and Bus: This unlimited one-day travel pass can be purchased from any fare vending machine. This pass is valid for twenty-four hours from the time it is purchased, making travel in and out of the MBTA stations quick and easy.

All other fare information can be found at our Fares and Passes page.

Service Schedules 

Every year, the MBTA enhances subway service to rush-hour levels and provides extra trains on the Worcester Line to best accommodate extra travelers. Many bus routes are also re-routed or diverted due to street closures around the Marathon route. See for complete subway, bus, commuter rail, RIDE, commuter boat/ferry, and parking information prior to the Marathon. 

Prohibited Items

  • "No bags" policy: No bags or backpacks on BAA buses from Boston to Hopkinton for official Marathon participants, near the starting line, the finish line in Boston, and in some areas along the course
  • No large items, including coolers on wheels, near the starting line, finish line, or along the course
  • No cans or bottles near the starting line, finish line, or along the course