Marathon Monday Transportation Tips from the MBTA

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The 123rd Boston Marathon will take place on Patriots’ Day, April 15, 2019. The MBTA provided information about getting around during the marathon, and getting to the finish line in Copley Square. See the info below.

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.

On Patriots’ Day, Monday, April 15, the MBTA is offering a special $15 Marathon Pass valid for all-day, unlimited travel on all Commuter Rail lines through all zones. This special $15 Marathon Pass is available for purchase today through April 15 on the mTicket app and Wednesday, April 10, through April 15 from ticket offices at North, South, and Back Bay Stations. The $15 Marathon Pass is also available aboard trains via cash or credit card on April 15 only.

CharlieCards preloaded with $5 roundtrip subway fare will also be available for purchase by credit or debit card only from Transit Ambassadors at Alewife, Back Bay, Braintree, Fenway, Quincy Adams, or Riverside Stations on April 15. Customers traveling around Boston on Marathon Monday are also encouraged to purchase a $12 1-Day Link pass valid for unlimited subway and bus travel, which are available from any station fare vending machine and valid for twenty-four hours after purchase.

To find the best Marathon viewing location on the T, customers are encouraged to visit the MBTA’s Boston Marathon Guide, which highlights MBTA stations closest to the Marathon route and includes helpful information on purchasing fares, parking, and more.

Due to safety concerns, Copley Station is closed for the entire day on April 15. Customers are instead encouraged to use Arlington Station (serving all Green Line branches), Prudential Station (Green Line E branch), Hynes Convention Center Station (Green Line B, C, and D branches), or Back Bay Station on the Orange Line. From approximately 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., above-ground Green Line stops at South Street (B branch), Kent Street (C branch), and St. Mary’s Street (C branch) will be closed.

The Red, Orange, Blue, and Silver Lines will operate a regular weekday schedule with rush-hour levels of service before and after the race with no scheduled station closures.

Buses and trackless trolleys will operate a regular weekday schedule on April 15, though some bus routes will be detoured to accommodate the Marathon and other festivities. Pre-marathon events are also scheduled the weekend prior, resulting in route adjustments to various bus routes in and around Copley Square. Customers are encouraged to subscribe to T-Alerts and check theMBTA website for more information on these changes.

All commuter rail lines will operate a regular weekday schedule with additional trains on the Framingham/Worcester Line to support additional crowds. Additional train times are listed below:

Ashland10:10 a.m.10:40 a.m.—-
Framingham10:21 a.m.10:51 a.m.—-
West Natick10:26 a.m.10:56 a.m.—-
Natick10:32 a.m.11:02 a.m.—-
Wellesley Square10:38 a.m.11:08 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Wellesley Hills10:43 a.m.11:13 a.m.12:34 p.m.
Wellesley Farms10:47 a.m.11:17 a.m.12:38 p.m.
Auburndale10:53 a.m.11:23 a.m.12:43 p.m.
West Newton10:57 a.m.11:27 a.m.12:48 p.m.
Newtonville11:02 a.m.11:32 a.m.12:52 p.m.
Boston Landing11:07 a.m.*11:37 a.m.*12:57 p.m.*
Lansdowne11:12 a.m.*11:42 a.m.*1:02 p.m.*
Back Bay11:17 a.m.*11:47 a.m.*1:07 p.m.
SOUTH STATIONArrives at 11:22 a.m.Arrives at 11:52 a.m.Arrives at 1:12 p.m.
SOUTH STATION9:10 a.m.11:30 a.m.
Back Bay9:16 a.m.11:36 a.m.
Lansdowne9:21 a.m.11:41 a.m.
Boston Landing9:26 a.m.11:46 a.m.
West Newton—-—-
Wellesley Farms9:35 a.m.11:55 a.m.
Wellesley Hills9:38 a.m.11:58 a.m.
Wellesley Square9:41 a.m.12:01 p.m.
Natick9:46 a.m.—-
West Natick9:51 a.m.—-
Framingham9:54 a.m.—-
AshlandArrives at 10:00 a.m.—-

* These times indicate an early departure. The train may leave ahead of schedule at these stops.

All commuter boat and ferry service as well as The RIDE service will operate a regular weekday schedule.

Customers planning to park in an MBTA garage or lot should allow additional travel time and note that some garages and lots may fill very quickly due to heavy parking demand. Real-time parking capacity information for Alewife, Beverly, Braintree, Route 128, Salem, Quincy Adams, Wonderland, and Woodland continues to be tweeted from @MBTA_Parking.

Bicycles are prohibited onboard all MBTA vehicles (including folding bicycles) for the entire day on April 15. Backpacks, coolers, cans, bottles, and large items are not permitted at the Marathon.

For the most up-to-date service information, please see T-Alerts, visit, and follow the T on Twitter @MBTA and@MBTA_CR.

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

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 Associationbuses 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.

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