You can read through the entire list of street closures and parking restrictions in place for the Boston Marathon, or you can save some time and take our free advice: Don’t drive into Boston on Marathon Monday.
The city will close several major roads ahead of the race, starting at 5 a.m. when streets around Boston Common are blocked off as runner gather to take their buses to Hopkinton.
An hour later, Boylston Street shuts down from Hereford to Arlington streets.
At 8 a.m., most of Back Bay and Kenmore Square shut down, followed a half hour later by street closures in Brighton.
Here are a few maps of the road closures. That’s maps, plural. Because that’s how many roads are closed. Seriously, don’t drive into Boston on Marathon Monday.
Even if you could drive into the area (which you shouldn’t. See above), you’d have very few places to park. The city has prohibited parking on most streets along the marathon route. Here are the maps for parking restrictions. Again, the city needed multiple maps for this. So no driving, OK?
Your best bet is to take the MBTA on Monday. Just keep in mind there are some stations closed for the race. You can get a full breakdown of the T’s Patriots’ Day service here.
Still not convinced that driving’s a bad idea? Here’s a list of the street closures, organized by time. You can also find this list, along with all of the parking restrictions, on the city’s website:
5 a.m., Boston Common Area
Tremont Street, Court Street to Boylston Street
Avery Street, Washington Street to Tremont Street
West Street, Washington Street to Tremont Street
Temple Place, Washington Street to Tremont Street
Winter Street, Washington Street to Tremont Street
Park Street, Beacon Street to Tremont Street
Bromfield Street, Washington Street to Tremont Street
Beacon Street, Somerset Street to Tremont Street
Cambridge Street (inbound), New Sudbury Street to Tremont Street
6 a.m., Back Bay Area
Boylston Street, Hereford Street to Arlington Street
8 a.m., Back Bay Area
Berkeley Street, St. James Avenue to Newbury Street
Clarendon Street, St. James Avenue to Newbury Street
Dartmouth Street, St. James Avenue to Newbury Street
Exeter Street, Newbury Street to Huntington Avenue
Ring Road, Huntington Avenue to Boylston Street
Fairfield Street, Newbury Street to Boylston Street
Gloucester Street, Newbury Street to Boylston Street
Providence Street, Arlington Street to Berkeley Street
Trinity Place, St. James Avenue to Massachusetts Turnpike on-ramp
Boylston Street, Massachusetts Avenue to Arlington Street
Newbury Street, Arlington Street to Charlesgate East
St. James Avenue, Arlington Street to Dartmouth Street
Huntington Avenue (outbound), Dartmouth Street to Belvidere Street
Stuart Street, Arlington Street to Dartmouth Street
Blagden Street, Huntington Avenue to Exeter Street
Berkeley Street, Columbus Avenue to Newbury Street
Clarendon Street, Commonwealth Avenue to Columbus Avenue
Dartmouth Street, Commonwealth Avenue to Columbus Avenue
Exeter Street, Commonwealth Avenue to Huntington Avenue
Fairfield Street, Commonwealth Avenue to Boylston Street
Gloucester Street, Commonwealth Avenue to Boylston Street
Hereford Street, Commonwealth Avenue to Boylston Street
Dalton Street, Belvidere Street to Boylston Street
Belvidere Street, Huntington Avenue to Dalton Street
8 a.m., Kenmore Square Area
Beacon Street, Park Drive to Commonwealth Avenue
Brookline Avenue, Lansdowne Street to Commonwealth Avenue
Newbury Street Extension, Brookline Avenue to Charlesgate west
Commonwealth Avenue (inbound), from BU Bridge to Gloucester Street
Commonwealth Avenue (outbound), Hereford Street to Deerfield Street
Kenmore Street, Newbury Street Extension to Commonwealth Avenue (outbound)
Raleigh Street, Beacon Street Extension to Commonwealth Avenue (outbound)
8:30 a.m., Brighton Area
Commonwealth Avenue, Beacon Street to Gloucester Street, and from the Newton city line (Lake Street) to Chestnut Hill Avenue
Beacon Street, Chestnut Hill Avenue to the Brookline town line (Cleveland Circle)
Chestnut Hill Avenue, Commonwealth Avenue to Brookline town line (Ayr Road)