Getting around on Marathon Day

Whether you're running the race or not, the Boston Marathon can be a transportation and logistical challenge. Tens of thousands of runners and up to a million friends, supporters and other spectators will jam Greater Boston's major roadways.

Public transportation is best if you want to watch the race in Boston, Brookline or Newton. Really, we mean it. Commuter rail can get you to Wellesley, Natick and Framingham. Hopkinton, where the race begins, is closed to traffic early in the morning on race day. And remember that road closings in all eight Marathon communities will make getting anywhere difficult.

The maps and links below should make getting around a little easier:

Public transportation

To assist you, refer to the MBTA's website, or get specific information on any of the stops below:

  • Boston College station on the Green Line-B
  • Woodland station on the Green Line-D
  • Cleveland Circle station or any surface stop on Green Line-C
  • Kenmore station on the Green Line
  • Hynes Convention Center/ICA station on the Green Line
  • Arlington station on the Green Line
  • Back Bay Stop on the Orange and commuter rail lines
  • Commuter rail Worcester-Framingham branch

    The MBTA also provides information about subway fares and Charlie Cards.

    Keep checking for continuous commuter rail updates.

    If you're driving

    If you must drive,'s live traffic page will give you a glimpse of what to expect on your way into town.