The Boston Marathon is one of our city’s great traditions, bringing thousands of runners and visitors to the area each Patriots' Day—the third Monday in April. The 2018 Boston Marathon will take place on April 16, 2018.
Please note, a number of items are prohibited near the starting line, finish line, and along the course on Marathon Monday. Read the spectator guidelines for more information.
Getting to the Marathon
Starting Line: For runners looking to catch the BAA buses to Hopkinton
Course: For spectators searching for the perfect spot to cheer on the marathoners
Finish Line: For families of runners and fans who want to be in the heart of it all
The Starting Line - Hopkinton, MA
The only guaranteed transportation for runners from downtown Boston to the starting line are the Boston Athletic Association buses that leave from Charles Street, between the Boston Common and Public Garden.
To take public transit to the pickup point, you have a range of options:
If you plan to park in an MBTA garage or lot, please allow additional travel time. Garages and lots may fill quickly due to high demand. Real-time parking capacity information will be tweeted from @MBTA.