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Participant Information: Transportation to Start Line

Information on Getting to the Boston Marathon Start Line

TRANSPORTATION TO THE START

  • Bus loading takes place on Charles Street between the Public Garden and Boston Common.
  • Click map top the right to see larger view of the map.
  • The recommended way to get to the start in Hopkinton on race morning is by using the official B.A.A. buses beginning at 6:00 a.m.
  • Buses will be loaded according to the wave to which you have been assigned.
  • Transportation to the start is for official participants only. We are not able to provide transportation to the start from Boston for family and friends.
  • Each participant must show his/her bib number upon boarding.
  • In order to load all the buses efficiently, avoid delays, and get to the start on time, we strongly recommend the bus loading schedule below:

WAVEBIB COLORBIB NUMBER RANGEBUS LOADING TIME
        
1 101 - 7700 6:00 a.m. - 6:45 a.m.
 
2 8000 - 15600 7:00 a.m. - 7:45 a.m.
 
3 16000 - 23600 8:00 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.
 
4 24000 - 32500 8:55 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

TAKE UBER TO THE START

Take Uber to Hopkinton! The Official Uber Pickup and Drop-off Zone is located on 52 South Street. Download the Uber app HERE for more information.

BAGGAGE POLICY ON B.A.A. SHUTTLE BUSES

  • The only bag allowed on B.A.A. buses and in the Athletes’ Village is the one gallon plastic Start Area Bag that is provided to all entrants at Number Pick-up.
  • This Start Area Bag primarily serves to carry food items to the start.
  • Absolutely no bags other than the plastic Start Area Bag will be allowed on buses to the start.
  • For more information on the Boston Marathon Gear Check and Baggage Policy, please click below:

PARKING ON RACE DAY IN BOSTON

  • On-street parking in Boston's Back Bay is extremely limited during race week.
  • There are a number of parking garages in the area.
  • Public transportation is strongly encouraged.
  • Please note that certain parking garages within Boston are inaccessible on race day.
  • The entrance to the Boston Common Garage will close at approximately 2:00 a.m. on race day, April 16, and will not re-open until 11:00 a.m. on race morning.
  • The ability to exit the garage is limited to before 5:00 a.m., or after 11:00 a.m. on race morning.  

PARKING IN HOPKINTON

  • Parking in Hopkinton is extremely limited and security measures may slow access from the parking areas for spectators and runners. We STRONGLY recommend that all entrants take the official B.A.A. buses from Boston to Hopkinton on race morning, as it is the only way we can ensure that you will get into Hopkinton.
  • Please note that the roads within the town of Hopkinton close at 7:00 a.m. and no street parking will be available. Limited runner parking is available at the South Street lot and volunteer/spectator parking at the Hopkinton State Park on Route 85.
  • Once these lots are full, we will only allow runner drop-off at a designated lot on South Street. Plan accordingly and give yourself ample time. Expect delays! Please do not park illegally, as it will jeopardize the transportation system and will result in the vehicle being towed at the owner’s expense. There will be no on-street parking allowed in the town of Hopkinton.
  • Hopkinton State Park parking and shuttle service is for volunteers and spectators only. Registered runners parking at this location and using this shuttle will not be transported to the Athletes’ Village and will have to walk an additional one mile from the drop-off point to the Village. These runners may be subject to additional security screening to enter the Village. Registered runners are requested to use the shuttle buses from the South Street parking lots in order to ensure timely arrival at the Athletes’ Village.
  • Directions from Boston to South Street parking lot – Massachusetts Turnpike (I-90) to Route 495 South to exit 21B. Also take exit 21B if coming from Route 495 North. Or from Boston and all other directions to the Hopkinton State Park – Massachusetts Turnpike (I-90) to Route 9 (exit 12). Follow Route 9 West to Route 85 South.

PARTICIPANT SHUTTLE TIMELINE: PARTICIPANTS STAYING IN/NEAR HOPKINTON

  • Shuttles will begin taking participants from the South Street parking lot (52 South Street, Hopkinton, MA) to the Athletes' Village beginning at 6:00 a.m. on race morning.
  • Shuttles from the South Street parking to the Athletes' Village run every 10 minutes or as filled.
  • Once the volume starts to pick up, they run every 3-4 minutes.
  • Buses from South St. will run to the Athletes' Village until 11:00 a.m.
  • After 11:00 a.m., buses will run from South St. to Main St. (Two blocks from the start line).

START AREA VOLUNTEER/SPECTATOR PARKING

  • Hopkinton State Park parking and shuttle service is for volunteers and spectators only.
  • Registered runners parking at this location and using this shuttle will not be transported to the Athletes’ Village and will have to walk an additional one mile from the drop-off point to the Village.
  • These runners may be subject to additional security screening to enter the Village.
  • Registered runners are requested to use the shuttle buses from the South Street parking lots in order to ensure timely arrival at the Athletes’ Village.

RETURN BUS SERVICE TO HOPKINTON

  • Beginning at 1:00 p.m. on race day (April 16), return bus service to Hopkinton will begin.
  • Buses will line up along Stanhope Street at the corner of Clarendon Street.
  • Return bus service is for official entrants only.
  • You must show your bib to board buses to Hopkinton.
  • Buses will make stops at Hopkinton State Park and South Street parking lot (52 South Street, Hopkinton, MA).
  • Return bus service to Hopkinton will conclude at 7:00 p.m. on race day (April 16).

All the information above is subject to change

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Transportation to Start Line

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