CARA Boston Bus

Enjoy a comfortable ride to the start with CARA

CARA has contracted two charter buses that will take runners from Boston's Back Bay area to the Athletes Village in Hopkinton for the race start. Buses will load runners at 6:45 a.m. (updated 4/3/18) at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel (50 Arlington Street). The bus will depart for Hopkinton and wait near the starting line in the Athlete's Village. CARA's buses will remain there until the last runners take off for the start. This means CARA members may relax on the CARA Boston Bus until their time to go to the start line. Bus riders may check their bag with CARA staff at the bus and staff will bring bags back to the Boston Park Plaza Hotel for pick-up post-race.

Why Use the CARA bus?: The Boston Marathon provides transportation to the start line from the Boston Back Bay area using school buses. These school buses will drop off at the start line area and immediately depart upon arrival. Runners must wait then for their time to start regardless of conditions. There is no gear check at the start area. Any belongings brought to the start area not needed for the run must be trashed. Use the CARA bus to have a comfortable ride, a climate controlled place to wait until your start time and free private gear check from the Athlete's Village with pick-up back in Boston.


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Registration Type
CARA Member
Boston Performance Training Program (No registration needed)

Registration Fees / Terms:

  • On April 1, remaining seats, if any, will open to non-members for a rate of $100. 
  • Seats are provided to Boston Performance Training Program runners first. If there are remaining seats available they will be offered to CARA members beginning March 1, 2018. 



Where doe the bus pick up?

At the Boston Park Plaza Hotel in Boston.

Where doe the bus drop off?

At the Athlete's Club Village south of the start line.

Can I check a bag?

Yes, you may check any reasonably sized bag as you leave the bus at the start line. Bags will be returned to the Boston Park Plaza for pick up after you finish. 

What is provided on the bus?

We'll have water, air conditioning, a comfortable seat, a place to charge a phone and probably a good running movie on!

What if I have more questions that aren't answered here? 

You can email