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MBTA Downtown Crossing Station

Metro Station
Downtown Boston, Boston
  • Sarah H.
    "orange line heading 2 forest hills take the car"(7 Tips)
    Benjamin D.
    "On the forest hills platform"(5 Tips)
    The Transit Navigator
    "... Braintree, and Oak Grove trains."(2 Tips)
    Nandanie S.
    "Braintree train is now twice as more packed than the Ashmont."(3 Tips)
49 Tips and reviews
  • orange line
  • forest hills
  • park
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  • 🌸 bonjourbun 🌸 宝.
    🌸 bonjourbun 🌸 宝钏February 14
    Been here 5+ times
    Get the glossy Charlie Card for free at the station. It is a difference of 50cents per ride using the Charlie Card ($2.25) compared to the Charlie paper ticket ($2.75). Tip for new Boston visitors!
  • The Transit Navigator
    The Transit NavigatorSeptember 10, 2011
    For speedy transfers between the Red/Orange lines, be in the front of Alewife trains, the center of Forest Hills trains, and the rear of Ashmont, Braintree, and Oak Grove trains.
    Upvoted 6 days ago
  • Sarah H.
    Sarah HutchingsNovember 1, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    if u want the quickest way off the orange line heading 2 forest walk the entire length of the platform to the very end & get in the 1st car. it will be easier going to the main level of forest
  • 高手놀리밑™
    高手놀리밑™March 18, 2013
    Buy your CharlieCard at the office here (closes at 5pm). Very handy because it saves you $0.50 per ride!
  • Samantha M.
    Samantha McDuffeeJanuary 4, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    If you are headed to stony brook or forest hills, get in the last car (closest to the redline stairs). Closer to the center of the train is better for most people headed to backbay and forest hills.
  • Jenn
    JennMay 2, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Restrooms are located in the connecting Macy's; right outside the Orange Inbound line. Men's are found on the lower level while women's are 2 stories higher on the 2nd floor.
  • Chris I.
    Chris IsabelleMay 14, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Be courteous and either hold onto your trash or dispose onto a barrel. No one wants to be playing pong with your empty bottles.
  • Melissa S.
    Melissa SilvaFebruary 17, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Switching from an Orange line Oak Grove train @ downtown xing to green/red line (Park st) is one of the most difficult times I've ever had as a MBTA rider. Station needs more follow-the-arrow signs.
  • Jake S.
    Jake SmithFebruary 23, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    This is a major hub for T riders; it has been known as "Washington" on the Red Line and "Summer and Winter" or "Washington Under" on the Orange Line, named for the streets above ground.
  • Melissa S.
    Melissa SilvaOctober 14, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Been taking the T for at least 15 years and this station still lacks more signs to direct me to the line I want to go. It's an underground maze.
  • Jack D.
    Jack DeMancheAugust 9, 2011
    Think a out what end of the track you need to get off at your destination... you have time to walk to the end of the platform when you're waiting!
  • Obsidian B.
    Obsidian BlackJanuary 21, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Cold in the winter, hot as all hell in the summer. Lots of crazy people, like this guy in front of me. Smells bad full of rats and roaches, although I find it pretty easy to navigate.
  • Chuck D.
    Chuck D'AntonioJanuary 11, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    The Winter St and Temple Place entrances put you on the far ends of the platform where it's usually less crowded.
  • Ben B.
    Ben BuchwaldMarch 12, 2011
    If you are a fast walker, it is faster to take the tunnel to park st when switching from a forrest hills train to a alewife train. You can beat a train that you couldn't make at downtown xing.
  • Paul H.
    Paul H.October 3, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    For people traveling to Wellington Station, towards Oak Grove, get on the first cart as it lets you off directly in front of the Wellington stairs to exit!
  • Michael G.
    Michael GonzalezAugust 22, 2011
    Beware downtown crossing station is one of most busiest area and watch out for crazed people
  • Benjamin D.
    Benjamin DoyleJune 16, 2013
    New musician - decent guitar player with hilarious lyrical yelling. On the forest hills platform
  • Ian P.
    Ian PlacidoSeptember 20, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    If you're heading to Alewife, get on the first few cars to be closest to the stairs & exit.
  • Whitney K.
    Whitney KleinertJanuary 27, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    There is a Macy's next door. Also, the Park Street station is 2 blocks away :)
  • Ben B.
    Ben BaronMay 9, 2016
    Follow the signs to transfer - it's as easy as that.
  • Kendra H.
    Kendra HalamoutisDecember 15, 2011
    Hold on to your belongings and don't make eye contact with anyone
  • Marcus A.
    Marcus AdamsSeptember 14, 2013
    Not sure what they are but there are a bunch of creepy doors in between dtc and parkst? Numbered like apps with spy holes on them
  • Nick S.
    Nick SanchezFebruary 25, 2010
    You can walk get to park street station through an underground concourse. Use this to transfer from orange to green and visa-versa
  • Rebecca C.
    Rebecca CJanuary 19, 2012
    If your taking the orange line dont make eye contact, most ppl r crazy on that line.
  • Adhi N.
    Adhi NugrahaMay 5, 2016
    Just go to the first cart of the train, more comfortable
  • christianne
    christianneDecember 19, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    If you're taking the Orange Line to Oak Grove get on the last car--it's closest to the exit
  • Jason C.
    Jason ColburnFebruary 26, 2015
    It's pretty good during the day but rush hour is a nightmare
  • Sarah H.
    Sarah HutchingsNovember 1, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    if ur on the orange line heading 2 forest hills take the car at like the
  • Myron B.
    Myron BelfastNovember 18, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Keep your bags high up or next to you, the roaches are all over the place.
  • Alexandra M.
    Alexandra MotternAugust 20, 2014
    Been here 50+ times
    Always a mess...try to know where to head when you walk off the train to avoid a headache
  • Nic T.
    Nic TuttleOctober 10, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    It hasn't been said enough and probably never will be: it is fucking hot here. Crazy hot. Inexplicably hot.
  • Andrew S.
    Andrew SchwartzAugust 28, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Downtown Crossing is so hot as it touches the very tip of Hell.
  • Ned F.
    Ned FMay 17, 2010
    Red Line trains to Alewife typically show up at the same time as Orange Line trains to Forrest Hills. Please be considerate and don't go charging down the corridor - there will be another train soon e
  • Nandanie S.
    Nandanie Spahr 😻💕February 10, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Braintree train is now twice as more packed than the Ashmont. What the deuce.
  • Bex M.
    Bex MJuly 20, 2011
    No ac while waiting in the summer. It's stifling!
  • Vanessa G.
    Vanessa GatlinApril 24, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    That popcorn stand can't possibly taste better than it smells...can it?
  • Joseph N.
    Joseph NicholasMay 16, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    Warm pee smell YUM!
  • Todd E.
    Todd EverySeptember 20, 2011
    Busy on Tuesday Rushour
  • Michael K.
    Michael KingAugust 24, 2011
    Still hot as all hell, no AC even in 85 degree weather.
  • Jake M.
    Jake MercurioApril 11, 2011
    Last train is 12:50am. Last call T-riders!
  • Chuck D.
    Chuck D'AntonioJanuary 11, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Sorry, meant Franklin St. or Temple Place
  • Colin d.
    Colin du MéeAugust 18, 2010
    Bring a fan...its hot down here!
  • Kelly J.
    Kelly JohnsonNovember 29, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Smells like pee everyday, all day
  • 🎀 Sara L.
    I had to transfer to another location which I did not want to come this route. I saw like a ten pound rat at this T Station. Gross much?!?
  • Timothy W.
    Timothy WhonderOctober 31, 2011
    Not like NY
  • D'Anthony C.
    D'Anthony ClarkJune 17, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Still filthy... Yep Braintree to Ashmont Ratio still 3:1... Yep!
  • Katelyn G.
    Katelyn GermanoSeptember 30, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Smells like crap
  • Marina D.
    Marina DarosJanuary 11, 2016
    Tomem muito cuidado nesta estação pois é nesta que todas as linhas se cruzam, causando um movimento imenso em determinados horários! Cuidado com bolsas e pertences
  • Alvaro T.
    Alvaro TerciadoJuly 20, 2012
    Si vas hasta Forest Hills, siéntate en el último vagón
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