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MBTA North Station

Train Station and Metro Station
Downtown Boston, Boston
  • Miriam G.
    "Also home to TD Garden, home of the Bruins and Celtics."(4 Tips)
    Glen W.
    "Who knew that they encourage nudism on the Downeaster train."(4 Tips)
    Eileen O.
    "On the commuter trains, sit by the window of the three-seater."(3 Tips)
    Stephen C.
    "new crazy doughs stand at north station...sorry mcdonalds"(3 Tips)
112 Tips and reviews
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  • Andrew R.
    Andrew RoyeaFebruary 4, 2011
    Ordered a Whiskey Ginger at Maker's Mark Crossing, it had no whiskey in it, I watched her fill it with gingerale, and got screamed at when I told her there was no alcohol in the drink...great service
  • Jeffrey P.
    Jeffrey PorzioOctober 4, 2013
    If you're fortunate (or unfortunate) enough to take the last train, order a slice from Crazy Dough's Pizza - if it's late enough they'll give you 2 or 3 for the price of 1.
  • Miriam G.
    Miriam GoldmanNovember 2, 2014
    Very cool place to see. Also home to TD Garden, home of the Bruins and Celtics. If you have time before your train, you can even go peruse the team store!
  • Eric O.
    Eric OMay 3, 2013
    If you're heading upstairs to TD Garden for an event, make sure you pre-pay for your ride home on your way up. Having to fight your way to a Charlie Card machine after the game can be frustrating.
  • Tyson G.
    Tyson GoodridgeJune 27, 2013
    Hungry? Ignore Pizza, McDonald's and Dunkin. Go to the Bier Garden on East Side of station and get a sandwich at the Stonyfield Cafe kiosk. FRESH and HEALTHY and yummy.
  • Ryan J.
    Ryan JonesOctober 22, 2011
    Buy a ticked for outbound trips. It helps when you are in a rush. During any major events at the Garden make sure you get here early and plan ahead.
  • Charlene M.
    Charlene McBrideJanuary 28, 2010
    Sometimes it seems that the east entrance is less crowded with rabid sports fans during a sports event. Good th know if you are rushing to catch a train.
  • Nick S.
    Nick SanchezFebruary 22, 2010
    If your here during a Garden event, it will be packed. One perk to this is the vendor in the station: cheap water and popcorn (only a dollar).
  • Chris P.
    Chris PolloneApril 25, 2015
    If you're heading to South Station from here, exit train platform and thru waiting area to left, down a few stairs, outside and then head to T station to the right. Not the easiest trip.
  • B M.
    B MMay 3, 2012
    When taking the green line to catch your commuter train, leave 30 min earlier than you think you need. I've waited @ MFA stop for almost 20 min & then had the train break down. That = missed train.
  • Karalyn B.
    Karalyn BereOctober 7, 2012
    Watch out. Apparently trains here are on time. If you're familiar at all with the MBTA system you never would have guessed there was an exception to the rule.
  • Onur Ö.
    Onur ÖzgünFebruary 16, 2013
    Only Amtrak Downeaster trains to New Hampshire and Maine arrive and depart from Boston North Station. All other Amtrak services in Boston depart from South Station and Back Bay Station.
  • Cian O.
    Cian O'CallaghanFebruary 17, 2011
    Orange line gets busy at peak hours but peoples conversations are always worth listening to as long as you don't get caught.
  • Sandra A.
    Sandra AhernJune 4, 2012
    Try the Citrus Cooler at Emack & Bolio's It's amazing! You can never go wrong with a chocolate covered oreo either (:
  • Po Yan C.
    Po Yan ChanMarch 30, 2011
    it's better to take the orange line if u can because the green line takes forever! train to lechmere is the worst, waited for at least 20 minutes!
  • Anthony D.
    Anthony DeLuiseAugust 24, 2012
    In case you need more than one Dunkin' Donuts while you wait for your train, you're in luck! There are two, within approximately 200 ft and eyeshot of one another...
  • Sandra A.
    Sandra AhernJune 4, 2012
    By your ticket at North Station before boarding your train. You will be charged a an extra dollar or two if you buy it on the train.
  • Rana
    RanaFebruary 26, 2012
    Without fail in the winter it's colder inside compared to the outside. And in the summer it's so much hotter down here.
  • Anna S.
    Anna SantosSeptember 19, 2011
    Don't give money to the peddlers...they don't need money for a train to visit grandma or a halfway house. They need to come up with better stories.
  • Jeff D.
    Jeff D.October 12, 2010
    Can't standing waiting another 30 mins for the Lechmere train? Download OpenMBTA app for free on your iPhone. At least you'll know exactly how screwed you are.
  • Brian P.
    Brian PalmerJune 10, 2011
    Stay in the terminal until your train is called on the's courteous to everyone, plus you won't board the wrong train!
  • Sir S.
    Sir SpeedyJuly 27, 2012
    Don't wait until the last day of the month to buy your monthly pass! The line gets VERY long.
  • Mike T.
    Mike TremblayJune 7, 2011
    Green line trains are slow and unreliable but at least you don't get pissy female T employees constantly screaming at people to get on the train and to use all doors.
  • Andy C.
    Andy CatalunaMay 30, 2012
    Get there at least 10 mins before your scheduled train - that's about when they start boarding.
  • James B.
    James BurnettOctober 18, 2011
    Don't let your kid fall asleep with gum in their mouth or you'll spend 30 minutes coming it out with hair grease from another persons head.
  • Caroline C.
    Caroline CreanSeptember 3, 2012
    They need more times during the weekend, there's nothing between 5:50pm & 8:30pm. It would help out A LOT!
  • Craig D.
    Craig DesmaraisSeptember 4, 2014
    They have redbox here. It's also a decent spot to catch the green line to Fenway from the orange line.
  • Benjamin S.
    Benjamin SmithOctober 22, 2011
    If you're in a hurry, use the self service ticket machine. People behind the window are slow sometimes.
  • Jim H.
    Jim HalpinJune 23, 2014
    Several pillars in the concourse area have power outlets. Handy for dead cell phone batteries!
  • Lisa R.
    Lisa RobertsFebruary 2, 2012
    If a driver sees you running for the train, they are likely to close the doors and not let you on. On the plus side, there's a Redbox.
  • Kim H.
    Kim HoMarch 29, 2012
    Don't even try on Game Nights. It is way too crowded. Remember to put on your angry face, too.
  • Eileen O.
    Eileen OApril 12, 2012
    On the commuter trains, sit by the window of the three-seater. 2nd person sits by the aisle, leaving lots of room in between you both.
  • Cat O.
    Cat O'NineApril 23, 2014
    2 shots of whiskey before boarding, and NEVER be in the car with the ankle-biters. Total buzz kill.
  • John B.
    John BunkerOctober 17, 2012
    This is a great station to make train connections like the Lowell line and the Amtrak downeaster to Portland maine
  • Mario Olivio F.
    Mario Olivio FloresJune 29, 2010
    If you are just hanging around or need wifi, check out equal exchange cafe.
  • Liz R.
    Liz RFebruary 3, 2011
    They have finally started announcing delays for the 5:25 to rockport. Don't forget to high five the clover plaque.
  • Justin M.
    Justin MarshallMarch 25, 2011
    Learn your conductors they can tip off your train a few minutes early since they usually have the same train each day.
  • Olivia S.
    Olivia SmithMay 18, 2012
    Catch an early train to north station if there's a game. The trains take longer to leave stops and you'll miss your commuter rail train.
  • Dave M.
    Dave MAugust 22, 2011
    Don't order food or drinks from the Dunkin Donuts next to mcdonalds, order it from the one nearest the platform. the one in the back is gross.
  • Rachel
    RachelSeptember 13, 2012
    Don't ever count on the Lowell train being on time.. Ever. Always the last to be called and last to board especially during rush hour!!!
  • Ronald H.
    Ronald HarveyMarch 28, 2011
    gotta love the hustle and bustle of this place! and the DD always gets me in and out just the way i like!
  • Jay | Lee
    Jay | LeeJanuary 20, 2012
    A lot of sketchy solicitors here, be careful and hold onto your personal belongings tight.
  • John G.
    John GoldsmithAugust 31, 2011
    The announcer lady isn't loud enough, you'll likely miss your train because of it
  • A.P. Blake
    A.P. BlakeFebruary 7, 2013
    This is clearly the check in for the subway station. For the commuter rail, check in to the TD Garden or a platform.
  • Michael S.
    Michael SilbermanMarch 8, 2010
    There's only one quicktrack Amtrak ticket kiosk that I could find so leave plenty of time!
  • Anna S.
    Anna SantosOctober 9, 2011
    Stop by the popcorn stand...good popcorn and the guy is wicked nice.
  • Alicia B.
    Alicia BenjaminJanuary 25, 2010
    Headed to Science Park? Get on the last car of the green line; it puts you right by the station stairs at Science Park. :-)
  • Lee
    LeeJune 5, 2012
    Get the truth about how late you're going to be due to the T here:
  • Justin S.
    Justin SnowFebruary 13, 2011
    Make sure to double-check the board before assuming you know what time your train departs!
  • Bonnie C.
    Bonnie ChenMay 25, 2014
    They have free shuttles running when the train from north station to Lechmere is broken
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