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MBTA North Station

Train Station and Metro Station
Downtown Boston, Boston
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  • Miriam G.
    "Also home to TD Garden, home of the Bruins and Celtics."(5 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)
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  • Adam S.
    Adam StallmanSeptember 12, 2016
    Known as the "T", Boston's subway system can take you just about anywhere you want to go. Stay out of traffic and don't worry about parking by riding this when you can.
  • Tyson G.
    Tyson GoodridgeJune 27, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    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.
  • Jeffrey P.
    Jeffrey PorzioOctober 4, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    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!
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • B M.
    B MMay 3, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    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.
  • Eric O.
    Eric OMay 3, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    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.
  • Sandra A.
    Sandra AhernJune 4, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    Try the Citrus Cooler at Emack & Bolio's It's amazing! You can never go wrong with a chocolate covered oreo either (:
  • Cat O.
    Cat O'NineApril 23, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    2 shots of whiskey before boarding, and NEVER be in the car with the ankle-biters. Total buzz kill.
  • Jim H.
    Jim HalpinJune 23, 2014
    Several pillars in the concourse area have power outlets. Handy for dead cell phone batteries!
  • 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.
  • Ronald H.
    Ronald HarveyMarch 28, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    gotta love the hustle and bustle of this place! and the DD always gets me in and out just the way i like!
  • 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.
  • Brian P.
    Brian PalmerJune 10, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Stay in the terminal until your train is called on the PA...it's courteous to everyone, plus you won't board the wrong train!
  • Rana
    RanaFebruary 26, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Without fail in the winter it's colder inside compared to the outside. And in the summer it's so much hotter down here.
  • Chris P.
    Chris PolloneApril 25, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    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.
  • Craig D.
    Craig DesmaraisSeptember 4, 2014
    Been here 100+ times
    They have redbox here. It's also a decent spot to catch the green line to Fenway from the orange line.
  • Eileen O.
    Eileen OApril 12, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    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.
  • 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.
  • Olivia S.
    Olivia SmithMay 18, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    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.
  • Andy C.
    Andy CatalunaMay 30, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Get there at least 10 mins before your scheduled train - that's about when they start boarding.
  • 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
  • Andrew R.
    Andrew RoyeaFebruary 4, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    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
  • Sandra A.
    Sandra AhernJune 4, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    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.
  • 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).
  • Lee
    LeeJune 5, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    Get the truth about how late you're going to be due to the T here: http://www.howfuckedisthet.com
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Jeremy K.
    Jeremy KrantzSeptember 17, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    North Station sits under the TD Garden sports arena where both the Boston Bruins and Boston Celtics play.
  • Vicki H.
    Vicki HMay 25, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    I hate taking the night-time trains home! They have 5 cars but make everyone squeeze into 2!!!
  • Gonzalo A.
    The US really needs to get its act together when it comes to its trains and railways 🤦🏼‍♂️
  • Justin M.
    Justin MarshallMarch 25, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Learn your conductors they can tip off your train a few minutes early since they usually have the same train each day.
  • Anna S.
    Anna SantosOctober 9, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Stop by the popcorn stand...good popcorn and the guy is wicked nice.
  • Theresa D.
    Theresa DoyonAugust 13, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    Announcements and signs aren't always correct. Ask your conductor where you're going first.
  • 44 North V.
    44 North VodkaJuly 7, 2016
    Great sports venue.
  • Alaina S.
    Alaina SpazianiAugust 21, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    It is impossible to get a Lechmere train after 9 am. 4/5 times, its faster to walk.
  • Alymay A.
    Alymay A.June 4, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    If you need a D or B train, sometimes it's faster to walk to gov't center.
  • Kim H.
    Kim HoMarch 29, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Don't even try on Game Nights. It is way too crowded. Remember to put on your angry face, too.
  • Bonnie C.
    Bonnie ChenMay 25, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    They have free shuttles running when the train from north station to Lechmere is broken
  • Liz R.
    Liz RFebruary 3, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    They have finally started announcing delays for the 5:25 to rockport. Don't forget to high five the clover plaque.
  • A.P. Blake
    A.P. BlakeFebruary 7, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    This is clearly the check in for the subway station. For the commuter rail, check in to the TD Garden or a platform.
  • 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.
  • Justin S.
    Justin SnowFebruary 13, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Make sure to double-check the board before assuming you know what time your train departs!
  • Rue R.
    Rue RobertsMarch 12, 2014
    Train can stay at the station 20 minutes late on a game night so be warned
  • Benjamin S.
    Benjamin SmithOctober 22, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    If you're in a hurry, use the self service ticket machine. People behind the window are slow sometimes.
  • Apostolos K.
    Apostolos K.August 7, 2014
    Been here 100+ times
    If you play ingress there are two portals here :)
  • Piarda R.
    Piarda RindiniJanuary 23, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Make sure you give Tom a hug before you catch your train! :-)
  • Kristina
    KristinaAugust 14, 2012
    Taking a commuter train? Buy before you board or pay a hefty surcharge.
  • Anna S.
    Anna SantosSeptember 19, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    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.
  • Lisa R.
    Lisa RobertsFebruary 2, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    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.
  • Michael L.
    Michael LameriqueOctober 2, 2011
    There is a shuttle bus from here to Lechemere, don't take the green line!
  • Rachel
    RachelSeptember 13, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    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!!!
  • John G.
    John GoldsmithAugust 31, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    The announcer lady isn't loud enough, you'll likely miss your train because of it
  • Jay | Lee
    Jay | LeeJanuary 20, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    A lot of sketchy solicitors here, be careful and hold onto your personal belongings tight.
  • Ali A.
    Ali AllenSeptember 3, 2012
    If you're a high school student, there is a discount if you show ID
  • John C.
    John CyrusAugust 14, 2016
    This right at TD garden.
  • John G.
    John GoldsmithAugust 4, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Trains are best in the city, people are many, food is McDonalds
  • Charlene M.
    Charlene McBrideJanuary 28, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    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.
  • Mario Olivio F.
    Mario Olivio FloresJune 29, 2010
    If you are just hanging around or need wifi, check out equal exchange cafe.
  • Glen W.
    Glen WilkinsonApril 20, 2012
    Who knew that they encourage nudism on the Downeaster train.
  • Stephanie A.
    You can catch public transportation here!
  • William T.
    William TollJune 17, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    The temporary bus from North station to Lechmere is bus reached from the Northern exists of the T station
  • Angelica H.
    Angelica HahnFebruary 14, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Always have something to cover your nose because the smell is nauseating.
  • Jennie M.
    Jennie MurackAugust 20, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    Crazy doughs opening soon. Finally, good food in north station.
  • 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!
  • Miracle Day
    Miracle DayJune 30, 2011
    Check out the life-altering occurrence to come through this transportation center on 7.7.11. Join the March #MiracleDay
  • Alison H.
    Alison HuntNovember 29, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    I want to know how people know which train to get on before they announce it.
  • Victoria A.
    Victoria AntoineFebruary 27, 2012
    Be careful it's always crowded durning rush hr
  • Jake S.
    Jake SmithFebruary 23, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    There's a major sports arena upstairs!
  • Joshua M.
    Joshua MagararuFebruary 3, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    If your train is delayed, their are always taxis and buses. Go make a friend in the city tonight.
  • Jeff D.
    Jeff D.October 12, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    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.
  • Alexandra M.
    Alexandra MotternNovember 20, 2014
    have to go outside to get from the T to the commuter? seems silly...
  • Ondine
    OndineJuly 22, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Whoever makes the announcements here sounds exactly like Denzel Washington
  • Andrew M.
    Andrew MeggisonAugust 27, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Train to Maine!
  • Mark C.
    Mark CainSeptember 23, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    There is a Redbox in the North Station Subway Terminal.
  • Melissa S.
    Melissa SilvaFebruary 17, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Food @ Maker's Mark Crossing (bar) has had a serious make over. So good!
  • Will S.
    Will SmithAugust 26, 2011
    If your ever head outbound get to the terminal at least 20 minutes early.
  • Mike T.
    Mike TremblayJune 7, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    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.
  • John G.
    John GoldsmithAugust 16, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    The announcer lady needs to be fired, we can't hear you ma'am!
  • Bex M.
    Bex MJuly 13, 2011
    Buy beforehand. More expensive on commuter rail!
  • Alicia B.
    Alicia BenjaminJanuary 25, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Headed to Science Park? Get on the last car of the green line; it puts you right by the station stairs at Science Park. :-)
  • Frederick Bernard S.
    Frederick Bernard StewartMarch 1, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    If you are shopping at Haymarket, make change here
  • Mike D.
    Mike DeLeoAugust 23, 2011
    The Bruins live upstairs...
  • Kapado F.
    Kapado FernandSeptember 13, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    I'm pretty sure that the guy that hands out the metro newspapers related to Kat Williams
  • Olexy S.
    Olexy SadovyAugust 7, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Clean and tidy.
  • VeeDubb :)
    VeeDubb :)July 18, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    I know it says statiom. I didn't create it, just the mayor lol
  • Wylie F.
    Wylie FisherJanuary 16, 2015
    Been here 100+ times
    Whoever thought to put a train terminal in a sports arena should have lost their job.
  • Ben B.
    Ben BaronMay 9, 2016
    Transfer to buses when the orange line is jacked.
  • Zumunda 1.
    Zumunda 1August 2, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    The ice cream at emack & bolio's is underwhelming
  • Stephen C.
    Stephen CocchiaraMarch 19, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Just discovered the new crazy doughs stand at north station...sorry mcdonalds
  • Brandon H.
    Brandon HorganApril 1, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Green line to Lechemere is redonkulous!!! Only 1 out of 4 trains will go there.
  • Janel A.
    Janel AAugust 6, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Don't expect a timely train to Lechmere!
  • Lizzie S.
    Lizzie StokesMarch 25, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Don't go on night s when the Celtics and bruins get out..tons of drunk and loud ppl
  • Yesi O.
    Yesi OrihuelaMarch 1, 2011
    No Starbucks here, but there are ice Frappacinos in newsstand store
  • Christian H.
    Christian HowlandOctober 19, 2010
    this place is useful if you want to ride trains.
  • Tristan B.
    Tristan BlockJune 10, 2011
    Dont lose your vehicles keys in town..or youll be catching the pain train
  • Champzilla
    ChampzillaJanuary 22, 2011
    Try the Subway!
  • Nikki A.
    Nikki AyresDecember 31, 2011
    I couldn't find any trains here.
  • Dave M.
    Dave MAugust 22, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    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.
  • Yesi O.
    Yesi OrihuelaMarch 1, 2011
    No Starbucks here, but there are ice Frappacinos in newsstand store.
  • Eric F.
    Eric FieldsOctober 13, 2011
    Try the fish.
  • Rue R.
    Rue RobertsMarch 12, 2014
    And never ever get an ice cream from the central booth- so disgusting I threw mine out
  • Dawn Z.
    Dawn ZAugust 21, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Take the Downeaster up to NH and ME
  • E. M.
    E. M.November 4, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Don't be late
  • Alex
    AlexApril 7, 2013
    WHAT THE HECK IS THAT GODAWFUL SEWAGE SMELL?!
  • Mike H.
    Mike HendricksonApril 29, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Landmark for a quick Vitawater Zero after the mile found from Mass General T stop
  • Todd B.
    Todd BuckholtMarch 24, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Always smells like poop.
  • Cara H.
    Cara HatfieldJanuary 24, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Girls bathroom is always disgusting.
  • Baraa M.
    Baraa MuezzinDecember 5, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Green line is horrible, so slow!
  • Vanessa M.
    Vanessa MercadoJanuary 30, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Smells like eggs -_-
  • Josh
    JoshDecember 21, 2009
    Been here 5+ times
    Head north of south station
  • Sara B.
    Sara BMarch 14, 2010
    Don't bother looking for help from an MBTA employee, because they don't want to help you.
  • Lindsay G.
    Lindsay GagneJanuary 25, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Don't count on the train ever being on time
  • Pedro V.
    Pedro VerdugoJuly 2, 2010
    The bartenders at Makers Mark Crossing basically suck
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