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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."(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
    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.
    Upvoted Sep 12
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • 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 (:
  • 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.
  • Brian P.
    Brian PalmerJune 10, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Lee
    LeeJune 5, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    Get the truth about how late you're going to be due to the T here:
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Anna S.
    Anna SantosOctober 9, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Stop by the popcorn stand...good popcorn and the guy is wicked nice.
  • 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
  • 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!!!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 44 North V.
    Great sports venue.
  • Geoff J.
    Geoff JohnsonJanuary 5, 2012
    For Android users, download aMETRO - lets you view subway maps all over the world
  • 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!
  • Piarda R.
    Piarda RindiniJanuary 23, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Make sure you give Tom a hug before you catch your train! :-)
  • Rue R.
    Rue RobertsMarch 12, 2014
    Train can stay at the station 20 minutes late on a game night so be warned
  • 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.
  • Kristina
    KristinaAugust 14, 2012
    Taking a commuter train? Buy before you board or pay a hefty surcharge.
  • 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!!!
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