Traffic and Kenmore Square: Directions, Parking and Helpful Tips
Getting to Kenmore Square
Kenmore Square isn't so much a transportation hub as it is a major intersection. Brookline Avenue, Beacon Street and Commonwealth Avenue all meet in Kenmore Square.The MBTA's Green Line splits in three in Kenmore Square: The Green Line B-trolley rattles down Commonwealth Avenue through Boston University and Allston to finally end up at Boston College in Chestnut Hill. The C trolley travels down Beacon Street, through Coolidge Corner to Cleveland Circle. The D-trolley takes you past the hospital area and Brookline Village to Riverside in Newton. Finally, several bus lines serve Kenmore Square from the bus station directly above the subway trolley station.
If you're coming from north or south of town on I-93, simply exit at the Leverett Connector to Storrow Drive and continue to the Kenmore Square exit. You can exit from the middle lane. At the first light after the exit take a right onto Beacon Street or Bay State Road, or keep going straight to the second set of lights, where you can either turn right onto Commonwealth Avenue or or go straight and then bear right onto the Newbury Street extension, which will take you to Kenmore Street and Brookline Avenue.
Parking in Kenmore Square
There is quite a bit of parking available in Kenmore Square, in small part thanks to the 81+ baseball game splayed at Fenway Park every year.
Metered parking is available
- along Commonwealth Avenue in both directions
- on both sides of Raleigh Street - on both sides of Bay State Road (some strecthes are reserved for resident parking)
- on Kenmore Street
- on Deerfield Street
There is also metered parking on Newbury Street, but some of it is reserved for residents after 6 pm.
There are several places to park in and around Kenmore Square including lots and garages.
Boston University Kenmore Lot O
549 Commonwealth Avenue
M-F 7 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Sat. 7 a.m. - 5 p.m.
$3 per 1/2 hour; $10 Max; $8 flat rate after 3 p.m. and Sat.
Red Sox parking: $30
Cash Only or Purchase in Advance.
Closest MBTA Stop: Kenmore Square
Boston University Deerfield Lot P
Boston University Lot R
766 Commonwealth Avenue
Open to the Public only during Fenway Park Events
Red Sox $15
Closest MBTA Stop: Boston University Central
Boston University Agganis Arena Lot & Garage
Parking at Hotel Commonwealth