Boston trolley tours. . . you'll see them everywhere as soon as you arrive in Boston.
Part transportation and part sightseeing, the colorful trolley tours give you lots of fun and entertainment while providing the easiest way to sightsee in Boston and learn about famous sites and local history from the knowledgeable conductors.
Trolley tour routes take about 1 1/2 to 1 3/4 hours to complete, with 18-20+ stops at major attractions along the way.
See interesting places you want to explore along the way?
Just hop off - and then hop back on again once you're ready. You can do this as often as you like while your trolley pass is valid.
If you're visiting Boston for the first time, there's no better way to get acquainted with our city and all it offers. And if you've been here before, you know there's nothing more fun than getting around on these comfortable trolleys.
The tour trolleys take you through all of Boston's most interesting neighborhoods:
Consider at these top attractions - just a few of the places you can visit along the route of Boston trolley tours:
Museum of Fine Arts
Two companies dominate the Boston trolley tour market: Old Town Trolley Tours, and Beantown Trolley Tours, and frankly, both provide excellent service - meaning frequent pick-ups, entertaining conductors, and a comfortable ride.
At a quick glance, they seem almost identical - but in fact, they offer slightly different routes. Their prices are similar - but each offers a different type of deal, with discounts available when you buy online in advance (which also saves you from spending part of your Boston vacation time waiting in lines.
"I LOVE trolley tours - and when you're visiting Boston in the rain with your 5-year-old and 13-year-old, the trolley takes you everywhere you want to go AND provides plenty of entertainment for all ages. MUCH easier than the taking T - and a lot more fun!"
We show you a complete comparison in a moment - but here's a quick summary of what the differences will mean to YOU:
Choose Old Town Trolley if you want to visit:
Choose Beantown Trolley if you want to visit:
Which trolley offers you the best deal and discount? It depends on what else you want to do.
Each option gives you special savings at local restaurants and stores, plus a free sightseeing map of Boston - and low kids' rates if you're visiting with your children.
Get a discount when you buy your Old Town Trolley Tour pass online - AND get a SECOND consecutive day free.
Plus - you also get . . .
Ride the Beantown Trolley free for 2 consecutive days when you get a Go Boston Card.
What else do you get with the Go Boston Card? Free admission to almost 60 other Boston attractions - including the New England Aquarium, Museum of Fine Arts, Museum of Science, a Whale Watching Cruise, Fenway Park Tour, Boston Children's Museum - and much more!
Choose this deal if . . . You want the Trolley Tour plus free entrance to lots of other attractions
Buy your Go Boston Card - and get your Beantown Trolley Pass plus free entrance to almost 60 other attractions
Choose the Beantown Trolley and at least one other attraction to save (usually at least 20%) on both with the Go Select Sightseeing Pass.
With Go Select, you choose exactly what you want to do and see - and like the Go Boston card, Go Select also lets you go to the head of the line at most attractions.
Choose this deal if . . . You want the Trolley Tour - and you want to go to one or more other attractions of your choice.
Here's a side-by-side comparison of ALL the Old Town Trolley and Beantown Trolley stops:
|Boarding Stop||Old Town||Beantown|
|Faneuil Hall Marketplace / New England Aquarium - Boston Harbor cruises, Whale Watch cruises||Yes||Yes|
|Historic North End - Paul Revere House, Italian restaurants||Yes||Yes|
|USS Constitution / Charlestown Navy Yard - USS Cassin Young, Bunker Hill Monument, Constitution Museum||Yes||Yes|
|TD Garden - Sports Museum||Yes||No|
|Old State House Museum - Boston Massacre Site, other nearby Freedom Trail sites||Yes||Yes|
|Theatre District / Chinatown - Theaters, restaurants||Yes||Yes|
|City Place - Public Garden, Swan Boats, Bay Village, Park Square||No||Yes|
|Beacon Hill - Cheers (original), Public Garden, Boston Common||Yes||Yes|
|Copley Square / Back Bay - Trinity Church, Boston Public Library, Newbury Street, Westin Hotel||Yes||Yes|
|Christian Science Plaza - Symphony Hall, Mapparium||Yes||Yes|
|Museum of Fine Arts - Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum||No||Yes|
|Copley Place Mall - Designer boutiques||Yes||Yes|
|Prudential Center - Skywalk Observatory, Duck Tours, Shops at Prudential Center, Hynes Convention Center||Yes||Yes|
|Fenway Park - Red Sox, House of Blues||Yes||No|
|Cambridge /Kendall Square - Charles River cruises, MIT||Yes||Yes|
|Beacon Hill /Charles Street - Esplanade, antique shops||Yes||Yes|
|Beacon Hill - Massachusetts State House||Yes||Yes|
|West End / Government Center - Harrison Gray Otis House||No||Yes|
|Back Bay - Hard Rock Cafe (Clarendon Street)||No||Yes|
|Downtown Waterfront - Boston Harbor Hotel, Odyssey Cruises, Logan Airport Water Taxi||No||Yes|
|South Station / Fort Point Channel - Children's Museum, Chinatown, South Station||Yes||Yes|
|South Boston Waterfront / Fan Pier - Institute of Contemporary Art, World Trade Center, Spirit of Boston cruises||Yes (shuttle)||Yes|
|South Boston Waterfront - Boston Convention and Exposition Center, Westin Boston Waterfront, transfer for optional Black Falcon CruisePort loop (Port of Call days only)||Yes||No|
|South Boston Waterfront / Massport / Black Falcon Cruise Terminal - ONLY on cruise ship Port of Call days||Optional||No|
South Boston Waterfront - Liberty Wharf, restaurants
Although these routes do sometimes change based on city events, the general area of Boston covered by the tours usually remains the same - except for Red Sox games, which can eliminated the Fenway stop.
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