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
Three companies dominate the Boston trolley tour market: Old Town Trolley Tours, Beantown Trolleys, and CityVIew Hop-On Hop-Off Trolleys, and all provide excellent service - meaning frequent pick-ups, entertaining conductors, and a comfortable ride.
Each offers a different type of deal, with discounts usually 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:
Choose CityView Trolley if you want:
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.
Old Town Trolley delivers a lot of value with almost 20 regular stops near all the top attractions - plus when you buy online, you'll often find special discounts and bonuses.
Ride the CityView Trolley free for 2 consecutive days when you get a Go Boston Card. With 9 stops, you'll see all attractions in the heart of the city.
What else do you get with the Go Boston Card? Free admission to 40+ 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 other attractions
Buy your Go Boston Card - and get your CityVIew Trolley Pass plus free entrance to 40 other attractions
Here's a side-by-side comparison of ALL the Old Town Trolley and CityView 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||No||Yes|
|Theatre District / Chinatown - Theaters, restaurants, Boston Public Garden (Swan Boats, Make Way for Ducklings)||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 / Boston Common - 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|
|Boston Tea Party Ships & Musuem - Children's Museum, Chinatown, South Station, Fort Point Channel||Yes||Yes|
|South Boston Waterfront / Fan Pier - Institute of Contemporary Art, World Trade Center, Spirit of Boston cruises||Yes||Yes|
|South Boston Waterfront - Boston Convention and Exposition Center, Westin Boston Waterfront||Yes (optional)||No|
|South Boston Waterfront / Massport / Black Falcon Cruise Terminal - ONLY on cruise ship Port of Call days||Optional||No|
Liberty Wharf - Liberty Wharf, restaurants, Spirt of Boston Cruises, Blue Hills Pavilion, Institute of Contemporary Art
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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