Boston Trolley Tour Convenient to CruisePort

by Linda

Old Town Trolley in Boston

Old Town Trolley in Boston

Which trolley is the best to get on and off for 1 day in Boston? I have read so many reviews, but still can't come to a decision. We will be coming in on a cruise ship.

Susan's reply: The Boston trolleys arouse lots of strong opinions! They're a lot of fun, and a great way to see the city, especially since you can get off, explore sites in particular areas, and then get back on.

As far as I'm aware, only the Old Town Trolleys make a stop at CruisePort, which is a great convenience. The stop is close to the terminal - you'll see signs.

Old Town is a good choice in any case because it appears to have many more trolleys than some of the other companies (you'll see them everywhere around the city), which means you'll probably have shorter waits at the stops if you've gotten off and want to get back on.

In terms of routes and where the trolleys stop, they're similar (except for the CruisePort stop). Many of Boston's streets are very narrow, so the city provides certain places for the trolleys to stop so that they don't block traffic. There are a few other differences in routes and stops, but frankly, Boston is such a compact and walkable city that it doesn't really matter.

Right now, the trolley companies all seem to be including a free Boston Harbor cruise when you buy a trolley tour ticket. These are a lot of fun, and you get great views of the city and other sites - although since you're coming in on a cruise, you may want to skip this part!

Also, check out the Boston trolley tour information on - there are more details about the routes, as well as ticket information. There are even links to more reviews.

Have a wonderful cruise, and enjoy your day in Boston!


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