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  • Location:Boston, Massachusetts
  • Duration:Varies

Boston Beantown Trolley and Harbor Cruise

What better way to experience Boston than to hop on the Beantown Trolley and see it all? This 1.5-hour, narrated sightseeing tour offers 16 stops with more than 125 points of interest along the way. See something of particular interest? Just hop off. With a 24- or 48-hour ticket option, it truly is easy to see it all. Plus, each ticket includes the choice of a Boston Harbor cruise or free admission to the Mapparium, an incredible stained-glass globe at the Mary Baker Eddy Library.

Highlights

  • Hop-on hop-off trolley sightseeing tour of Boston
  • Visit the Freedom Trail, Beacon Hill, Cambridge, Boston Common and more
  • Spend time in the Seaport District, Museum of Fine Arts and New England Aquarium
  • Hop off at 16 stops to explore Boston independently, or enjoy the full 1.5-hour narrated ride
  • Enjoy a scenic harbor cruise (May to Oct) or gain entrance to the amazing stained-glass Mapparium
  • Choose a 24-hour or 48-hour trolley ticket

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

Plan ahead for the stops you want to make, and be sure to call ahead to see if any exhibits are closed. This will save you the time and stress of planning on-the-go.

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What You Can Expect

Boston Beantown Trolley and Harbor Cruise

Boston Beantown Trolley and Harbor Cruise

Seeing what downtown Boston has to offer has never been easier, or more complete, than on this 1.5-hour Beantown Trolley tour around the city.

Hop on the red San Francisco–style trolley car at any of the 16 stops and see some of Boston’s top attractions — like the New England Aquarium, historic Quincy Market, Boston Common, Copley Square, Fenway Park, Cambridge, the North End and the USS Constitution — aka Old Ironsides — and the Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum, just to name a few.

When the trolley stops at a place of particular interest, hop off to visit, then hop back on whenever it’s convenient. With 24- and 48-hour ticket options, this tour offers the flexibility to create your own itinerary.

Each Beantown Trolley ticket includes the choice of a 45-minute Boston Harbor cruise (good May–October) or free admission to the Mapparium®.

Itinerary

Beantown Trolley Stops:

Trolleys depart from each stop approximately every 20 minutes from 9:30am to 4:30pm.
  • New England Aquarium & Faneuil Hall Marketplace: Board at Main Trolley Depot
  • Seaport District: Board at Northern Avenue at the Seaport Hotel
  • North End (Little Italy/Fleet Center): Board at Commercial Street at the skating rink
  • USS Constitution: Board near the ship's museum
  • Old State House & Site of the Boston Massacre: Board across from Old State House at Court Street
  • Tremont Hotel: Board at the hotel
  • City Place: Board at the corner of South Charles & Boylston Street
  • State House & Beacon Hill: Board at the front of the Shaw Memorial across from the State House
  • West End (Government Center): Board at the front entrance of the Holiday Inn Select
  • Cambridge Center: Board at Kendall Square T Station
  • Back Bay Hilton: Board at the front entrance of the Hotel
  • Museum of Fine Arts: Board at the front door of the museum
  • Symphony Hall: Board at the Midtown Hotel
  • Back Bay: Board at the Colonnade Hotel
  • Copley Place Shopping: Board at the Marriott Copley hotel under the canopy
  • Trinity Church: Board on the Dartmouth Street side of Copley Plaza
  • Hard Rock Cafe: Board at Hard Rock Cafe on Clarendon Street
  • Park Square: Board at Radisson Hotel on Stuart Street
  • Rowes Wharf: Board at Boston Harbor Hotel on Atlantic Avenue

Customer Reviews

Lonny B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Fantastic! Great tour and fun tour guide. We only had a short time so the tour was a perfect way to see Boston

dianehmoran

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Thanks to our driver/guide for doing it all - drive and tour - he is a retired history teacher and he was wealth of information .... highly recommended!!

Lacey A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Very informative and fun. We had several different drivers throughout our stay and was very impressed with the knowledge that each of the drivers had about the history of Boston. I certainly could not have driven in that crazy traffic and they did so with a smile and told great stories. I certainly learned a lot about Boston from these drivers.

KAREN G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

We had a great time!! We had three different drivers/tour guides and they were all wonderful. We were really pleased with the info they shared and they were quite entertaining. Thank you.

Deborah B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

It was great

Connie H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

was very nice. enjoyed the harbor cruise too! all very interesting!

Patricia D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Very nice! It was a bit uncomfortable sitting on the bench for over 2 hrs, but we saw all the sites we wanted and it included a tour of the harbor....

Laura G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Great way to see the city. Very fun and informative. Guides were wicked awesome!

Marianne M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

The driver knew the city and it was clear that he enjoyed his job. Loved the convenience. The Copley stop is not clearly marked but all the rest were just fine.

margaret.smith93

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2014

The staff working on the buses were excellent, interesting and very informative and knowledgeable about Boston. The boat trip that was included was very good. The Hop on Hop Off bus is great it gives you the opportunity to see the city and places you would not know about. Would recommend it money well spent.

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