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Celebrate Boston’s history with a sightseeing tour on the Beantown Trolley, a great way to see top Boston attractions including Beacon Hill, Boston Common and the Freedom Trail. Enjoy the full 80 minute narrated tour on this San Francisco-style trolley car or hop off to explore at your leisure. There are 11 stops with more than 100 points of interest along the way, letting you choose what you want to see with your 24-hour or 48-hour ticket. Also included is a Boston Harbor cruise (May to October) or entrance to the Mary Baker Eddy Library to view the awe-inspiring Mapparium®!


  • Hop-on hop-off trolley sightseeing tour of Boston
  • Visit the Freedom Trail, Beacon Hill, Boston Common and more
  • Hop off at 11 stops to explore Boston independently, or enjoy the full 80 minute 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

Hop on the Beantown Trolley at any of the 11 convenient locations around Boston. On board this San Francisco-style sightseeing trolley car, your guide will keep you entertained with informative commentary about the sights you see on the 80 minute loop.
Hop off to explore sights at your own place including Charlestown, Beacon Hill, Boston Common, the Freedom Trail, Quincy Market, Faneuil Hall, Copley Square, the New England Aquarium, the North End and the Bunker Hill Pavilion.
Choose a 24-hour or 48-hour trolley ticket, giving you the flexibility to create your own itinerary and sightsee at your leisure. Also included with your trolley tour is a harbor cruise (from May to October) or entrance to the Mapparium® – your choice!
Sit back, relax and enjoy the waterfront sights on a 45-minute cruise along Boston Harbor. Cruises depart from the New England Aquarium every hour on the half hour, from 10:30am to 4:30pm.
If cruises aren't your thing, opt for admission to the Mary Baker Eddy Library to stand in awe of the giant Mapparium, a 3-story globe of stained glass viewed from a 30-foot-long (9-meter) bridge running through the library’s interior. Don’t forget your camera for this unique exhibit!


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
  • North End (Little Italy/Fleet Center): Board at Commercial Street at the skating rink
  • USS Constitution: Board near the ship's museum
  • TD Garden: Board at Bobby Orr statue on Causeway Street
  • Old State House & Site of the Boston Massacre: Board across from Old State House at Court Street
  • Theater District, Tremont Hotel: Board at the hotel
  • City Place: Board in front of PF Chang's
  • Cheers, Newbury Street: Board at Beacon Street in front of Cheers
  • Copley Square, Trinity Church: Board on Boylston Street at Phillip Brooks Statue
  • State House, Boston Common: Board in front of Shaw Memorial across from the State House
  • Rowes Wharf: Board just past Hook Lobster 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


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.


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.


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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