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  • Location:Boston, Massachusetts
  • Duration:Varies

Boston Beantown Trolley and Harbor Cruise

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, Cambridge, the Freedom Trail and the Museum of Fine Arts. Enjoy the full 1.5-hour narrated tour on this San Francisco-style trolley car or hop off to explore at your leisure. There are 16 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, 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

Hop on the Beantown Trolley at any of the 16 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 1.5-hour loop.

Hop off to explore sights at your own place including Cambridge, Charlestown, Beacon Hill, Boston Common, the Freedom Trail, Quincy Market, Faneuil Hall, Copley Square, Fenway Park, the New England Aquarium, the North End and the Bunker Hill Pavilion. The Beantown Trolley is the only trolley with direct service to the Museum of Fine Arts and the Seaport District, so take advantage of these stops!

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
  • 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

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!!

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.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

It was great

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

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

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....

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

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

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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