Boston Trolley Tour
For those who prefer to be chauffeured, a Boston trolley tour can be a fabulous choice for seeing Boston. You receive narrated tours as you pass by many noted and historic sights of Boston and you have the option of getting off to go explore chosen areas as you choose.
Here are a few commonalities to the three options below:
- All of these Boston trolley tours come with a Harbor cruise and/or other perks (somewhat depending on the season).
- All have the option to "hop-on hop-off" so that you can wander through historic Boston neighborhoods and get up close and personal with Beantown's most famous tourist sights.
- All have approximately 20 stop options with over 100 points of interest to visit.
- Their closing times tend to vary by season. Check what it is when you do your tour and what that means (i.e. Is that that time of the last pick-up or do the trolleys stop running at that time?).
And here are the logistics for each trolley tour company...
Old Town Trolley Tours
Boston's Old Town Trolley Tours
9/9.30am - 4/5pm (depends on the season)
1 hour and 50 minutes if you stay on the bus from beginning to end
Rain or shine. Will only close under seriously severe conditions
Starting Location: Any of the locations the trolley stops at.
Tickets: $42 adults, $39 seniors/students/military, $16 kids, free under 3, discounts available when buying online. You can also get trolley tickets at several of their stops - these are listed at the bottom of their reservations page (click on the link just above).
- About 15 minutes between trolleys
- You get a 2nd day free (must be used on consecutive days)
- You get a discount if you buy online
- They offer a 100% Money Back Guarantee
- These are the orange and green Boston trolley tours
Red Beantown Trolley
Months: Year Round
Times: 9.30am-4.30pm daily
Length: 2 hours if you don't get off the trolley
Conditions: Rain or shine
Starting Location: Hotel Pickup from some hotels for 9.30 tour only. Otherwise Gray Line Ticket Office / Transportation Building, Park Square, 16 South Charles Street, Boston, MA 02116, next to PF Changs Restaurant.
T-Stop: Arlington Station or Boylston Station on the Green Line
One Day Pass: $32 Adult, $11 Children (3-11)
Two Day Passes: $44 Adult, $20 Children (3-11)
Seniors: They do apparently have a senior price but I couldn't see a way to purchase it online, so call them directly to find out how to get your discount.
Phone: 800-343-1328 (toll-free), 781-986-6100 (in Boston)
- About 20 minutes between buses
- Run by Brush Hill Tours/Gray Line
- Brush Hill Tours has been running sightseeing tours around New England since 1981. See their websites for other great options.
- These are the red Boston trolley tours
Boston Upper Deck Trolley Tours
Boston Upper Deck Trolley Tours
9am - 4pm daily
2.5 hours if you do the tour straight through
Rain or shine. Call them during inclement weather re availabiliity and schedules.
Starting Location: Anywhere the tour stops
Note: They list several Super Duck Tours each day - those are for their land/water tours. The 2 Day Trolley & Cambridge Loop tickets are the last ones listed for each day.
Tickets: $36 adults, $32 senior/student/military, 18 children (3-11), free under 3
Phone: 877-34DUCKS (343-8257) or 617-742-1440
- Includes a tour through Cambridge (with free transfer) and a free Harvard Yard tour
- You get a second (consecutive) day at no additional cost
- Climate controlled trolleys with elevated seating to help see the sights
- Occasionally tour guides are not up to par but you can always jump off the trolley and get on a new one 20 minutes later
- Can buy in conjunction with Super Duck Tours - I have not done one of these boat tours myself and have heard mixed reviews, but it's a reasonable deal if you do have a good experience (and want to do 2 tours).
- These are the green and yellow Boston trolley tours
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