Boston Old Town Trolley Tours in Boston, MA

Historic Tours of America200 Atlantic AveBoston, MA 02210
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All aboard! The Boston Old Town Trolley Tour is the most convenient and fun way to travel the city! With eighteen stops and unlimited on and off privileges, you can spend the entire day, or multiple days, exploring the most popular points of interest. The open-aired trolley makes it easy to snap photos, and a knowledgeable conductor will provide plenty of entertainment on the route.

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Boston Travel Experts
  • State-of-the-art stadium trolley.
  • Comfortable padded seats for a pleasant tour!
  • Tour duration without stopping is 1 hour and 50 minutes.
  • Fully narrated by expert guides who are well versed in the history, legend and lore of Boston.
  • The trolleys are open-air vehicles which allow for optimal sightseeing and picture-taking!
  • Passengers can get on and off at any of our conveniently located stops (stops every 15-20 minutes).
  • Easy-to-use interactive map; you'll have all the information you need during your trip, right in your pocket.

Description

from Boston Old Town Trolley Tours
The original Old Town Trolley Tours was conceived right here in Key West. It was more than 25 years ago when the three founders of Historic Tours got together to work towards preserving the historic sites of the city and along the way, created an exciting and entertaining sightseeing tour.

Hop aboard the city’s most enthralling Boston sightseeing excursion, Old Town Trolley Tours of Boston! The orange and green trolleys have been providing guests with "transportainment" for more than 25 years. Old Town Trolley is the best way to relive history and see all our country’s Cradle of Liberty has to offer.

While onboard Old Town Trolley Tours of Boston, you’ll feel as if you’ve journeyed back in time to the era of the first colonists. Imagine how Paul Revere felt when he made his historic “midnight ride”; hear tales of how he and other famous settlers fought for freedom. As the Old Town Trolley makes its way throughout the city, you’ll have the freedom to get off and back on as often as you wish; and there’s always another trolley coming along soon. Boston tours aboard the trolley are the best way to see the sights in the city.

See ancient burial grounds, national historic landmarks like the Old North Church and the Old State House, and many of the moving monuments in Boston like Bunker Hill and the site of the Boston Massacre. Experience the magnitude of what our forefathers suffered through as you walk along the Freedom Trail. Boston’s critical place in the history of our country is evident in the many sights you’ll see on the Old Town Trolley Tour.

You can also hop off the trolley to visit chic shops, museums, fine restaurants, and the famous pub that the TV show “Cheers” was fashioned after. There’s so much to do and see in Boston, and we’ll help you discover it all in a comfortable, relaxing, informative tour. Our expert conductors make the ride even more enjoyable as they delight guests with humorous stories and historical facts about the many points of interest along the way.

One of the most important places in the USA’s past and present, Boston is steeped in history and culture, offering an array of exciting activities and intriguing attractions. And onboard Old Town Trolley Tours, you’ll get an up-close and in-depth look at it all. So when you’re ready to see everything from Faneuil Hall to the Boston Harbor and everything in between, take your seat on one of our orange and green trolleys.

Old Town Trolley Tours:
November – March: 9:00AM – 4:00PM.
April – October 31: 9:00AM – 5:00PM.
Christmas Eve: The last tour pickup is at 3:00PM.
Closed on Christmas and Thanksgiving.
Boston Marathon Day: Call for availability.

Please note: due to state-mandated construction on the Charlestown Bridge, stop #3 may be closed without notice.

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eem_83
London, United Kingdom
"Would not recommend."
TripAdvisor user rating 2 out of 5
Reviewed January 17, 2020 NEW
We bought a one day pass and decided after doing it for a couple of hours we would have been cheaper and better off if we were to do it again to take a cab. We had two drivers (we didn't hop on and hop off but had to change at stop 1). It was very very hard to hear what the driver was saying, muffled and loud. You also couldn't see through the windows as they're plastic (so that they can be rolled up in the summer) and are very scratched (on both trolleys). We decided after a couple of hours that we were better off seeing the sights ourselves and so got off and didn't make further use of it.
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KKB_HSV
"Expensive but good with the right driver. "
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed January 10, 2020 NEW
We hopped on and off a few times and really weren’t impressed with the drivers until we got on Uncle Steve’s bus!!! He was a game changer and we actually changed our plans to get off the bus a few stops down and stayed on his bus for the whole loop. I could have listened to him all day! So full of not only knowledge but PASSION AND LOVE for his city of Boston! I told him as we exited the bus if more high school teachers taught like him no one would drop out of school. Public transit is wonderful in Boston so take that if you just need to travel the city but if you want to invest in a tour make sure to get on Steve’s bus!!! Liz (I think that’s her name) in the office was also very nice to our family when we were buying tickets. She gave us a few dollar discount which was very welcomed since the price tag is high for our budget.
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IKR66
Swansea County, United Kingdom
"Trolley bus great"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed January 05, 2020 NEW
As suggested in the title we enjoyed the trolley bus tour with good coverage of the city (although mention of Harvard on the map needs to point out it’s a long way from the stop). The drivers who act as guides were tremendous and we had 5 different people. The one down side isn’t a trolley bus problem but a Boston problem - signs are needed to say where the bus stops. It’s far too random to look at the map and hope you’re in the right place ! Apparently Boston don’t allow such signs but this is a real disservice to visitors who want to get around this beautiful city - please get this sorted out
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penelopec878
Berkshire, United Kingdom
"Essential!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 05, 2020 NEW
Brilliant tour guides! All knew their history and put it across well. Some had a great sense of humour to boot! Lovely and warm inside on a very cold day indeed today!!!
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Tim H
Melbourne, Florida
"Completely undependable "
TripAdvisor user rating 2 out of 5
Reviewed December 29, 2019 NEW
Started this tour with Gonzo who seemed to have an attitude from the get go. He was cheesy akmnd sarcastic at best. Hopped off at Cheers and waited about 35 minutes, not the 20 they tell you before Quint and Shenanigans finally picked us up. They were pleasant but hard to understand. Bottom line, skip this service.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Boston Old Town Trolley Tours

Where does the tour begin?
Our Old Town Trolley begins at Boston Waterfront/New England Aquarium Depot - Stop #1 200 Atlantic Avenue, Boston, MA 02109. However, you may start you tour at any of our 18 convenient stops!

What is at each trolley stop? 

  • FANEUIL HALL
  • HISTORIC NORTH END
  • USS CONSTITUTION AND MUSEUM
  • NORTH STATION / TD GARDEN
  • DOWNTOWN CROSSING / HISTORIC DISTRICT
  • CAMBRIDGE / MIT / HARVARD
  • CHARLES STREET MEETING HOUSE
  • CHEERS BAR
  • PRUDENTIAL CENTER / SKYWALK OBSERVATORY
  • CHRISTIAN SCIENCE PLAZA / SYMPHONY HALL
  • COPLEY PLACE MALL
  • COPLEY SQUARE / BACK BAY
  • TROLLEY STOP STORE / THEATER DISTRICT
  • STATE HOUSE / BOSTON COMMON
  • BOSTON TEA PARTY SHIPS & MUSEUM
  • SOUTH STATION
  • BOSTON CONVENTION CENTER
  • MASSPORT/BLACK FALCON CRUISE SHIP TERMINAL
  • BOSTON FISH PIER
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Are the trolleys handicap accessible? 
A certain number of our trolleys are equipped with hydraulic wheelchair lifts. We do ask that you call ahead to arrange use of these vehicles.  A person needing these trolleys can only board and exit the trolley at our main depot.

Can I bring my stroller on board the trolley? 
Yes, we can accommodate strollers but they must be collapsible and will be stored up front with the conductor. Strollers in the aisle ways would constitute a safety hazard.

Are dogs allowed on your trolleys? 
Assistance animals, such as seeing-eye dogs, are the only animals that are allowed on board the trolleys.

How long does a full tour of Boston take if I don't get on and off at all?
The Old Town Trolley Tour is approximately 1 hour and 50 minutes if you ride the tour all the way around without getting off and on.

What language are the tours in?
All of our tours are in English.

How knoweledgabe are the conductors about Boston?
The conductors are great storytellers and entertainers! They all go through a rigorous six-week training program to insure that their tour is safe, their information is accurate, and their customer service is outstanding.

Are there parking lots near ant of the tour stops?
Parking in Boston is sometimes a challenge and can be on the expensive side; but there are a large number of parking options around the city, including parking garages, parking lots, and city-metered spaces.

Are the tours narrated?
Yes, the Old Town Trolley is fully narrated by knowledgeable, expert guides. However, an Old Town Trolley Tour is more than just a narration, it’s an experience! You’ll hear sound effects and much more.

Can I get on and off wherever I want?
Yes! This is one of the most unique and enjoyable aspects of an Old Town Trolley Tour. You can hop off and hop back on at 18 different stops around the city, sightseeing at your own pace.

Are food and drinks allowed on the trolley?
Food and drinks are welcome. However, alcoholic beverages are NOT allowed under any circumstance for the safety and comfort of all of our guests.

Are the trolleys enclosed? 
The trolleys are open-air vehicles but have plastic “isinglass” windows that can roll up or roll down depending on the weather conditions.

Does the tour still operate in inclement weather?
Yes, we operate our tours rain or shine, hot or cold, year-round. We use heated trolleys that are glass-enclosed specifically for the colder weather. Occasionally, we’re forced to close operations for safety reasons, due to extreme conditions such as blizzards. 

Does the trolley come back to get me is I get off?
The trolleys go around the city in a continuous loop, allowing guests to hop off and hop on at the designated stops. When you hop off a trolley to see the sights at a particular stop, that trolley will continue with the tour, and another trolley will arrive shortly to make another pick up.

Can I bring my luggage onboard?
Space on the trolleys is limited; but in some cases it may be acceptable to bring a small suitcase on board. Bear in mind that our trolleys are designed specifically for sightseeing and therefore contain limited storage space (as compared to motor coaches).