Boston Old Town Trolley Tours in Boston, MA

Historic Tours of America200 Atlantic AveBoston, MA 02210
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Overview

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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raphaelr192
London, United Kingdom
"The best way to see Boston!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 06, 2019 NEW
An amazing experience! A best way to see Boston. Our guide was called Cowboy. He was excellent as was the driver who loved the NE Patriots! Excellent all round!
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Quayline
Cowes, United Kingdom
"Great overview"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed December 03, 2019 NEW
This is a great way to get a fast overview of magnificent Boston. (We has just a day.) our first taste of Boston will not be our last. The trolley tour is comprehensive but hugely dependent on your driver/guide. As we got on and off quite a bit we had a variety of voices and styles!! Some were very hard to understand (for a Brit!) and some were positively loud and irritating. Would have preferred headphones and a ‘proper’ commentary. That said, this is a beautiful city and we saw a lot in a day.
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elisalovesyoga
Dublin, Ireland
"Brilliant tour "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 01, 2019 NEW
I had two drivers. JD and Mr Adams. Both full of interesting facts about the city. A really great tour to get you around. Just be aware they don’t stop at Harvard. I walked from stop 6 and enjoyed the stroll around Cambridge :) There is the option of a train from stop 6 too. Bus was warm & I learned so much. I took kites in my phone about everything they said. Fascinating city. Thank you!
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Heidi1168
Madison, Wisconsin
"Exceptional "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 30, 2019 NEW
Uncle Steve and Tony the Tiger were two of our drivers in this tour that we really enjoyed!! They were interactive and Uncle Steve remembered my husband and I from the day before thanksgiving. This hop on and hop off service is amazing and they know their stuff about Boston. They are passionate about their City and really appreciate what it offers. And people if you are planning on doing this service please tip every time you get off and on. Each brings their own style and technique and provide so much knowledge that you would pay double for on one of those guided tours. The Cheers stop is a must. Get the potatoes skins! Thank you Uncle Steve and Tony the Tiger for making this WI couples trip so much fun!!
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Vincent D
"Expensive and disappointing"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed November 29, 2019 NEW
We thought you could hop on a pay the driver but this is not the case. We had 3 drivers: Cowboy who told us more about health and safety and the steps within the bus than he told us about the city. second was Irish who assumed we knew all the historic characters of Boston- despite that fact that we were on the bus to fin out about them, Finally we had Sean who delivered exactly what we wanted- the good places to go, the buildings, and what the Bostonians like to do in their spare time.
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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).