Boston’s Bus & Trolley Tours

Year-round excursions make Boston a four-season destination

A Bus With A Large Tarp On The Back

Although high-visibility Duck Tours are often the first thing people see when they arrive in downtown Boston, did you know there are many other bus and trolley tour operators? Some offer a quicker option to see the sights, and others will keep you exploring for an entire day.. Everyone’s vibe is different, and you can find your own! 

Short Tours Within Boston City Limits

Boston Sightseeing Tours offers the Tour in Four, a step-on guided bus service, in addition to walking tours and driving tours. This four-hour half-walking/half-driving tour might be just what you’re looking for. Whether you’re seeking culinary delights from a North End pastry shop or channeling your inner historian, there’s a lot to take in. Walk the Freedom Trail and visit sites such as the Old North Church, Paul Revere's house are in the North End and Copp's Hill Burial Ground where more than 10,000 early, often distinguished, Bostonians lay in their eternal rest.

Don’t let cold weather get you down:  Old Town Trolley Tours features heated tours in winter, day and night. The Hop On/Hop Off Boston Tour brings you to the most notable areas including Beacon Hill, the Theater District, Back Bay, and the Waterfront District. As an added perk, you’ll receive discounted admission for attractions along the way. Enjoy tea at the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum, a memorial to the December 16, 1773 Boston Tea Party

Ghosts & Gravestones tours run rain or shine, with a preference for dark and stormy nights. Featuring two 20-minute walks through historic cemeteries, you’d do best to wear your comfy shoes and warm clothing. Weather permitting, you’ll also have the option to upgrade your tour to include a harbor cruise if you're visiting between May and October. 

Accessibility Matters
CityView Trolleys features accessible tour vehicles and offers three types of tours: a 1- or 2-Day Hop On/Hop Off pass, and a 60-minute non-stop pass.. Your tour will depart from any of the 9 stops between the US Custom House/Long Wharf and South Station/Chinatown.

Best of Boston Autumn Tour
See Sight Tours of Boston brings a 3.5-hour tour aboard a Mercedes Metris van for up to 7 passengers. This tour includes hotel pick-up and drop-off and admission to all attractions. You’ll end your day with a 90-minute, narrated historical Boston Harbor boat cruise.

Full-day excursions departing from Boston

Travel to neighboring New Hampshire for the day when you head out on the Fall foliage tour! Take in the scenic vistas along the Kancamagus Byway nestled within the majestic White Mountains. Autumn leaves of red, orange, and gold await you! 

Two short hikes allow you to capture photos of waterfalls surrounded by the colors of New England’s autumn. Prepare for time in the chilly mountain air by dressing for the weather: bring a hat, gloves, jacket, and comfortable shoes or hiking boots. Includes pick-up and drop-off from Boston hotels.

Martha’s Vineyard
Discover the island of Martha's Vineyard where you’ll visit Oak Bluffs, home of whimsical gingerbread cottages. Shop in Edgartown’s picturesque district, and marvel at the breathtaking Gay Head Cliffs and historical lighthouse.  This 13-hour Boston to Martha's Vineyard tour starts with pickup from your downtown Boston hotel in a mini-coach for the 1.5-hour journey to Falmouth, Cape Cod where you’ll board the Vineyard-bound ferry. Once on-island, you can go on a narrated 3-hour tour, or head out on your own with a bike or jeep rental. Public transportation around the island is also available.

America’s First Resort
Discover what it was like to be the Rockefeller family with this bus tour bound for Newport, Rhode Island. Included is admission,are two tours of Gilded Age mansions featured in the HBO series: The Elms and the Breakers. Enjoy a narrated mini-bus tour of this historical City by the Sea, lunch on the freshest seafood around, and do a little shopping before a relaxing ride back to Boston.

The Way Life Should Be:  Maine
This 11-hour Coastal Maine day trip lets you escape busy Boston and spend the day exploring the coastline of New England’s northernmost state. Fun fact: Maine was once part of Massachusetts! 

Discover the natural beauty of Marginal Way in Ogunquit and marvel at Nubble Lighthouse in York, built in 1879. Visit Walkers Point, home of the Bush Family and grab some lunch in Kennebunkport. This tour includes a 45-minute locally-hosted trolley ride while you soak up the sweeping vistas of Maine’s iconic coast. 

At the Battery Wharf Hotel, we will assist you in choosing the best tour/package designed to exceed your expectations and needs. We’re waiting to welcome you here at Boston's best waterfront hotel with comprehensive views of Boston Harbor. Book your waterview suite now.