Boston Trolley Tours: Coupons & Discount Tickets

The many trolley tours available in Boston are some of the most popular tours in the city and, since they also serve as a shuttle service, they are a great way to get around.

If you are planning to take one of these trolley tours, such as Old Town Trolley or CityView Trolley, there are a few ways you can save yourself some money on tickets.

The following is a list of ways to save money on Boston trolley tour tickets with coupons, groupons and discounts:

CityView Trolley Coupons and Discount Tickets:

CityView Trolley Tours is one of the most popular and highly-rated tours in Boston. The tour is a one-hour narrated tour during which riders can hop off and hop on at any time to explore the sites.

A young kid hitching a ride on a Boston trolley circa 1906

The following is a list of ways to save money on CityView Trolley Tour tickets with coupons and discounts:

Groupon:

Groupon offers a CityView Trolley Tour discount for one, two or four people for over 50% off. The more tickets you buy the more you save.

Go Boston Card:

The Go Boston Card allows you to ride the Cityview Trolley and also gives you admission to other Boston attractions for one flat price.

The Go Boston Card has three different types of passes: the All-inclusive Pass, the Explorer Pass and the Build Your Own Pass. All of these passes include access to the CityView Trolley.

The All-Inclusive Pass allows you to ride the CityView Trolley and also gives you admission to over 41 other attractions in Boston, which include:

CityView Trolley
New England Aquarium
Skywalk Observatory
Museum of Science
Fenway Park Tour
USS Constitution Cruise
Freedom Trail Walking Tour
Old State House
Museum of Fine Arts
Salem Witch Museum
Plimoth Plantation
Paul Revere House
Swan Boats of Boston
Old South Meeting House
Harvard Museum of Natural History
MIT Museum
Boston Children’s Museum
Harvard Walking Tour
Sam Adams Brewery Tour
JFK Presidential Library and Museum
Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate
Franklin Park Zoo
Mary Baker Eddy Library
Isabella Gardner Museum
Institute of Contemporary Art
Boston Bike Rental
Charles River Cruise
Otis House Museum
Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology
House of Seven Gables
Peabody Essex Museum
Six Flags of New England
Old Sturbridge Village
Liberty Ride
Orchard House
Buckman Tavern
Concord Museum
John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum
Hyannisport Harbor Cruise
Cape Cod Canal Cruise
Legoland

The All-Inclusive Pass is particularly useful if you plan on visiting a number of attractions in one day. Since the CityView Trolley is a hop on and hop off service, you can use it to transport you to these attractions. This not only saves you money but it also saves you the time and hassle of trying to find your own way through Boston’s maze of narrow streets.

The Explorer Pass allows you to visit either 3, 4, or 5 attractions. There are 19 attractions to choose from which include:

Boston Duck Tour
New England Aquarium
Skywalk Observatory
Museum of Science
Freedom Trail Walking Tour
Salem Witch Museum
Museum of Fine Arts
JFK Presidential Library and Museum
Peabody Essex Museum
Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology
Legoland Discovery Center Boston
CityView Hop-On Hop-Off Boston Trolley Sightseeing Tour
USS Constitution Cruise
Fenway Park Tour
Boston Children’s Museum
Harvard Museum of Natural History
Isabella Gardner Museum
Boston Sunset Cruise
Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate

The Build Your Own Pass allows you to choose two or more attractions. The price of the pass depends on how many attractions you choose. There are 36 attractions to choose from, which include:

Boston Duck Tour
New England Aquarium
CityView Hop On Hop Off Trolley
Skywalk Observatory
Museum of Science
Paul Revere House
USS Constitution Cruise
Freedom Trail Walking Tour
Fenway Park Tour
New England Aquarium Whale Watch
Old State House
Salem Witch Museum
Plimoth Plantation
Boston Children’s Museum
Museum of Fine Arts
Old South Meeting House
Harvard Museum of Natural History
Harvard Walking Tour
MIT Museum
JFK Presidential Library and Museum
Legoland Discovery Center Boston
Isabella Gardner Museum
Charles River Cruise
Six Flags New England
Franklin Park Zoo
Mary Baker Eddy Library & Mapparium
Peabody Essex Museum
Boston Sunset Cruise
Boston Bike Rental
Institute of Contemporary Art
Old Sturbridge Village
Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology
Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate
Architecture Cruise
Bike Tour
Boston Movie Mile Walking Tour

In addition to all these savings, the trolley also serves as transportation to the other attractions available with the card.

Old Town Trolley Coupons and Discount Tickets:

The Old Town Trolley is another popular and highly-rated trolley tour and shuttle service in Boston. The tour is a one hour 50 minute-long tour that allows riders to hop on and hop off at any time to explore the sites.

The following is a list of ways to save money on Old Town Trolley Tour tickets with coupons and discounts:

Hometown Pass Program:

The Hometown Pass Program allows some Massachusetts residents to buy one full fare adult ticket for the Old Town Trolley and get another one free. The full fare ticket must be purchased at a Historic Tours of America ticket booth or by calling the tour company directly at 855-396-7433. Tickets must not be purchased online and many not be purchased using any discounts or coupons.

The pass also allows you to buy one full fare ticket to the Boston Tea Party Museum and get another one free.

To see if you are eligible for a Boston Hometown Pass, sign up here: www.hometownpass.com/user-registration?city=Boston

Trusted Tours and Attractions:

Trusted Tours and Attractions offers numerous packages for the Old Town Trolley. These aren’t discounts on individual Old Town Trolley tickets themselves but are instead combo tickets that offer an overall discount on all the attractions in the package, including the Old Town Trolley.

Boston Old Town Trolley Tour Package:

The Boston Old Town Trolley Tour Package includes a ride on the Old Town Trolley, a free Boston harbor cruise, and free admission to the Old State House Museum.

This package is a great way to explore both the city streets and the harbor while also checking out the historic Old State House museum.

If you are interested in this package but plan to be in Boston for more than one day, there is also a 2 Day Old Town Trolley Package.

Old Town Trolley and Freedom Trail Package:

The Old Town Trolley and Freedom Trail Package includes a ride on the Old Town Trolley, a guided tour with the Boston Freedom Trail’s A Walk Into History tour, a free Boston harbor cruise and free admission to the Old State House museum.

This package is a great deal because it gives you a comprehensive overview of all of Boston’s most famous sites. Although the Old Town Trolley and the walking tour include many of the same Freedom Trail sites, the walking tour focuses more on historical sites while the trolley tour covers many different types of sites that the walking tour doesn’t explore, such as Fenway Park, the Prudential Center, Symphony Hall and the USS Constitution in Charlestown.

In addition to all of that the package also includes admission to the museums, which if you are a history fan, are a must-see.

Yet another reason to get this package is that the Old Town Trolley is also a shuttle service that brings you directly to all of these locations, saving you both the money and the hassle of navigating your way through Boston on your own.

Old Town Trolley and Boston Duck Tours Package:

The Old Town Trolley and Boston Duck Tours Package allows you to ride the Old Town Trolley, the Boston Duck Tour, a free Boston harbor cruise and free admission to the Old State House museum.

This package is a very thorough way to explore Boston because although the Old Town Trolley and the Boston Duck Tour do cover some of the same historic sites, the Boston Duck Tour covers many more sites that the Old Town Trolley doesn’t, such as the Holocaust Memorial, the Longfellow Bridge, the Zakim Bridge and the Robert Gould Shaw Memorial.

Boston Day and Night Old Town Trolley Package:

The Boston Day and Night Old Town Trolley Package includes a ride on the Old Town Trolley for two consecutive days, a guided tour on the Night Time Ghosts and Gravestones Trolley Tour, a free Boston harbor cruise and free admission to the Old State House Museum.

This a really great deal if you like haunted ghost tours and also want to check out Boston’s historic sites and a history museum.

New England Aquarium and Old Town Trolley Boston Package:

The New England Aquarium and Old Town Trolley Boston Package includes a ride on the Old Town Trolley, admission to the New England Aquarium, free admission to the Old State House Museum, and a free Boston harbor cruise.

Old Town Trolley and Whale Watch Package:

The Old Town Trolley and Whale Watch Package includes a ride on the Old Town Trolley, admission to a whale watch on a high-speed catamaran, free admission to the Old State House Museum, and a free Boston harbor cruise.

Old Town Trolley and Tea Party Package:

The Old Town Trolley and Tea Party Package includes a ride on the Old Town Trolley, admission to the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum, free admission to the Old State House Museum and a free Boston harbor cruise.

If you are interested in this package but plan to be in Boston for more than one day, there is also a 2 Day Old Town Trolley and Tea Party Package.

These packages from Trusted Tours and Attractions are a great deal if you are actually interested in seeing all of these attractions they include and have the time to do so. If you are only looking for discounted tickets to the trolley, they are probably more money than they are worth to you.

For more info on exploring historic Boston, check out our article on Boston History Tours.

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