I have not personally taken a Trolley Tour Bus in Boston or in any city (other than San Francisco and Newport), simply put, I prefer to walk. But the Trolley Tour Bus seems to be a perfect way to navigate your way around the "must see" sights if you have a limited time or have small children!!
While on my last visit I inquired about the services and this is what I found out :
This particular trolley tour takes you to over 100 points of interest, allows you to hop on and hop off at 17 designated locations, the full tour from start to finish is about 1 hour 45 minutes, free admission to the State House Museum and comes with a "free day planner guide" which normally costs $8.
Prices: $30.60 for adults
$11.70 for children 3-12 (children under 3 ride free)
$27.90 for seniors
For more information check out their website
Hopping a trolly is the best way to navigate Boston. I got my ticket from Manny, the handsome concierge at the Doubletree. After a once around I got off at the Public Garden and walked up Boylston heading for, where else, MARSHALL'S. More shopping at the Prudential Center. On the way, I stopped briefly at the BPL and sat at a restaurant for a little people watching and lunch. After shopping, I walked a bit and the trolley appeared. I got on and it dropped me right at the door of the hotel.
I personally have never taken a trolley tour of any place that I have visited, but I have checked them out from time to time when trying to plan a trip. Before coming to Boston this last time, I checked out several Trolley Tours of Boston only to find that they are way unaffordable for a family of 6. Prices ranged from $25 which was on the cheap side all the way up to $50 per person. If you are able to walk Boston you really should. If you can't walk long distances I suggest that you look into one of the Trolley Tours.
Boston seems to abound with tour buses. Unlike in Toronto, the standard model doesn’t seem to be those ridiculous double-decker buses imported from the UK that have probably caused the number of frostbite and hypothermia cases in the city to triple during the winter months. Instead, the city runs either some sort of amphibious former military vehicle painted in garish colour (in Toronto they’re purple and made to look like hippopotami), often pink or yellow, or old-fashioned trolleys. I rather like the old-fashioned trolleys, as they match the historic nature of Beacon Hill’s architecture and make you feel like you are in some sort of mashed up time continuum, where three hundred years of American history has been condensed into two days for you to experience. The tour buses often cater to a specific theme: the one in the picture is for Boston Red Sox fans. Try to observe the colours and decoration of the various buses and trolleys – they usually clue you into the “theme” of the specific tour of Boston.
Boston has a number of "trolleys" (buses made to look like trolleys) that can be a fun way to get around the city. Typically, the trolleys do a circle around key tourist sites in Boston (a couple also go out to Cambridge); you buy a day pass that lets you get off and on as often as you like (around $20).
The Beantwon trolley is a fun way to see the sights in Boston. Once you've done the 2 hour tour of Boston and Cambridge, you can still use your pass to hop on and off at stops around town. The pass also includes a harbour cruise. We found it was a good way to get a feel for the city on our first day.
The trolleys are all buses! The red trolley was the one we had with the Go Boston card and it was excellent for seeing Boston. The drivers were really knowledgeable and good fun.