Posted April 30th, 2007, 08:03 PM
There is a lot of information on this Board about the hop-on hop-off trolleys in Boston. The two that I see most frequently are Old Town Trolley (green and Orange) and Bean Town Trolley (red and white). They are fairly comparable. Now most of the time during the fall they are lined up at the cruise terminal just waiting for customers -- Beantown also runs a shuttle service up to the most popular spots in the downtown/Freedom Trail area. Here is the information on the Massport web site about the shuttle service:
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Black Falcon Transportation
Cruiseport Boston, operating at the Black Falcon Cruise Terminal in the South Boston Waterfront District, is one of the most popular cruise ports in North America for a very good reason its proximity to the City of Boston. To help passengers make the most of their Port of Call, a first class, round-trip shuttle is now in operation to get you where you're going safely, efficiently, and comfortably.
Operated by Brush Hill / Gray Line / Beantown Trolley, the shuttle offers transportation on Port of Call days to some of Bostons best destinations, such as: the New England Aquarium, located on Central Wharf on Bostons vibrant Waterfront; Faneuil Hall Marketplace, the seat of American history and the site of one of America's most famous shopping and dining experiences and Copley Square, home to Trinity Church, the elegant and upscale Copley Place Mall; and adjacent to trendy Newbury Street.
Shuttles depart every 15 minutes from the Cruise Terminal on Port of Call days, approximately from the time passengers are first allowed to leave their vessel, until the time advertised by the vessel as the last opportunity to re-board.
FARE SCHEDULE FOR TROLLEY SHUTTLE:
April through August: $8.00 one way $12.00 round trip
September & October: $10.00 one way $15.00 round trip
** Tickets and information is available within the Black Falcon Cruise Terminal. Brush Hill / Gray Line / Beantown Trolley personnel will be on site to assist all passengers and will provide escort to Trolleys and Coaches.
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If you shared a cab with another couple to go to the start of the Freedom Trail it would be less money than the cost of the shuttle.
So, you could take the shuttle and then walk the Freedom Trail - it's 2.5 miles. Start at the Park Street Church and Public Garden/Boston Commons, and make the last walking stop the USS Constitution, and then take a cab back to the Terminal from there - it would cost you about $10.
You can visit www.oldtowntrolley.com
for information about their routes around the city if you wanted to use them all day and hop-on, hop-off.