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Guidelines for tour buses in Boston

Guidelines for tour buses in Boston

Driving around Boston can be tricky. We have maps and information to help tour bus drivers find their way.

We marked off places around the City where you can drop off and pick up passengers, or park long term. The map shows tourist attractions and hotels in Boston, and includes helpful tips for drivers. Check out the tour bus map.

We also have a pdf of the off-ramps from the highway in Boston that includes what street you end up on in the City.

Still have questions? Contact:
Transportation
617-635-4680
1 City Hall Square
Room 721
Boston, MA 02201-2026
United States

Tour bus regulations

There are many signs that show restrictions on parking around the City. You can print out this chart of common parking signs, or read more about them below:

Exclusive tour bus stop (drop off and pick up)

Exclusive tour bus stop (drop off and pick up)
At these spots, you have 15 minutes to load and unload passengers. You can’t let your engine idle for more than five minutes.

 

 

Exclusive tour bus stop (parking)

Exclusive tour bus stop (parking)
When you see this sign, you can park for up to three hours in the spot, but you can’t let your engine idle for more than five minutes.

 

 

MBTA public transit bus stop

MBTA public transit bus stop
You can’t park a tour bus at an MBTA bus stop.

 

Five-minute idling limit parking

Five-minute idling limit parking
If you see one of these signs, it means you can’t idle your tour bus there for more than five minutes.

 

 

Metered parking spots

Metered parking spots
Tour buses can’t park at metered spots in the City. If you see a parking meter, don’t park there.

 

 

Except commercial vehicles parking

Except commercial vehicles parking
You can’t stop, load, or unload passengers at one of these “commercial” zones. These spots are only for businesses dropping off or picking up goods.

Tour bus resources

If you have more questions, or run into any trouble on the road, these resources can help:

CONTACT

NUMBER

Police, Fire, Ambulance (for emergencies)

911

BOS:311 (for non-emergency City services)

311

Transportation Department

617-635-4680

Arts and Culture

617-635-3911

Greater Boston Convention and Visitors Bureau

617-536-4100

Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism

617-973-8500

Hynes Convention Center

617-424-8588

Boston Convention and Exhibition Center

617-954-2400

Seaport World Trade Center

617-385-5000

Bayside Exposition Center

617-474-6000

National Park Service

617-223-5200

Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (Public transit)

617-222-3200

Smartraveler traffic map

617-374-1234

Massachusetts Department of Transportation

617-248-2800

Boston Autoport

617-242-2300

Greyhound Garage

617-464-4768

American Bus Association

1-800-283-2877

United Motorcoach Association

1-800-424-8262