Home to Boston’s bustling financial district and many of its iconic landmarks, the Downtown area is one of the most popular areas for visitors. Groups of tourists, business travelers, and even educational groups will likely find themselves among the towering buildings and historic sites in this area. If you’re looking for things to fill your Downtown Boston itinerary during your visit, you’re in the right place! The Boston Charter Bus Company team has compiled some of the top things to explore downtown, all while helping ensure you get there safely.

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Why Rent a Charter Bus in Boston’s Downtown?

Booking a charter bus rental in Boston can improve the travel experience in Downtown and throughout the city. Group travel already comes with a long list of stressors, add busy Downtown Boston streets to that list! The Boston Charter Bus Company network includes a variety of minibus and charter bus rentals in Boston for different groups to choose from for every occasion.

A private charter bus rental can keep your group traveling together in one vehicle, avoiding the need for stressful caravans or several rideshares. Your Boston charter bus rental will also include a professional driver familiar with the local roads to handle your hectic transportation needs! Smaller groups can relax in a comfortable, compact 15-passenger minibus rental for private tours to Downtown sites, while larger groups can take advantage of full-size charter bus rentals for up to 56 passengers. Book your Boston bus rental by calling 617-314-7577 and relax with onboard amenities like WiFi, power outlets, and plush seating as your driver shuttles you to these top things to do around Downtown Boston.

Plan a Group Tour of Freedom Trail Sites.

Visitor Information Center Address: 139 Tremont St., Boston, MA

Phone: (617) 357-8300

Boston’s 2.5-mile Freedom Trail is lined with 17  historic sites that were pivotal during the American Revolutionary War era and are among the most-visited locations in the city. The trail starts at the Boston Common in Downtown and winds up to the Bunker Hill Monument in Charlestown. Among the 17 sites, some highlights include the Old State House, Boston Common, Paul Revere House, USS Constitution, and Faneuil Hall Marketplace.

Charter bus rental tip: With a Boston charter bus rental, your groups can shuttle between locations or opt to walk and get picked up at the end of the 2.5 miles. Only have a short amount of time to see highlights? Build a personalized itinerary and travel according to your schedule with a personal shuttle.

tulips blooming in the Boston Common

Organize a picnic at the Boston Common or the Public Garden

Public Garden Address: 4 Charles Street, Boston, MA 02116

Phone: (617) 635-4505

Downtown Boston is home to some of the city’s most beautiful green spaces, including the historic Boston Common and adjoining Boston Public Garden. These sprawling parks are the perfect place to take a break after exploring the busy Downtown area, lay out a blanket for a picnic, or even host a special outdoor event. Depending on the season, you can enjoy blooming tulips and other gorgeous flowers, activities like ice skating during the winter, or even swan boat rentals on the water.

Charter bus rental tip: The area around the Boston Common can be exceptionally busy. As your group unloads your charter bus or minibus around the parks, be sure to do so quickly, as many other tour groups may be doing the same.

Stroll and dine along the Boston Waterfront.

The Downtown section of the Boston Waterfront lies just east of I-93 and is an easy walk or short charter bus ride away. This historic waterfront is home to the New England Aquarium and is lined with seafood restaurants, marinas, upscale hotels, and wharves for waterfront photos and views. Stroll over to Christopher Columbus Waterfront Park or Long Wharf, grab food at Boston Sail Loft or James Hook & Co., and enjoy the breeze off the harbor.

Charter bus rental tip: Designated bus loading areas along the waterfront can be found at Atlantic Avenue, east side just north of Rowes Wharf, and on the north side of Congress Street at Fort Point Channel.

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Catch a show in the Theater District.

Boston’s Theater District is the arts hub of the Downtown area. The district was established in 1870 and houses historic venues like the Boston Opera House, The Wilbur, and Wang Theatre. Grab group tickets to a Broadway show at an opulent venue, then consider hopping over to local watering holes like The Tam or nightlife locations like Royale.

Charter bus rental tip: With a private Boston charter bus, you can enjoy an after-show drink or a night out without worrying about a DD. Your professional driver will serve as a built-in DD and safely shuttle your entire group to and from the theater district.

Take a Downtown Boston architectural tour.

Boston is a playground for architecture lovers, with the Downwoan area illustrating examples of Colonial, Greek Revival, Federalist, Brutalist, and Romanesque styles, just to name a few. One of the best ways for groups of architecture lovers to explore Downtown’s many buildings is on foot. However, it’s understandable that not every traveler can hoof it around Downtown all afternoon. Book a charter bus rental in Boston and explore Downtown architectural highlights at your own leisure. Architectural highlights include Boston City Hall, the Massachusetts State House, the Millennium Tower, the Custom House Tower, and the Old South Meeting House. Have additional time on your hands? Shuttle throughout the city to see highlights of other neighborhoods like Prudential Center and Trinity Church in Back Bay.

Charter bus rental tip: If you’re looking to plan a hop-on, hop-off style tour, just keep in mind that Boston has strict loading and unloading policies, as well as idling rules for oversized vehicles.

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Attend a Boston festival or another annual event.

Boston has a long list of big events that happen every year, including numerous that happen in Downtown. Boston Charter Bus Company can help groups of locals and visitors attend annual events in downtown like Boston Harborfest in July and Boston Pride in June. With a personal shuttle service, you can keep your group of festival-goers together for easy arrival and departure at packed event venues around the downtown area.

Charter bus rental tip: Minibus rentals are typically the best choice for groups of festival goers. The Boston charter buses in our network include smaller models ranging from 15-passenger vehicles to 35-passenger rides.

Book a Downtown Boston Charter Bus Today

Do you have any questions about booking a charter bus rental in Boston? The team is available 24/7 at  617-314-7577 to answer your questions about booking, including any inquiries about Boston bus rental pricing! Call anytime to get a free quote for your next tour, outing, or special event happening around Downtown Boston or across the city.