Why Rent a Charter Bus in Boston?
Boston is one of America’s oldest and most historic cities, meaning it’s had more than 300 years to fill up with sights to see and places to go. When you rent a private motorcoach or shuttle bus, you’ll have seamless and stress-free group transportation to every destination on your Boston itinerary.
Shofur can pair you with the right type of bus for your traveling needs. A full-sized motorcoach is best for large groups of more than 30 who need to keep together and stay on schedule, while a minibus or sprinter van is best for smaller groups needing to zip around the busy city streets.
No matter where you’re going, a charter bus rental is the best choice for traveling with a group of people. Between premium amenities and a professional bus driver at the helm, passengers will also enjoy a relaxed and stress-free experience while on the road. Here are some ways traveling via charter bus can enhance your next group trip to Boston:
- Plush, reclining seats and an onboard restroom provide comfort and convenience during a long-distance journey.
- Multiple TV screens and a DVD player mean kids and adults can enjoy entertainment between stops.
- Power outlets and free WiFi let passengers stay plugged in and charged up while on the road.
- Ample overhead and undercarriage storage means no need to worry about fitting large luggage bags or equipment.
Group Transportation Options in Boston
The “T”: Boston’s public train and bus system is affectionately known as the “T,” and it’s remarkably simple to use. You can easily travel to almost every popular attraction in Boston via train. However, traveling via the “T” might not be the most efficient for groups of more than six or seven. It’ll be challenging to keep everyone together, especially if you’re traveling during rush hours when train cars are jam packed.
Taxi and Rideshare: Taxis and rideshares are quick and easy modes of transportation for a small group of three or four people. It’s easy to call a cab outside of Logan International Airport, and request an Uber or Lyft to take you from Harvard Square to the Boston Common if you don’t have time to wait for the “T.” However, if you’re traveling with more than eight people, you’ll need to split up between multiple vehicles. You may also need to inconvenience one or more of your group members with paying the cab fee and reimburse them later.
Private Charter Bus: A private charter bus rental is the best option for traveling with a large group of people. You can reserve a motorcoach or minibus suited to your group and easily keep everyone together. A charter bus is also one of the most comfortable modes of ground transportation, offering plenty of legroom, onboard entertainment and restrooms, and a professional driver to handle traffic and parking. However, a charter bus rental can be a costly investment. To make the option more affordable, split the cost amongst passengers. The cost per person is typically cheaper than a day’s worth of taxi fares and rideshare fees and provides passengers with more comfort and convenience.
Comparing Boston Group Transportation
Personal, professional driver
On-board climate controls
Tailored to your schedule
One vehicle for your entire group
If you’re considering renting a charter bus for your next group visit to Boston, read our Bus Rental Guide and learn about when to book, what information you’ll need, and what prices you can expect.
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Traveling to Boston Sporting Events
Whether you’re headed into Boston for a professional-tier championship or out of town for a youth league away game, athletes and coaches can travel with ease in a private charter bus rental. Overhead and undercarriage storage has plenty of space for large sporting equipment so passengers don’t need to share seats with baseball bags or soccer nets. And it’s easy to keep the team safe and all together on a reliable charter bus. There will be no need to worry about anyone getting lost or running late on their way to the big game.
What about the fans, you ask? Bostonians are known to be very proud of their city, and nothing makes them more proud than when their hometown team brings home a win! A private charter bus is perfect for a fan caravan or tailgate party before the big game. You can load up the bus with coolers of game day snacks and Sam Adams Boston Lager to pop open on the ride. With a professional driver at the wheel, you and your group can focus on having fun and not worry about finding parking or being the DD.
Here are some stadiums in Boston you may be planning your next tailgate to:
Home of the MLB’s Boston Red Sox
Address: 4 Yawkey Way, Boston, MA 02215
Phone: (877) 733-7699
Home of the NHL’s Boston Bruins and NBA’s Boston Celtics
Address: 100 Legends Way, Boston, MA 02114
Phone: (617) 624-1050
Home of the NFL’s New England Patriots
Address: 1 Patriot Pl, Foxborough, MA 02035
Phone: (508) 543-8200
Corporate Events and Conferences in Boston
Planning to take your team to an industry summit, conference or convention in Boston? Rent a private charter bus to make sure everyone enjoys a safe trip from the office to the event venue. Whether you’re coming from outside the city or making a quick trip from downtown, private transportation will make the journey more comfortable and convenient than separating into carpools or relying on public transportation. With a charter bus rental, you’ll know your team will arrive on time and focused.
On the other hand, if you’re organizing a massive corporate conference in Boston, you may want to rent a fleet of shuttle buses for the occasion. Plan a route and use shuttle buses to transport guests between venues or to and from the closest “T” stop. Guests will be grateful to spend more time at the event rather than on the road in a rental car. You can also request amenities like free WiFi and power outlets so professionals can recharge and check emails en route.
Here are some popular venues for corporate events in Boston you may be planning travel to:
Hynes Convention Center
Popular large event space in Back Bay near Prudential Center and Tower
Address: 900 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02115
Phone: (877) 393-3393
Boston Convention and Exhibition Center
One of the largest exhibition centers in the Northeastern U.S.
Address: 415 Summer St, Boston, MA 02210
Phone: (617) 954-2000
Seaport World Trade Center
Hotel and event complex center on the Boston waterfront
Address: Seaport Ln, Boston, MA 02210
Phone: (617) 385-5000
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Make Your Boston Wedding Unforgettable
There’s so much to love about planning a wedding in Boston. Whether you’re saying “I do” along the beautiful waterfront or among the fall foliage in the Public Garden, a Boston wedding is bound to be a memorable one.
Seal the deal on a perfect day by renting a fleet of shuttle buses for guest transportation. Guests will enjoy simply hopping on and hopping off pre-planned, private transit rather than rent a car or attempt to navigate public transportation in formal wear. If your guests’ hotel, ceremony venue and reception space are all different destinations, you can plan a bus route and itinerary for effortless transportation.
Request a shuttle bus to make rounds between your guests’ hotel and the ceremony venue, with the last shuttle leaving 45-minutes before start time so everyone is sure to arrive on time. Afterward, plan to have shuttle buses cart everyone to the reception and stick around until the end. Your guests will enjoy being able to celebrate and have fun without worrying about the need to drive, call a rideshare, or choose a DD.
Still deciding where to host the perfect wedding? Here are a few of our favorite venues:
State Room: A Longwood Venue
Urban chic event space with skyscraper views of the city and harbor
Address: 60 State St, 33rd Floor, Boston, MA 02109
Phone: (617) 854-5000
Boston Harbor Hotel
Classic and luxurious event spaces on the waterfront
Address: 70 Rowes Wharf, Boston, MA 02110
Phone: (617) 439-7000
The Ritz-Carlton, Boston
Sophisticated ballroom in the heart of the city
Address: 10 Avery St, Boston, MA 02111
Phone: (617) 574-7100
Plan a Fun Field Trip in Boston
Boston is simply filled with museums and historical sites for educational trips. The hardest part is choosing where to go! While we can help with that, why not knock transportation off the list first? Rent a private charter bus to get your classroom, youth group or scout troop safely and reliably to your next field trip destination in Boston. Kids and adults will both love using the onboard television screens and DVD player. Have your group vote on a favorite movie or TV show to watch between stops. Now, let’s figure out where to go. Here are just a handful of our favorite spots for field trips in Boston:
Museum of Science
Sprawling museum filled with more than a dozen exhibits, a planetarium, and a butterfly garden
Address: 1 Museum Of Science Driveway, Boston, MA 02114
Phone: (617) 723-2500
Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum
Unique, interactive history museum with live reenactments and sailing ship replicas
Address: 306 Congress St, Boston, MA 02210
Phone: (617) 338-1773
USS Constitution Museum
History museum near the USS Constitution in the Charlestown Navy Yard
Address: Building 22, Charleston Navy Yard, Charlestown, MA 02129
Phone: (617) 426-1812
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College Campus Tours in Boston
If you know some high school juniors or seniors interested in attending college in Boston, they’re in for a real treat. There are more than 50 colleges and universities in the Boston area to choose from, including world-renowned institutions like Harvard, Boston University, and MIT. If you can dream it, you can get an education for it here.
To plan a college campus charter bus tour in Boston, start by choosing your top 3 or 4 institutions. Not all of them may be within city limits, so we recommend beginning outside and working your way in. For example, make your first stop at Tufts University in Medford and Somerville or Brandeis University in Waltham, then go to Harvard or MIT in Cambridge, and finally head downtown to see Boston University or Emerson College. Here are some popular schools you might want to add to your itinerary:
Renowned Ivy League university in Cambridge
Admissions address: 86 Brattle St, Cambridge, MA 02138
Phone: (617) 495-1551
Large university best known for its business and biomedical sciences programs
Admissions address: 233 Bay State Rd, Boston, MA 02215
Phone: (617) 353-2300
Private university in Medford and Somerville with a popular school of medicine
Admissions address: Bendetson Hall, 2 The Green, Medford, MA 02155
Phone: (617) 627-3170
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Private institute known for its math, science and engineering education
Admissions address: 77 Massachusetts Ave, Room 10-100, Cambridge, MA 02139
Phone: (617) 253-3400
Private university in nearby Waltham with highly ranked English and history programs
Admissions address: 415 South St, MS 003, Waltham, MA 021453
Phone: (781) 736-3500
Small, private college known for communications and art programs
Admissions address: 104 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02116
Phone: (617) 824-8600
Follow the Freedom Trail via Bus in Boston
Planning on exploring the Freedom Trail with your group? You’ll be grateful to have a charter bus in tow when you spend the day walking this 2.5-mile sight-studded trek around some of the most historic places in the city.
The Freedom Trail starts at the Boston Common, America’s oldest public park. From here you’ll spot the glistening gold dome of the Massachusetts State House or the towering steeple of Park Street Church, once one of the first landmarks travelers saw when approaching Boston back in 1809. Depending on how comfortable your shoes are (we recommend a well-worn pair of sneakers for this hike!), you may start to notice your feet ache once you get to the Old South Meeting House, where the Boston Tea Party began, or once you get to Faneuil Hall Marketplace. Faneuil Hall is a great place to rest up, explore the unique shops, and refuel with a lobster roll from the Quincy Market food hall.
Once rejuvenated, head toward the North End to see the Paul Revere House and Old North Church before trekking down the harbor. On your way, you’ll spot the enormous white sails of the USS Constitution, nicknamed “Old Ironsides” from her days battling the British on the high seas during the War of 1812. You’ll (finally) finish the Freedom Trail when you come to Bunker Hill Monument, the site of the first major battle of the Revolutionary War marked by a 221-foot tall obelisk. Climb all 294 steps to the top for unparalleled views of the Boston harbor, city skyline, and Zakim Bridge.
Now, that’s a lot of walking, right? With a private charter bus rental, you can arrange to have your bus driver meet you and your group at the foot of Bunker Hill rather than walk to the nearest “T” station to wait for rideshares. Load up the bus with coolers of water bottles and snacks so your group can refresh as soon as they finish the Freedom Trail. They’ll be grateful to flop into plush, reclining seats and take a well-deserved load off after completing one of Boston’s most exciting historical adventures!
Alternatively, if you have a small group of seniors or people with disabilities, exploring the trail by bus might be a better option. You can plan a custom hop-on/hop-off tour of the Freedom Trail, making stops at the Boston Common, Faneuil Hall, Old North Church, USS Constitution, and Bunker Hill Monument. However you want to explore the Freedom Trail in Boston, we can help you along the way.
Charter a Bus From Boston to New York City
Planning a bachelor(ette) getaway, a senior class trip, or an industry conference trip in New York City? A private charter bus can make the journey there from Boston comfortable and easy. The Big Apple is only about four hours away from Boston, so if you rent a charter bus with an onboard restroom and power outlets in every seat, you probably won’t need to stop for a bathroom break or to recharge phones and laptops.
Once in the city, you can rely on your charter bus rental to easily navigate the streets, saving you from needing a crash course in how to navigate the New York subway system. Whether you’re headed to a show on Broadway, an event at Madison Square Garden or a conference at the Jarvis Center, you can make a plan with your driver to drop you off curbside and pick you up later. Your trip to NYC from Boston will be a breeze with a private charter bus.
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Our Favorite Group-Friendly Destinations in Boston
If you’re planning a group event in Boston and are not sure where to go, Shofur can help. We can recommend more than a few fan favorites for where to go and what to do as a group in “The Hub.”
While in Boston, if you need to park your bus while your group spends time at a destination, the most popular place to go is the Boston Autoport in Charlestown. Passengers aren’t allowed in the autoport, so you’ll coordinate with your driver to determine pick-up and drop-off points at the destinations on your itinerary. The autoport can accommodate up to 50 motorcoaches and buses per day, and includes 24-hour security, a lounge for drivers, and a fuel facility. Parking typically costs $30, but be sure to call ahead at (617) 242-2300 to confirm current parking fees. For more information on parking and drop-off/pick-up zones around the city, refer to the City of Boston’s tour bus map.
Now that parking is taken care of, consider some of these Boston highlights for your trip itinerary:
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Good for: Field Trips, Weddings, Corporate Events, Social Celebrations
This Museum of Fine Arts is a sprawling institution featuring renowned classic and contemporary art and artists from around the world. Two highlights of the collection include John Singleton Copley’s 1778 oil painting Watson and the Shark and Dale Chihuly’s 42-foot glass and steel sculpture Lime Green Icicle Tower.
The MFA offers discounted admission rates for groups of 10 or more, and guided tours for adult and school groups. Admission is also free for students and faculty who attend schools in The University Membership Program. Some lucky institutions include Boston University, Emerson College, and MIT.
Bus Tip: The Linde Family Wing Entrance on Museum Road is for schools, groups, and visitors with disabilities, so arrange for your bus driver to drop you off and pick you up there.
Address: 465 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02115
Phone: (617) 267-9300
New England Aquarium
Good for: Weddings, Field Trips, Corporate Events, Social Celebrations
Near the waterfront, the New England Aquarium is one of Boston’s premiere attractions. As soon as you arrive you’ll be greeted by a family of harbor seals, waving and swimming right outside the front doors. Once inside, the Giant Ocean Tank—a four-story 200,000-gallon saltwater tank—is where you’ll meet the rest of the gang: sea turtles, stingrays, sharks, eels, and hundreds of colorful fish.
The aquarium offers a special discounted ticket rate for groups of 10 or more, and you can book tickets for your group by calling (617) 973-5206. You can also host a corporate event, wedding, or private party in one of their six event venues, or rent out the entire aquarium! They can accommodate groups as small as 30 and as large as 2,000.
Bus Tip: The New England Aquarium enforces a 10-minute window for dropping off and picking up visitors in a designated turnaround location, so be sure to plan ahead and coordinate with your driver. And while the aquarium doesn’t have its own bus parking facilities, it recommends the Boston Autoport about 2 miles away.
Address: 1 Central Wharf, Boston, MA 02110
Phone: (617) 973-5200
Faneuil Hall Marketplace and Quincy Market
Good for: Field Trips, Group Tours
Bring a group to Faneuil Hall Marketplace for a mix of shopping, dining and sightseeing. This destination is a good opportunity to let the group break away from a tour or itinerary and explore the shops at their leisure, but that doesn’t mean you can’t offer a few recommendations. Visit Christmas Boston to explore a two-story, year-round festive wonderland of ornaments and gifts, and Newbury Comics for a quirky selection of pop culture collectables and music. During the summer, folks may even enjoy a free, public event or street performance.
Finish your visit by telling everyone to gather for a group dinner at a nearby restaurant. Go to Cheers if you’re with an older crowd looking for a nostalgic meal, or consider Mezcala Tex-Mex Grill for tacos and pitchers of margaritas all around. You can also head over to the nearby Hard Rock Cafe for a reliable, tourist-y experience, or to North 26 at the Millenium Hotel for a unique and sophisticated meal.
Bus Tip: Plan to be picked up and dropped off at the John Fitzgerald Surface Artery between Hanover and North Streets. Your driver will find a designated zone with a 15-minute limit for a bus to idle. From there, you and your group will have a short walk to Faneuil Hall Marketplace.
Address: 4 S Market St, Boston, MA 02109
Phone: (617) 523-1300
John F. Kennedy Presidential Museum & Library
Good for: Weddings, Corporate Events, Field Trips
The John F. Kennedy Presidential Museum & Library is a stunning museum of the life and legacy of President John F. Kennedy. He was born just outside of the Boston city limits in Brookline, where his birthplace is preserved as a national historic site. At the museum and library, you’ll see permanent exhibits detailing JFK’s inauguration, the U.S. space program, and the life of First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy.
Groups of 12 or more can receive a discount on admissions with reservations made in advance. On average, adults are $12, seniors (62+) and college students are $10, and youth ages 13-17 are $9. The museum suggests a minimum of 90 minutes to get the most out of the museum experience.
Bus Tip: Free motorcoach parking is available here! The museum asks that all coach passenger unloading and loading occur in the designated bus parking slip. Call the group visits office for more details.
Address: Columbia Point, Boston, MA 021215
Group Visits Office: (617) 514-1589
Samuel Adams Brewery
Good for: Corporate Events, Social Celebrations
Samuel Adams Brewery is well-known for stirring up America’s favorite beer. Visitors have the opportunity to come and see the process for themselves by taking a tour of the brewing process and enjoying a sample tasting. Every guest walks away with a complimentary tasting glass for getting their fill and remembering their visit.
For large groups of 20 or more, you can call (617) 368-5256 to schedule a private tour. You can also rent The Pickwick, an event space adjacent to the brewery, for an event for up to 60 people. Booking an event package includes a private bartender, eight brewery-exclusive beers, and an option to add a private brewery tour at a discounted rate.
Bus Tip: There is no charter bus parking nearby or on site, so you’ll need to plan time for drop-off and pick-up. Make sure to factor travel time into your itinerary and coordinate with your bus driver if they choose to go park at Boston Autoport in Charlestown.
Address: 30 Germania St, Boston, MA 02130
Phone: (617) 368-5080
Rent a Charter Bus For Your Next Boston Trip
Ready to head to Boston? Our reservation team is available 24 hours a day to help you reserve the perfect charter bus rental and organize your trip. Give us a call any time at 1-800-436-8719 to learn more about how we can help with your next group trip in Boston!
Prices for Charter Buses and Minibuses in Boston
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