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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 parking guidelines and map.

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

Still have questions? Contact:
Transportation
1 City Hall Square
Room 721
Boston, MA 02201-2026

Tour bus regulations

Exclusive tour bus stop (drop off and pick up)

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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)

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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.

 

TOUR BUSES CANNOT:
  • Keep the engine running while standing for more than five minutes. Unnecessary idling results in fines of up to $1,000.
  • Park at metered spots in the City. If you see a parking meter, don’t park there.
  • Stop, load, or unload passengers at commercial loading zones. These spots are only for businesses dropping off or picking up goods.

Tour bus map and layover parking