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Boston TV & Movie Sites Tour

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Theater on Wheels Movie Tour 1
Gate Prices Adult $41.00
Child $25.00

Take a TV & movie tour to see Boston’s rich cinematic history and how the city is fast becoming the new Hollywood East. The Boston TV & Movie Sites 2 ½ hour bus tour will take you to spots you’ll recognize from Oscar winning films and award-winning television series including America Hustle, Ted, Good Will Hunting, The Heat, The Town, The Departed and many more.

The following films were completely or largely filmed in Boston, and might be stops on your tour:

  • Good Will Hunting: Filmed largely in South Boston (“Southie”), as well as Harvard Square, Boston Public Garden (the Movie Mile), and the campus of MIT and in Charlestown at Bunker Hill Community College
  • The Town: Visit Charlestown, the setting for the 2010 action thriller The Town, directed by and starring Ben Affleck, which follows the lives of a group of Boston bank robbers and the law enforcement personnel attempting to stop them.
  • The Departed: This Oscar-winning sensation was largely filmed in South Boston and you’ll recognize many locations from the movie scenes
  • Mystic River: Mostly filmed in East Boston, Southie, and the Jamaica Plain neighborhood
  • Boston Legal: Set in a ritzy building on Boston’s famous Boylston Street
  • Cheers: The namesake bar sits on Beacon Street, not far from the State House, and is a regular stop for tourists and those looking for a cold brew, Norm-style
  • Legally Blonde: Set at Harvard Law School (although it was largely filmed in Los Angeles)
  • Thomas Crown Affair: The movie takes place in Boston. It was filmed throughout eastern Massachusetts with many scenes filmed in Boston including the heist itself (Financial District) and Steve McQueen’s house at 85 Mt. Vernon Street along the Boston Movie Mile
  • Charly: Charly is from South Boston and many of the movies’ scenes are filmed there. Other locations include Faneuil Hall, Charlestown and the Public Garden along the Boston Movie Mile
  • Enjoy a trip through Hollywood’s favorite East Coast location, in the capable hands of a licensed tour guide who knows the ins and outs of the Boston movie scene and is looking to share them with you! Learn why Boston is one of the most popular filming spots in the country with On Location Tours’ Boston TV & Movie Sites Bus Tour

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Getting In

Please present your Go Boston Card at the Boston Common Visitor Center at 139 Tremont St. It will be validated, and returned with a ticket for the tour.


Advanced reservations are highly recommended since this a popular activity and often sells out! Please remember that your pass must be valid on the day of the tour.

Advanced reservations: Please call 212-683-2027 to reserve your seat. A credit card is required to hold your spot. You may cancel free of charge up until 24 hours prior to the tour, but if you do not cancel or show up, then your credit card will be charged for the full price of the tour. On the day of your tour, present your pass at the Boston Common Visitor Center to claim your ticket to board the bus.


Please refer to On Location Tours site for the most up-to-date tour schedule.


Please refer to website for exact schedule.
January-mid March.
May be closed during major U.S. holidays.


139 Tremont Street
Boston Common Visitor Center
Boston, MA 02111

Driving Directions

Paid parking is available in the garage under the Boston Common.

Public Transportation

Take the T: Green or Red Line to Park Street.

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[1 of 1 customers found this review helpful]

Pretty Good
By Vacationer Verified Reviewer from Florida on
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Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Boston TV & Movie Sites Tour by On Location Tours:

It was a nice tour. They show you clips from the movies before pointing out the landmark. That is what made the tour good because I hadn't seen half the movies and even the ones I had seen I didn't remember the one specific scene they showed you. It's an okay tour. You get so excited to see the spot and then in a flash you pass it and you realize "Oh, it's just a building". I don't know what I was expecting it to be, but it didn't quite live up to my expectations. The tour guide was overly energetic, he loves his job! If you're a movie buff, they'll quiz you. Another review suggested watching The Departed before you go and I second that. They definitely show you a lot of clips from The Departed. They make a lunch stop at the bar where they filmed scenes from Good Will Hunting and there a pizza place across the street, so you don't have to worry about eating before the tour. They stress paying $5 to make a reservation early. Don't waste your money! The bus wasn't full and people were still walking up a few minutes before the tour started to buy tickets.

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[2 of 2 customers found this review helpful]

hope you like the movie departed
By Mandy Verified Reviewer from London Ontario Canada on
Bus was comfortable
Guide needs a speaker
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Boston TV & Movie Sites Tour by On Location Tours:

it was an interesting tour... there was loads of info on the movie the departed... if you haven't seen that movie watch it first to make the tour more interesting... its a good movie you won't be disappointed... get the guide a speaker for on the bus we sat at the front so we got yelled at the whole tour... people at the back of the bus missed some info ... there needs to be a gentle balance...that balance is an fm system...

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Doesn't Get Better Than This!
By Hot Rod Rider Verified Reviewer from Staten Island, NY on
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Boston TV & Movie Sites Tour by On Location Tours:

As a movie buff, I took both the Movie Mile Walking Tour and this bus tour. The walking tour was awesome, but the bus tour is even better. The walking tour focuses mostly on the neighborhood of Beacon Hill, which is a treasure trove of movie and tv trivia in and of itself. But the bus tour is able to go more in depth and visit areas like "Eastie" and "Southie" and it evens plays clips from the movies so that you can compare. Good stuff!

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