Go Boston Card Online Guide
From the Freedom Trail to Faneuil Hall to the birthplace of John F. Kennedy, Boston is rich in historic sites. Outside Boston you’ll find the fascinating small towns of Lexington, Concord, Plymouth, Salem, as well as beautiful Cape Cod and the Islands.
You may have heard the nickname “Beantown” (which locals rarely use), but Boston is also known as “America’s Walking City,” thanks to its compact size. There’s a small town feel to it, best experienced on foot or by using public transportation (the T).
We at Smart Destinations want to help you get the most out of your trip, no matter what your interests are. In this guide, you will discover all there is to see and do in Boston and beyond.
So fuel up with a wicked good lobstah roll or a bowl of chowdah, and enjoy your stay!
Every pass has a unique code, which will be scanned for admission to each attraction. For special offers at shops and restaurants, show your pass to your server or cashier.
Good to Know
- Please read attraction information for hours, closings, and special admission instructions. Some attractions require reservations.
- Visiting your first attraction activates your pass. Then, your pass is good for the number of consecutive calendar days purchased (not 24-hour periods). You have 1 year from purchase to activate your pass or it will expire.
About this Guide
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- You'll see this symbol on the Details tab, next to the approximate time it takes to visit an attraction.
- Attractions displaying this icon may close or have varied hours of operation during winter.
These are a few questions we hear from customers regularly. If you have a question not answered here, please get in touch:
- Toll-free within the US: +1 800‑887‑9103
- Toll-free within UK: +44 0800 090 3140
- Toll-free within Australia: +61 1800 316950
- From other countries: +1 617 671 1001
- Mon - Fri: 8 am - 9 pm EST
- Sat - Sun: 9 am - 6 pm EST
- How do I activate my pass?
- Easy: simply visit your first attraction!
- How do I use my pass?
- Every pass has a unique code, which will be scanned for admission to each attraction. Please read attraction information for hours, closings, and special admission instructions. Some attractions require reservations.
- I purchased multiple passes, how do I use them at attractions?
- You will need to show the individual passes for each member of your party at attractions to get in.
- When can I visit attractions?
- You can visit most attractions during their normal operating hours. Please read attraction information for specific hours and closings.
- Do I need to make reservations?
- A few attractions require reservations. Check each attraction's details for more information.
- When does my pass expire?
- You have 1 year from purchase to activate your pass or it will expire. Once activated, your pass will be valid for the number of consecutive calendar days you purchased.
- How does the Premium attraction work?
- On 3, 5, and 7-Day cards, you get one free admission to the Premium attraction of your choice. The Premium attraction does not entitle you to an extra day.
- If I have a 1-day Go Boston Card, can I still get the 2-day CityView Trolley pass?
- Yes! Note that picking up your Trolley ticket will activate your pass, so be sure to do it on a day that you plan to visit attractions.
- Can I board the CityView Trolley anywhere with my card?
- No, collect your trolley ticket first. Show your Go Boston Card at the CityView Trolley booth in front of the Marriott Long Wharf building at Atlantic Ave. & State St.
Despite what you may have heard, Boston is an easy town to get around — especially on foot. It’s a compact city, and the neighborhoods blend into each other in ways that the car-bound just can’t appreciate. Boston visitors are also well served by a good subway and bus system, the MBTA.
Take the T!
The MBTA is Boston’s public transportation system, and it’s a great way to get around quickly and cheaply. The “T” refers to the subway, which runs throughout Boston, into Cambridge, and into nearby suburbs, providing access to all the attractions located in Boston. Just look for the big "T" in a circle to find a stop. You can also take buses to get all over the city, and the Commuter Rail is an easy way to get to points outside of Boston.
You can buy paper “Charlie Tickets” for single or multiple subway rides at vending machines located in most stations. When your ticket runs low, visit a fare vending machine to add value.
A single basic fare for the T is $2.50 with a Charlie Ticket. If you are going to be traveling around the city a lot, consider purchasing a daily or weekly “Link Pass.” With a Link Pass, one day of unlimited travel on subway, bus, and local commuter rail is $11.00*. One week is $18.00*.
Once on board, hang on! Being one of the oldest public transportation systems in the country, the T is not always the smoothest ride.
- Visit mbta.com for the most up-to-date fares.
- View a map of the T system.
- View the Commuter Rail Map
Of course, if you’ve got the time and energy to walk, Boston is a great walking town. You’ll be amazed at how small the city really is — you could walk across the heart of Boston in about an hour! It’s worth taking a stroll along the Charles River Esplanade or across the river to Cambridge, where you're rewarded with amazing views of the city skyline.
You can also take a Hop On/Hop Off Trolley Tour to see the sites at your own pace. And, if you are venturing to attractions beyond city limits, Enterprise Rental Car offers a special deal for Go Boston Card customers!