Boston Charter Bus Parking Guide

With its rich history and no shortage of things to see and do, Boston is a popular destination for tour groups big and small! However, these historic streets and the densely populated cityscape can make navigating the town with a full-sized charter bus rental a challenge—especially for first-time visitors who are unfamiliar with the traffic patterns.

Luckily, GOGO Charters is on your side. We’ve put together this guide to loading, unloading, and parking a tour bus in Boston, so you can spend less time stressing over transportation logistics and more time exploring this gorgeous city. Keep reading to learn more!

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Where to Park Your Boston Charter Bus Overnight


One of the best options for overnight charter bus parking in Boston is the Autoport. Run by the Port of Boston, this massive parking lot offers convenient access to Downtown, as well as a fueling station and a lounge for your bus driver. Buses may enter the Autoport’s parking lot between 10 am and 7 pm every day. You can even call the Autoport office ahead of your reservation to learn more about current tour bus parking fees and projected availability during your trip.

Boston Autoport

100 Terminal Street, Boston, MA


Loading and Unloading Your Boston Charter Bus

Besides knowing where to park a charter bus in Boston, it may be helpful to know where your passengers can step aboard and disembark your motorcoach as well. As you’re riding around town, you’ll see two different signs that say “Tour Bus Stop.” These will designate places where your Boston bus rental can either load and unload or temporarily park, depending on what the given sign dictates.

Most of these “Tour Bus Stop” signs will say “15 Minute Limit.”  This means your ride can stay there for a maximum of 15 minutes to load and unload passengers.

Some of the “Tour Bus Stop” signs say “3 Hour Limit.” Here, your charter bus driver can park for up to 3 hours at a time—plenty of time for letting your group explore a museum or historical destination before loading up and hitting the road again.

Regardless of where you stop, Boston tour bus guidelines state all motorcoaches may only idle their engines for up to 5 minutes while parked. Your Boston charter bus rental may only stop at the designated “Tour Bus Stop” locations—they are prohibited from parking and loading at MBTA bus stops, commercial vehicle loading zones, and metered parking spots.

A lineup of charter buses parked in a lot

Parking a Bus at Popular Boston Destinations

More often than not, parking your charter bus at your favorite Boston destinations will require a trip to the Boston Autoport. That being said, some frequently visited attractions in the city offer designated parking areas for buses. Here are just a few:

Fenway Park Bus Parking

Bringing in your Red Sox fan group for a home game at Fenway Park? Your Boston sporting event bus rental can drop off your fans near Brookline Avenue (Storrow Drive is prohibited to oversized vehicles) and park in a pre-reserved spot in one of the ballpark’s motorcoach-friendly lots.

Fenway Park

4 Jersey St, Boston, MA 02215


New England Aquarium Bus Parking

Whether you get here aboard a Boston field trip bus rental or a private sightseeing tour bus, the New England Aquarium asks large groups to drop off passengers in the designated staging zone near the entrance before parking at the nearby Boston Autoport.

New England Aquarium

1 Central Wharf, Boston, MA 02110


Boston Marathon Bus Parking

Many running clubs consider booking a bus rental to the Boston Marathon to ease participants’ transitions on race day. Contact the Boston Athletic Association to request an application for their Club Bus Parking program as soon as possible to receive accurate parking information and to ensure availability. That way, your out-of-town running club can have adequate parking in Hopkinton and start the race on the right foot.

Boston Marathon Start Line

E Main St &, Marathon Way, Hopkinton, MA 01748


Museum of Fine Arts Bus Parking

This visitor-favorite museum offers limited bus parking on Museum Road, immediately outside the Schools and Groups Entrance in the Linde Family Wing. If your group visits on a busy day and the bus lot is full, have your bus driver look for a spot along the north side of Huntington Avenue, between Belvedere Street and Massachusetts Avenue—the city has designated this stretch of road for bus parking.

Museum of Fine Arts Boston

465 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02115


Harvard University Bus Parking

Planning a campus tour or attending an academic conference at Harvard? Ensure you reserve a visitor parking permit for your Cambridge bus rental at least 2 weeks before you arrive. From there your driver can wait in your assigned parking spot while your students, chaperones, and colleagues explore the campus.

Harvard University

Massachusetts Hall, Cambridge, MA 02138


Get Around Boston with a GOGO Charters Bus Rental

Now that you know where and when your bus can park in Boston, coordinating the rest of your group trip should be a breeze! At GOGO Charters, we believe group transportation should be simple and stress-free. That’s why we go the extra mile to streamline every step of the bus rental process—from calculating personalized charter bus pricing to partnering with trustworthy providers to ensure every passenger rides safe and sound.

Get in touch with our 24/7 reservation team by calling (617) 206-3898, and we’ll be happy to answer your bus rental questions and offer you a free, no-obligation estimate for your own Boston charter bus rental within minutes.

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