We Love The 55

The #55 Bus has been a vital method of transportation in the Fenway neighborhood for decades. Recently, both the hours and route were cut: the #55 currently runs only from 10am to 4pm, and the slashed route ends at Copley Square instead of Park Street. There are countless reasons to take the #55, but here are our favorites at each stop:

Saint James Ave @ Dartmouth St

The first stop of the #55 puts you at Copley Square. The Square hosts a farmer’s market every Tuesday and Friday (from May through November) and is surrounded by many historical landmarks such as the Old South Church, John Hancock Tower. The Boston Public Library is also close by in addition to a variety of restaurants and shops on the infamous Newbury Street just two blocks away.

Belvidere St @ Huntington Ave

The Prudential Center boasts over 100 stores and restaurants to browse. From Shake Shack, Sweetgreen, and the Cheesecake Factory to MAC Cosmetics, Warby Parker, Nespresso, and Barnes & Noble, almost anything you’re looking for can be found in the Prudential Center. The Christian Science Plaza and its Splash Fountain provide a relaxing space to rest after a day of shopping.

Dalton St @ Belvidere St

This stop is right next to Belvidere/Dalton Plaza. The Summer Shack, KINGS Dining and Entertainment, and a Flour Bakery are near the stop, as are two hotels: The Sheraton Hotel and the Hilton. King’s Hill Church and St. Cecillia Catholic Church are here. You are also a five-minute walk from the Hynes Convention Center and a seven-minute walk to Newbury Street and the Prudential Center.

Boylston St @ Massachusetts Ave

The Green Line is two minutes away from this stop, as well as a T.J. Maxx. This stop is also only steps away from Newbury Street and the Berklee Performance Center. A walk down Mass Ave showcases a variety of restaurants such as Love Art Sushi, Tatte, Supreme Pizza, and Pho Basil. The Edgerly Road Playground is also a short walk from Mass Ave. At this stop, you’ll also find yourself on the north side of the Emerald Necklace, perfect for a walk, run, or bike ride on a nice day.

Ipswich St @ Boylston St

Massachusetts Historical Society is home to many rare early-American documents. Berklee College of Music and its bookstore are next to the stop, and the Boston Conservatory at Berklee is a short walk away. Restaurants near the stop are Boston Burger Company, the Bebop, Shah’s Halal Food, and Pad Thai Cafe.

Ipswich St @ Lansdowne St

As you get off the bus, you will find yourself directly across from MGM Music Hall and a few steps away from Fenway Park. Across the street you’ll find several bars including the Lansdowne Pub and Cheeky Monkey Brewing Co., as well as a southern restaurant and a bowling alley. Further down Lansdowne Street, you will find the Citizens House of Blues, another live music venue, the Bleacher Bar, and the Lansdowne Garage.

Ipswich St @ Boylston St

This stop across the street from the fens’ flagpole and message board is close to the Fenway Garden Society at the Victory Gardens, one of the only two continuously operating victory gardens since its opening during World War II. The Red Sox Teammates Statue is across the street and next to the Ted Williams Statue (memorializing the veteran and last MLB player to hit .400 or above in a season). This is also the closest stop on the line to Boston Arts Academy, Boston’s only public high school for the arts.

Boylston St @ Jersey St

This stop puts you off at one of Boston’s most famous attractions: Fenway Park. The Boston Red Sox have called Fenway Park home since 1912, and it is currently the oldest stadium still in used by MLB. Fenway Park was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2017 and is also a landmark at the end of the Boston Irish Heritage Trail. Considered one of the world’s most well-known sporting venues, Fenway Park has hosted a variety of sporting events in its 112-year run.

Kilmarnock St @ Peterborough St

Many great restaurants are near this stop. Phinista Café offers a wide and delicious variety of Vietnamese food. Tenderoni’s serves both American and Italian food; from chicken tenders and burgers to chicken parm and lasagna, this is a great place to stop by for some comfort food. If you find yourself in the mood for Texas-style barbeque, Sweet Cheeks Q is the place to go. If you’re looking for something a little healthier, Cava has a nice selection of Mediterranean food. Tatte and Cafe Nero are your go-to stops for pastries and coffee. Star Market, Target, and Sephora are also just a few steps away from the stop, making this a great area for a casual outing.

Kilmarnock St @ Queensberry St

Ramler Park, a small park “filled with flowering trees designed to attract migrating birds”, is also nearby. Ramler Park is open 7 days a week until 11:30 p.m. and sometimes hosts events (concerts, yoga, etc.). The Holy Trinity Orthodox Cathedral is within walking distance of this stop. Shattuck International House, a dorm for the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health housing international and domestic students, is nearby as well.

Queensbury St @ Jersey St

This stop also puts you within steps of the Back Bay Fens, a well-known Boston landmark and greenspace. The Fenway Basketball Courts, James P. Kelleher Rose Garden, the Japanese Bell, and Clemente field are all close by. Boston’s Emerald Necklace Conservatory is also headquartered near this corner. Restaurants near this stop include Matcha Cafe Maiko (a shop selling authentic matcha foods) Thaitation (a family-owned Thai restaurant), and The Sipping Room by Breeze (a unique coffee & tea shop).