Big Bus Tours: Philadelphia Hop-On, Hop-Off Bus Tour

Big Bus Tours: Philadelphia Hop-On, Hop-Off Bus Tour

Philadelphia, U.S.A.
Tour ID: 158

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  • Reveal the hidden gems and history of Philadelphia
  • Hop on at any of 25 stops to explore the city
  • Live English Speaking Guide
  • One comprehensive Route
  • Smartphone Voucher Accepted! No need to print.


Philadelphia, the most historic city of the United States, is the perfect place to spend quality time. Curious tourists have no shortage of exciting things to do here. The city has abundant attractions, and every kind of visitor has something to admire. The historical buildings are one their kind. Explore the city with one day, two days, or three days tour.


Hop on the open top bus to discover the iconic city. The major attractions include the City Hall, which is the Beaux-Arts style monument. The 360-degree view from the observation deck is incredible. Don’t forget to look up before entering the building as there is a huge bronze statue of William Penn atop. On entering the City Hall, you can see the City Council Chamber, Conversation Hall, the Mayor’s reception room, and the Supreme Court Room.
Visit the sprawling 55 acres Independence National Historical Park where you will find various landmarks such as The Liberty Bell, the Ben Franklin Museum and the Independence Hall. The bell is a symbol of America’s freedom and also played a major role in the abolition of slavery. It is over 250 years that Liberty Bell is ringing the changes in society.
Stroll through the memory lane and oldest residential street at Elfreth’s Alley. This is an excellent example of early streetscapes of America where you will get to know the working classes during the 18th century. The city also treasures The Love Sculpture, which is an excellent example of public art. Visit the Betsy Rose House and wander to the place where the first-star banner flag was stitched.
Explore boathouse Row, the beautiful part of Schuylkill River, which houses 15 Victorian buildings. Each is constructed uniquely. The first Boathouse is a public facility. Boathouse numbers 2 to 14 are clubs that belong to Schuylkill Navy. The number 15 belongs to Sedgeley Club.
Delve into the City’s rich culture by heading to The Philadelphia Museum of Art. The steps are popularly known as Rocky Steps because of the iconic scene of 1976 film Rocky.  If you are fond of food, then the Reading Terminal market is the best place for you. It is the oldest and the best market in the United States. Try varieties of cheese steak sandwiches from stalls that sell fresh farm products and delicious seafood.   
Relax in the center of the lively city at Rittenhouse Square. The best time to visit this place is during art exhibitions or annual flower market. You will love the place when flowers bloom in full. Visit the most prestigious and biggest building in Philadelphia the ‘Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul.’ The shrines, arts, statues, and altars enhance its beauty. Here you can use a smartphone for a free self-guided tour of 20minutes. You can ask for help from Cathedral Ambassadors too.
Add Fun to your trip by visiting the Magic garden. Here you will be amazed to see the installation of found objects such as bike wheels, colorful glass bottles, and other stuff. The other fun sights include the Please Touch Museum. At this place, you can touch everything present. Adults and kids enjoy this place and learn together. The best time for sightseeing is during the day, but some attractions are worth to visit at night such as the Benjamin Franklin Bridge. Stroll along the Race Street Pier and see the iconic landmark. This is an excellent spot for a picnic. Grab the blanket and some snacks and enjoy the sightseeing to the fullest.


Blue Route:
First Bus: 09:30am from Stop #1, Independence Visitor Center (SW Corner of 6th and Market Streets), Last Bus: 5:00pm
Full Circuit Time: 90 minutes (approx.)
Bus Frequency: Every 45 minutes


 Classic Ticket:

  • 1 Day Philadelphia Pass
  • Live commentary in English

 Premium Ticket:

  • 2 Day Philadelphia Hop On Hop Off Pass
  • Live commentary in English

Deluxe Ticket:

  • 3 Day Philadelphia Hop On Hop Off Pass
  • Live commentary in English


  • Hotel Transfers
  • Lunch
  • Entrance Fees (Unless Specified)

Redemption Info

You can board the bus at any stop.
Show the Mobile/ Printed ticket to the staff member at our bus stops, and you will receive a receipt that you will use to hop on the Big Bus.
This receipt is must throughout the validity period of your ticket.
A staff member of Big Bus Tours will check the code present on the ticket during bus boarding.
All vouchers will now be valid for 06 months from the date of purchase.

Know Before You Go

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Onboard Wi-Fi: Yes
Pets Allowed: No
Complimentary ear phones are provided, or you are welcome to use your own wired earphones with a jack connector
Tours operate in all weather, rain or shine. Refunds due to weather will not be granted unless the service is suspended as a result of weather.
Disclaimer: Due to traffic issues, public holidays, weather conditions, cruise ship arrivals and unforeseen circumstances, there might be sudden changes in the route or on the schedule. In "normal times" Philadelphia is a busy city, especially during special events, summer holidays and at weekends. Traffic congestion and road closures - may cause delays, reduced frequency and changes to the route. We’ll do all we can to provide a smooth and frequent service!

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Cancellation Policy

No Cancellation Charges up to 24 hours before the chosen travel date. 100% cancellation fee applied within 24 hours of travel date.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. How long does the Philadelphia Big Bus Tour last?

A. The one full loop in Philadelphia Big Bus tour is of 90mintues; however the fun is in hopping on and off to see the major landmarks and places. Buses are scheduled to arrive between 30-40 minutes.

Q. Are the Big Bus Philadelphia buses air-conditioned?

A. No, the bus are not air-conditioned, as the Philadelphia Big Bus vehicles are open-top.

Q. Are the Big Bus HPhiladelphia buses wheelchair / stroller accessible?

A. Yes, all of the Big Bus Philadelphia buses are wheelchair and stroller accessible. Every bus has a dedicated space for wheelchair and stroller on its lower deck. The upper deck on entire fleet is not accessible to the wheelchair or stroller.

Q. Can I use 2/3 days pass on different days?

A. You have to use the multi day pass in consecutive days. So, a 2 days pass redeemed on Monday means your pass is valid for Monday and Tuesday.

Q. How does the Philadelphia Big Bus tour work?

A. When you make a purchase through our website, you will receive a confirmed booking voucher. Show the printed or smart voucher to staff at our bus stops. Your voucher will be exchanged for a ticket which must be kept until the end of the tour. As long as your ticket is still valid you can get on and off the bus as often as you like at any station along the route.

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