Philly By Night Double Decker Bus Tour

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From USD 38.00

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 1 hour 30 minutes (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Get a new perspective on the City of Brotherly Love with this nighttime sightseeing tour. Climb on board a double-decker bus and explore the best that Philadelphia has to offer. Visit 27 of Philly’s top attractions — like the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, Penn’s Landing and the Rocky Steps at the entrance to the Philadelphia Museum of Art — on a 90-minute loop around this historic city.
  • Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Philadelphia
  • See the city as it’s lit up for the evening
  • Visit many of the Philly’s most popular sites and landmark locations
  • Listen to the on-board commentary and get to know the sites

What's Included

  • Transport by bus with tour escort/host
  • Our Philly By Night tour offers a spectacular view of the beautiful lit city after dark
  • The tour passes by historic sites such as the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall
  • Stop at the Philadelphia Art Museum's "Rocky Steps" where you can snap a photo with a hometown hero
  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Philadelphia Marriott Downtown
    1201 Market Street, Guest Entrance At, 1200 Filbert St, Philadelphia, PA 19107, USA

    This sightseeing tour begins at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, located on Market Street, a 1-minute walk from Reading Terminal Market.

Start time

08:00 pm

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Get to know the city of Philadelphia and its top attractions on this entertaining and educational double-decker bus tour. See the city while it’s illuminated for the evening — the popular ‘Philly by Night Tour.’

Enjoy the evening view with a live commentary of interesting facts and stories from an expert guide who knows the city inside and out. Learn about the history and happenings of Philadelphia, a city that forged a nation, as the bus rolls along from one location to the next.

Visit popular sites like the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, the Betsy Ross House, the United States Mint, the Constitution Center, City Hall, the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s famed Rocky Steps — plus America’s first zoo, the Philadelphia Zoo — to name just a few. It truly is a fun and fast way to get to know the city, its history and the cultural attractions it offers.

The entire loop takes about 90 minutes to complete and also features special stops to climb the aforementioned Rocky Steps and to take pictures of Philadelphia's nighttime skyline, if desired.

A sightseeing tour of Philadelphia has never been easier — or more fun — than the ‘Philly by Night Tour.’ Experience Philadelphia in this unique way.

Philadelphia Trolley Works

Admission Ticket Free

Independence Hall

Admission Ticket Free

City Hall Visitor Center

Admission Ticket Free

United States Mint

Admission Ticket Free

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Admission Ticket Free

Penn's Landing

Admission Ticket Free

Philadelphia Zoo

Admission Ticket Free

Betsy Ross House

Admission Ticket Free

National Constitution Center

Admission Ticket Free

Liberty Bell Center

Admission Ticket Free

Philadelphia Museum of Art Steps

Admission Ticket Free

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Subject to favorable weather conditions. If canceled due to poor weather, an alternative date or full refund will be offered
  • The tour is fully narrated by a local, professional guide.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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Traveller Tips

There is one stop on the famous "rocky steps" and you get to see the skyline by night


61 reviews
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Reviews by Viator travellers.
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Enjoyable Evening
Debbie_F, June 2023
Great tour!! Tour guide informative! Very accommodating we had 14 in our party! Stopping at museum and photo op of steps and Rocky statue was the highlight.
Waste of money
Benjamin_S, June 2023
Horrible. Waste of money. Bus just drove so fast the tour guide gave up on even trying to show or explain historical sites.
Fun & Informative
Barbara_N, June 2023
It was amazing seeing all of the history in Philly come to life, from pop culture history such as the “Rocky stairs” to National history, such as where the Declaration of Independence was discussed. The tour was both fun and informative! I would definitely recommend it.
Philly at night is a great way to start a visit
mtvanbeek, May 2023
Rocky photo op and skyline were fun and memorable We began our visit with the night tour and also took Big Bus the next day. Loved that we knew where sites were already
Entertaining but felt Sped Through
Lanaya_E, Sept 2022
The tour was great and we were so lucky with the weather! I have taken this tour before several years ago and was a bit disappointed that there wasn’t as much information given this time around. Our tour guide was fun and she cracked a few jokes along the way. She pointed out the primary historical landmarks and information but a lot of extras were left out that I thought could have enhanced the tour. For example … the Philly row homes — why the doors were painted different colors? Or the fact the Eastern State Penitentiary had running water and central heat before the White House. I missed those fun facts. The bus driver went through really fast and even our guide had to tell her several times to slow down a bit. It was an annoying recurring theme. All in all, Philadelphia is still a beautiful place laced with history and I’d still recommend this tour to get your city bearings and location of historical places and museums.
Response from Host, Sept 2022
Thank you for your thoughtful feedback and recommendation. We are glad you found the tour entertaining.
Moves Quickly
Kathy_G, Sept 2022
Lot of information given very quickly and often inaudible to either of us. Could not often see what was being highlighted before narrative about another highlight. Nice for an open-air bus ride but did not learn much nor get the lay off the area due to circuitous route.
Response from Host, Sept 2022
Thanks for your feedback. We value the opportunity to improve our customer experience.
Great night riding tour
Dolores_H, Aug 2022
Excellent tour through Philadelphia. Tour guide pointed out all the hot spots to visit. Beautiful drive with lots of history.
Anthony_S, Aug 2022
Old phili part and free outdoor art scene murals and the information on Benjamin Franklin printing press
Good tour but could have been better!
Beverly_M, Aug 2022
We loved sitting on the top level of bus and driving around to see historical buildings and architecture. We loved getting off to see Rocky statue and climb steps! Wish the tour guide would slow his speech - hard to keep up with him! Wish the bus driver would slow down so we could see sites longer than 2 seconds!
This gave a great...
Sandykrayeski, Aug 2022
This gave a great overview of the city so that we were able to see areas that we may not have known about otherwise. I was very happy we picked an evening tour as the heat during the day would have made it very uncomfortable and seeing some of the sites lit up were beautiful!
Response from Host, Aug 2022
Hello, We are glad that you enjoyed the tour. Thanks for the review. Kieran
Good Tour
trenarichard, July 2022
Had a challenge with getting on the bus but the tour guide was very knowledgeable. Wished the bus was going a little slower by the most notable sites like the Liberty Bell.
Response from Host, July 2022
Hello, Thanks for your feedback which helps us to improve the customer experience. Can you provide more detail about the challenges getting on the bus? Sincerely, Philadelphia Trolley Works 215-389-8687
Great way to see the...
Kathleen_S, July 2022
Great way to see the city. It was Fun & informative ! Really enjoy our guide! Highly recommend!!!!!!
Great Tour
Walter_C, June 2022
Great informational tour...besides the minor issue of speaker going in and out, but otherwise tour guide was very informational and I don't think the 90 minutes is long enough...great view into our history. Always take the tours...
Very enjoyable and informative!
Michael_W, May 2022
Passing through and wanted to see the city! Always find night tours shows a side of the city in a different light (no pun intended)! The guide was knowledgeable, out going, and interacted well with the group! Got to run up the steps and do the Rocky pose from the first Rocky movie. Great architecture, even the saw the gates of Hell! I would highly recommend it
Response from Host, May 2022
Hi Michael, We are happy that you found the tour informative and got to see the city from a different perspective. Thanks for your review. Big Bus/Philadelphia Trolley Works
10/10 experience!!
Cara_E, May 2022
The tour guide was great! He made the history so interesting and even gave insider philly advice. It sprinkled but he said you could sit on the bottom if you wanted but honestly the rain was refreshing. I would definitely do it again, only regret is not doing it on our first night.
Response from Host, May 2022
Hi Cara, We are glad that you enjoyed the tour! Thanks for taking the time to provide this feedback. Philadelphia Trolley Works
Left Alone in Philly
James_H, May 2022
I would like a refund. I waited for nearly 45 minutes and there was no bus. No one knew anything about it and there was no one to contact. Very poor customer service.
Response from Host, May 2022
Hello James, This tour departs promptly at 8PM as stated in the product description. We did receive your message indicating that you were stuck in traffic and would be running late. Unfortunately, we are not able to hold the bus in these situations. I'm sorry you were unable to take the tour, but I have refunded your purchase. Thanks, Kieran
DEBRA_P, Sept 2021
Didn't get to go got downtown no where to park couldn't get to the side of street to Marriott to see if maybe I could park there because of the crowd. Was awful and I tried calling and sending message and your people didn't even have courtesy to respond. From out of state so I was really looking forward to your☹️
Response from Host, Oct 2021
Hello, I am sorry to hear that you were not able to take the tour. However, parking is not included with this tour. We operate in a large city and have no control over the parking situation or large crowds. I do apologize that we could not address your messages the evening of your tour, but our starting time and location are clearly outlined. Sincerely, Philadelphia Trolley Works
Right intro to Philly
Terese_J, Sept 2021
Very friendly and knowledgeable guide! Open to questions and further recommendations. We made a list of places we wanted to explore further based on this experience.
Response from Host, Oct 2021
Hello Terese_J, We are proud of our guides and their expertise. Thank you for the review and glad we could assist with your exploration of Philadelphia! Thanks, Philadelphia Trolley Works
Fun times had by all
Kristin_B, Aug 2021
Was in Philly for the weekend with some good friends. We decided to do this instead of doing each individual activity. The 90 min tour was great to see so much of Philly in a concise manner. We ate dinner before at Hard Rock Cafe. All in a all a good tour and we sat on top. Bring a sweater.
Live, Love Laugh Philadelphia!!
T_T, July 2021
The tour was super informative and energetic!! We were sad when the tour ended, it inspired you to go and seek out the remaining history with in Philadelphia!!

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