Philadelphia Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour with Bookable Extras

Philadelphia, United States

From $32.00

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


With several stops and two routes on this City Sightseeing tour of Philadelphia, you won’t run out of things to see or do. Once you board the open-top, double-decker bus, you can stay on for the entire route narrated by a guide, or disembark at any of the hop-on hop-off stops for sightseeing along the way. Select a 1-, 2-, or 3-day pass and see attractions such as the Liberty Bell, Philadelphia Zoo, and Betsy Ross House. Customize your own itinerary and set your own pace in the City of Brotherly Love.
  • Enjoy views of the city from the double-decker bus
  • Hop off at any of the stops to create your own itinerary
  • Visit top Philly attractions like the National Constitution Center, Rodin Museum, and Chinatown
  • Learn about each attractions from live commentary onboard

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

There are many hop-on hop-off tours out there, but City Sightseeing has been trusted by travelers for 20 years.

What's Included

  • Unlimited hop-on hop-off for 1, 2 or 3 days depending on option selected at check-out
  • Audio commentary available in several languages + free headphones
  • Booklet including discounts on local eateries, shops and attractions
  • Tour map
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks, unless specified

Meeting And Pickup

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What To Expect

Red Route

24 Stops

11 Points of Interest

Duration: 1 hour

Operating Schedule: 09:30am - 5:00pm, every 20-30 minutes.

Philadelphia Bourse

Betsy Ross House

National Constitution Center


Reading Terminal Market

Love Park

Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul

Logan Square

Rodin Museum

Eastern State Penitentiary

Perelman Building

2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy

The Franklin Institute

The Mütter Museum at The College of Physicians of Philadelphia

One Liberty Observation Deck

Avenue Of The Arts

Society Hill

Mother Bethel A.M.E. Church

Head House Square

Philadelphia Korean War Memorial Park

Penn's Landing

Museum of the American Revolution

20 N American St

Liberty Bell

Points of interest passed by on this route

Christ Church

Rodin Museum

Mutter Museum

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Penn's Landing

Betsy Ross House

National Constitution Center

Love Park

Philadelphia Vietnam Veterans Memorial

China Town

Penn Museum

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Season: All Year Round excluding Thanksgiving and 25 December
  • Red Route operates from 10:00am - 5:00pm. Duration - 90 minutes. Frequency - every 20-30 minutes.
  • You must bring a paper voucher for this tour. All vouchers must be redeemed at 111 S. Independence Mall East (The Bourse Building).
  • With your voucher, enjoy flexible access for up to 12 months from the travel date you select at check-out.
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Please note, the Bus Tour, Night Tour and Walking Tour are all sold separately so the appropriate ticket will need to be selected
  • The 1.5 hour Panoramic Night Tour has 2 daily departures at 6:30pm and 8pm. Suggested boarding time is 20-30 minutes prior to selected departure time. Meeting Point: The City Sightseeing kiosk, 80 S. 6th Street, Philadelphia. Please note that this is a panoramic tour and not a hop-on hop-off bus tour. There will be a live guide in English
  • Most travelers can participate
  • The Founding Fathers & Mothers Walking Tour departs from Philadelphia Sightseeing Tour Stop 1 at 5th and Market Streets. Tours start at 10am, 12pm and 2pm

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.

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121 reviews
Total review count and overall rating based on Viator and Tripadvisor reviews
Reviews by Viator travelers.
Showing 1-10 of 121 reviews
Janet_H, May 2023
Knowledgeable guides and great representation of the cities sites of interest. Great assess ability What more can I say
Great tour guide very...
Gary_K, May 2023
Great tour guide very personable and knowledgable and saw many sites and learned alot about the city
Hop on and Off Tour
RobertM_V, Apr 2023
Great tour at a reasonable price! We had a great time!! Even in the light rain, we could hear and see well. The buses were easily and readily available when we were ready to go to the next stop. The choice of getting off at the stops or staying on made it really convenient and easy to use.
I expected more
Karen_B, Mar 2023
I was pretty disappointed in this tour. I did get to very quickly see landmarks, but just a quick glance. The canopy on top of the bus was so scratched by tree limbs that no clear shots could be taken. Hence, the iconic City Hall is anything but clear. Plus, unless stopped at a traffic light, the bus was in constant motion, lurching so that no good photos could be made. The photo of Ben Franklin's gravesite is evidence of this happening. Maybe I should have expected this, but I didn't. I hopped off at one point, so I had two guides. Both were friendly and both thought they were comedians or were at least they were aspiring to be. I appreciate humor with my history, but one was particularly negative in his remarks about Philadelphia (the City is broke, misappropriation of funds, lack of safety in the area, etc.), while the other provided some historic facts I have to doubt were accurate. Several historic landmarks on the route were blown off and merely named as the bus drove by.
Amazing Philadelphia tour
Teresa_T, Jan 2023
Took this for two days at least 4-5 trips. The tour guides are excellent. They are both incredibly informative but also amazingly funny. Definitely recommend to everyone who visits Philadelphia
Unfortunate timing
Lorraine_M, Nov 2022
I purchased tickets on the same day at 3:00pm and did not realize that the bus stops running at 4:00pm. I requested a cancellation at 3:15 and just received an email stating that there is nothing they can do to get me a refund. I would have taken a credit for a different day but they did not even offer that.
It was ok if we could have heard her
Gary_B, Oct 2022
The commentator talked too fast and she was hard understand. We also had trouble hearing her because of the exhaust.
Terrible experience with Philadelphia Hop On Hop Off Bus and Viator
Annette_S, Oct 2022
This was an awful experience for us. We have done “Hop On Hop Off” buses in other cities and they have been wonderful. We would recommend them literally anywhere else we have traveled, domestic and international. However our experience with Philadelphia was horrible! We actually saw a bus and we were across the street and couldn’t get to the stop in time. We waited for over an hour and a half at that stop and never saw another bus! We called the company’s main office line three times, while we were waiting. Each time we were told they were running and would on there soon. Once, the second time we called, we were told 3-4 minutes! The weather was rainy and windy, so there may have been fewer buses running and Philadelphia Eagles game was being played. So drivers/workers may have been watching the game instead? However, once we called, wouldn’t you think the office representative would have called the bus operators to let them know someone was waiting at our stop?? We have requested a full refund from Viator (company we booked the bus through) are now waiting to hear back from them. It has been over 48 hours and still no response from them. Overall, terrible experience in the case.
Over priced / poor service sightseeing tour of Philadelphia
Michael_S, Sep 2022
Enjoyed seeing the historic parts of the city but the bus service was very poor at best, very few buses and not on schedule as promised
Nice time
Elizabeth_B, Sep 2022
Our tour was rerouted due to a concert in front of the Rocky steps, and some of the buildings were closed. But it was still a great time.
Fun trip away
Elizabeth_G, Sep 2022
This is the third time I’ve ridden these & I absolutely love it!! Every guide has been great knowledgeable!
Great Tour!
Arthur_B, Aug 2022
Great way to see the history of the city. Our tour guide was very entertaining and knowledgeable. Great tour!
A Tour Bus is the best...
Janka_D, Aug 2022
A Tour Bus is the best way to learn more about the city in an hour. After the tour, you’ll have a better idea of your next stops . Highly recommended!
Our tour guide was very...
Susan_S, Aug 2022
Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and fun. The tour was just as described. Highly recommend for all ages.
Very enjoyable way to Sightsee! I would book with this service again.
Joanne_S, Aug 2022
Mica, our booking agent was extremely helpful in helping me to coordinate me meeting up wit my children and grandchildren from out of state. She provided parking information and walking distance to the first stop. This made my hysband and myself confident that everyone 6 Adults, 4 Children had a central meet up location. At the podium to get our paper tickets I informed City Sightseeing that we had made a change to our reservation and were 1 Adult and 1 Child short. She noted that on those 2 printed tickets that were not used. Outr tour guide spoke clearly and was knowledgeable and entertaining. We rode on the oprn top of the bus and everyone had a fun time. We got off at The Harbor Park and toured The Museum. I would recommend this way to sight see!
I waited for over an hour...
Stevie_P, Aug 2022
I waited for over an hour In Philadelphia Pa at stop #8 & while I put my hand up in the air for the sightseeing bus to stop & pick me & my wife up for her birthday which was on 8/10/22. The first bus rode past as I held my hand up for them to stop & the driver from what I could see was a female driver gestured something with her hand and kept going. At first I did not know if it was the correct bus until I looked up at the number eight spot and realized that it was. My wife who was sitting on the benches the whole time waiting on the bus to pull up asked me if everything was OK which I did not understand why the bus had rode by and not picked us up, I waited another 15 minutes and saw another bus approaching I again stood up tall held my hand up for them to stop it stop number eight and that bus also kept going so then I became very upset. I then called into the main company where I booked my tickets which is the company that I am writing this information now, the lady told me to wait a few more minutes that a bus would be pulling up that few minutes turned in to almost or more than an hour wait I called the lady back and I told her that a third bus pass us bye and that I would be asking for a full refund and also contacting my attorney which I still will be doing and they will get in touch with this company for false advertisement. My name is Stevie Pugh you can check all documentation my paperwork and information was paid for and I still haven’t received a refund for the bad experience that I’ve had with this company so again my attorney will be contacting you my phone number is 484-680-1242. It was her birthday and I felt very disrespected by those buses that just rode past us & did not stop so I will be Pursuing a case against this company for negligence if you would like to speak with me please contact me at the number above or you can email me at
good tour
Monica_R, Aug 2022
Very good host on the bus, narrated nice and clear about the city's history. they gave recommendations for what places to visit
Who is Uncle Bruce
Gloria_F, Aug 2022
Bruce was knowledgeable about our sights answered son's questions was right about food places recommended. Quick witted and fun.
Touring the Highlights of Center City Philadelphia
Ellen_A, Jul 2022
The tour was very relaxing and informative about the history in Philadelphia and many other area current highlights. The tour guides are very knowledgeable and professional.
We had a blast! It was...
Terry_G, Jul 2022
We had a blast! It was raining, but they provided ponchos and made it a great experience! Definitely!
See the best of Philadelphia.
Kathryn_O, Jul 2022
We loved to opportunity to see a wide range of Philadelphia and learn interesting facts and stories. The chance to get off and experience the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall was great. We then got back on and learned so much more. This was so fun, your bus drivers are incredible, Pine street is so narrow. Our guide was knowledgeable and engaging.
Oversold for holiday
Kristin_D, Jul 2022
Very informative, though they oversold tickets for Fourth of July weekend. We had to sit separately on the tour and we never did find space to get back on another bus as a group. So we ended up only doing the tour and then not using it again. I think they should’ve capped the tickets they sold on a holiday weekend instead of warning us that if we get off the bus we won’t be able to get back on because there won’t be space. They seem to be aware of the issue, so in that case… Why sell so many tickets?
Great tour of Philly
Timothy_L, Jun 2022
Loved seeing the Betsy Ross house. Franklin's burial site and old colonial homes. Excellent guide and narration.
Have tip money
Susan_C, Jun 2022
We did the whole tour all the way through which took 90 min. Then we went around again stopping at the places we wanted to see. Super convenient. I felt bad that I didn’t have much for a tip and they only could take cash tips so make sure you have some as they do a good job.
Highly informative
Cranston_J, May 2022
Our instructor was very informative and made the tour very fun. I would recommend doing this tour…..
The tour was very...
DANIELA_S, May 2022
The tour was very pleasant. Our tour guide Alexandra was lovely. She was very bubbly, polite, caring and approachable. She filled the tour with knowledge and fun facts. Felt a tad rushed, but would definitely recommend.
The Millers
Vince_M, May 2022
The wonderful explanations by Jim. The selection of stops was excellent. The bus timing was very convenient
Great tour guide
AnnMarie_C, Apr 2022
Bruce was very knowledgeable, and animated in his guided tour of the city. I also think that he should be commended for his ability to work under pressure, he had to stand the entire time, dodging branches and struggling to hold himself up on a moving bus. At times being tossed around a bit. But he still managed to keep the focus on the city
Alright, but would not do again
Kayla_G, Apr 2022
I would recommend this tour. Our guide was knowledgeable on the history of Philadelphia. The only downside was there are not enough buses operating at one time so you have to wait over an hour for another bus if you decide to hop off and sight see.
City Sightseeing Philadelphia
JuanCarlos_R, Mar 2022
I got my tickets for Wednesday March 2nd, and I even call to confirm where the Tour would start, however , once I got to the place referred, just then the Tour Operator told me that they do not tour on Wednesday!!!! Since I was with my family and we did not wanted to miss the City Sightseeing of Philadelphia, we decided to take the tour the next day without complaints. Next day, the tour guide was so obnoxious, we could not really enjoy the tour , and on top of that, the bus did not make the stops that it was supposed to … the headset did not work either… horrible service !

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