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Address: Philadelphia, PA
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10:00 - 18:00
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The Philly PHLASH Downtown Loop™ is a seasonal transit program managed by...

The Philly PHLASH Downtown Loop™ is a seasonal transit program managed by the Independence Visitor Center. The PHLASH is the most affordable and convenient way for visitors to get around Philadelphia, with 22 stops located near popular attractions, from the Delaware River Waterfront to Fairmount Park.

The PHLASH provides weekend service (Friday – Sunday) from March 23 – April 30 and September 8 – November 19; and daily service from May 1 – September 4 and November 24 – December 31. The PHLASH operates from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., providing service to each stop every 15 minutes.

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$5 for an all day pass!

If you want to do your own thing and not have a guide - this is perfect. The bus travels along the loop to many notable attractions . Buses are supposed to come every fifteen... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Fairfax, Virginia
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Fairfax, Virginia
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68 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

If you want to do your own thing and not have a guide - this is perfect. The bus travels along the loop to many notable attractions . Buses are supposed to come every fifteen minutes. There is also an app for your phone - it will direct you to the closet bus stop, reports when the next bus will... More 

Thank Hiltonisbest
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76 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

This was an inexpensive and easy way to travel the city on one set route. It was not running on Monday- Thursday while we were in town though.

Thank Maureen H
Gaithersburg, Maryland
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5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The drivers were friendly, courteous and had the answers to any questions about what is close to a stop we could ask. The $2/ride or $5/day pass pricing is a wonderful relief to the vacation fund, and these buses take you any where you want to go in and around city center. Sorry UBER and other rideshares, no need for... More 

Thank jdkeebler
Providence, RI
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104 reviews
49 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Caught the bus on a rainy day so we were able to visit sites removed from the historic district. Being the start of the season, schedules were a bit off but it is the most reasonable way to tour Philly. $5 for an all day pass (hop on-hop-off). Seniors and kiddos are free!

Thank majcc4
Cheap Seats at Fenway
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1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My sister and I traveled to Philadelphia to see Garth Brooks at the Wells Fargo Center. We wanted to see the sights before beginning our six hour drive home the next day. After the show I looked online for the best ways to get around the city. I found the Philly Phlash site and saw that it had just resumed... More 

1 Thank redsoxgirl04
IVCC, Manager at Philly PHLASH, responded to this review

Hi, @redsoxgirl04. We are sorry to hear about your recent experience. We would like to address your concerns and offer you a refund. Please email more details about your experience, including the exact date you used our service, to PHLASH@phlvisitorcenter.com. Thank you. More 

El Paso, Texas
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7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 February 2017

The Phlash runs through on a popular tourist route making it easy to walk to many interesting places from here. It's better to buy the day pass and hop on and off all day.

2 Thank er20162016
Hazlet New Jersey USA
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74 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 February 2017

The bus travels in a loop around the center city with stops at many important locations. Only $5.00 for an all day pass.

Thank zeke421912
Orlando, Florida
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31 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 February 2017

I bought my ticket at the Liberty bell center and got a really good deal as it included admission to the One Liberty observation deck. The Phlash buses were very frequent, usually 15mins or less and arrived promptly. The drop offs were very close to the tourist spots visited thus you can cover a lot of places in a short... More 

2 Thank wendy j
Niagara Falls, Canada
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101 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 January 2017

- We purchased 2 adult day passes for $5 each which is a good price for transportation around the city. We toured the Eastern State Penitentiary and right at the corner of the jail and parking lot is the #9 stop which we boarded and took to the Museum of Art (Rocky Steps/Rocky Statue) a short ride away. The A/C... More 

Thank Deidra L
Epsom, United Kingdom
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33 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 January 2017

Used the Phlash for two days, goes to all the sites, drivers friendly and professional. Day pass is good value. The only problem we had was waiting for the bus outside Loews going back towards Pennsport, waited for ages in the heat but the entire city centre was at a standstill so not really down the operators. Coming back from... More 

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