Philly PHLASH

Philly PHLASH, Philadelphia: Hours, Address, Philly PHLASH Reviews: 4.5/5

Philly PHLASH
4.5
Trams • Bus Services
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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The Philly PHLASH® Downtown Loop is a visitor-friendly public transit service managed by the Independence Visitor Center Corporation. The PHLASH provides access to stops located near must-see attractions, from Penn's Landing on the Delaware River Waterfront to the Please Touch Museum in Fairmount Park. At just $2 per ride, $5 for a One-Day Pass, or $9 for a Two-Day Pass (Online Exclusive Deal), it's the most affordable way to get around. Children 4 & under, senior citizens, and SEPTA Pass holders always ride free.
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The area
Neighborhood: City Center East
How to get there
  • 5th St • 2 min walk
  • 8th St • 4 min walk
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396 within 6 miles
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Stacy H
Tampa, FL51 contributions
Jul 2021 • Friends
I wish more cities had budget friendly transportation that went to all of the popular sites. For $5 a day you can hop on and off this bus as much as you like. The bus was clean and easy to use. The only drawback was that they claim to come every 15 minutes and sometimes it was more. But in their defense the double decker (more expensive) hop on/hop off bus wasn’t doing any better. Probably staffing shortages like everywhere else.
Written July 26, 2021
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Ryan M
New York10 contributions
Jun 2021 • Couples
Very good value. $5 for the whole day and takes you to most of the main attractions. The drivers were very professional. My only complaint is the hours that it runs (10am to 6pm). I felt like it had to start my day late and had to end it early bc of that. But their main competitor I would say is the big bus, which in my past experience costs about $30 a day for the same exact service. The buses are air conditioned and will arrive at each stop every 15 mins, and they are almost on the dot with their rounds. 100% way to go if your staying near the bus route to get around
Written June 12, 2021
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superbee361
Patchogue, NY101 contributions
Jun 2022
Best value in town to see many attractions not serviced by mass transit or are too far to walk. The ticket to ride is $5 per person for unlimited or $2 per ride. Get an early start on the first bus leaving from Independence Hall Visitors center (also where you buy the tickets) at 10 AM. Last pick up/drop off is a little after 6 PM. The bus is clean and efficient. It takes you to all the places you want to see - Philly Museum of Art, Rocky Statue, State Penitentiary, Franklin Institute and the Touch Please Museum.
Written June 13, 2022
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LibertyStreet
Milford, MI148 contributions
Dec 2019
Phlash makes a loop from Old City up and around the museum parkway (see discoverable.com) with transfers to the zoo and Please Touch Museum. Seniors and preschoolers free. Buy all day $5 pass online or have 2 dollar bills in your pocket for a single ride (Pay on bus. Exact change needed. Just hop on if you are a senior— driver may ask for ID.) Supposed to arrive at their stops every fifteen minutes. Often yes; occasionally no. (Ended up grabbing a Lyft one day after we stood at stop for 45 minutes, but usually the buses are on time.) Look for their distinctive purple symbol on lamp posts and on their buses.
Check website for reduced parking fees but be aware—you need a PAPER copy of your pass at the garage.
Written January 3, 2020
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Gypsy9
USA26 contributions
Jun 2021
The purple Phlash bus is easy to find (look for the distinctive purple buses and purple banners along the route ). It runs approximately every 15 minutes on a loop (Google "Philly Phlash route map"), and is air-conditioned. My husband and I are over 65 (and from out-of-state), and all we had to do was hold up our driver's licenses when getting on the bus and saying to the driver that we understood that people over 65 ride free, and we were waived onto the bus with no problems. The route is a great way to orient yourself to Philadelphia, and stops at a lot of major attractions. The drivers were very friendly, and the bus stops for a few minutes at the eastern end of the loop (Penn's Landing), where the driver told the passengers they had time use the restrooms there before the bus started the loop back.
Written June 21, 2021
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Paulette G
Georgetown, TX8 contributions
Jun 2021
Wish we took it sooner! Philadelphia is a great walking city but it can be a bit tiring for seniors. Found this bus the last day and it's route hits all the attractions. Plus...senior ride for free. Driver was friendly, bus was clean and...another Plus...it was air conditioned.
Written July 10, 2021
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Carol M
East Chicago, IN46 contributions
May 2021
What a deal. $2 for a ride $5 for the day. Bus runs every 15 minutes they are air conditioned and hit all the spots. We only used it once but would highly recommend it. We walked an average of 5 miles a day, this bus would have been a better choice. We didn’t see cabs in this city maybe one or two over our 5 day visit.
Written May 24, 2021
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bobber84mn
Little Falls, MN132 contributions
Jun 2021 • Family
Very convenient and easy to use. We parked near independence visitor center. Was able to hop on bus. Missed the next stop because we didn’t realize you have to let the driver know you are getting off. Was able to see many things around philly.
Written June 28, 2021
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Tony S
Afton, NY74 contributions
Aug 2013
I discovered the PHLASH trolley this past Wednesday while visiting Philly with my son. It stopped very conviently close to my hotel on Penn's Landing. The price of $2.00 was an unbelievable bargain. The drivers that I encountered were extremely courteous and knowledgeable of the area. It was much better than driving through the crazy city traffic myself, trying to find parking and paying a ridiculous amount to do so, and better than walking in the hot weather. This is the way to go. I wished they continued past 6:00 pm, but all in all terrific. There were many convent stops along the way to get on and off at. The driver also called out the stops and points of interest. I can't say enough good about PHLASH......
Written August 23, 2013
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RedCarnationReady
NYC449 contributions
Jul 2013
We loved the Philly Phlash, and were so happy that indeed, the buses came 'round frequently. I loved the air conditioned trolleys, and nice safe drivers...we really "did the town" thanks to Phlash. We loved visiting the Rodin Museum and Garden, the Philadelphia Art Museum and wanna say "Thanks Phlash!!!!"
Written July 14, 2013
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