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“Great way to see the city”
Review of Philly PHLASH

Ranked #40 of 465 things to do in Philadelphia
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: The Philly PHLASH® Downtown Loop is a seasonal transit program managed by the Independence Visitor Center Corporation. 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.
Reviewed July 8, 2013

We did a complete circle on the Phlash to see the sites of Philadelphia before deciding on where we wanted to spend our limited time in the city. It was a great way to sightsee from Penn Landing all the way to the Museum and much cheaper than the open and tour buses. Just look for the purple and gold signs signifying the stops and showing a map of stops. Unfortunately they only run until 6:00 PM so plan accordingly if you will be traveling after that time.

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"penn's landing"
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"the loop"
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Reviewed June 28, 2013

We used the Phlash during our one-day visit to Philadelphia after reading reviews online. First of all, the deal has changed slightly, it's still $2 a ride or you can buy 7 tickets for $10 at the Indepedence Visitor Center. You can't get the $5 'all day rider' style ticket anymore but you can still get money off your parking until 7pm (used to be 6pm). We paid $10 for all day parking and $10 for 7 tickets and it meant we could see everything we wanted in one day, albeit a flying visit!

The Phlash itself is great value when you compare it to the $30+ you will usually spend on trolley tours, and all the guides we came across were friendly and knowledgable. Really useful to get to the art museum and back if you don't have time for the walk, or do what we did and take the Phlash one way and walk back! Would highly recommend it as a cheap and cheerful way to get around.

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Reviewed June 9, 2013

I read about the Phlash Trolley before we left for Philly but we did not know where to get it or where it went in the city. We spotted a brochure in the Visitor's Center near the Liberty Bell Center. We found out the purple & gold trolley stops right outside.

It costs $2 ride, but if you are a senior you just have to show your Medicare Card. We took this trolley to City Hall, Reading Terminal Market, Macy's to see the famous organ, Rittenhouse Square, Penn's Landing, Love Park, the Rocky steps...it goes by the Rodin Museum as well. It saved us a lot of walking. The seats are the wooden slats type so not super comfortable.

The operator's were pleasant...one in particular gave a history of the upcoming stops. If you want to save time getting to some of the attractions this is the way to go.

3  Thank bainso
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Reviewed December 13, 2012

Put them on the Phlash! They can see all the sights without your being there to hand-hold. Later you may opt to take them back to whatever they express most interest in. I've used this several times. Reasonably priced. My guests love it.

2  Thank Nony60795
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Reviewed October 25, 2012

It's okey if you don't get carsick easily, otherwise, be ready to feel queasy with the ride. The discount you get for parking is a joke, the bus runs from 10-6 but in order to get the discout, you need to check out of the garage before 6 pm. And you don't find out until you're a the garage. I was checking out at 6:15pm. Don't bother.

2  Thank rosras
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