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Eastern State Penitentiary Admission & Big Bus Hop-On Hop-Off Pass

by Philadelphia Trolley Works & Big Bus Duration 1d Free cancellation available No booking or credit card fees
per adult Price is $47

Cruise between Philly landmarks in a comfortable double-decker sightseeing bus, and ride out to the Eastern State Penitentiary for a chilling look at this historic former prison. This imposing, wheel-shaped fortress, now in ruin, housed some of the country's most notorious criminals—including Pep the Cat-Murdering Dog.

Kick off your day of exploration by jumping aboard a double-decker sightseeing bus in the heart of the Old City. Make your way around town, listening to engaging commentary and entertaining tales from a knowledgeable onboard guide, and hop off the bus at any of the museums or landmarks that interest you, whether you want to walk in Rocky's footsteps at the Philadelphia Art Museum or get an up-close look at the famous crack in the Liberty Bell.

Take advantage of the convenient bus and ride out to the Eastern State Penitentiary, a castle-like Neo-Gothic ruin that once housed criminals like Al Capone and Slick Willie Sutton. Walk down crumbling, sky-lit halls and peek into the vaulted concrete cells for an inside look at this former prison, designed specifically to strike fear into the hearts of would-be criminals, and hear how its unique shape and religiously inspired design were a model for hundreds of penitentiaries worldwide.

Hop-on hop-off route stops include:

  • Independence Visitor Center
  • Betsy Ross House
  • United States Mint
  • Reading Terminal Market
  • National Constitution Center
  • LOVE Park
  • Eastern State Penitentiary
  • Philadelphia Zoo
  • Philadelphia Museum of Art
  • South Street

Cruise between Philly landmarks in a comfortable double-decker sightseeing bus, and ride out to the Eastern State Penitentiary for a chilling look at this historic former prison. This imposing, wheel-shaped fortress, now in ruin, housed some of the country's most notorious criminals—including Pep the Cat-Murdering Dog.

Kick off your day of exploration by jumping aboard a double-decker sightseeing bus in the heart of the Old City. Make your way around town, listening to engaging commentary and entertaining tales from a knowledgeable onboard guide, and hop off the bus at any of the museums or landmarks that interest you, whether you want to walk in Rocky's footsteps at the Philadelphia Art Museum or get an up-close look at the famous crack in the Liberty Bell.

Take advantage of the convenient bus and ride out to the Eastern State Penitentiary, a castle-like Neo-Gothic ruin that once housed criminals like Al Capone and Slick Willie Sutton. Walk down crumbling, sky-lit halls and peek into the vaulted concrete cells for an inside look at this former prison, designed specifically to strike fear into the hearts of would-be criminals, and hear how its unique shape and religiously inspired design were a model for hundreds of penitentiaries worldwide.

Hop-on hop-off route stops include:

  • Independence Visitor Center
  • Betsy Ross House
  • United States Mint
  • Reading Terminal Market
  • National Constitution Center
  • LOVE Park
  • Eastern State Penitentiary
  • Philadelphia Zoo
  • Philadelphia Museum of Art
  • South Street
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Eastern State Penitentiary & Hop-on Hop-off

Duration 1d No booking or credit card fees
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per adult
$47

Total price is $47, taxes included

It only takes 2 minutes

Eastern State Penitentiary Admission & Big Bus Hop-On Hop-Off Pass

Activity Location

Philadelphia

Meeting/Redemption Point
  • Independence Visitor Center - Big Bus Kiosk

    5th & Market Street

    Philadelphia 19106

  • Eastern State Penitentiary

    2027 Fairmount Ave

    Philadelphia


Highlights

  • Convenient hop-on hop-off bus tour of Philly landmarks

  • 27 route stops including the Liberty Bell & Penn's Landing

  • Freedom to explore the City of Brotherly Love at your pace

  • Eerie abandoned halls of spooky Eastern State Penitentiary

  • Ruined, sky-lit cells that housed criminals like Al Capone


Inclusions

  • Hop-on hop-off bus pass for Philadelphia

  • Admission to the Eastern State Penitentiary

  • Live bus tour commentary provided in English

  • Audio-guide available in French, Italian, German, Mandarin, Spanish, and Portuguese aboard the bus


Exclusions

  • Admission to additional monuments, museums, and attractions along the tour route

  • Meals and beverages


Know Before You Book

  • Children 3 and younger are complimentary.

  • The hop-on hop-off bus tour operates between 9:30 AM and 5:30 PM. Hours of operation may vary seasonally; please check before you go.

  • The Eastern State Penitentiary is open from 10 AM–5 PM, with the last entry at 4 PM.

  • You do not need to redeem your Eastern State Penitentiary admission on the same day that you use your hop-on hop-off pass; you may visit anytime during your trip.


Eastern State Penitentiary Admission & Big Bus Hop-On Hop-Off Pass ratings based on 4 Verified Reviews

Expedia Verified Reviews

4.7 out of 5

4/5 Apr 7, 2019

Le tour est vraiment intéressant. Cependant, notre dernier guide n'était pas vraiment sympa. Trop d'.opinions personnelles

5/5 Sep 30, 2018

This was a great tour. It is so raw and powerful. It really makes you think about our system of incarceration.

Gretchen D

United States