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Eastern State Penitentiary Admission+Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Pass

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Highlights

  • Convenient 1-day 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

About this activity

What's included, what's not

  • What's included

    1-Day Hop-on Hop-off Philadelphia Bus Pass

  • What's included

    Admission to the Eastern State Penitentiary

  • What's included

    Live bus tour commentary provided in English

  • What's included

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

  • What's excluded

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

  • What's excluded

    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 6 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.

What you can expect

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

Location

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Activity Location

  • Philadelphia PA

Meeting/Redemption Point

  • Independence Visitor Center - Big Bus Kiosk
  • 5th & Market Street
  • Philadelphia PA 19106
  • Eastern State Penitentiary
  • 2027 Fairmount Ave
  • Philadelphia
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