Philadelphia Pass or City Pass? Which is more convenient?

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Philadelphia is one of the cities where the history of America was made: bathed by the Delaware River, it is the most important urban center in Pennsylvania, and its proximity to New York makes it a very convenient stop for tourists who are in the Greater Apple. Like all American cities rich in attractions and things to see, Philly (one of the nicknames with which the city is called) can put in difficulty all visitors who do not have the clarity and the ability to organize their visit in the time they have available.

There are many things to see, from Indipendence Hall (where the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States of America were signed) atIndependence National Historical Park, from the City Center of Market Street to the Old city, where you can lose yourself in a nineteenth-century atmosphere, from museums to the most famous monuments, such as the Town Hall, the Equestrian statue of General John F. Reynols and all the attractions that are located within the beautiful park of washington square, and who knows what else (if you want to know more, just take a look at this article on what to see in Philadelphia).

But the risk is always the same: arriving in the city without knowing anything, and finding yourself in that annoying situation typical of those who have a craving to see and know everything, but do not even know where to start and, above all, are afraid to spend a eye of the head. There is a Philadelphia Pass who helps us to better organize the visit? We have selected two "Philadelphia Card”Quite different from each other, but which seem useful to remove a lot of headaches and to lighten the wallet of those who want to visit the city as exhaustively as possible.


  • Philadelphia CityPass
    • Attractions to choose from
    • Prices
    • How to use it?
    • Where to buy it?
  • Philadelphia All-Inclusive Pass
    • Attractions included
    • Prices
    • How to use it?
    • Where to buy it?
  • Sightseeing Flex e Sightseeing Unlimited Pass a Philadelphia
    • Sightseeing Flex
    • Sightseeing Unlimited
  • Philadelphia Explorer Pass
    • Prices
    • Where to buy it?
  • Build Your Own Philadelphia Pass
    • Where to buy it?

Philadelphia CityPass

The first "Philadelphia Pass" that we present is the Philadelphia CityPass, a fairly well-known card that many of you will already know. We are talking about a book of tickets for the 12 most important attractions of the “City of Brotherly Love”, as it is called by its inhabitants. However, you will not be able to enter all of them but you will have to choose whether to include them in your pass 3, 4 or 5 attractions.

An interesting, but non-discriminating feature of this pass is the ability to skip the queues at the ticket office in most attractions.

Attractions to choose from

  • Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
  • Adventure Aquarium
  • Barnes Foundation
  • Battleship New Jersey Museum and Memorial
  • Big Bus Company and Philadelphia Trolley Works
  • Eastern State Penitentiary
  • The Franklin Institute
  • Museum of the American Revolution
  • National Constitution Center
  • One Liberty Observation Deck
  • Philadelphia Zoo
  • Please Touch Museum


  • 3 attractions: adults $ 49 - children (2-12 years) $ 34
  • 4 attractions: adults $ 65 - children (2-12 years) $ 46
  • 5 attractions: adults $ 76 - children (2-12 years) $ 56

How to use it?

The Philadelphia City Pass can be received by e-mail in electronic version or by regular mail. When you arrive in the city, simply exchange the ticket for the booklet at one of the affiliated attractions.

Where to buy it?

You can buy it directly on the official website, following the link below.

Buy the Pass

Philadelphia All-Inclusive Pass

We present the second pass per Philadelphia, an offer very different from the CityPass, perhaps a little less comfortable, but certainly more flexible: even in this case, however, it depends on the tastes and temperament of the individual visitor. The name of the pass is simply Philadelphia Pass: it is a convenient card that includes admission to 30 attractions, all of which can be visited within one number of days consecutive variable from 1, 2, 3 or 5: therefore, if you are particularly skilled at organizing your days, you could see many things at a more and more advantageous price.

For example, if you buy the 3-day pass and use it for the first time on Thursday, you have until Saturday to visit as many attractions as you can, at your own pace. As well as offering great choice, the Philadelphia Pass also offers discounts for shops and restaurants.

Attractions included

  • Academy of Natural Sciences
  • The Barnes Foundation Museum
  • Battleship New Jersey Museum and Memorial
  • Betsy Ross House (con audio tour)
  • Big Bus Double Decker Bus
  • Chew Philly Food Tours
  • Eastern State Penitentiary
  • Franklin Footsteps Walking Tour
  • Franklin Institute Science Museum
  • Ghost Tours of Philadelphia
  • Philadelphia Trolley Works
  • National Constitution Center
  • Independence Seaport Museum
  • Ride the Ducks

… And many more that you can check on Official site.


  • 1 day: $ 59 adult; $ 44 child (3-12 years)
  • 2 days: $ 79 adult; 59 $ child (3-12 years)
  • 3 days: $ 89 adult; 69 $ child (3-12 years)
  • 5 days: $ 109 adult; 89 $ child (3-12 years)

The price includes a color guide with map with all the useful information for visiting the city, and a booklet of discounts for restaurants and shops.

How to use it?

You will receive your Philadelpia Pass by e-mail or by post, and you will activate it on your first visit. From that moment, it will be valid for the guaranteed number of days.

Where to buy it?

You can buy the Philadelphia pass on the official website, following the link below:

Buy the Pass

Sightseeing Flex e Sightseeing Unlimited Pass a Philadelphia

These two passes are much more than an alternative: over time the Sightseeing it has become a highly regarded and trusted product in all of the major tourist cities in the United States, and Philadelphia is no exception. There are two different passes, as per the title:

  • il Sightseeing Flex Pass
  • il Sightseeing Unlimited Pass (or simply Sightseeing Pass)

Sightseeing Flex

On a list of 25 attractions, you can choose to visit them 23, 4, 5, 6 or 7 accumulating savings of around 40%. The pass is valid for 30 days from the first use and allows you to visit the chosen attractions only once for the entire duration. Prices range from 39 to 79 $: the offer therefore stands out for a certain flexibility.

On the official website it is possible buy passes checking the attractions included, the updated prices and the presence of any promotions. On the Viator Spanish website, on the other hand, only i pass for 3, 4, 5 or 7 attractions, but even in this case it is worth checking if there are any promotions or seasonal offers active.

Sightseeing Unlimited

Again there is one list of 25 attractions and activities in Philadelphia, but you will not have to choose the number of attractions but the number of days the pass is valid. Choosing between 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 days, you can enter as many attractions as you want (once per attraction), without any further limitations. The savings rate is even higher (more than 65%), but obviously the price of the single pass is higher: it ranges from a minimum of $ 59 to a maximum of 109$.

The official site provides the list of attractions and the prices page (often discounted), where passes can be purchased directly.

Philadelphia Explorer Pass

From a choice based on days such as the previous pass, we move on to a choice based on the number of attractions to be included in the pass. In fact, you can choose a solution that includes 3, 4, 5 or 7 attractions to choose from 30 (which you can see here ).


  • 3 attractions: $ 49 adult; $ 35 child (3-12 years)
  • 4 attractions: $ 69 adult; $ 55 child (3-12 years)
  • 5 attractions1: $ 79 adult; 65 $ child (3-12 years)
  • 7 attractions1: $ 99 adult; 75 $ child (3-12 years)

Where to buy it?

You can buy the Philadelphia pass on the official website, following the link below:

Buy Philadelphia Explorer Pass

Build Your Own Philadelphia Pass

It allows you to save 20% if you choose to include at least two attractions out of a list of 33 in this pass (which you can view here ). Depending on which and how many attractions you choose, the price, and therefore the savings, will change considerably.

Although the savings may seem small, this type of pass will allow you to go to save just where you need it by choosing to include only the attractions you are really interested in avoiding unnecessary waste. For this it can be very useful to have a precise idea of ​​the possibilities offered by the city by reading our article on what to see in Philadelphia.

Where to buy it?

You can buy the Build Your Own Philadelphia Pass on the official website by clicking the link below:

Buy the Pass

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