Philadelphia Pass: which is more convenient?

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Along with Boston, Philadelphia is not just one of them oldest cities on the East Coast, but all over the United States.

Many attractions, many of which are related to US history, are waiting to be seen by those who decide to visit Philadelphia.

If you have also included it in your tour of the United States, but you do not know where to start buying tickets for the various attractions, follow me in this guide to best passes for Philadelphia.



Index

  • What passes are available for Philadelphia
  • Is it convenient to buy a pass?
  • Is it possible to skip the lines with the passes?
  • Do they also include public transport?
  • Philadelphia Pass Comparison
  • Philadelphia CityPASS
  • Sightseeing Flex Pass Philadelphia
  • Philadelphia Explorer Pass
  • Sightseeing Day Pass
  • Philadelphia All Inclusive Pass
  • Build Your Own Philadelphia Attraction Pass

What passes are available for Philadelphia

  • Philadelphia CityPass
  • Sightseeing Flex Pass
  • Explorer Pass
  • Sightseeing Day Pass
  • All Inclusive Pass
  • Build Your Own Pass

Is it convenient to buy a pass?

Certainly! Buying a pass is worthwhile mainly because you save on the purchase of tickets and you have the advantage of having only one ticket for many attractions. The important thing is to pay attention to choose the one that best suits your needs.

Is it possible to skip the lines with the passes?

Yes, thanks to the passes you can skip the lines at the ticket offices. The queues at the entrance, on the other hand, must do the same, unless it is specified in the pass that you are entitled to a priority entrance.



Do they also include public transport?

Usually no. In some cases, the list of attractions may include a day pass for public transport in a particular city or, more frequently, a 1 or 2 day hop - on, hop - off bus pass.

Philadelphia Pass Comparison

Philadelphia CityPASS Sightseeing Flex Pass Explorer Pass Sightseeing Day Pass All Inclusive Pass Build Your Own Pass
how long does it last 9 days 30 days 30 days from 1 to 5 working days from 1 to 5 working days 30 days
how many attractions it includes 4 2 – 7 3 – 7 30 30 by 1 to 32
savings max 44% 46% 40% 65% 40% 20%
how much from $ 52 and $49 at $99 and $53 at $107 and $79 at $119 and $52 at $105 depends on the attractions

Let's find out all the features of the passes for Philadelphia.



Philadelphia CityPASS

The first pass we are going to analyze is the Philadelphia CityPass. The formula of this pass is the same for all the cities for which it is available: by purchasing it, you receive a booklet of four that entitle you to visit as many attractions.

What does it include?

The Philadelphia CityPass includes four of the city's top attractions. For the fourth option you have the possibility to decide whether to visit one or the other of the proposed attractions. Here's what they are:

  • The Franklin Institute
  • Big Bus Company and Trolley Works
  • One liberty Observation Deck
  • Adventure Aquarium o Philadelphia Zoo

How much?

The Philadelphia CityPass costs:

  • for adults $ 52,00;
  • for children (2 to 12 years) $ 41,00.

How much do you save?

With this pass it is possible save the 44% compared to the cost of tickets purchased separately.

How many days is it worth?

The pass is valid for 9 days consecutive from the date of activation. To activate it you have 6 months from the date of purchase. You also have six months to exchange the voucher for the book of tickets.

When is it convenient?

The Philadelphia CityPass is ideal for those with limited time to visit the city and want to be sure to see the most important attractions.


Where to collect the pass?

To collect the pass it is possible print the voucher using the link contained in the confirmation e-mail and then converting it into a pass at any of the ticket offices of the attractions included in the offer, send the booklet of tickets directly at home, or buy the pass directly at the ticket office.


How does it work?

The CityPass consists of a booklet of 4 tickets, each of which entitles you to entry to one of the attractions included in the pass. To use it, simply show up at the entrance of any of the attractions and show it to the staff, who will remove the corresponding ticket.

Each ticket, that it must not be detached for no reason from the carnet not to be invalidated, it gives the right to an entrance by attraction.

Do I need to book the included attractions?

It is usually not necessary. If it is, you will find it indicated in the attached guide.

Buy the CityPASS from the official website

Sightseeing Flex Pass Philadelphia

The Sightseeing Flex Pass Philadelphia allows you to visit by 3 to 7 of the 25 attractions included in the offer, saving on the cost of individual tickets.

What does it include?

This pass gives you the choice between about 35 attractions. Here are the most interesting:

  • National Constitution Center;
  • Eastern State Penitentiary;
  • 1 Day Hop, On – Hop, Off city bus tour by Philadelphia Sightseeing;
  • National Liberty Museum;
  • Adventure Aquarium
  • The Constitutional Walking Tour;
  • Ghost Tour of Philadelphia;
  • African American Museum;
  • Simeone Foundation Automotive Foundation.

The complete list is available on this page of the official site.

How much?

The pass is divided into 5 price ranges, depending on the number of attractions you want to visit:

  • 3 attractions, Adults $ 49,60;
  • 4 attractions, Adults $ 64;
  • 5 attractions, Adults $ 79,20;
  • 7 attractions, Adult $ 99,20.

How much do you save?

The Sightseeing Flex Pass Philadelphia allows you to pay up to 46% less compared to the purchase of individual tickets.

How many days is it worth?

The pass is valid for 30 consecutive days starting from the activation date. To activate it, however, you have one year from the date of purchase.

When is it convenient?

This type of pass is worthwhile if desired have more flexibility in the choice of attractions. In order not to lose out, however, you have to pay attention to which attractions you choose.

For the 3-attraction pass, for example, you should choose three options worth at least twenty dollars:

  • 1 Day Hop, On – Hop, Off city bus tour by Philadelphia Sightseeing $32,00;
  • National Constitution Center $14,50;
  • Battleship New Jersey Museum & Memorial $21,95.

The total cost of the tickets would be $ 68,45. Thanks to the pass, which costs $ 49,00, you can save $ 19,45.

Where to collect the pass?

To receive the pass it is enough print it via the link contained in the confirmation e-mail, or photograph the QR code and use your phone directly as an entrance ticket to the attractions.

How does it work?

The operation of the Sightseeing Flex Pass is very simple: presenting the pass you printed or the phone with the QR code at the entrance of the attraction you have decided to visit first you will activate it, then you will have 7 days to visit all the other attractions in the order you prefer.

The pass entitles you to one entrance for each attraction. The pass can be purchased also for children aged between 3 and 11 years.

Do I need to book the included attractions?

It is usually possible to visit the attractions at any time during the opening hours. If a reservation is required, you will find it indicated in the mini - guide attached to the pass.

Buy the Sightseeing Flex Pass from the official website

Philadelphia Explorer Pass

The Philadelphia Explorer Pass works exactly come il Sightseeing Pass, because it allows you to visit a limited number of attractions, choosing them from a list of 30 possible options.

What does it include?

The Philadelphia Explorer Pass includes 30 attractions to choose from which ones to visit. Here are some of the most interesting:

  • Big Bus Philadelphia Hop – On, Hop – Off Tours;
  • Eastern State Penitentiary;
  • National Constitution Center;
  • Franklin Institute Science Museum;
  • Philadelphia Zoo;
  • Franklin Footsteps Walking Tour;
  • Battleship New Jersey Museum & Memorial;
  • Philadelphia Museum of Art;
  • One Liberty Observation Deck;
  • Rodin Museum.

How much? (discounted prices until 18/03)

The pass is divided into 4 price ranges, depending on whether you decide to visit 3, 4, 5 or 7 attractions:

  • 3 attractions, Adults $ 53– Children $ 38;
  • 4 attractions, Adult $ 70 - Child $ 48;
  • 5 attractions, Adult $ 80 - Child $ 60;
  • 7 attractions, Adults $ 107 - Children $ 71.

How much do you save?

Thanks to this pass it is possible save up to 40% compared to the cost of tickets purchased individually.

How many days is it worth?

The pass has a validity of 30 days starting from the activation date. To activate it you have one year from the date of purchase.

When is it convenient?

The pass is convenient for those who want to see the main attractions of the city without too strict time constraints.

Where to collect the pass?

As with all Go Card passes, this is enough to get it too click on the link contained in the confirmation e-mail e print it, or download the App dedicated, which allows you to use your phone to access the attractions.

How does it work?

The pass allows you to visit the number of attractions included in the offer you have chosen. To activate it, it will be sufficient to access any of the attractions, after which it will be possible to visit all the others in the order you prefer.

The pass entitles you to only one entrance for each attraction.

Do I need to book the included attractions?

No. The attractions can usually be accessed at any time during opening hours. In case you need to book, you will find it indicated in the guide attached to the pass.

Purchase the Explorer Pass from the official website

Sightseeing Day Pass

This is a day pass, available for a number of consecutive days, and you don't have to decide which attractions to visit at the time of purchase.

What does it include?

The pass is available for 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 days, during which you can visit all the desired attractions, among the many available.

There are currently 35 (the same ones included in the "Flex" version of the Sightseeing Pass), among which we remember:

  • National Constitution Center;
  • Eastern State Penitentiary;
  • 1 Day Hop, On – Hop, Off city bus tour by Philadelphia Sightseeing;
  • National Liberty Museum;
  • Adventure Aquarium
  • The Constitutional Walking Tour;
  • Ghost Tour of Philadelphia;
  • African American Museum;
  • Simeone Foundation Automotive Foundation.

Each attraction can be visited only once, and on this page of the official site you will find the complete list.

How much?

These are the discounted prices until March 17, 2020:

  • 2 days, Adults $ 79;
  • 3 days, Adults $ 95,20;
  • 4 days, Adults $ 111,20;
  • 5 days, Adults $ 119,20;

How much do you save?

The savings can go up to 65%: it will be higher the more attractions you can visit, and the convenience will increase by opting for the attractions with the higher admission price.

How many days is it worth?

This pass is valid from one to five consecutive days from the date of activation, and you can purchase it up to 12 months before your trip to Philadelphia.

When is it convenient?

The Sightseeing Day Pass is worth it if you are very active travelers, who organize themselves in order to be able to see many attractions during their vacation!

We recommend it especially to those who are in Philadelphia for the first time and wants to get to know it thoroughly without spending a fortune.

Where to collect the pass?

After purchasing the pass online, you will receive one confirmation email containing a link.

By clicking on it you will get the pass, which you can print. Alternatively, you can photograph the QR code and use your smartphone directly as an entrance ticket to the attractions.

How does it work?

The Pass will be activated in Philadelphia the moment you use it for the first time. It will then be valid for the number of consecutive days for which it was purchased and will expire at midnight on the last day.

Do I need to book the included attractions?

Usually not; you can visit the attractions at any time during the opening hours.

If a reservation is required (for example, to participate in the tours) this will be indicated in the small guide attached to the pass, or on the official website.

Buy the Sightseeing Day Pass from the official website

Philadelphia All Inclusive Pass

We come to the first of pass per Philadelphia offered by Go Card. The Philadelphia All Inclusive Pass has a totally different formula than the ones we have seen so far.

With this pass, in fact, you can visit all the attractions you prefer among those included in the pass, having as the only limit the number of days available to see them, which varies from 1 to 5, depending on the offer you are going to choose.

What does it include?

The Philadelphia All Inclusive Pass offers those who want to get to know the city of Philadelphia better more than 30 attractions. Here are the most interesting:

  • Eastern State Penitentiary;
  • Franklin Institute Science Museum;
  • Philadelphia Museum of Art;
  • National Constitution Center;
  • One Liberty Observation Deck;
  • Battleship New Jersey Museum and Memorial;
  • Rodin Museum;
  • National Liberty Museum;
  • Longwood Gardens;
  • The Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum.

How much? (discounted prices until 19/03)

The Philadelphia All Inclusive Pass is divided into 4 price ranges, depending on whether you decide to visit the attractions in 1,2,3 or 5 days:

  • 1 Day, Adults $ 52;
  • 2 Days, Adults $ 74;
  • 3 Days, Adults $ 88;
  • 5 Days, Adults $ 105.

How much do you save?

With the All Inclusive Pass you can save up to 40% on the price of tickets.

How many days is it worth?

The pass may be valid from 1 to 7 working days, depending on the offer you are going to choose. To activate it you have one year from the date of purchase.

When is it convenient?

The Philadelphia All Inclusive Pass is the most affordable choice for anyone wishing to visit as many attractions as possible.

To make up for the cost of the pass, you should visit at least 3 attractions whose value starts at $ 20. Take the 1 day pass for example. For it to be really convenient to buy it you could visit:

  • National Constitution Center $14,50;
  • Philadelphia Zoo $23,00;
  • Franklin Footsteps walking tour $19,00;
  • National Liberty Museum $7,00;
  • One Liberty Observation Deck $19,00.

Without the pass, the total cost of tickets for these attractions would be $ 82,50, compared to the $ 59,00 for the pass, which allows you to save $ 23,50.

Where to collect the pass?

To obtain the pass, simply click on the link contained in the confirmation e-mail and print it, together with the attached guide, or download the App Go Card dedicated and use your phone as a ticket.

How does it work?

How the pass works is really very simple. To activate it simply register at any of the attractions included in the pass, after which you can visit as many as you want, within the expiry of the season ticket.

Remember that the pass entitles you to visit each attraction once, and that the days of validity are intended as calendar days, and not the 24 hours, so if you activate the 1-day pass at 18:00, for example, you will only have until midnight to use it.

Do I need to book the included attractions?

It is not usually necessary to book attractions. If a reservation is required, you will find it indicated in the guide attached to the pass.

Buy the All Inclusive Pass from the official website

Build Your Own Philadelphia Attraction Pass

The Build Your Own Pass is the third type of pass offered by Go Card. The beauty of this pass is that it offers customers more than 30 attractions to choose from which ones to visit.

There are practically no limits either in terms of time (it expires after 30 days from the date of activation) or in terms of the number of attractions to visit.

What does it include?

The Build Your Own Philadelphia Attraction Pass makes available to its customers 32 attractions to choose the ones you want to visit. Here are some of the most interesting:

  • Big Bus Philadelphia Hop – On, Hop – Off Tours;
  • Eastern State Penitentiary;
  • Philadelphia Museum of Art;
  • National Constitution Center;
  • One Liberty Observation Deck;
  • Adventure Aquarium;
  • Philadelphia Zoo;
  • Barnes Foundation;
  • Battleship New Jersey Museum & Memorial;
  • Ghost Tour of Philadelphia;
  • City Hall Tower and Observation Deck.

How much?

The cost of the pass varies according to the attractions you choose to visit.

How much do you save?

Il Build Your Own Philadelphia Attraction Pass permette di save the 20% on the cost of tickets for the chosen attractions.

How many days is it worth?

The pass remains valid for 30 days consecutive from the date of activation. To activate it you have one year from the time of purchase.

When is it convenient?

This pass is ideal for those who, perhaps, want to visit a few attractions, or a series of inexpensive attractions, the cost of which, added up, is lower than that of other types of passes.

Thanks to the Build Your Own Philadelphia Attraction Pass, in fact, you just have to choose more than 2 attractions to get an immediate 20% discount on the ticket price.

Where to collect the pass?

The methods of collecting this pass are identical to those of the other Go Card passes: you can print it by following the link included in the confirmation e-mail, or download it through the dedicated App, which allows you to use your phone directly. as pass.

How does it work?

The operation of this pass is extremely simple: that's enough show the ticket printed or the telephone at the entrance of any of the chosen attractions to activate it, after which you can visit all the others, in the order you prefer.

The pass entitles you to only one entrance for each attraction.

Do I need to book the included attractions?

No, it is usually not necessary. If there are attractions that must be booked in advance, you will find it indicated in the guide attached to the pass.

Purchase the Build your own Pass from the official website
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