Top Frequently Asked Questions

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    Where can I join the tour?

  2. Where can I join the tour?

    You can join the tour at any of our stops.

  3. Live guide on tour bus in Philadelphia

    Will I have a live guide?

  4. Will I have a live guide?

    All our tours feature fully trained guides who give an informative historical-based commentary.

  5. Big Bus open-top tour of Philadelphia

    How long does the tour last?

  6. How long does the tour last?

    The full tour lasts approximately 90 minutes, although part of the fun is hopping on and off to see the sights and experience different guides! Buses are scheduled to arrive every 20-25 minutes.

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    What service will you be running over the festive period?

  8. What service will you be running over the festive period?

    Please visit our Service Information page for details of our Festive Season Service.

More Questions & Answers

Do I have to book in advance?

No absolutely not! You can simply turn up on the day, at the time you wish to travel and start your tour when you wish. There is no schedule to stick to.

What do I get for my money?

You'll get a ticket that you can use to hop on and hop off our buses for a certain amount of time. A 1-day ticket ticket can be used on the day that you redeem it. A 2-day ticket can be used on both the day of redemption and the day after. A 3-day ticket can be used on the day of redemption, and on the two days following. If you have a ticket that's valid for more than one day, you must use it on consecutive days.

What payment methods can I use?

You can pay with cash, cheque or any major credit card.

How do I get a brochure?

Contact us and we'll send one to you. Most concierges and information centers in the city will have them in stock.

Do you take group bookings?

Yes - discounts are available for groups of ten or more. Please contact us on 1-215-389-8687 or info@phillytour.com for more information.

Are your buses air-conditioned?

No, we have natural air-conditioning as our buses are open top!

Are accommodations available for persons with disabilities?

Are accommodations available for persons with disabilities? Yes, we operate wheelchair accessible vehicles with lifts that can accommodate a weight up to 650 pounds. Please be advised that our entire fleet in Philadelphia is not wheelchair accessible. If you or your travelling partner(s) requires an ADA accessible vehicle, please contact us 48 hours prior to your planned tour commencement. We can then arrange for a suitable vehicle to be available at the time and location required. If you require a different accommodation, please also contact us 48 hours prior to your planned tour commencement so we can make arrangements for an accommodation. Please note that messages left on the office general voicemail do not constitute confirmed arrangements. Please also note that passengers with mobility impairments may not be able to access the upper deck on our buses. We cannot guarantee the accessibility of the various attractions along the tour.

There are no buses running due to weather conditions, what do I do?

Firstly, check the validity of your ticket. If you have bought your ticket online and have yet to have this scanned by our of our on-street representatives – it will still be valid for use for up to 6 months from the point you have purchased. If your ticket was bought on-street or has already been scanned by one of our on-street advisors, and we have cancelled our services due to weather conditions, you will be able to apply for a refund. Check out Term & Conditions for full details.

How can I find the stop nearest to me?

Download the Big Bus Tours app and you’ll be able find your nearest stop and better still, check to see if a bus is heading your way thanks to real-time bus tracking. Don’t forget you’ll need to enable location services and data on your mobile device (please speak with your mobile / cell provider regarding data roaming costs).

I bought the ticket but it’s for someone else. It has my name on it, is this ok?

You're all set! Simply show your voucher(s) to any member of on-street staff who will scan the QR code and hand over your yellow Big Bus Tour tickets. Don't lose them, they're like gold (cash) and cannot be replaced.

Can I buy tickets on the bus?

The easiest place to buy our bus tickets are in advance by booking online or from the Big Bus Tours app. If you want to buy when you’re in city and in person, Big Bus representatives are located at the majority of our stops. They will be able to sell you a ticket before you hop-on to the bus.

Where does the tour end?

You can hop-on and off at any of our stops (unless it’s a panoramic ‘non-stop’ tour). Download the Big Bus Tours app to discover all of our routes, stops and nearby landmarks & attractions.

Does one ticket cover all routes?

For the majority of our tickets, that’s a BIG YES. Look out for this when you’re booking your ticket online or buying in person. Each ticket will state how many routes are included. Typical exclusions are one-loop tours such as Night Tours which are usually panoramic ‘non-stop’ tours.

I bought my ticket but now can’t make that date, can I use it on another day?

Bus tour tickets purchased online or via the app are typically valid for six months up until the point of the ticket being scanned (redeemed) – then the clock starts ticking and you’ll need to enjoy your tour within the time purchased. This is usually, one, two or three days.

Can I use a two or three-day pass on different days?

You’ll need to enjoy your pass across consecutive days, so a two-day pass redeemed on Monday means your pass is valid Monday and Tuesday.

How do I know when the next bus is coming?

Download the Big Bus Tours app and you’ll be able find your nearest stop and better still, check to see if a bus is heading your way thanks to real-time bus tracking. Don’t forget you’ll need to enable location services and data on your mobile device (please speak with your mobile / cell provider regarding data roaming costs).

I am waiting at a stop and can’t see any buses, what do I do?

Hang in there! BIG cities like to throw all sorts of challenges at our drivers, who are doing their best to get to you as quickly (but safely) as possible. If you haven’t already, download the Big Bus Tours app to see if a bus is heading your way thanks to real-time bus tracking.

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