Philly PHLASH Downtown Loop Opens For The 2017 Season

After a record-breaking season in 2016, the citywide bus service returns with 22 stops at sites all over the city....

The Barnes Foundation, the Please Touch Museum, the National Constitution Center and loads of other popular Philly attractions are about to become a whole lot more accessible.

Philly PHLASH Downtown Loop, our convenient seasonal bus service, begins service for the 2017 season on March 23. With 22 stops all over the city, PHLASH makes exploring the City of Brotherly Love a breeze.

Last year’s ridership was the highest in the program’s 22-year history, and this year looks to be even better, with a stop right outside of the brand-new, hotly anticipated Museum of the American Revolution (which opens on April 19).

Philly PHLASH is operated by the Independence Visitor Center, and service runs from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. The fleet picks up and drops off at each stop roughly every 15 minutes.

The low-cost, citywide transit service will be available on select dates through December 31. (See below for full schedule.)

Free PHLASH Bus Rides on Opening Day

To celebrate the launch of its 2017 season, Philly PHLASH will offer free rides on opening day, Thursday, March 23. Riders can hop aboard at any of the stops along the route, or free passes can be picked up at the Independence Visitor Center at 6th and Market streets.

For all of you social media fans out there, PHLASH and Visit Philly are teaming up on a Snapchat story and live video feature for opening day.

(Photo by: J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia)
This year’s PHLASH route heads to 22 of the hottest cultural and tourist sites all over Philadelphia.

The PHLASH Route

The PHLASH bus will make scheduled stops at spots near the following attractions: Penn’s Landing, National Museum of Jewish American History, The Barnes Foundation, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Rodin Museum, the Perelman Building, Eastern State Penitentiary, The Franklin Institute, National Constitution Center, Pennsylvania Convention Center, Reading Terminal Market, the Shops at Liberty Place, the Please Touch Museum, the Philadelphia Zoo, One Liberty Observation Deck and the Museum of the American Revolution.

Here’s a detailed map of exactly where and when to hop aboard.

Schedule, Tickets and Fees

Starting on Friday, March 24 and continuing for the rest of the year, PHLASH tickets cost just $2 per ride. Riders can also purchase an all-day pass for $5. Seniors and kids under 5 always ride for free, and the same goes for SEPTA Pass and Key card holders.

PHLASH tickets can be purchased aboard any of the fleet’s vehicles or at the Independence Visitor Center. If you plan to buy your ticket on the bus, be prepared with exact change.

From March 23 through April 30, PHLASH service will be available Friday through Sunday.

Then, from May 1 through September 4, the schedule expands to seven days a week. Weekend-only service returns from September 8 through November 19.

PHLASH will close out the year with seven-day-a-week service from November 24 through December 31.

Philly PHLASH Downtown Loop

When:March 23-December 31, 2017
Where:Bus goes to various locations including Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost:$2 per ride or $5 all-day pass; free for seniors and kids under 5

www.phlvisitorcenter.com

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