CityPASS and Go Philadelphia Pass Philadelphia CityPASS offers savings to those who plan to visit many Philadelphia attractions during their vacation. Visitors may buy a three-, four- or five-day attraction ticket and attractions do not need to be selected in advance and can be visited in any order and can be selected from the following: Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, Adventure Aquarium and Battleship New Jersey (both in Camden, N.J.), The Barnes Foundation, Big Bus Company and Philadelphia Trolley Works, Eastern State Penitentiary, The Franklin Institute, Museum of the American Revolution, National Constitution Center, Philadelphia Zoo and Please Touch Museum.
Philadelphia CityPASS tickets, valid for 9 consecutive days from first date of use, will save travelers up to 40 percent off the combined cost of purchasing individual tickets to all of the included attractions. Purchase online at www.citypass.com. For current pricing and information, phone (888) 330-5008.
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The Go Philadelphia pass is an all-access digital pass that provides admission to more than 30 top area attractions. There are different passes to suit, whether you want to choose the number of days or attractions to visit. Save on admission to popular attractions such as The Franklin Institute, Eastern State Penitentiary, the Betsy Ross House, the Adventure Aquarium, the Philadelphia Zoo, and many other tours and attractions. It is available online or over the phone (800) 887-9103.
AAA’s in-person hotel evaluations are unscheduled to ensure the inspector has an experience similar to that of members. To pass inspection, all hotels must meet the same rigorous standards for cleanliness, comfort and hospitality. These hotels receive a AAA Diamond designation that tells members what type of experience to expect.
Pennsylvania's statewide sales tax is 6 percent. An additional 2 percent is collected by Philadelphia County, as is an 8.5 percent hotel tax.
Aria Health (Torresdale Campus), (215) 612-4000; Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, (215) 662-4000; Methodist Hospital, (215) 952-9000; Pennsylvania Hospital, (215) 829-3000; Roxborough Memorial Hospital, (215) 483-9900; Temple University Hospital, (215) 707-2000.
Philadelphia International Airport
Hertz, at the Philadelphia International Airport, (215) 492-7205 or (800) 654-3080, offers discounts to AAA members.
Amtrak trains pull into both the main 30th Street Station terminal at 30th and Market streets and the North Philadelphia Station at N. Broad Street and W. Glenwood Avenue. If your destination is mid-city, disembark at 30th Street Station. Phone (800) 872-7245, or TTY (800) 523-6590.
The major bus terminal is Greyhound Lines Inc., (215) 931-4075, at 10th and Filbert streets. Peter Pan Bus Lines, (800) 343-9999, also serves the city. New Jersey Transit buses, (973) 275-5555, depart for southern New Jersey and shore points.
Yellow Cab Co., (215) 333-8294, charges a $2.70 base rate plus $2.30 per mile. A fuel surcharge also may be added. One-way fares between the airport and central Philadelphia locations are a flat $49 fee.
A system of buses, trolleys, subways and regional rails serves Philadelphia. Operated by the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA), buses, trolleys and subways charge $2.50, plus $1 for a transfer; exact change is required. Senior citizens ride free. Regional rail fares vary by zone; phone (215) 580-7800 for fare information. RiverLink Ferry offers ferry service from Penn's Landing to the Adventure Aquarium in Camden, N.J.