76 Carriage Company was founded over 40 years ago with a vision of providing the Philadelphia Region with superior tours and transportation services.
Today, 76 Carriage Company and its offspring, Philadelphia Trolley Works, The Big Bus Company, and Connective Tours is Philadelphia’s largest provider of Sightseeing Tours and Specialty Transportation.
PTW/BB has grown to become extremely diverse tour operators and transportation specialist. The corporate office is located just south of University City on an 11 acre complex, which includes a 4 acre lot housing a fleet of over 70 vehicles. A 60,000 square foot office accommodates the sales, dispatch, maintenance, and accounting teams.
76 Carriage Co.’s Vault to Success is “The story of a successful carriage tour company that grew into trolleys, buses, motor coaches, and transportation management.” (Small Business News March 1998)
For information on our tour schedules, the best way to see Philadelphia’s attractions, trolley and transportation rentals, or our famous carriage horses, please go to our Frequently Asked Questions page.
Daily from 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM
Daily from 9:00 to 5:00
Double Deckers are the primary tour vehicles. Occasionally they are substituted with trolleys depending on the volume and weather.
Tours operate on a timed schedule depending on the season and the time of year. Please refer to the announcements on the home page for exact times.
Tickets can be purchased at the following locations: On-line at our website, over the phone, on site at Stop 1 (5th and Market) and Stop 6 (12th and Filbert), our Sightseeing Kiosk on 6th and Chestnut, or at our Sightseeing Kiosk inside the Independence Visitor’s Center.
Yes, we accept Visa, Mastercard, American Express and Discover.
For frequency please refer to the announcements on our home page.
Our complimentary shuttle van will pick guests up at all Center City, Airport area, and City Line Avenue hotels. Please call our office at 215-389-TOUR (8687) to schedule a pick-up.
There are several parking garages near the Independence Mall Area. They are located at 6th & Arch Street underneath the Visitor’s Center, 4th & Ranstead Street behind the Bourse Building and 11th & Filbert Street (Stop 6).
Yes. Your 1 Day, 2 Day, or 3 Day Pass gives you unlimited bus tours and hop on/hop off privileges for 1 full day, 2 full consecutive days, or 3 full consecutive days.
Yes, you must have a valid ticket to board our vehicles.
Yes – small dogs and service animals may board the tour.
The main carriage stands are located at 5th & Chestnut Streets next to Independence Hall or at 6th & Market streets across from the Independence Visitors Center.
Carriage tours can be purchased on our website, at the Big Bus Stops 1 and 6 (5th & Market Streets and 12th & Filbert Streets), our Sightseeing Kiosk inside The Independence Visitors Center, our Sightseeing Kiosk at 6th and Chestnut Streets, or directly from a carriage driver. .
The carriages operate daily weather permitting. Carriages do not operate in temperatures above 91°F or below 26°F Wind Chill. Regular hours are Monday – Friday 9:30AM to 3:30 PM, and Saturday and Sunday 9:30AM to 6:30PM. Night tours are available upon request. Please call 215-923-8516 for more information.
Yes, we recommend carriage reservations for weddings, proms, and other important events. All rides requiring a pick-up or drop-off at a location other than our carriage stand need a special event permit. Please give us 5-7 days advance notice for this type of service. We also recommend reservations for our popular evening rides around some of Philadelphia’s favorite attractions. Please call us at 215-923-8516 or email us a request a quote form.
76 Carriage Company uses a variety of different breeds of horses for their carriage tours. The majority of our horses are draft horses or draft-cross horses. Our horses weigh an average of 1600 lbs with several weighing up to 2000 lbs. They are capable of easily pulling at least 3 times their body weight.
During most of the year the horse live at stables located a few miles from Center City Philadelphia. They have large, spacious stalls and two different paddocks to run and play on their days off. Each horse gets a vacation at our Lancaster County farm for several months each year.
Each horse has his own diet which includes plenty of hay and water. They also receive oats or horse chow, mineral supplements, and electrolytes, which is similar to Gatorade for horses. For treats they are fond of carrots and apples.
Once our carriage horses are retired and their job of guiding tourists around Philadelphia’s sights and attractions is done, most go on to live on farms to spend their old age having fun. Some have gone to be companion horses or to live at small local petting zoos. 76 Carriage Company supports Blue Star Equiculture a draft horse sanctuary and retirement farm in Palmer, MA. Blue Star is currently the retirement home for Bud, Mike and Tom former 76 Carriage Company horses.
Yes, our horses receive extensive training to allow them to adjust to city traffic. They work only at a walk and receive excellent care. Each horse has its own carriage driver and they become a team working together. The horses enjoy being groomed and bathed and receiving treats from their drivers.
Our administrative offices are located at 1350 Schuylkill Avenue, Philadelphia PA 19146. Please call ahead to schedule an appointment.
Our offices are open 7 days per week from 8:00 am until 6:00 pm.
Please send faxes to 215-389-1279.
Our motor coaches can travel throughout the mid-Atlantic region.. The trolleys can travel in the tri-state area up to 60 miles from Center City Philadelphia.
Please call our offices to speak with one of our transportation experts. They may be reached at 215-389-8687. You may also complete a request a quote form online.
Please call our offices to speak with one of our equine experts. They may be reached at 215-923-8516. You may also complete a request a quote form and email it to us.