K-12 Philadelphia bus rentals

Easy bus rentals for Philadelphia field trips

Philadelphia is the home of the Liberty Bell, the Betsy Ross House, the Franklin Institute, and countless other historical landmarks, making it an extremely popular destination for school field trips for students of all ages. There’s no better place than the “City of Firsts” for your students to experience history first-hand, and see many of the places where the laws governing our country were formed.

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Bus types

When chartering a bus from Bus.com, you’ll have multiple bus types to choose from. Depending on the size of your group, how far you’re traveling, and other factors unique to your group, we can help you find the right bus for your Philadelphia school field trip.


Coach bus

If you’re looking to ride in style and comfort, the coach bus is your best option. With higher-end amenities like WiFi, air conditioning, and audio-visual equipment, a coach bus is a great choice for longer- distance school field trips. A coach bus is also a great option if your trip requires bringing extra luggage as coach buses offer spacious undercarriage storage bays.


School bus

The school bus is the classic option for a school field trip. It’s a very affordable option and is best for shorter trips saying within your local region. You’ll want to make sure that your group doesn’t need to bring along a whole bunch of extra luggage if you’ll be traveling by school bus, but it’s one of the most budget-friendly ways to travel with students.


Mini bus

A minibus is a safe and compact way for smaller student groups to travel for educational purposes. When it comes to gas charges, a minibus is also the most cost-effective bus rental option. This bus type is ideal for local trips to busier urban areas where you’ll want the freedom to visit multiple attractions without hassle.

The benefits of field trips

Field trips are the best way to reinforce textbook learning with real-world experience. Students who have recently read about historical events and landmarks will be able to see those landmarks in person and connect them to the events that promoted their creation.

Many forms of unexpected learning may occur during a class field trip. Students can observe cultural differences between their towns and the regions they visit, and trips to museums and science centers also provide students with access to tools and learning environments that they otherwise may not experience.

Field trips have also been shown to facilitate social and emotional growth for students. One study found that students who had visited an art museum showed increased empathy, tolerance, and critical thinking skills after their visit.

Field trip ideas in Philadelphia

There’s certainly no shortage of field trip options in Philadelphia. As a field trip organizer, your challenge is going to be limiting your number of field trip stops. You might not be able to see everything that Philadelphia has to offer in one trip, but you certainly won’t be pressed to kill time!

Philadelphia Zoo

The Philadelphia Zoo is located in Philadelphia’s Centennial District. It is known as the first true zoo in the United States. The zoo’s history dates all the way back to the American Civil War, and its original opening date was delayed for 15 years as a result of the ongoing conflict between North and South.


In addition to being a great destination to see nearly 1,300 rare and endangered animals, the zoo is also one of Philadelphia’s leading conservation organizations. One of the zoo’s leading environmental conservation initiatives is their animal travel trail system; the first of its kind in the world.

Liberty Bell

The Liberty Bell is an iconic symbol of American Independence, and was formerly known as the State House Bell or the Old State House Bell. Students can learn about the chime that brought people together for the first-ever reading of the Declaration of Independence and read about the controversy surrounding the events that caused the famous crack in the bell.


Students will also learn about the life of William Penn and why the bell was originally commissioned to be built. They will discover Penn’s forward-thinking ideas on subjects such as religious freedom, Native American rights, and the roles that Penn felt citizens should play in enacting laws, as well as how these ideas would go on to influence the writers of the American Constitution.

Franklin Institute

The Franklin Institute is a Philadelphia leader in science and technology education. This renowned museum is named after Benjamin Franklin and is home to the Benjamin Franklin National Memorial. It is the most-visited museum in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and offers students access to a wide variety of hands-on exhibits and live science shows.


The institute is a champion of public education in Philadelphia and regularly hosts student groups. The museum requires at least one chaperone per ten youth and encourages group visits by offering one free chaperone ticket for every 10 youth tickets. The museum even offers Camp-In Sleepovers for students and youth ages six through 13.

Wagner Free Institute of Science

The Wagner Free Institute of Science has been providing free public education in the sciences since 1855. Visitors are given a chance to experience a sample of Victorian-era scientific society by visiting the institute’s onsite museum, research center, library, and other educational facilities.


The Wagner Institute’s main exhibit hall was built in the nineteenth century. Today, it houses a breathtaking collection of natural history specimens, including dinosaur bones, fossils, mounted birds and mammals, and the first American saber-toothed tiger ever discovered. Visitors will also be able to marvel at the museum’s impressive display of minerals, which were personally collected by the institute’s founder, William Wagner.

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