Philadelphia Transport


The city of Philadelphia is well-equipped with public transport, most of it run by SEPTA (Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority). There is a subway system, but this does not serve the city centre and is mainly useful for accessing the extremities of the city. Good, reliable buses are the main standby, particularly the purple PHLASH bus service that is designed for visitors. The PHLASH route loops through downtown covering numerous major attractions near about 22 stops.

PHLASH buses operate daily between May and September, between about 10am and 6pm, with a more limited service between September and December. A single ride costs $2, and day passes cost $5. Through the rest of the city and suburbs SEPTA buses cover numerous fixed routes and SEPTA also runs a good network of commuter trains serving the suburbs. Taxis are plentiful in the city centre, but scarcer elsewhere, particularly at night. It is possible to rent cars, but not strictly necessary, although having a vehicle can be useful for those wanting to explore farther afield. Uber and other similar mobile app based taxi services are also available.

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