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Getting around in Philadelphia on foot, by car, taxi, public transport. Metro

Getting around Philadelphia

Philadelphia is a city that you can easily visit on foot. In this regard, you will often find yourself facing signs with the words “Walk! Philadelphia”. Shops, restaurants, galleries, art venues are ideal for a walk. As are the shopping streets in the city. Or the places so dear to Rocky Balboa. When, instead, you have to reach more distant places, you can take advantage of the excellent public transport network. Below, the information for getting around Philadelphia


Kanoa reminds that it is not advisable to drive in the city, due to the very few parking lots and a highway code that these parts apply very strictly. In any case, a little attention and common sense are enough to avoid problems!

The taxi service is regulated by the Philadelphia Parking Authority, through clear and transparent tariffs. The vehicles are easily identified by the logo and license on the vehicle. For each trip, you pay an initial fee of $2.70, to which you add the cost of $0.57 for each fraction of mile traveled (1/4). For journeys to / from the international airport, the flat rate of $28 applies.



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The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) company manages public transportation in the city of Philadelphia, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery. Fast and reliable vehicles allow you to move around the city quickly.


The metro is a great option for getting around Philadelphia. Every day two underground and surface underground lines are in operation, allowing you to move around the city. Both are active from around 04:00 until midnight. On nights between Friday and Saturday, and Saturday and Sunday, the service runs all night.

The Blue Line, Market-Frankford, connects Market Street, from the 2nd to the 45th Streets, with Frankford Transportation Center, in the north-east area. The inhabitants call it by the simple name of EL.

The Orange Line, Broad Street, connects Philadelphia from north to south, crossing the city’s famous main thoroughfare. Pass through the Town hall, Temple University, Chinatown, Market Street.

In addition to the two metro lines, the Norristown high-speed line that connects the eponymous stop with 69th Street Terminal is also in operation in the city. It serves the Delaware area and Montgomery Counties. It runs every day from around 04:00 to 01:00.


Still SEPTA operates municipal buses and trams in the city. The network of buses developed extensively. The rates are not particularly cheap and, often, moving to Philadelphia by bus can be quite complicated. Especially in the suburbs, due to unreliable traffic and frequencies.

Metro and, alternatively, trams are more reliable solutions.

The trams connect the County of Philadelphia and Delaware frequently and fairly punctually. Trams run every day from Monday to Sunday. Lines 10, 13, 15 and 36 run 24 hours a day, allowing you to move around Philadelphia even during the night.

From May to October, you can also use the PHLASH Trolleybuses. These are tourist lines that cross the main points of interest in the city. Among them, the Museum of Art to the west up to Penn’s Landing to the east. In total, there are about 20 stops. The buses can be identified by the color purple, and the winged logos.

Getting around Philadelphia


To travel on public transport and move to Philadelphia, it is preferable to purchase a SEPTA KEY CARD. This is a special card that can be topped up with a credit of your choice, traveling at a reduced price. The card costs $4.95, but by registering on the official website within 30 days of purchase, the full amount will be refunded as a travel credit.

A bus and metro ride costs $2.00, with SEPTA KEY CARD. If you want to travel by bus, paying without a Key Card, the cost increases to $2.50. The simple racing ticket is the most used. There is also a DAILY PASS. Unlike other cities, however, it does not allow unlimited travel; with the day pass, in fact, you can make a maximum of 8 trips on the same day. It costs $ 9.00 per person.

The ticket on the PHLASH trolleybus costs $2.00 in cash for a single day, or $5.00 in the DAILY version. Free for SEPTA KEY CARD holders, Daily Pass, children under 4 years, adults over 65.

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