Transportation

Getting around a new city can be difficult. Philadelphia's Center City business district is concentrated in a fairly small geographic region and walking is a great option. View a map. Of course, walking is not always possible. Philadelphia residents also have a number of options when it comes to public transportation. This section provides a quick guide to public transportation options including bus, rail, and air travel.

SOUTHEASTERN PENNSYLVANIA TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY

(SEPTA)
(215) 580-7800

The SEPTA system is a network of buses, trolleys, subway/elevated lines and Regional Rail trains. SEPTA connects the entire region of Philadelphia and its four surrounding suburban counties with nearly 200 routes, and some routes extend into Delaware and New Jersey. The fifth-largest transit authority in the country, SEPTA carries almost one million people each workday. In addition to fares and schedules, the SEPTA web site also lists travel routes for colleges and universities and other points of interest in the region.

Visit SEPTA's website for detailed fare information. When reviewing these fares, please keep in mind that buying in advance, usually through a monthly pass or a packet of tokens, can save you a great deal of money. Also, please note that fares can change.

Visit the SEPTA website for maps and specific assistance in planning a trip.

TAXI SERVICE

Taxi service is sometimes necessary when bus or train routes are not convenient. Keep in mind however that they can be expensive. A trip from Center City Philadelphia to the Airport for instance can cost about $25 or more. It is possible to get a taxi (also called cabs) on the street or you may call any of the taxi services to order a taxi at a specific time. View a list of companies.

PORT AUTHORITY TRANSIT COMPANY

(PATCO)
1(877) 567-3772

For those traveling from southern New Jersey to Philadelphia, the PATCO High Speed Line may help. For a system map, see here, or call for information about station locations and schedules.

AMTRAK

Amtrak

When going from city to city, Amtrak's rail service is often your best option. Amtrak provides intercity passenger rail services to more than 500 destinations in 46 states on a 22,000-mile route system. For schedules, fares and information, passengers may call 800-USA-RAIL or click here. Visit the Amtrak website for specific information about traveling on Amtrak for the first time.

PHILADELPHIA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

The Philadelphia International Airport is the main air travel hub in the region. The airport serves 31.7 million passengers annually providing service to hundreds of domestic and international destinations. For more information on flights and rates, visit the airport's website here.

PRIVATE BUS COMPANIES

Philadelphia is a main stop on several private bus companies that provide low-cost service to cities along the East Coast.  Check out Bolt Bus, the Chinatown Bus, or MegaBus for fares and scheduling.