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Everything you need to navigate Philadelphia
Thanks to founder William Penn’s smart and simple grid street design, the heart of the city is easy to navigate. The Schuylkill and Delaware rivers border Center City’s 25 blocks on the west and east. Keep in mind that streets running east and west are named after trees (south of Market St.) while north and south streets are numbered.
Check out the Center City map for more information.
World-class dining, arts and entertainment, famous historic sites and tax-free clothing and shoes shopping are within steps of Center City hotels, so you’ll save a bundle on transportation. As you walk, you’ll notice color-coded directional signs that let you know what district you’re in and point you toward area attractions. And, look for Center City District’s goodwill ambassadors, dressed in teal uniforms and equipped with maps, who are happy to give directions and answer questions.
How much does taking public transportation cost?
Base cash fare for SEPTA bus, trolley, and subway is $2.00; transfers cost $1.00. Tokens are available for purchase and cost $3.10 for a two pack. Regional Rail fares vary by distance traveled. One Day passes, TrailPasses, and TransPasses (weekly and monthly) are also available for frequent riders.
For Visitors On the Go, the best travel value is the Individual Independence Pass for $11.00 or a Family Independence Pass (good for one family of up to 5 people traveling together) for $28.00. Both provide unlimited travel on all SEPTA modes of transportation for one whole day, for one low fare.
For more details on fares, routes, and great visitor destination tips using SEPTA visit www.septa.org.
PHLASH is the city’s seasonal transportation loop that makes it easy and convenient to get around to Philadelphia’s most popular attractions, for just $2 per ride, and free for seniors and children under 4. PHLASH service runs from May to October. For more information and a list of stops, visit phillyphlash.com or contact the Visitor Center at 1-800-537-7676.
From the Airport
It’s a 25-minute ride by SEPTA or a 10-minute ride in a taxi from Philadelphia International Airport to Center City. SEPTA’s Airport Line leaves in 30-minute intervals, and a one-way fare is $7. The taxi ride costs a flat rate of $28.50. Click here or call the Airport Ground Transportation Hotline at 215-937-6958 for information on other ground transportation options.
Beyond Center City
Via Amtrak’s Acela Express line (operating from 30th Street Station), Philadelphia is 1 hour and 20 minutes from New York City and 1 hour and 45 minutes from Washington, D.C. Megabus and Boltbus also offer low-cost express bus routes throughout the Northeast Corridor.
A project is underway to renovate the 30th Street side of the Philadelphia station (West Plaza) and parking deck, which will affect access to the station – please visit Amtrak’s website to learn more.
There are more than 40 parking lots and garages in Center City. Pay with cash or credit or purchase a reloadable Smart Card. For a printable map of downtown parking, visit philapark.org.
Independence Visitor Center offers electronic touch screens which allow visitors to find information about attractions and hotels and restaurants in multiple languages. Pick up maps and brochures, CityPASS and The Philadelphia Pass discount ticket booklets as well as attraction tickets and free timed tickets for tours of Independence Hall. Head to the corner of 6th & Market Street for more information or call 800-537-7676.
City Hall Visitor Center offers the tour of historic City Hall, information about Philadelphia and Philadelphia souvenirs. Head to Broad & Market streets, Room 121 in City Hall or call 215-686-2840.
Fairmount Park Welcome Center in LOVE Park offers access to Philadelphia experts and tickets to more than 40 tours, attractions and shows. Head to 16th St. & JFK Blvd to visit the city’s newest visitor center.
Greater Philadelphia Hotel Association
Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation (GPTMC)
PHILLY 3-1-1: Use this hotline (must be dialed from a 215 area code) for directory assistance, special events updates and city services.
Philadelphia International Visitors Guide: Pick up a Philadelphia International Visitors Guide, available in 10 languages, at any of the visitors centers.
Currency Exchange: Currency may be exchanged at the following locations. Please call first. Several hotels and restaurants also redeem currency. Look for signs at participating establishments.
American Express Travel Services Office: 16th & JFK Blvd. or 215-587-2300