Getting Around Philadelphia
Philadelphia has been ranked as one of the most walkable cities in the nation.
Getting oriented with Philadelphia is easy 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.
Protip: south of Market Street, streets running east and west are named after trees while north and south streets are numbered.
Download a Printable Center City map.
Here are the best options for getting around Philadelphia.
- Walking: First-rate 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 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.
- Public transportation:
Base cash fare for SEPTA buses, trolleys and subways is $2.50; transfers are $1. Get the SEPTA Key Card and put money in the Travel Wallet and enjoy the discounted $2 fare when you tap to ride. One Day Convenience Passes are good for 8 rides on transit routes taken by one person in one day for $9.
Airport Line photo courtesy of SEPTA
- Cab/Ride-hailing: There are more than 1,800 licensed and trained cabs in Philadelphia. Or download the Uber app to order a town car to your location.
- Philly PHLASH is the city’s seasonal transportation loop that makes it easy and convenient to get around to Philadelphia’s most popular attractions. The bus costs $5 for an all-day pass.
- By Bike/Segway:
Check out Wheel Fun Rentals and Philadelphia Segway Tours for more information, or participate in Philly’s bike share program, Indego. With more than 100 stations located throughout the city, go for a ride and explore Philadelphia, then return your rented bike to any station location.
Photo by Philly by Segway – Mural Tour