Getting Around Philadelphia

To And From The Airport
Travelers arriving at Philadelphia International Airport will find reservation centers for all major rental car agencies on the lower level of each terminal. The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority operates a regional rail line connecting the airport to the central business district. Taxis can be found at designated queues near the baggage claim areas.

Taking The Bus Or Light Rail
Philadelphia's Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) provides both bus and light rail service throughout the metro area. The rail system's Market-Frankford line runs from the western suburbs through downtown and northeasterly to the Frankford Transit Center. The Broad Street line runs north-south through downtown, and the trolley lines connect the central business district with several nearby neighborhoods.

The regional rail lines merge at several of the transit centers located within two miles of the downtown area. Passengers can purchase a one-time fare or an all-day pass. These passes are good for travel on the surface street buses, regional and high-speed light rail lines, and the trolley lines.

Most of the SEPTA bus lines operate through the downtown area and run directly to transit centers located in the outlying neighborhoods. Designated NiteOwl buses run 24 hours a day.

Independent Transit Lines
Visitors to Philadelphia may wish to use the services of the Big Bus line, featuring double-decker buses and including site-by-site narration by the onboard travel guide. The 90-minute tour covers most of the downtown area and regional landmarks, and more than 20 stops allow passengers the opportunity to begin and end their trip from almost anywhere in the city.

The Riverlink Ferry connects downtown with the Camden, NJ waterfront. Visitors will enjoy the 12-minute ride across the Delaware River and will get an impressive view of the Philadelphia skyline.

Downtown On Foot
Downtown Philadelphia is known as Center City, and public authorities have made walking tours of this area extremely easy to navigate. There are numerous signs at intersections pointing the way to historic landmarks. These signs are noted on the many walking tour brochures available at visitor information kiosks and hotel lobbies. Uniformed goodwill ambassadors walk the streets of Center City, ready to assist visitors with tips and information on getting to the most popular tourist attractions and historic landmarks.

Taxis In Center City
Taxis can be hailed on most downtown streets, and most of the licensed operators form queues outside the larger hotels. With few exceptions, taxi fares are based on mileage. A number of rental car agencies have offices in Center City as well.