Getting Around Philadlephia:
- On Foot: Locals like to walk. It’s the easiest way to get around. In fact, Philadelphia ranks fourth for most walkable cities in the country, according to WalkScore.
PHLASH: Fast, convenient and affordable. That’s the purple PHLASH bus. Riders pay $2 per ride or $5 for a day pass to get to 22 stops along its attraction-heavy route. The PHLASH runs every day in the summer and winter holiday seasons and on Friday, Saturday and Sunday in the fall. ridephillyphlash.com
SEPTA: Philadelphia’s public transit system includes buses, trolleys, subways and the Regional Rail. The Broad Street Line (locals call it the subway) runs north and south along Broad Street, making it the best option for getting from Center City to the stadium area in South Philadelphia, where four of the city’s professional sports teams play. SEPTA typically runs express service during game times. The Market-Frankford Line (dubbed “the El” for its above-ground portions) takes the east-west route along Market Street, and it goes through northeastern neighborhoods including Northern Liberties and Fishtown. For both lines, riders can pay $2.25 in cash (exact change) or purchase tokens in packs of two, five or 10 at local newsstands and at the machines located at many of the subway and El stations. SEPTA is slowly introducing a Key Card system, which should be fully operational in 2017. septa.org
Indego: People can traverse the city’s 240 miles of bike lanes by using Indego, Philadelphia’s popular bike-share program named after sponsor Independence Blue Cross. It’s easy to find one of the more than 100 docking stations, and the simple credit card machine takes less than a minute to use. Single 30-minute rides cost $4, and the monthly pass is $15. rideindego.com
Taxis: They’re easy to flag down, especially in Center City. The light on the top of the cab means it’s available.
Uber, Lyft, 215-Get-A-Cab: Need a ride? There are a few apps for that. uber.com, lyft.com, 215getacab.com
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