Philadelphia - Getting Around
Philadelphia is one of America's most walkable cities. This has been taken advantage of and Philadelphia is marked extremely well by "Walk! Philadelphia" signs that are placed on each block, sometimes only several feet apart, that guide visitors toward shopping, dining, gallery perusing, cultural enjoyment, local must-sees and public transportation should it need to be taken. The city has two very walkable shopping districts as well as the walkable Benjamin Franklin Parkway, which is home to many museums, including the Franklin Institute and the Philadelphia Museum of Art that was made famous in the Rocky series of movies.
SEPTA Regional Rail
All of SEPTA's regional commuter rail trains stop in Center City at underground commuter rail tunnels. The two major center city stops, Suburban Station and Market East Station, will drop you off right in the middle of it all. Suburban Station is right next to City Hall, the shopping district, the financial district, and many cultural attractions; Market East Station connects to the Pennsylvania Convention Center, shopping at The Gallery ("Four blocks long, four stories high!") and the Reading Terminal Market, a famous local marketplace. Traveling within Center City is considered a "Zone 1" fare and will cost $3.00.
New Jersey Transit RiverLINE
The New Jersey Transit RiverLINE is a lightrail line serving 20 stations between Trenton and Camden, NJ. The line connects with DRPA's PATCO Hi-Speed Line as well as SEPTA's R7 Regional Rail line between Philadelphia and Trenton. RiverLINE travels North-South along the Delaware River entirely in New Jersey. One-way fare between Trenton and Camden, NJ is $1.25. There are reduced fare options for senior citizens, children and families. Monthly passes are available.
SEPTA operates two subway lines and a Subway-Surface line that serve Center City Philadelphia as well as the smaller neighborhoods on the city's fringe.
Broad Street (Orange) Line
The Broad Street Line, sometimes called the Orange line, runs North-South underneath Broad Street, one of Philadelphia's two major streets. It serves Temple University, City Hall, the Sports Stadium Complex and everywhere in between. The BSL also has a "spur" called the Broad-Ridge Spur that serves Chinatown and 8th & Market Streets in Center City. Tokens are $1.30. Free transfers from the Broad Street Line to the Market-Frankford Line can be made at City Hall Station and 8th Street Station; a free interchange with Subway-Surface Lines can be made at the City Hall station. Transfers from a subway to a bus or from a bus to a subway cost $0.60 and must be purchased before the bus or train leaves the station.
Market-Frankford (Blue) Line
The Market-Frankford Line, sometimes called the blue line, runs East-West between 2nd Street in Old City and Frankford Terminal in West Philadelphia. The line is underground throughout the city limits and becomes elevated west of the city. An interchange with the Broad-Ridge Spur is available at 8th Street Station; an interchange with SEPTA's Regional Rail at Market East Station is available at 11th Street Station; an interchange with the Broad Street Line is available at 15th Street Station.
PATCO Hi-Speed Line
The PATCO Hi-Speed Line, operated by the Port Authority of Pennsylvania and New Jersey, travels between 8th and Market Streets in Center City Philadelphia and Lindenwold Station in Southern New Jersey. PATCO runs underground in the city and rises above ground to cross over the Delaware River on the Benjamin Franklin Bridge. It stays above ground in New Jersey. There is no free interchange between SEPTA's subways or regional rail and the PATCO service. The PATCO line is the easiest way to access Camden, NJ's waterfront attractions, including the New Jersey State Aquarium and the Tweeter Center at the Waterfront concert venue. Fees for the service are based on the distance of travel. Those rates are as follows:
• Lindenwold, Ashland & Woodcrest Stations: $2.45
• Haddonfield, Westmont & Collingswood Stations: $2.15
• Ferry Avenue (Camden) Station: $1.85
• Broadway & City Hall (Camden) Stations: $1.15
• For travel between all Pennsylvania stations: $1.15
• For travel between all New Jersey stations: $1.30
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