So you’re travelling to Philadelphia — smart choice! This guide will give you everything you need to know about visiting Philadelphia, from getting to and from the airport, to the best Philly books you should read, to the cool local spots you should check out.
Travelling around Philly
Public Transit: The SEPTA will get you everywhere you need to go in Philadelphia — and whenever, too! The system runs 24 hours in some parts of the city. You can now purchase “Quick Trip” tickets from kiosks at stations for convenience for in-city transit such as subways, trolleys and buses, and tickets for regional rail. Cost varies depending on method of transport. Consider purchasing a one-day pass, which gives you eight rides for USD 9.
Taxi: Metered taxis are available throughout Philadelphia, and are safe to use. A typical trip within the city will cost USD 10 to 20. The easiest and fastest way to get a taxi is to hail one on the street.
Walking and Biking: Using your own legs is the best way to see Philadelphia! It’s safe to walk throughout the city, and a the city’s Indego bike-share program is a great way to explore the city. There are stations all across Center City and some outlying neighbourhoods.
Looking for more things to do?
Hit the country’s oldest and largest everyday open-air market for some authentic, Philly foodie action. Fill your calorie quota with cheese, chocolate, deli items, and baked goods, and connect with the merchants and personalities that have shaped the character of this street for generations.
Markets, Mosaics, & Magic
Art, culture, diversity and of course, the spirit of Rocky lives on in South Philly! Join this Philadelphia tour to see just how eclectic this gritty city is. From Jewish delis to Italian markets, churches, cemeteries, and public art, South Philly is a slice of the real Philly.
Philly On Tap
Tap into Philly’s legendary beer scene on this adventure through Philly’s bars, pubs, and microbreweries. Make a toast in Philadelphia’s oldest pub, sample craft brews, and learn about why Philly is one of America’s best beer cities. Beer lovers, include this one in your Philadelphia travel plans!
History in HD
Forget watching History Channel documentaries, why not see the landmarks that shaped America in real life on this Philadelphia tour? From the building where the US Constitution was signed to George Washington’s house, and a church where America’s founding fathers once sat, this tour even includes a craft beer to help you digest all the history.
Street Food for Thought
Combine street food and brain food on this Philadelphia tour that takes in the hallowed halls of academia, the glory of the grand terminal, the worship of college sports, and the fun of food trucking!
Center City Holiday Tour (seasonal)
Experience the American festive season on this limited edition Philadelphia tour that celebrates all things Christmas. From outdoor yuletide villages, to holiday-themed light and sound shows, and the greatest window displays in town, it’s enough to make the Grinch run and hide.