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Now Arriving: SEPTA's Newly Updated Guide for VIPs

Brochure offers easy ways to get to popular attractions using public transit

John Golden
Public Information Manager

Tourists won't feel trapped if they use SEPTA's newly updated Visitors On The Go guide, specifically designed for "VIPs" (Visitors In Philadelphia) to help them navigate the City's transit system. From the minute travelers arrive in Philadelphia, whether by plane, train or automobile, traversing the city is a breeze.

The guide, produced by SEPTA'S Communications Department, equips travelers with information about how to get to popular City destinations such as the Italian Market, Xfinity Live and the Sports Complex in South Philadelphia, as well as, Independence Mall and the Liberty Bell in Old City. Whether visitors are using the Broad Street and Market-Frankford subway lines or a bus, corresponding transit routes to sightseeing, culture, shopping, dining and entertainment destinations are included.

"Philadelphia is a fantastic destination for visitors and tourists and SEPTA offers a convenient low-cost way to explore the best the City has to offer. Visitors on the Go was created to make it easy to plan a day of sightseeing or a night at the fireworks," said SEPTA's director of communications, Elizabeth Mintz.

Designed with the tourist in mind, the easy-to-use guide explains how visitors can map out their adventure by locating a destination on the full-color map and finding the SEPTA routes closest to the attraction. It also explains the best fare instrument option and where to purchase it. And for travelers visiting by plane, information about SEPTA's Airport Regional Rail Line is also included.

Whatever visitors' LOCOmotivation is, whether it's historic treasures in Old City, attractions near Penn's Landing, world-class museums along the Ben Franklin Parkway or theaters and concert halls on the Avenue of the Arts, SEPTA has a variety of transportation modes to choose from. Take SEPTA's bus network, for example, there are 119 routes in total, but just a few that visitors need to know if they're crisscrossing Center City. Routes 4, 16, 17, 21, 32, 33, 38, 42, 47, 48 and 57, along with the appropriate subway line(s), are listed in the attractions section of the guide, and correspond with some of the most popular destinations in downtown Philadelphia.

The Visitors On the Go guide maps out the importance of Philadelphia: which is home to Pennsylvania's largest airport, welcoming 30 million passengers annually; SEPTA's Airport Line stops at all of Philadelphia International Airport's terminals, allowing for easy travel to and from PHL. Located just seven miles from the downtown area, the airport is easily accessible and convenient to many tourist sites, business centers, and cultural hubs, via any one of SEPTA's Center City stations including University City; Suburban Station; Jefferson; and 30th Street-a key hub for SEPTA's Regional Rail system, which is the nation's third busiest. It's located on the cusp of Center City and West Philadelphia and provides connections to Amtrak, NJ Transit rail service and all SEPTA Regional Rail lines. And conveniently located across the street is the 30th Street stop for SEPTA Trolleys and the Market-Frankford Line.

Twenty-thousand copies of the pocket-friendly guide were printed for this edition, which is updated every several years. The guide is available at various Center City hotels, as well as, these locations:

  • Independence Visitor Center (6th & Market Streets)
  • Sister Cities Park Visitors Center (200 N. 18th Street)
  • City Hall Visitor Center (1 S. Penn Square, Rm. 121)

A mobile version is also available as a free download for both Apple and Android devices or by clicking on the following link:

For visitors planning to drive into Philadelphia, they should keep in mind that many SEPTA Regional Rail stations outside Center City offer daily parking, making it easy to take the train and connect with other transit services in the city. Information about parking at specific stations can be found here: parking.

"Ben Franklin" at SEPTA's 5th Street/Independence Hall Station on the Market-Frankford Line.

SEPTA's Route 21 Bus is just one of nearly a dozen that can take visitors to the many attractions in and around Center City.

Full-color map includes SEPTA routes and corresponding attractions.

20,000 copies of 2018 edition were printed, which is updated every several years.