We don't normally give a lot of thought to water transportation as a means of getting materials from one place to another. And when we think of transportation for people, we mostly think of ferries, or private boats. But ports are an important part of why many cities were built where they were. Only a few years after William Penn's vessel "The Welcome" landed on the shores of the Delaware River, Philadelphia became the New World's leading center for trade and commerce, a title it held for more than a hundred years until it was eclipsed by New York. Philadelphia is still fourth in the nation in the amount of tonnage handled, and second in the number of ship arrivals. The Port also has the unique distinction of being the largest fresh water port in the world, and it has recently been designated as a strategic military seaport.
Sometimes channels have to be dredged. Maybe the channel was originally deep, but has shoaled, or maybe the ship's drafts (how far they stick down in the water) has gotten larger. Dredging the Delaware River Federal Shipping Channel dates back to the late 1800s when the controlling depth of the Delaware River was 18 feet. The current 40-foot depth was reached during World War II. The Corps of Engineers' (who are responsible for the waterways) Philadelphia District has maintained the Delaware River at its authorized depth.
At the moment there is a controversy as to whether to deepen the channel to 45 feet. Pros and cons are given in the website below.
Philadelphia has also become a cruise ship port of embarkation.
Probably the cheapest way to go to Philly from NY is the bus. Took it in Chinatown and it cost me something like 20$ to go to NYC. Best is to buy go and return tickets and to leave late. Generally, in Chinatown, NYC, you find super cheap bus transportations to other main East cities (DC, Philadelphia, Boston)
I've travelled a lot - and unfortunatly adn sad to say, Philadelphia has to be one of the worst places when it comes to public transportation.
the BIGGEST HASSEL is really teh fact that everything stops running early. Therefor, if you're out on the town adn its after like 11 or 12 at night, you're only way of getting home is a CAB, and cabs arn't cheap - especially if yo're taking one back to the suburbs.
SEPTA - septa basically sucks... i went for 3 years with no car, so i can attest to the fact that septa sucks. not only are they almost alwyas late (except for when you're late and you miss the damn thing b/c its the one time they come early) - they are expensive too... If you dont buy your ticket at the station, they charge you an extra 5 bucks - so make sure you buy your ticket at the station...
buses and subway just get confusing and then there's a lot of stations which are shady adn not safe...
Philly is a nice size - the down town area (from the art museum out to the river ) can definilty be walked - you'd need all day - if not a whole weekend... but its not so big that you can't just walk around...
biking? its equal to a form of suicide... drivers in this city are near insane and road rage predominates - they have absolutely no respect for people on bikes at all - not to mention the roads can absolutely SUCK which makes for a bumpy ride
so.. that leaves us with ... walking...
if you're int he suburbs and you're near a R_ train line, take it down town and walk - you'll see more anywa
Those flying into the airport will have a pleasant surprise. A train goes to 3 downtown locations. A cab ride to Center City is only 10 minutes and $20. Walking is the way to get around Center City.
Philadelphia has a large and comprehensive subway system. It is the most economical way to get around the city and there are stations located just about anywhere that someone would want to go. Maps of the subway are available in hotels and in some Philadelphia guide books as well.
The airport is straightforward and easy to navigate especially when you land. Airport code is PHL. From the airport, you get onto I-95. I-95 runs north and south on the east side of the city right by the Delaware River. If you take I-95 South then you head towards Delware and away from the city. Take it north and you can then get onto I-76, which runs around the south and west, or you can go a bit further to 676, Vine Street Expressway to access the areas several blocks north of Market St. (the main strip thru town). The subway system is two lines mainly. There's the Broadway line and the Market-Frankford Blue Line. Broadway handles spots from north to south, while the MktFrkfd handles east to west. Unfortunately, the stations don't access all parts of the city, but taking a cab is easy and inexpensive. There are also trollies that go underground so you can acess these from a subway stop. 30th St. Station and Reading terminal handle all regional rail lines. There is also the PATCO Hi-Speedline that links South Jersey to Philly and intersects with the Blue Line.
The Pennsylvania Suburban Station opened for traffic on September 28, 1930. It was the origin and end for the facility at 30th street. The station itself is in art deco style and is constructed mainly from black marble.
The station is the connection between SEPTA's (transit provider) to all regional rail lines. There are underground passages to Broad street subway and subway surfaces lines.
It just beats driving to the city when your not used driving in a big city.
Picture taken june 24th, 1998
I recommend Peter Pan Trailways for all your bus travel on the East Coast. The trip from Port Authority, NYC is a little over 2 Hours, direct, and usually includes a complimentary film. The fare is inexpensive and the bus station in Philadelphia is central to sights, and the Liberty Bell. Peter Pan entered an "alliance" with Greyhound, so if you book over the phone, be sure to specify you want a Peter Pan bus. TRUST ME. You don't want Greyhound
Probably best way to get into Phila is International Airport which is a major airport in Philadelphia.
By train, bus, or the PHLASH ( a bus that takes you around for a small fee and you get on and off at your leisure), walk, horse carriage through the city.
my car is what gets me around( proudly pictured here)!
Philadelphia International Airport (PHL)
Amtrak's Philadelphia 30th Street Station (PHL)
Greyhound's Station at 1001 FILBERT ST
The South Eastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) has a network of regional and light rail, subways, buses and trolleys that criss-cross the city and suburbs.
There are several competing and independant taxi companies operating in and around Philadelphia. They are extremely prevalent in Center City and my preferred mode of getting around downtown.
Unlike New York, you can call a taxi to pick you up, rather than having to hail one (I know within Center City, they do not charge for this service).
Using taxis beyond center city can get quite expensive!
I recommend using SEPTA or renting an auto if you need to go leave or get to center city.
The best way to get to Philadelphia is by Amtrack, train, to 30th Street Station which is a hub for S.E.P.T.A which has trains, buses, and trollys that can get you almost anywhere in the Souteast Pennsylvania area. You can pick-up an all day pass at suburban station, or 30th Street Station.
As I mentioned SEPTA is the best way to get around. Get an all day pass and you can use it for buses and suburban trains. In fact you can take the number 7 trian to Trenton, NJ and then catch the New Jersey transit train to New York City.
If you can, take a train or fly in. If you must drive, be prepared for deadly roads, traffic headaches, and astronomical garage fees.
Train: The main Amtrak station is at 30th Street station. Septa's EL (east-west subway) and regional trains connect there.
Fly: Take the R1 train from the international airport to Center City. The R1 stops at 30th Street, 16th & JFK (Suburban Station) and 11th & Market (Market East Station).
Walking & Public Transport (buses, trains, subways, trolleys).
The best way to get around the town is to Call Karen at Escape Limosines 1800-909-9140 or 215-332-8804 or by Web: www.escapelimo.com
The Driver's are great and really know the city! It is Money well spent.
as many planes,or buses,or trains as you want from new york city;also philadelphia has an international airport.From new york city,about 100 miles to drive,all the trip in new jersey,because you leave the state of new york when you leave new york city,and you enter pennsylvania as you enter philadelphia
do not forget that you have to pay the tax if you visit camden(new jersey);with my french friend,we got lost at night in philadelphia and we arrived suddenly in new jersey !
I reached Philly with a Greyhound bus. The bus terminal is located between downtown and Chinatown in the heart of the city.
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