Subway of Philadelphia

Philadelphia also known as “Philly”, is located in southeastern Pennsylvania along the borders of New Jersey and Delaware. It’s the fifth most populous city in the United States. Its metropolitan area covers the counties of Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware. Subway of Philadelphia has several lines that serve up to Camden in New Jersey.

Subway of Philadelphia is part of the Septa (Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority), which also provides other rail transportation systems (buses, trolleys, trains) and covers Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia. The Philadelphia subway network has 4 lines (elevated, surface and underground) that connect to these transport systems to access other parts of the region.

The Subway of Philadelphia is a good way to see the city and the area for tourists, as it operates through the center of the city and is the fastest transport. By Subway of Philadelphia you can visit all the important points of interest for the tourist. The Independence National Historical Park, Liberty Bell Pavillion, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Valley Forge National Historical Park, National Constitution Center, Longwood Gardens, The Franklin Institute, Philadelphia Zoo, Mutter Museum, Please Touch Museum, Academy of Natural Sciences, Adventure Aquarium, Eastern State Penitentiary, National Museum of Jewish, American History, Love Park, Top Philly Cheesesteaks, … and many other places.

  • Known as: Subway
  • Length: 62 kms.
  • Lines: 4
  • Stations: 280
  • Operated by: SEPTA ( PATCO 1 line)
  • Passengers/day: 330 thousand (2012)
  • Opening: March 4th, 1907

Lines and stations

The subway of Philadelphia operates mainly in the city center and it’s 3 metro lines and a tram line.

The Broad Street Subway, known as just the Subway, BSS or Orange Line, it’s 19 km long, has 25 stations and is operated by
SEPTA. It has three train services: Express, Local and Ridge Avenue Spur.

  • The Express System provides connections for the stations Fern Rock Transportation Center, Olney Transportation Center, Erie, Girard, Spring Garden, Race – Vine,
    City Hall and Walnut Locust.
  • The Local service has trains running for all the stations of the express service as well as trains stopping at Logan, Wyoming,
    Hunting Park, Allegheny, North Philadelphia, Susquehanna – Dauphin, Cecil B. Moore, Fairmount, Lombard – South, Ellsworth – Federal, Tasker – Morris, Snyder, Oregon and Pattison.
  • Ridge Avenue Spur provides trains linking Fern Rock Transportation Center, Olney Transportation Center, Erie, North Philadelphia, Girard, Fairmount, China Town and 8th/Market.

The Elevated Market Frankford Subway System also known as Blue line, MFL, MFSE or EL is 25,5kms long, of which 5,8kms are tunnels. It has 28 stations and it’s
also operated by SEPTA. Stations: 69th Street Terminal, Millbourne, 63rd Street, 60th Street, 56th Street, 52nd Street, 46th Street, 40th Street, 34th Street, 30th Street, 15th Street, 13th Street, 11th Street,
8th Street, 5th Street, 2nd Street, Spring Garden, Girard, Berks, York- Dauphin, Huntingdon, Somerset, Allegheny, Tioga, Erie, Torresdale, Church, Margaret – Orthodox and Frankford Transportation Center.

The Subway–Surface Trolley Lines (SSL) or Green Lines (BSS) is 3,8kms long and it’s tunnel all the way. It has 9 stations and is operated by SEPTA.

The red line is the only one operated by PATCO. It’s 23,3 kms long and it has 13 stations.


Schedule and frequency

The Subway is the fastest transit system in the city of Philadelphia. There are trains from 4:36 hours to 00:30 hours every day.
The third railway line, operated by the Delaware River port Authority (PATCO Speedline) operates 24 hours a day.
Frequency is 14 to 15 minutes.


Price for a ride is $2.25 in exact cash, which includes travel by bus and trolleys or a Token that cost $1.80.
Weekly TransPass is $24. Monthly TransPass costs $91.
The fares are cheaper for people with disabilities and students. Senior citizens travel for free.

Connecting to the airport

To get to the Philadelphia International Airport, you have to use the Regional Rail Service. Airport Terminals are connected by SEPTA Connecting Services of buses,
trolleys and High Speed Metro Railway.


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