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Getting Around Philly: It’s Easier Than You Think

Philadelphia’s a big city, and getting around can be a mystery for new Penn collegiettes who aren’t used to cities. Here are a few simple ways to get you from Huntsman Hall to Rittenhouse fast! 

Philly transit can seem daunting, especially if you aren’t used to public transportation. If you are already intimidated by the deluge of numbers and colors and routes, trying to figure out a Septa map can easily cause you to avoid the public transit system altogether. My advice: put the map down. Take out your phone, and download the Septa transit app. Just like that, figuring out what rail, or bus, or trolley you need takes less than five minutes. Simply enter your start location, your destination, and you’re good to go! 
Uber is a fairly new and often overlooked means of travel. We’ve all experienced the frustration standing on a corner, trying to wave down a cab during rush hour. Alternatively, we’ve all stood on a corner late at night or early in the morning when there’s not a cab to be seen for miles. Uber is a fantastic way to get across town, especially when you’re in a hurry. Enter your location, and no matter where you are, there is almost always a cab less than five minutes away. They come right to you, no phone calls or uncomfortable waving necessary. 
Biking is one of the fastest and cheapest ways to get around. Both on and off campus, a bike can significantly reduce travel time. More and more bike lanes are being created all over the city, which invites less worry about competing with cars for space on the road. One of the great things about living in a city is that there are countless places to leave your bike. Even if you can’t find a rack when you arrive at your destination, anything from a lamp post to a sidewalk railing can provide a place for you to lock up your bike. 
On foot 
Philadelphia may be a big city, but honestly, it often feels like a small town. If you have somewhere to be, the walk there probably isn’t as far as you think. Nowadays with smartphones and apps like Google Maps, it’s pretty much impossible to get lost. Who knows, you might discover your new favorite cafe along the way!
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