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Old 06-16-2014, 03:03 PM
 
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Which is the best Septa bus number to travel around the city. I do not want to take the obvious tour bus but planning to use Septa instead
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Old 06-16-2014, 03:15 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia
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Which is the best Septa bus number to travel around the city. I do not want to take the obvious tour bus but planning to use Septa instead
Route 23, from South Philly to Chestnut Hill, going through the best and worst of the city. Long ride though.

http://septa.org/schedules/bus/pdf/023.pdf
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Old 06-16-2014, 04:54 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia, PA
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Routes 21 and 42. They both travel east/west through Center City and into University City. Both of these serve the historic areas and the major downtown shopping and nightlife areas.
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Old 06-16-2014, 04:58 PM
 
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Which is the best Septa bus number to travel around the city. I do not want to take the obvious tour bus but planning to use Septa instead
If you go to Septas website they have a "trip planner". Just type in where you want to go and it gives you all the routes.
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Old Yesterday, 08:40 PM
 
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Default Best Septa Route - 77 bus IMO

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Which is the best Septa bus number to travel around the city. I do not want to take the obvious tour bus but planning to use Septa instead
77 bus from the Chestnut Hill Loop at Germantown and Bethlehem Pike to St, Vincent and the Roosevelt Blvd. in NE Philly.

It travels through very beautiful neighborhoods in NW Philly (Chestnut Hill), Montgomery County (Wyndmoor, Wyncote, Glenside, Jenkintown) and NE Philly. There's usually no more than 30 people on the bus (even less during the late morning hours). It's a peaceful ride. No crazies!

Check it out!!!
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Old Yesterday, 09:36 PM
 
Location: Germantown, Philadelphia
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Route 23, from South Philly to Chestnut Hill, going through the best and worst of the city. Long ride though.

http://septa.org/schedules/bus/pdf/023.pdf
That route was split in two about three years ago.

To get the Route 23 experience - which I agree is the best way to see a full cross-section of the city in every respect (geographic, architectural, socioeconomic, functional) - you need to change at Market Street for the Route 45 bus, which covers the South Philly half of old Route 23.

Same thing going northbound - transfer from the 45 to the 23.

The transfer is free in both directions.
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Old Yesterday, 09:44 PM
 
Location: Germantown, Philadelphia
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You've been given two of the essential routes you should ride to get a feel for all of the city by surface transit: 21 or 42 and 23/45.

But there are a few others you need to add for a comprehensive tour. The 23/45 is the best route for a single-route trip through a cross-section of the city, but it leaves out some parts of it still.

Most notably, the Northeast. The 77 cuts across it. To take in more of it, you should take both of the following:

14 - the Roosevelt Boulevard spine line, from Frankford Transportation Center (the end of the El) to Neshaminy Mall.

66 - the trolleybus up Frankford Avenue from FTC to the Philadelphia city line at Andalusia in Bucks County.

To see Southwest Philadelphia, you should take at least one of the three Southwest Philly trolley routes that feed the subway:

11 - Darby via Woodland Avenue
13 - Yeadon via Chester Avenue
36 - Eastwick via Elmwood Avenue

The 13 has the most picturesque scenery, even in the less pristine parts of town. The 36 takes you through the broadest cross-section of Southwest Philly.
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Old Today, 04:11 AM
 
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That route was split in two about three years ago.

I also posted it about five years ago.
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