In a large city like Philadelphia, life would be terribly complicated without public transportation. As mentioned earlier in this book, parking in the city is a nightmare, and the convenience of cabs, regional rail, subways, buses, and trolleys is one greatly appreciated by students. Some complain about the logic and price of the subway and trolley routes, but if you’re not from a haven of public transportation like New York, you will probably think it is great.
One great thing about Penn’s location is that Center City and South Street, two great places to venture out to, are in easy walking distance. If it’s late, or you are going to somewhere further like Old City, splitting a cab with a couple friends makes the ride affordable and easy. The school is also within close proximity to a greyhound bus station, and some more pocket-weary students take advantage of the Chinatown bus which travels to other big cities on the east coast often for incredibly cheap fares. The 30th Street Station, from which Amtrak and Septa trains depart, is within blocks of campus. It provides an easy way to get home for students from the northeastern states, and it makes a weekend getaway to Washington D.C., New York, or Baltimore just a few easy hours away.