Travel to Philadelphia
Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) serves the Philadelphia region with 25 airlines offering over 450 daily nonstop departures to 138 destinations in the U.S. and around the world.
Travel from PHL airport
SEPTA train is a 25-minute ride on the SEPTA Airport Line right at the airport. SEPTA’s Airport Line leaves every 30 minutes, and a one-way fare is $6.75. Trains stop at all airport terminals.
Taxi ride is approximately 20 minutes and costs a flat rate of $28.50.
Ride App Services. If you plan to use Uber, Lyft, or another app-based ride service after landing at PHL, proceed through Baggage Claim and follow the Ground Transportation signs for Ride App/Zone 7.
Megabus offers low-cost express bus routes throughout the Northeast Corridor. New Jersey Transit and and Greyhound Terminal located at 10th and Filbert streets.
Arriving car: Interstates 95 and 76, and the Pennsylvania and New Jersey Turnpikes, provide access from all points on the compass. Only 100 miles from New York City and 130 miles from Washington, D.C.
Parking: Once you arrive, there are more than 40 parking lots and garages in Center City plus metered street parking (read signs carefully for parking hours). To pay for metered parking, you can use a variety of payment methods (including credit cards) at one of the green kiosks, which will issue a printed ticket for you to place inside your windshield. For more information on parking, visit the Philadelphia Parking Authority.
Getting around by Taxi or Ride-hailing: There are more than 1,800 licensed and trained cabs in Philadelphia. Or download the Uber or Lyft app to order a town car to your location.
Amtrak trains arrive at historic 30th Street Station which is within a short walk of Center City. Philadelphia is only 1 hour and 20 minutes from New York City and 1 hour and 45 minutes from Washington, D.C., via Acela Express.
Getting oriented with Philadelphia is easy thanks to founder William Penn’s smart and simple grid street design, the heart of the city is easy to navigate. The Schuylkill and Delaware rivers border Center City’s 25 blocks on the west and east.
Pro tip: South of Market Street, streets running east and west are named after trees while north and south streets are numbered. Download a Printable Center City map.
Mass Transit in Philadelphia: SEPTA
Base cash fare for SEPTA buses, trolleys and subways is $2.50; transfers are $1. Get the SEPTA Key Card and put money in the Travel Wallet and enjoy the discounted $2 fare when you tap to ride. One Day Convenience Passes are good for 8 rides on transit routes taken by one person in one day for $9.
Septa Regional Rail serves the Philadelphia Metropolitan area. The system has 13 branches and more than 150 active stations in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, its suburbs and satellite towns and cities, including a line directly to PHL International Airport. Stations within downtown Philadelphia are:
- Jefferson Station, 10th and Market streets (directly attached to the Pennsylvania Convention Center)
- 30th Street Station, 30th Street and Market Street
- Suburban Station, 16th Street and JFK Boulevard