Getting Here & Around

A City in the Center of It All

Philadelphia sits in the heart of the Northeast Corridor and is within a day's drive of 40% of the country’s population. By train or car, Philadelphia is less than two hours from New York City and less than three hours from Washington, D.C.

Getting here is a breeze! At Philadelphia International Airport, 28 airlines (3 of which are low-fare carriers) operate nearly 600 daily nonstop flights from 120 cities, including 60 daily and seasonal flights from 36 international destinations. (View the Airport Terminal Map) The short trek into Center City from the airport takes 20 minutes on the Regional Rail Line. Flat-rate fare cabs and buses also make travel to and from the airport a quick and easy hop.

Philadelphia’s historic 30th Street Station is the 3rd busiest Amtrak train station in the United States. Conveniently located in the Northeast United States, Philadelphia is easily accessible through Amtrak trains from both the Midwest and along the Northeast Corridor. While it takes only 1 hour and 20 minutes to reach Philadelphia from New York City and just 1 hour and 45 minutes from Washington, D.C., Amtrak trains also arrive at Philadelphia from Boston, Chicago, Charlotte, New Orleans, and more.

Residents of the Northeast can also arrive in Philadelphia by bus. Megabus offers affordable service to Philadelphia from 13 cities including Baltimore, Pittsburgh, and Toronto while Bolt Bus departs from Boston, New York City, and Newark.

Whether by plane, train, bus or car, chances are Philadelphia is closer than you think.

All About Town
The only thing easier than getting to Philadelphia is getting around once you're here. In Philadelphia, everything is just around the corner, but miles from ordinary.

Hop aboard SEPTA, the region's public transit system, for an easy and convenient way to see Center City and the surrounding Region by bus, trolley, subway, or regional rail. Download a PDF of the SEPTA Map here.

How much does taking public transportation cost?
Base cash fare fare for SEPTA bus, trolley, and subway is $2.25; transfers cost $1.00. Tokens are available for purchase and cost $3.10 for a two pack. Regional Rail fares vary by distance traveled. One Day passes, TrailPasses, and TransPasses (weekly and monthly) are also available for frequent riders.

For Visitors On the Go, the best travel value is the Individual Independence Pass for $12.00 or a Family Independence Pass (good for one family of up to 5 people traveling together) for $29.00. Both provide unlimited travel on all SEPTA modes of transportation for one whole day, for one low fare.

For more details on fares, routes, and great visitor destination tips using SEPTA visit

PHLASH is the city’s seasonal transportation loop that makes it easy and convenient to get around to Philadelphia’s most popular attractions, for just $2 per ride, and free for seniors and children under 4. PHLASH service runs from May to December. For more information and a list of stops, visit our Philly Phlash page or contact the Visitor Center at 1-800-537-7676.

Renting a car?
There are more than 13,000 parking spaces in Center City. And if you need to get somewhere fast, Philadelphia has more than 1,600 licensed and trained cabs.

Explore Philadelphia on a Bike or Segway
Discover the excitement and diversity of historic Philadelphia with Wheel Fun Rentals. Enjoy Fairmount Park or Center City with a bike tour, a bike rental or a Surrey ride. See the sculpture gardens and Schuylkill River on a specialty cycle from our Boathouse Row location, or take a bike tour from Trolley Car Café. Or, glide through history and experience Philadelphia on a guided Segway tour.

Boathouse Row
1 Boathouse Row
Philadelphia, PA. 19130
(215) 232-7778 or (805) 650-7770

Philadelphia - LOVE Park
1599 JFK Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA. 19102
(215) 523-5827 or (805) 650-7770

Trolley Car Cafe
3269 S. Ferry Road
Philadelphia, PA. 19129
(267) 385-6703 or (805) 650-7770


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