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. Once you’re here, it’s a 25-minute ride on the SEPTA Airport Line right at the airport or a 20-minute ride in a taxi to Center City. SEPTA’s Airport Line leaves every 30 minutes, and a one-way fare is $6.75. Trains stop at all airport terminals. The taxi ride costs a flat rate of $28.50. Philadelphia Sightseeing Tours provides airport shuttles to and from the airport for individuals and groups starting at $30 (one way). At the airport, there are 170+ dining and shopping options available.
International travelers will find all they need to know before arriving here.
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., we’re not kidding when we say we’re in the center of it all.
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.
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.
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:
Airport Line photo courtesy of SEPTA
First-rate dining, arts and entertainment, famous historic sites and tax-free clothing and shoes shopping are within steps of Center City hotels, so you’ll save on transportation. As you walk, you’ll notice color-coded directional signs that let you know what district you’re in and point you toward area attractions. And look for Center City District’s goodwill ambassadors, dressed in teal uniforms and equipped with maps, who are happy to give directions and answer questions.
Check out Wheel Fun Rentals and Philadelphia Segway Tours for more information, or participate in Philly’s bike share program, Indego. With more than 100 stations located throughout the city, go for a ride and explore Philadelphia, then return your rented bike to any station location.
Philly PHLASH is the city’s seasonal transportation loop that makes it easy and convenient to get around to Philadelphia’s most popular attractions. The bus costs $5 for an all-day pass.
Photo by Philly by Segway – Mural Tour