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 about a 25-minute ride on the SEPTA Airport Line or a 20-minute ride in a taxi to Center City. Trains run every 30 minutes on weekdays and operate from 5:07 am to 12:07 am (Airport to Center City). On weekends, they run hourly and operate from 6:07 am to 12:07 am. Stations on the Airport Regional Rail Line include Terminal E/F, Terminal C/D, Terminal B, Terminal A (East), Eastwick, Penn Medicine, 30th Street, Suburban, Jefferson, and Temple. Fare for the Airport Line is $6.75 when you use a SEPTA Key card or a Quick Trip [both of which you can buy from a fare kiosk at the airport] and $8 when you use cash or a credit card. 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). It is best to fly out of PHL Monday through Thursday and as early as possible. Travelers are strongly encouraged to arrive at the airport at least three hours before an international flight, and at least 2.5 hours before a domestic flight. It is also recommended that travelers check the status of their flight on PHL’s website or on their airline’s app before heading to the airport. If your flight is canceled or you need to reschedule your trip, airport officials recommend you call your airline immediately. There are 170+ dining and shopping options available at PHL. 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 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.
Philadelphia’s public transportation agency, SEPTA, connects Center City with the surrounding neighborhoods and suburbs, including a direct line to the Philadelphia International Airport.
SEPTA accepts cash for travel on any of its services. Exact fare is required when paying in cash on SEPTA except on Regional Rail. Operators and Cashiers will not make change.
Children under the age of 12 ride free with a fare paying adult.
For more Fare Information for Transit and Regional Rail Travel, click here.
Airport Line photo courtesy of SEPTA
Check out Wheel Fun Rentals and Philadelphia Segway Tours for more information, or participate in Philly’s bike share program, Indego. With more than 170 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