All buses, motor coaches and tour buses are prohibited from parking on Philadelphia streets. Buses can only stop for loading/unloading purposes at designated locations specific to Philadelphia’s major attractions. Instead, operators will find parking at two suggested parking facilities detailed below.
Callowhill Bus Center, on Callowhill Street between Front and Second streets, offers 37 secured spaces and an air-conditioned waiting area with bathrooms, televisions, sleeping lounges and vending machines. Coupons and delivery from local restaurants are also available. The daily parking rate is $20 per bus with in and out privileges. Overnight parking is an additional $10 per bus. Advance reservations for bus parking can be made by calling 215-546-1706. Drivers are not able to stay in the facility overnight. NOTE: Buses parked overnight will not be able to leave the Callowhill Bus Center until the following morning. The parking area is open from Monday-Friday from 4 a.m. to 12 a.m. and (effective immediately) Saturday – Sunday from 7 a.m. to 7.p.m. The facility is run by DLC Parking, which can be reached at 215-546-1706 weekdays between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.
Autopark at Olde City at 2nd and Sansom streets features 12 parking spaces for buses, available on a first come, first served basis. Advance reservations are not available. The facility is nearby top historic attractions such as Independence National Historical Park and the Museum of the American Revolution, and is a short walk away from the shops, restaurants and hotels found throughout Old City.
Marriott Springhill Suites at 201 Industrial Highway, Ridley Park features 10 parking spaces for buses, available on first come, first serve basis. The overnight parking rate is $129 and includes in and out privileges, overnight accommodations for the driver and vehicle, and a free breakfast. The lot is available 24/7. There is no day rate. Click here to book. Once on the home page, proceed with booking a new reservation using the drop-down box Special Rates, scroll down to “Corporate/Promo/SET#” and enter code L6C. For more information, please contact: Kelly West, Director of Sales, 610- 915-6600 ext. 6103.
The Independence Transportation Center is next to the National Constitution Center and offers easy access to Independence National Historical Park. There are 11 spots for loading and unloading and drivers can access via Race Street between 5th and 6th Streets. There are also three adjacent locations on Race Street that can be used for loading and unloading. Motorcoaches have 10 to 15 minutes to load or unload. Callowhill Bus Center is about one mile away.
Attractions within the Historic District with specific pick-up/drop-off locations include:
Museum of the American Revolution, 101 S. 3rd St.: The designated bus unloading and loading zone is in front of the museum in the right-hand lane on S. 3rd Street between Chestnut and Walnut Streets.
The Weitzman National Museum of American Jewish History, 101 South Independence Mall East: buses may drop passengers off outside the main entrance on the south side of Market Street at the corner of 5th Street.
Christ Church, 20 N. American Street: Buses can load and unload passengers in the front of the church on Second Street, between Arch and Market Streets.
Betsy Ross House, 239 Arch St.: Drop off and pick up is allowed on Arch Street, between 2nd and 3rd Streets.
City Tavern, 138 S. 2nd St.: Drop off just north of entrance on S. 2nd St. near Walnut Street.
Coaches arriving at the museums on and near the Benjamin Franklin Parkway should use the pick-up/drop-off locations detailed below. Either bus parking facility is easily reached from the Parkway area.
The Franklin Institute, 222 N. 20th St.: in front of the museum on the west side of 20th Street.
Rodin Museum, 2151 Benjamin Franklin Parkwa: Buses can drop off and unload passengers in front of the museum on the north side of Benjamin Franklin Parkway.
The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway: Buses can discharge and board passengers on the side of the museum on 19th Street.
The Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway: The designated pick up/drop off location is on Pennsylvania Avenue between 20th and 21st Streets. (GPS: 2020 Pennsylvania Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19130).
Other popular attractions with designated pick-up/drop-off zones include:
Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens, 1020 South Street: Drop off and pick up is in front of the museum on the south side of South Street.
Please Touch Museum, 4231 Avenue of the Republic: Passengers can be loaded/unloaded on the west side of the museum on 21st Street.
Mutter Museum, 19 S. 22nd Street: Buses can drop off and pick up passengers in front the museum’s entrance on S. 22nd Street
Penn Museum, 3260 South Street: Buses can pick up and drop off passengers at the Kress entrance, which can be accessed via the driveway on the east side of the museum off Convention Avenue, south of South Street, just past the entrance to Lot 7. This driveway is directly across from the SEPTA University City Regional Rail Station.
Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1101 Arch Street: The Convention Center has entrances on Arch, N. Broad and Market Streets. The preferred pick-up/drop-off location is on N. Broad Street at Cherry Street.
Reading Terminal Market, 51 N. 12th Street: Passenger drop-off/pick-up is easiest at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.