Philadelphia: The Center Of It All
The only thing easier than getting to Philadelphia is getting around once you’re here. In Philadelphia, everything is just around the corner.
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.
- By plane: Philadelphia International Airport 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).
- By train: Amtrak trains arrive at historic 30th Street Station throughout the day, placing passengers 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.
- Suburban Station, 16th Street and JFK Boulevard
- Jefferson Station, 10th and Market streets (directly attached to the Pennsylvania Convention Center)
- By bus: Megabus offers low-cost express bus routes throughout the Northeast Corridor. New Jersey Transit and and Greyhound Terminal located at 10th and Filbert streets.
- By car: Interstates 95 and 76, and the Pennsylvania and New Jersey Turnpikes, provide access from all points on the compass. 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.
Philadelphia has been ranked as one of the most walkable cities in the nation.
- Get oriented: 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. Keep in mind that, south of Market Street, streets running east and west are named after trees while north and south streets are numbered.
Check out the printable Center City map (pdf).
- Walking: 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.
- Public transportation: 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.
- Cab: There are more than 1,800 licensed and trained cabs in Philadelphia. Or download the Uber app to order a town car to your 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.
- By Bike/Segway: 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.
The Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau (PHLCVB) is the official tourism promotion agency for the City of Philadelphia globally and the primary sales and marketing agency for the Pennsylvania Convention Center.