Visitor Basics + Transportation

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.


ARRIVING

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: There are more than 525 daily nonstop flights to PHL. Once you’re here, it’s a 20-minute ride on the SEPTA Airport Line right at the airport or a 20-minute ride in a taxi to cover the 10 miles from Philadelphia International Airport to Center City. SEPTA’s Airport Line leaves every 30 minutes, and a one-way fare is $6.75 when you purchase a Quick Trip from the Fare Kiosk on the platform. The taxi ride costs a flat rate of $28.50. Click here or call the Airport Ground Transportation Hotline at 215-937-6958 for information on other ground transportation options.
  • By train: Amtrak Acela and commuter 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.
  • By bus: Megabus offers low-cost express bus routes throughout the Northeast Corridor.
  • By car: Almost half of the U.S. population is within a day’s drive of Philadelphia. 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. Pay with cash or credit. For a printable map of downtown parking, visit philapark.org.

GETTING AROUND

Philadelphia has been ranked as one of the most walkable cities in the nation, but it also has a top-notch mass transit system and more.

  • 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) or view our interactive city map for more information.
  • 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. For families on the go, the best travel value is the One Day  Family Independence Pass for $30 (good for up to 5 people traveling together). Sightseeing solo?  Try the One Day Individual Independence Pass for $13. Both provide unlimited travel on all SEPTA modes of transportation for a full day. 
  • 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.

Follow the links below and elsewhere on this page for additional visitor basics.

Visitor Centers

Visitor Centers

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International Essentials

International Essentials

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Interactive Map

Interactive Map

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Printable Center City Map (pdf)

Printable Center City Map (pdf)

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