Harrisburg Transportation

The capital city of Pennsylvania has a remote location in a rural area, but it is still fairly accessible by several means of transportation. Several interstate highways lead directly to Harrisburg, making a local and long distance drive convenient for visitors. Interstate 76 runs through southern Pennsylvania and through the state's largest cities such as Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. Interstate 81 runs between upstate New York and central Tennessee. Interstate 83 is a short highway that links Harrisburg with Baltimore, Maryland. Interstate 78 runs through the eastern part of Pennsylvania and leads to central New Jersey and the New York City Metropolitan Area. Most of Downtown Harrisburg has a grid street layout typical of an urban city.

The Harrisburg International Airport serves as a quick gateway into Pennsylvania's capital. Seven airlines offer limited direct flights to U.S. and Canadian major cities such as Chicago, Orlando, Cleveland, Boston, Philadelphia, and Toronto. The airport is located about 8 miles south of Downtown Harrisburg, in the small town of Middletown. To get to Harrisburg, the majority of airport passengers rent a car from one of six car rental companies. After exiting off Airport Drive, Pennsylvania Route 230 will lead directly to the heart of Harrisburg in about 20 minutes. The rest of the ground transportation options are available at the airport's Multi-Modal Transportation Facility, which includes parking lots, and pick up areas for taxis, shuttles, limousines, and buses.

Located at the corner of Market Street and Aberdeen Street, the Harrisburg Transportation Center is the largest transit hub in the city. This station is served by two Amtrak lines; the Keystone Service and Pennsylvanian. These long distance trains make stops at major cities throughout the Northeast including New York City, Pittsburgh, and Philadelphia. The Harrisburg Transportation Center can also be used to get on local bus routes and intercity bus companies such as Greyhound Lines.

Public transportation in Harrisburg and the surrounding area is provided by the Capital Area Transit. CAT operates more than 30 bus routes throughout the Harrisburg region to communities on both sides of the Susquehana River. Some of the busiest bus lines running through Downtown Harrisburg include routes 1, 3, and 8. Route 7 provides a direct connection between Harrisburg International Airport and Downtown Harrisburg. The CAT network includes more than a dozen park and ride lots for commuters, and several other transit centers such as the Middletown Amtrak Station and West Shore Transit Center.