Getting Around Philadelphia

Philadelphia International Airport is minutes from the city and is served by taxis and the SEPTA R1 Regional Rail Line. Taxis offer a flat rate of $26.25 from the airport to Center City. The R1 railway line serves each terminal throughout the day until approximately midnight and takes about twenty minutes to travel between the airport and center city Philadelphia, making stops at all major commuter tunnel stations: 30th Street Station (Amtrak), Suburban Station (Penn Center, City Hall, Center City) and Market East Station (East Market Street, The Gallery, Pennsylvania Convention Center, Reading Terminal). The predominant carrier at PHL is US Airways, which offers flights to destinations throughout the US and Europe, as well as a handful to Latin America. Southwest has become US Airways' main domestic competitor at PHL since 2004, and the two airlines constantly attempt to outbid each other's fares on many trunk routes. Alternatively, you can fly to Newark International Airport (EWR) or Baltimore-Washington International Airport (BWI), each of which has a more or less direct connection by Amtrak to 30th Street Station (1 hour from EWR; 80 minutes from BWI).

From Philadelphia International Airport, you'll have plenty of options for getting into the city. All major rental companies, including Alamo, Budget, Avis, Dollar, Hertz, and National, have desks near the baggage claim areas (look for the signs) and rental car pickup is in Zone 2 of Airport Parking.

If you prefer a taxi, the 20-minute ride from the airport costs a flat fee of $25 (per car, not per passenger) plus a customary 15 percent tip. Taxis are available 24 hours, and the airport taxi stand is located outside the baggage claim areas. Be aware that most taxis will only accept four passengers.

The city is a major hub along Amtrak's [3] Northeast Corridor and Keystone lines, with frequent trains (at least once an hour during the day) from the nation's largest cities. Inbound trains from Washington and New York arrive at least once an hour during the day; 30th Street Station is also part of Amtrak's Acela High Speed Corridor which allows for faster travel times between the major Northeast Corridor cities. The Keystone and Pennsylvanian trains arrive in Philadelphia many times throughout the day, with Keystone service between Harrisburg and Philadelphia arriving eight times each day and Pennsylvanian service between Pittsburgh and Philadelphia arriving twice each day.

Philadelphia is located at the crossroads of many of the region's and the nation's most vital Interstates. Interstate 95 runs along the Eastern edge of Philadelphia as it traverses the East coast from Maine to Miami. In addition, Philadelphia is linked to the Pennsylvania Turnpike which traverses the state from East to West. The Northeast Extension of the Turnpike connects Philadelphia to the Poconos and Wilkes-Barre-Scranton. Philadelphia is also served by Interstates 76 and 676, which connect directly to the New Jersey Turnpike and Atlantic City Expressway, and indirectly to the Garden State Parkway.

The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA), is the fifth largest transit system in the country and a terrific way to get around town, especially when you've shopped 'til you've dropped and are loaded down with purchases. City buses are ubiquitous; schedules and maps are available from SEPTA or from the visitor center