As the United States’ fifth-largest city, Philadelphia is a premier destination for visitors from around the world. With iconic landmarks such as Independence Hall, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, fascinating museums, vibrant parks, and famous restaurants, you’ll experience the beauty of the city where it all began.
Known worldwide for its rich History, Philadelphia has received countless awards for its walkable downtown, distinct neighborhoods, outstanding restaurants, exceptional arts and culture, outdoor life, tax-free shopping on clothing and shoes, and much more.
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Downtown Philadelphia is easy to navigate thanks to its compact and walkable road design and public transportation system. Here are a few tips for arriving to Philadelphia.
- 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.
- 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 country. Check out some tips for getting around the city from the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau.
For more tips, check out the Philadelphia International Guide from Philadelphia Convention and Visitor Bureau.