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Getting Around Philadelphia

Public Transportation

The University of Pennsylvania is ideally located for airport, major highway, rail, bus, and subway access, in the heart of University City/Center City Philadelphia.

Fare is $2.00 for buses, subways, and trolleys. Transfers are $.60. Operators are unable to make change. Tokens are available at the Penn Bookstore and select subway kiosks. A bag of 10 tokens is $13.00 but smaller denominations are also available for purchase.

To and From Center City:

Bus - Use the 42, 21, 40 routes. Catch the 40 on Spruce Street, the 21 on Chestnut Street, and the 42 on Spruce Street or from Chestnut Street below 33rd to go to Center City. For return buses, catch the 42 or 21 anywhere on Walnut Street, or the 40 on Lombard.

Subway-Surface Trolley - Catch it from 36th & Sansom Streets or 37th & Spruce Streets, take any eastbound car to get to Center City.
Returning to Penn, catch Route 10, 11, 13, 34, or 36 at various locations.

Subway a.k.a. the EL (blue coded) - The Market-Frankford subway line runs along Market Street and stops at 34th and 40th Streets. Take the eastbound trains to get to Center City, and the westbound to return to Penn.

Around University City:

LUCY - "Loop through University City" A SEPTA-operated bus making multiple stops around Penns campus and serving 30th Street Station, Monday-Friday from 6:10 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

PHLASH - A fun, convenient, frequent, affordable SEPTA-operated shuttle bus. Ride all day for just $4.00. Wheelchair accessible. Takes you to popular Philly destinations including: Philadelphia Museum of Art, Historic attractions, Chinatown, South Street, Penn's Landing and the Philadelphia Zoo.

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A number of taxicab services are available in Philadelphia and are readily available on Penn's campus, the Inn at Penn, Sheraton University City, or by calling:

Quaker City Cabs 215-728-8000
United 215-625-2881
Victory 215-438-7100
or dial 215-TAXI CAB

Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) is the gateway to the fifth largest metropolitan city in the USA. This handsome, high-tech airport, served by numerous national and international airlines, offers great places to eat and shop.

Owned by the city of Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Airport System is operated by the Department of Commerce's Division of Aviation, and is comprised of the Philadelphia International Airport and Northeast Philadelphia Airport. Airlines serving Philadelphia International Airport:

  • Air Jamaica, Air Canada, Air France, AirTran, America West, American, American Eagle, ATA
  • British airways
  • Charter, Continental, Continental Express
    Delta, Delta Connection
  • Lufthansa
  • Midwest Express
  • Northwest, National Airlines TWA
  • Trans World Connection
  • United, United Express, US Airways, US Airways Express

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You will find complimentary information phones for rental car agencies at all baggage claim areas for all on-site car rental agencies. Vehicles equipped with hand controls are available at all of these agencies. If you need special arrangements, please allow as much as 72 hours advance notice for some rental agencies and be sure to make your request when you reserve your vehicle.

Reservations: 1-800-327-9633; TDD: 1-800-522-9292

Reservations: 1-800-331-1212; TDD: 1-800-3231-2323

Reservations: 1-800-527-0700; TDD: 1-800-826-5510

Reservations: 215-387-3283

Reservations: 1-800-654-3131; TDD: 1-800-654-2280

Reservations: 1-800-227-7368; TDD: 1-800-328-6323

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Directions: Getting to Penn

From the Philadelphia International Airport

SEPTA Airport Express Train
The Airport Express Train leaves 9 minutes after every half hour, and will take you to either the University City Station on Convention Ave or to 30th Street Station. The fare is $6.00 and the ride takes 18 minutes to the University City Station.

Cars, Taxis and Limousines at the Airport
A metered taxicab costs about $26.00 (not including gratuity) and the ride takes about 20 minutes. �Various Shuttle/Limousine Services leave the airport every 20 minutes. The fare is from $9.00-$11.00 (not including gratuity).

Arriving by Amtrak or SEPTA trains via 30th Street Station

  • A metered cab costs about $6.00 including tip and the ride takes about 5 minutes.
  • The SEPTA No. 30 bus runs from the station to campus. The fare is $2 and exact change is required. The ride takes 8 minutes and stops at Civic Center Boulevard & University Avenue.
  • From 30th St Station, one may take the R1, R2 or R3 railroad lines, the distance of one stop, to the University City Station.

Driving to the Campus

From the Northeast
Take the New Jersey Turnpike to exit 4 for Route 73 North. Proceed on Route 73 North to I-295 South. From I-295 South, take exit 26 of I-76 West. Cross over to Philadelphia via the Walt Whitman Bridge. This section of I-76 is also called the Schuylkill Expressway. Take exit 346A for South Street, and turn left onto South Street to enter campus. Note: Exit 346A is a LEFT LANE EXIT.

From the Northeast Extension, Pennsylvania Turnpike
Take the Pennsylvania Turnpike Northeast Extension, South to the PA Turnpike, East-West Interchange. Remain on I-476 (The PA TP, northeast extension portion of I-476, terminates at the PA TP east-west interchange). Continue on I-476 south, approximately 3.6 miles to Exit 6, I-76 East (Schuylkill Expressway). Take I-76 east approximately 12.6 miles to Exit 346A, South Street, which EXITS ON THE LEFT. Turn right onto South Street to enter the campus.

From the Northwest
Take the Pennsylvania Turnpike to Exit 24, Valley Forge Interchange. Take I-76 East (Schuylkill Expressway) approximately 17 miles to Exit 346A, South Street, which EXITS ON THE LEFT. Turn right onto South Street to enter the campus.

From the North
Take I-95 South to I-676 Westbound toward Center City. From I-676 exit in less than two miles taking "exit only" ramp towards the airport marked I-76 East. Proceed less than a mile to Exit 346A, South Street, which EXITS ON THE LEFT. Turn right onto South Street to enter the campus.

From the South
Take I-95 North to Exit 13 signed "291 West to I-76". Follow 291 West across (Platt) Bridge to 26th Street, which leads directly onto I-76 West. Take I-76 West 3 miles to Exit 346A, South Street, which EXITS ON THE LEFT. Turn left onto South Street to enter the campus

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In-page Links
SEPTA - Transit Authority
LUCY - Loop bus through University City
Air Travel
Car Rental
Directions: Getting to Penn

External Links
Parking on the Penn campus

Campus Map
Center City Maps (Gophila)
Philadelphia Map (Google)

The Walkers Guide to Philly

The Walkers Guide to Philly (pictured above) is available in a larger size.

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