Philadelphia is the second largest city on the East Coast and ranks sixth in the nation, with a metropolitan population of more than 6 million. Conveniently located in the middle of the Northeast Corridor, Philly is 100 miles south of New York, 133 miles north of Washington, D.C., and 55 miles from Atlantic City. More than 63 million people – approximately a quarter of the U.S. population – live within a 5.5-hour drive from Philadelphia.
But you don’t have to drive.
Those who prefer someone else to do the driving can hop on Amtrak, which provides service along the Northeast Corridor and points west and south, or Greyhound, operating bus service throughout the region from its Chinatown terminal. The extremely wallet-friendly and popular Megabus and BoltBus lines, which depart from outside 30th Street Station, connect Philadelphia with Boston, New York and Washington, D.C.
Philadelphia International Airport (PHL), approximately seven miles from Center City, serves 25 airlines with nearly 500 daily departures to more than 120 destinations worldwide. PHL’s newest carrier, Southwest Airlines, offers daily nonstop flights to cities like Orlando, Denver, Atlanta, Chicago, Las Vegas and Phoenix. As a major international hub for American Airlines, travelers can also take advantage of service to such destinations as London, Rome, Toronto, Budapest, Cancun, Paris and the Bahamas.
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By car, Philadelphia is just two hours from New York City, 90 minutes from Baltimore, three hours from Washington D.C., and about an hour from Lancaster County, Atlantic City and the New Jersey shore via major highways.
Approximately a quarter of the U.S. population lives within a 5.5-hour drive of Philadelphia.
Philadelphia is served by the PA Turnpike (I-276), I-76, I-476, I-95, US-1 and the New Jersey Turnpike.
Ditch Your Car
One of the things that makes Philadelphia great is its compact Center City. Our downtown neighborhoods are so walkable that you really don’t need your car. After arriving, you can get around Center City and most of Philadelphia’s eclectic neighborhoods easily on foot, via taxi or public transportation.
So if you’re driving in to town, store your car in a garage upon arrival and get out there and experience the city.
Parking Lots and Garages
You can find everything you need to know about parking in Philly from the Philadelphia Parking Authority. Find a parking lot or garage near your destination (an attraction, hotel or neighborhood). Type in a specific address or choose from a list of popular locations. Then you can compare nearby garages by their hours and rates.
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New Meter Parking and meterUP App
Additionally, Philadelphia has thousands of metered and non-metered timed spaces throughout the city, with rates and time limits that vary depending on location. Many neighborhoods have replaced coin-operated meters with new parking kiosks that offer a variety of payment options, including credit cards. Or skip the kiosks altogether and use the new meterUP app to pay for parking right from your phone.
Please pay attention to the posted meter, meterUP and regulation signs. The red signs will tell you when you can’t park; the green signs will tell you when and how long you can park.
For more information about parking, visit our Parking in Philadelphia page or the Philadelphia Parking Authority website.
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Located just seven miles from Center City, Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) is served by all major domestic carriers, including Southwest Airlines, and is a major international hub for American Airlines.
Public transportation options to PHL include SEPTA’s Airport Regional Rail Line from stations in Center City and University City, as well as three bus routes serving several areas in the region: Route 37 to/from South Philadelphia and Chester, Pa.; Route 108 to/from 69th Street Transportation Center; and Route 115 to/from Suburban Square in Ardmore. Taxis charge a flat rate of $28.50 for travel between Center City and the airport, or pay the meter to go anywhere else in the metro area ($2.70 upon entry plus $2.30 per mile).
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Philadelphia is served by Amtrak, which operates rail service along the Northeast Corridor stretching from Boston to Washington, and other major cities in the United States and Canada. Amtrak’s 30th Street Station* is minutes from the Pennsylvania Convention Center and Center City hotels.
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Local train service is provided by the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA), which also connects to NJ Transit trains in Trenton en route to New York. NJ Transit trains also depart from 30th Street Station for Atlantic City.
— Photo by K. Ciappa for Visit Philadelphia
Bus service to and from Philadelphia is excellent, with daily service to all parts of the country.
A new state-of-the-art bus fleet by Greyhound leaves from 10th and Filbert Streets in Chinatown, traveling to such popular cities as New York, Pittsburgh and Washington, D.C. Don’t forget to check out Greyhound’s Deals & Promotions before booking your trip.
Service to NYC and DC is also available on Megabus and BoltBus, which both offer spacious seating, free Wi-Fi and affordable fares starting at just $1. Megabus and BoltBus depart from 30th Street & JFK Boulevard and will also take you to Boston, Baltimore and Richmond, Va.
For local trips, SEPTA’s bus, trolley and subway services will take you anywhere you want to go in Southeastern Pennsylvania. NJ Transit buses travel between Philadelphia and such South Jersey destinations as Atlantic City, the Cherry Hill Mall and Gloucester Premium Outlets in Blackwood, N.J.
Many Philadelphia attractions, museums, restaurants and hotels are accessible to people with disabilities.
For more information about Accessible Philadelphia, including parking, visit the Mayor’s Commission on People with Disabilities. Other accessible travel info can be found at WheelchairTravel, Accessible SEPTA and accessibleGO.