Planes, trains, and automobiles will carry you to the City of Brotherly Love. The airport (PHL) and Amtrak’s 30th Street Station (also PHL) are connected to Center City by SEPTA’s Regional Rail lines, with a stop just across the street from the Loews Hotel (Jefferson Station). The Greyhound bus station is two blocks away. Travel within the city and regionally are easy given the breadth of SEPTA’s coverage. So for the nitty gritty:
Getting to Philadelphia/the Loews:
From the airport we highly suggest you take the SEPTA Airport Regional Rail line to the third Center City stop, Jefferson Station – do not change trains, do not pass go. Trains run every 30 minutes between the Airport and Center City. Trains operate from Center City to the airport from 4:25 a.m. to 11:25 p.m. and from the Airport to Center City from 5:07 a.m. and 12:07 a.m. The one-way fare to Center City is $8.00 cash only. Purchase an Individual Independence Pass from the conductor for $12.00 to get unlimited travel in SEPTA buses, trolleys, subways, and Regional Rail for one whole day. Totally worth the extra $4.00 if you want to explore more of the city before you settle in or before you leave town.
NOTE: If you arrive in Philadelphia via Amtrak you can change to the Center City line (eastbound) for free with your Amtrak ticket. Take the Center City line to the Jefferson Station, you will come to street level across the street from the Loews. If you take the bus, you will need to purchase a ticket. Follow the signs in side the train station for SEPTA.
Philadelphia Bus Station
1001 Filbert ST
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Other buses to Philadelphia can ge found at GoToBus.com. The terminal stations for each may be different from those listed above, so be sure to check your reservations.
SEPTA (Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Association) serves not only the city of Philadelphia, but also southeastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware. You can travel from New York City via New Jersey Transit and SEPTA (connecting in Trenton) for a fraction of the fare on Amtrak.
Navigate to 1200 Market Street, Philadelphia, 19107.
Parking is available at the hotel for a daily inclusive fee of $49.00. You may well find other parking accommodations cheaper than the hotel, but keep in mind that parking in general in Philadelphia can be pricey. You will find the following apps useful in your quest for a stable for your motorized pony:
Getting Around Philadelphia:
SEPTA offers travel via bus, subway, trolley, light rail, and regional rail. Depending on the mode of transport fares are paid with tickets, tokens, passes, or a combination of these. Tokens are being phased out, but still available from the Septa store next to the hotel.
HINT: If you are planning on taking just a few bus or subway trips within Center City, it is most economical to buy a bag of Tokens. There is a SEPTA sales point (and transit gift shop) right next to the Loews Hotel at 1234 Market ST.
Philly also has cab services, Lyft, and Uber.
WALKING: Center City Philadelphia is very walkable use this map to get your bearings and find locations in walking distance (of course that may mean different things to different people). We will have some paper copies at the registration desk.
In anticipation of good weather (fingers crossed), you might consider a walking tour or two. Here are a few self-guided tours you can take at your own pace:
The Constitutional Walking Tour of Philadelphia (downloadable PDF)
Rittenhouse West Tour from the Preservation Alliance of Greater Philadelphia (downloadable PDF)
Rittenhouse East Tour from the Preservation Alliance of Greater Philadelphia (downloadable PDF)
GPSMYCITY also has several walking tours of Philadelphia. Download their app (from both Apple’s App Store and Google play) and search for Philly. They have tours of Old City, Fairmount, Pine Street antiques, Center City Shopping, Society Hill and more. NOTE: The app works offline, so no data is needed.