Public Transit in Philadelphia
Once you arrive in Philadelphia, the alternative to taking a cab or LYFT or UBER is to use the public transit system. SEPTA, Southeastern Pennsylvania Transit Authority, operates most of Philadelphia’s public transit. It is a system of buses, trollies, subways, and regional rail (train) lines. The lines connect Philadelphia and the surrounding counties in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware. The base fare on buses, trollies, and subways is $2.50 (exact change only). The rates on the regional rail lines vary on the distance traveled. The sections below depend on whether you arrive by plane or train or bus. Each section will get you to the Pennsylvania Railroad Suburban Station which is a short three block walk to the hotel. The final section describes the walk from Suburban Station to the hotel. For more information about SEPTA, visit SEPTA.ORG.
Arriving at Philadelphia airport
The inexpensive way to get into Philadelphia’s city center is by using SEPTA’s regional rail line. It leaves from every concourse at the airport. The trains run every 30 minutes and the ride itself takes about 20 minutes. The trains operate between 5 AM and midnight. The cost is $6.75. Tickets can be purchased at the fare kiosks on the platform. Take the train from the airport to Suburban Station.
Arriving at AMTRAK’s 30th Street Station
When you arrive at 30th Street Station and come upstairs from the platform into the Main Concourse. On the concourse look for the large World War II monument of an angel holding a dead soldier. Walk away from the monument toward the opposite end of the station. When you are almost to the other exit, look to your right. You will see a ramp leading up to the SEPTA regional rail trains. Then follow the section below about "taking SEPTA from 30th Street Station."
Arriving in Philadelphia on a BOLT or MEGABUS
The BOLT and MEGABUS arrive in Philadelphia on JFK Boulevard between 30th Street and 32nd Street. You will be in sight of AMTRAK’s 30th Street Station. Walk into 30th Street Station and just past, where you enter, look to your left. You will see a ramp leading up to the SEPTA regional rail trains. Then follow the next section on "taking SEPTA from 30th Street Station."
When you get up to the top of the ramp you will see six tracks. The tracks for whatever reason are numbered 1, 2, 5, 6, 3, and 4. After you pass the tracks you will see the ticket counter. Purchase a ticket to Suburban Station. You can take any train on tracks 1 or 2 going eastbound for one stop to Suburban Station.
Arriving at Philadelphia’s Bus Terminal
Most national and local bus systems arrive at Philadelphia’s Bus Terminal. This includes systems like Greyhound, Trailways, Peter Pan, and New Jersey Transit. The terminal is located at 10th and Filbert Streets. When you exit the terminal you will be on Filbert Street. If you look directly ahead and slightly to your left across the street you will see a set of doors. This is the entrance to SEPTA’s regional rail Jefferson Station. When you walk through the doors the steps leading down to the station will be directly to your right. Toward the bottom of the steps you will see the ticket counter. Purchase a ticket to Suburban Station. You can take any train on tracks 3 or 4 going westbound for one stop to Suburban Station.
When you get off the regional rail line at Suburban Station, the station will be underground. Find your way to an exit to get above ground and get to the corner of 17th and JFK Boulevard. The station is about three blocks from the hotel. The hotel is fairly tall (29 floors) so you should be able to see it as you walk to it. Use your favorite mapping program so you know the layout of the streets. Walk north on 17th Street. From JFK Boulevard you will pass Arch Street, Benjamin Franklin Parkway (where it crosses Cherry Street), and Race Street. The side entrance to the hotel is just past Race Street on 17th. The side entrance is on the west side of the building. If it is locked, you will have to walk around to the north side of the building where the main entrance is.
Or if you are lucky and it is before 9 pm, you can exit the station at the Arch Street exit. (The people checking tickets can guide you) Take a left and walk 1/2 a block to 17th St. Turn right onto 17th St, cross the street, walk 2 and 1/2 blocks, to the side entrance of the 201 Hotel.
Links to Philadelphia area Transportations Services
- Transportation from Philadelphia airport
- Getting around Philadelphia
- Budget Car Rental (located at hotel)