Public Transit in Philadelphia
SEPTA, Southeastern Pennsylvania Transit Authority, runs 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. The rates on the regional rail lines vary on the distance traveled. If you are 65 or older, bring your Medicare card. Seniors ride buses, trollies, and subways for free; regional rail rates are significantly discounted. For more information check-out the SEPTA website, http://www.septa.org/.
Taking SEPTA’s regional rail from Philadelphia airport
The inexpensive way to get into Philadelphia’s city center is 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 cost is $8 and for seniors the amount is less. Take the train to Suburban Station.
Other options to get from Philadelphia airport
You can use UBER or LYFT. A cab ride from the airport should cost about $30.
Arriving at AMTRAK’s 30th Street Station
When you arrive at 30th Street Station and come up into the Main 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.
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.
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. You can take any train on tracks 3 or 4 going west bound for one stop to Suburban Station. If you arrive on off-peak hours, you might get away without having to buy a ticket. Conductors seldom collect tickets between Jefferson Station and Suburban Station. If you arrive during peak hours, which are between 3PM and 7PM, tickets are collected before you get down to the train platform.
Taking SEPTA’s regional rail train from 30th Street Station
When you up get 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. You can take any train on tracks 1 or 2 going east bound for one stop to Suburban Station.
Getting from Suburban Station to the hotel
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 so you might be able to see it as you walk to it. The sign at the top of the hotel will read “Sheraton”. Use your favorite mapping program so you know the layout of the streets. Walk north on 17th Street (the address numbers should go up as you walk north) passing 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 located.
Links to Philadelphia area Transportations Services
- Transportation from Philadelphia airport
- Getting around Philadelphia
- Budget Car Rental (located at hotel)