Transportation

 

Transportation

The Pennsylvania Convention Center is located in the heart of Center City Philadelphia at 1101 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107. The facility, within a major East Coast hub, spans more than six blocks and is easily accessible by car, train, taxi, regional rail at Jefferson Station, and bus. See directions to the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

Arriving in Philadelphia

By plane: There are more than 525 daily nonstop flights to PHL. Once you’re here, it’s a 20-minute ride on the SEPTA Airport Line right at the airport or a 20-minute ride in a taxi to cover the 10 miles from Philadelphia International Airport to Center City. SEPTA’s Airport Line leaves every 30 minutes, and a one-way fare is $6.75 when you purchase a Quick Trip from the Fare Kiosk on the platform. The taxi ride costs a flat rate of $28.50. You can also use Lyft or Uber ride share apps to order a pick up at the airport. Follow the ground transportation signs and app directions to identify the pick up location.

By train: Amtrak Acela and commuter trains arrive at historic 30th Street Station throughout the day, placing passengers within a short walk of Center City. Philadelphia is only 1 hour and 20 minutes from New York City and 1 hour and 45 minutes from Washington, D.C., via Acela Express.

By bus: Megabus offers low-cost express bus routes throughout the Northeast Corridor.

By car: Almost half of the U.S. population is within a day’s drive of Philadelphia. Interstates 95 and 76, and the Pennsylvania and New Jersey Turnpikes, provide access from all points on the compass. Once you arrive, there are more than 40 parking lots and garages in Center City. Pay with cash or credit. For a printable map of downtown parking, visit philapark.org.

Getting Around Philly and to/from the Convention Center

Philadelphia has been ranked as one of the most walkable cities in the nation, but it also has a top-notch mass transit system and more. Check out the printable Center City map (pdf) or view our interactive city map for more information.

Get oriented: Thanks to founder William Penn’s smart and simple grid street design, the heart of the city is easy to navigate. The Schuylkill and Delaware rivers border Center City’s 25 blocks on the west and east. Keep in mind that, south of Market Street, streets running east and west are named after trees while north and south streets are numbered.

Hotel Shuttle Info: There will be limited shuttle service from some of the hotels to the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Most hotels are in walking distance. Please consult the Hotel Shuttle Service page for more details.

Walking: First-rate dining, arts and entertainment, famous historic sites and tax-free clothing and shoes shopping are within steps of Center City hotels, so you’ll save on transportation. As you walk, you’ll notice color-coded directional signs that let you know what district you’re in and point you toward area attractions. And look for Center City District’s goodwill ambassadors, dressed in teal uniforms and equipped with maps, who are happy to give directions and answer questions.

SEPTA Regional Rail/Bus: Base cash fare for SEPTA buses, trolleys and subways is $2.50; transfers are $1. Get the SEPTA Key Card and put money in the Travel Wallet and enjoy the discounted $2 fare when you tap to ride. Going solo?  Try the One Day Individual Independence Pass for $13. Both provide unlimited travel on all SEPTA modes of transportation for a full day.

Cab: There are more than 1,800 licensed cabs in Philadelphia.

Lyft or Uber: Download the Lyft or Uber ride share apps to order a car to your location.

Philly PHLASH: Try Philly PHLASH -  the city’s seasonal transportation loop that makes it easy and convenient to get around to Philadelphia’s most popular attractions. The bus costs $5 for an all-day pass.

By Bike/Segway: Check out Wheel Fun Rentals and Philadelphia Segway Tours for more information, or participate in Philly’s bike share program, Indego. With more than 100 stations located throughout the city, go for a ride and explore Philadelphia, then return your rented bike to any station location.

Rent a Scooter or Wheelchair in Advance: To order a scooter or wheelchair in advance at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, contact Scootaround. A limited number of scooters and wheelchair rentals are available. Please call 1-888-441-7575 Option 1. It is recommended that you make a reservation at least 72 hours in advance to guarantee your rental.