Traveling to Philadelphia

Please note that effective January 22, 2018 the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has implemented a REAL ID program affecting the following states:

  • Kentucky
  • Maine
  • Minnesota
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • Oklahoma
  • Pennsylvania
  • South Carolina
  • Washington

How will this affect passengers traveling out of these states? Your best bet to avoid any potential issues is to make sure that your passport - which adheres to REAL ID requirements - is updated. You can find all the information for a first-time passport application or renewal here.

By Air:

Philadelphia International Airport (PHL), the only major airport serving the nation's 7th largest metropolitan area, is a large hub airport serving more than 30 million passengers annually.  Twenty-five airlines, including all major domestic carriers, offer nearly 500 daily departures to more than 120 destinations worldwide.  Located 7 miles from downtown Philadelphia, the airport is easily accessible and convenient to many tourist sites, business centers and cultural hubs. 

Major Airlines serving Denver International Airport:

Air France• Air Canada • Air Jamaica • AirTran •  American • British Airways • Continental • Delta • Frontier • Lufthansa •  Midwest • Northwest • Southwest • United • US Airways 

Getting to and From the Airport:

Airport Rail to Downtown:

SEPTA's high speed rail line connects the airport and the city center.  Trains leave every half hour from 5:25am to 11:25pm and go to all three Philadelphia stations:  30th St., Suburban Station (at 16th and JFK), and Market East (11th and Market).  The airport station is very convenient and is just across the street from the baggage claim area.  The trip takes 25 minutes to the city center and the fare is about $5 one-way.

Taxis:

The airport is approximately 8 miles (20-30 minutes) from downtown hotels. Fare is metered and will cost from $20-$25 one way.  Taxis are available just outside of the arrival area.

Shuttle Bus:

There are many shuttle companies serving the airport.  Courtesy phones to book them are located in the baggage claim area.  The shuttles stop just outside the baggage claim area and serve all parts of town, especially the downtown area.   The fare to the city center is about $8-$10 and the trip takes 20-30 minutes. 

Car Rental:

All the major car rental firms have counters at Philadelphia Airport.  If you plan to travel outside the downtown area, a rental car is highly recommended.

Learn more about getting around Philadelphia.

Parking:

There are many parking options, including garages and surface lots, which are conveniently located within blocks of the Pennsylvania Convention Center.  The rates for parking vary.  It is recommended that you contact the Philadelphia Parking Authority for the closest lots and garages and for the current rate schedules to assist with planning your visit.