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Philadelphia is the second-largest city on the East Coast and ranks sixth in the nation, with a metropolitan population of more than 6 million people and a thriving Center City that’s incredibly easy to get to.
Conveniently located in the middle of the Northeast Corridor, Philly is 100 miles south of New York, 133 miles north of Washington, D.C. and 55 miles from Atlantic City.
More than 63 million people – approximately a quarter of the U.S. population – live within a 5.5-hour drive from Philadelphia, where the Liberty Bell, award-winning restaurants and stellar arts institutions await.
But you don’t have to drive.
Approximately a quarter of the U.S. population lives within a 5.5-hour drive of Philadelphia.
Those who want to kick back and relax en route to the City of Brotherly Love can hop on Amtrak, which provides service along the Northeast Corridor and points west and south; or Greyhound, operating bus service throughout the region from its Chinatown terminal. The extremely wallet-friendly and popular Megabus and BoltBus lines, which depart from outside William H. Gray III 30th Street Station, connect Philadelphia with Boston, New York, Baltimore and Washington, D.C.
Philadelphia International Airport (PHL), approximately seven miles from Center City, serves 25 airlines with nearly 500 daily departures to more than 120 destinations worldwide. Southwest Airlines offers daily nonstop flights to cities like Orlando, Denver, Atlanta, Chicago, Las Vegas and Phoenix. With American Airlines, international travelers can also take advantage of service to such destinations as London, Rome, Toronto, Budapest, Cancun, Paris and the Bahamas.
Led by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia and its four surrounding counties — Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery — are following existing mitigation efforts to limit the impact of COVID-19.
That means, with health and well-being still a top priority, residents and visitors can enjoy things to do in Greater Philadelphia with new guidelines and safety measures.
Check out our COVID-19 information page for much more information about health and safety and how to visit Philadelphia and the Countryside now.
To view a list of maps available for download, click the button below.
— Photo courtesy Southwest Airlines/Boeing Commercial Airplanes
Located just seven miles from Center City, Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) is served by all major domestic carriers and is a major international hub for American Airlines.
Airlines serving Philadelphia International Airport include:
And once you arrive, you won’t have to wait long to get a taste of some of Philadelphia’s famous fare. Check out our guide to the Best Places to Eat at Philadelphia International Airport to satisfy those post-flight cravings.
Navigating travel to and from PHL is simple, thanks to frequent public transportation service and access to cab and car services:
Taxis charge a flat rate of $28.50 for travel between Center City and the airport, or you can pay the meter to go anywhere else in the metro area ($2.70 upon entry plus $2.30 per mile). Travelers can also hail a Lyft or Uber to their destination. Seven rental car agencies operate at PHL for travelers who want to venture out on their own.
Centrally located between five other regional and international airports, Philadelphia is a breeze to get to for visitors flying through other cities. A short train, bus or car ride from any of these airports will have you exploring Philly in two hours or less:
For more information, contact the Philadelphia International Airport:
— Photo by G. Widman for VISIT PHILADELPHIA®
Philadelphia is remarkably easy to get to by car. Just a two-hour drive from New York City and Baltimore, three hours from Washington, D.C., and about an hour from Lancaster County, Atlantic City and the beaches of the New Jersey shore, Philly is the perfect destination for a spontaneous day trip, weekend getaway or much-needed vacation.
Philly is 100 miles south of New York, 133 miles north of Washington, D.C. and 55 miles from Atlantic City.
Philadelphia is served by the PA Turnpike (I-276), I-76, I-476, I-95, US-1 and the New Jersey Turnpike.
Ditch Your Car
One of the things that makes Philadelphia great is its compact Center City. Our neighborhoods are so walkable that you really don’t need your car. After arriving, you can get around Center City and most of Philadelphia’s eclectic neighborhoods easily on foot, via cab or public transportation.
So if you’re driving in to town, store your car in a garage upon arrival and get out there and experience the city.
Parking Lots and Garages
You can find everything you need to know about parking in Philly from the Philadelphia Parking Authority. Find a parking lot or garage near your destination (an attraction, hotel or neighborhood). Type in a specific address or choose from a list of popular locations. Then you can compare nearby garages by their hours and rates.
Meter Parking and meterUP App
Additionally, Philadelphia has thousands of metered and non-metered timed spaces throughout the city, with rates and time limits that vary depending on location. Many neighborhoods have replaced coin-operated meters with parking kiosks that offer a variety of payment options, including credit cards. Or skip the kiosks altogether and use the meterUP app to pay for parking right from your phone.
Look up! The posted meter, meterUP and regulation signs can help you figure out where to park and when. The red signs tell you when you can’t park; the green signs tell you when and how long you can park.
For more information about parking, visit our Parking in Philadelphia page or the Philadelphia Parking Authority website.
— Photo courtesy Amtrak
Philadelphia is served by Amtrak, which operates rail service along the Northeast Corridor stretching from Boston to Washington, and other major cities in the United States and Canada.
— Photo courtesy of Amtrak
Amtrak’s William H. Gray III 30th Street Station is minutes from the Pennsylvania Convention Center and Center City hotels, and offers visitors a grand welcome to Philadelphia.
The nearly 100-year-old station greets visitors from the platforms with stunning art deco details and modern amenities that complement the historic architectural features.
In 2020, Amtrak’s enhanced cleaning and safety measures put the safety and health of its team and travelers first.
Local train service is provided by the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA), which also connects to NJ Transit trains in Trenton en route to New York. NJ Transit trains also depart from William H. Gray III 30th Street Station for Atlantic City.
— Photo by K. Ciappa for Visit Philadelphia
Bus service to and from Philadelphia is excellent, with daily service to all parts of the country.
A new state-of-the-art bus fleet by Greyhound leaves from 10th and Filbert Streets in Chinatown, traveling to such popular cities as New York, Pittsburgh and Washington, D.C. Don’t forget to check out Greyhound’s Deals & Promotions before booking your trip.
Service to NYC and DC is also available on Megabus and BoltBus, which both offer spacious seating, free Wi-Fi and affordable fares starting at just $1. Megabus and BoltBus depart from 30th Street & JFK Boulevard and will also take you to Boston, Baltimore and Richmond, Va.
For local trips, SEPTA’s bus, trolley and subway services will take you anywhere you want to go in Southeastern Pennsylvania. NJ Transit buses travel between Philadelphia and such South Jersey destinations as Atlantic City, the Cherry Hill Mall and Gloucester Premium Outlets in Blackwood, N.J.
Many Philadelphia attractions, museums, restaurants and hotels are accessible to people with disabilities.
For more information about Accessible Philadelphia, including parking, visit the Mayor’s Commission on People with Disabilities. Other accessible travel info can be found at WheelchairTravel, Accessible SEPTA and accessibleGO.