Bus and Train (SEPTA)

Philadelphia’s mass transit system is SEPTA, Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority. SEPTA operates a coordinated system of bus, subway, elevated train, and trolley lines that covers all of Philadelphia and parts of the surrounding counties. Exact change ($2.00; fare subject to change) or a token is required. Tokens are available at all subway stations and can be purchased on campus at the Drexel Book Store.

Intercity rail service to Philadelphia’s 30th Street Station is provided by Amtrak. Frequent service is offered to Northeastern cities including Boston, New York, Baltimore, and Washington. 30th Street Station is a 3-minute walk from the heart of campus.

Intercity bus service is provided by Greyhound and Trailways bus lines from the terminal at 1001 Filbert Street, and MegaBus and Bolt Bus provide service to 30th Street Station.

Air

The Philadelphia International Airport is located in the Southwest section of the city, approximately 20 minutes from the Drexel University campus.

Convenient public train service from the airport to 30th Street Station is available through SEPTA’s Airport Express Train, which leaves every half-hour. The fare is $5.00 (subject to change), and the trip  takes approximately 25 minutes. The University City Station is about a five-minute walk west on 33rd Stret to our campus. The 30th Street Station is about a 15-minute walk or $5 cab ride to campus.

A metered cab ride from the airport to campus costs a flat rate of $28.50 (subject to change), plus tip, and takes approximately 20 minutes.

Visitors driving from the airport should take I-95 North to the I-676/Center City Philadelphia exit, which is approximately seven miles north of the airport. Follow I-676 West (the Vine Street Expressway) until I-76 East (the Schuylkill Expressway). Follow I-76 East until Exit 345, a right lane exit marked 30th Street. The exit empties onto a one-way street that bends left becoming 30th Street. Go through one light (JFK Blvd.), then turn left onto Market Street.

The Penn Tower Hotel, located adjacent to the Penn Campus on 34th Street at Civic Center Boulevard, runs an airport shuttle that leaves from the baggage claim area every half hour. The ride is $8 (subject to change) and takes approximately twenty minutes.

Car

From the Northeast via the New Jersey Turnpike South

Use Exit 4. Bear right out of the toll following signs to Philadelphia and Ben Franklin Bridge. After crossing the bridge take I-676 West, to I-76 East, the Schuylkill Expressway. Before this ramp merges onto I-76, take the 30th Street Station exit (345) which empties onto a one-way street that bends left becoming 30th Street. Go through one light (JFK Blvd.), then turn left onto Market Street.

From the West via the Pennsylvania Turnpike

On the PA turnpike, use Exit 326, the Valley Forge Interchange. Take I-76 East for approximately 16 miles until Exit 345, a right lane exit marked 30th Street. The exit empties onto a one-way street that bends left becoming 30th Street. Go through one light (JFK Blvd.), then turn right onto Market Street. Proceed 4 blocks and turn left onto 34th Street.

From the North via I-95 South

Use the I-676/Center City Philadelphia Exit. Follow signs to I-676 West, the Vine Street Expressway. Take I-676 West until I-76 East, the Schuylkill Expressway. Before this ramp merges onto I-76, take the 30th Street Station exit (345) which empties onto a one-way street that bends left becoming 30th Street. Go through one light (JFK Blvd.), then turn right onto Market Street.

From the South via I-95 North

Use the I-676/Center City Philadelphia Exit which is approximately 7 miles north of the airport. Follow I-676 West, the Vine Street Expressway, until I-76 East, the Schuylkill Expressway. Before this ramp merges onto I-76, take the 30th Street Station exit (345) which empties onto a one-way street that bends left becoming 30th Street. Go through one light (JFK Blvd.), then turn right onto Market Street.

Parking

Parking is available for a fee at a public garage. Metered street parking is also available but limited. Plan to use public transportation or cabs.