March 1, 2021
City Guides

Philadelphia's Best Public & Airport Transportation

Philadelphia offers plenty of options for getting around, including trains, mass transit, taxis, and car sharing. Taking some time before your visit to understand your options can help you plan and budget for your trip, while also making your travels as stress-free as possible.

Philadelphia Airport Transportation Options:

Getting to and from Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) is easy: The airport itself is conveniently located, and you can be in Center City (Philadelphia's main business district) in 20-30 minutes whether you take the train, hire a taxi, ride share, or opt to drive yourself.

Public Transportation: SEPTA trains run between Center City and PHL on the Airport Regional Rail Line. Trains run every 30 minutes from 4:52 a.m. to 11:52 p.m. (to the airport) and from 5:07 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. (from the airport). Three SEPTA bus routes operate out of Zone 1 of the Arrivals Road outside of baggage claim. 

Ride Shares and Shuttles: Taxis and ride shares are also available, as are shared ride shuttles. To use shared ride shuttles or private car services, visit the Ground Transportation Information desks in the baggage claim areas. The attendants there will be happy to assist you in booking a ride. Planning to use Avail Car Sharing while in Philly? Our team will provide complimentary shuttle service that will take you directly to your vehicle.

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All stations on the Airport Line are wheelchair accessible and stop at multiple terminals within the airport, as well as several different locations in Center City and the surrounding area.
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Alternate Methods of Transportation in Philadelphia 

After you get into the city and are settled at your destination, you’ll want to start exploring. Fortunately, Philadelphia has a robust public transportation system that runs throughout the city and outlying areas. Car sharing through Avail is also an option for those who want the privacy and comfort of a private vehicle.

Philadelphia Public Transportation

SEPTA is Philadelphia’s public transit system, offering trolley, subway, regional rail, and bus transportation. Many visitors opt to purchase a one day “Independence Pass” for $13.00 or a one-day family pass (for up to 5 family members traveling together) for $30.00.

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If you opt to pay as you go instead of purchasing a pass, keep in mind that fares vary depending on the mode of transportation selected. Check the SEPTA website for details and options.

Bike Share

Indego bike share offers the opportunity to explore Philadelphia on a deeper level, while also getting some exercise. Day passes are $12 and allow for unlimited 30-minute rides for 24 hours.

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Plan a riding trip by visiting the Philadelphia Bike Coalition’s website and accessing a regional bike map that lists 400 miles of bike lanes and 300 miles of circuit trails.

Car Sharing in Philadelphia

If you decide that you’d rather drive yourself while in town, consider Avail Car Sharing. We offer clean, safe cars owned by Philadelphia locals. Pick up your car from the Avail lot located near Philadelphia International Airport (complimentary shuttle service is available). You’ll also be protected by Allstate Insurance and 24/7 roadside assistance. Visit us online to learn how you can borrow a car from Avail in Philadelphia.

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