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EBLIP9: Getting Around Philadelphia

EBLIP 9 Conf. 2017

Getting to Philadelphia by Bus & Rail

Philadelphia also has three major train stations. These include Amtrak’s 30th Street Station, which is just three blocks from Drexel University’s University City campus, as well as two Center City stations (Suburban Station, and Jefferson Station) in downtown Philadelphia near hotels and attractions.

Several other international airports in New York City and Washington, DC are connected to Philadelphia by rail and buses:

Baltimore Washington International Airport (BWI)$48 Amtrak rail; 2 hours by train to Philadelphia

JFK International (JFK)
—ground transportation to Penn Station, Manhattan for Amtrak (rail $55-78), or to Port Authority (buses $18-$24), 1.5 hours by rail, 2 hours by bus to Philadelphia.

LaGuardia (LAG)—ground transportation to Penn Station, Manhattan for Amtrak (rail $55-78), or to Port Authority (buses $18-$24), 1.5 hours by rail, 2 hours by bus to Philadelphia.

Newark Liberty International (EWR)—EWR AirTrain to EWR Amtrak (rail $60) or NJ Transit (rail $18, transfer in Trenton, NJ) to Philadelphia, 2 hours by train to Philadelphia.

Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA)—DC Metro ($2.20) to Union Station/Amtrak (rail $54), 2.5 hours by train to Philadelphia.

Note: Dulles International is not recommended. 

Getting to Philadelphia by Air

The Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) services direct routes from Europe, the Middle East, and the Caribbean.

Connections to downtown hotels and the Drexel University campus and conference venues from the Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) range in prices:

  • ~$28.50 taxi
  • Uber, Lyft rates vary with demand
  • $8 rail to Suburban Station (one block from conference hotel)
  • $3.25 bus to connecting buses/subway (zero to three blocks from conference hotel)

Public Transportation in Philadelphia

Getting Around Philadelphia
Local Public Transit
SEPTA, the greater Philadelphia area public transit system, operates buses, trolley/light rail, subway, and train connections within Philadelphia with approximately 15 routes connecting the Drexel University campus conference site with area hotels and attractions. ($2.25 standard fare, $1.80 advanced purchase of tokens at a station)

A click-able Septa transit map is available at

Local Taxi Companies
Freedom Taxi:

Philadelphia Taxicab Service: 1.215.535-6700
215-Get-A-Cab: 1.215.438.2222

Car Services
Both Uber and Lyft operate in Philadelphia.

Map of Drexel University

All EBLIP9 meetings and sessions will be held in the first floor of the Papadakis Integrated Sciences Building (PISB for short) on Drexel's University City Campus unless otherwise noted in the conference program. Please use the entrance on Chestnut Street. All other doors will be locked during the conference.

A map of Drexel's University City Campus can be found online:

Maps of Philadelphia & the Surrounding Areas

Visit for maps, directions, and Philadelphia tourism information.

Parking at Drexel University

Visitor parking is available in the Drexel Parking Garage (Lot G) or in Lot C. For more information and a map of parking options, visit:

Metered street parking is also available.