Arrival & Transportation

Arrival & Transportation

Arrival & Transportation

Philadelphia International Airport

The Philadelphia International Airport is located 8.5 mi/13.6 km from the University of Pennsylvania. Visit the Philadelphia International Airport website for more information. 

Students typically take a taxi, ride the train, or use a ride-hailing app (such as Uber or Lyft) to get from the airport to Penn's campus.

By taxi:

  • There are taxis available at Philadelphia International Airport. Please follow the directions in the airport to the nearest taxi.
  • A taxi from the airport to the University of Pennsylvania campus will cost around $32, not including tip (suggested tip is $6-$7). You can pay for taxi services by credit card or cash.
  • The taxi ride will take about 20-25 minutes.

By train:

  • The SEPTA Regional Rail Train (Airport Line) is easily accessible from the five airport terminals.
  • It operates every half hour from 5:30 a.m. to midnight, and tickets can be purchased from the conductor for $8 (cash or credit). Exit the train at the University City Station or 30th Street Station and take a taxi from there to your residence.
  • The train ride will take about 20 minutes. Depending on the distance of your residence or hotel from the SEPTA station, taxi fares will be around $10.

Public transportation

It is easy to get around Philadelphia without a car. The city’s public subway and buses are run by SEPTA. Penn also provides some buses that are free for PennCard holders. You can also explore a lot of the city by walking or biking. Visit the Penn Transportation and Parking website for more information.

The Indego Bike Share program is available on and around campus and throughout Philadelphia.