Getting to Philadelphia

Philadelphia lies in the middle of the northeastern corridor of cities, linked by highway to Washington DC to the south and Boston to the north. Its airport is also a major international terminal and travel to and from Philadelphia is easy, with many flights connecting the airport with John F Kennedy Airport in New York. Train travel is easy and efficient, and buses offer cheap and frequent shuttle services to nearby cities.

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Philadelphia is crossed
by I-95, which runs north to south, and I-76, which runs east to west. Interstate 95 is the main highway connecting the north and mid-Atlantic states, offering easy access to Baltimore and Washington DC to the south and New York and Boston to the north. Interstate 95 runs along the eastern edge of the city and has exits for central Philadelphia, as does I-76, through an exchange with its downtown loop, I-676.

Another popular route into Philadelphia from New York and northern New Jersey is to take the New Jersey Turnpike, taking Exit 4 for the Ben Franklin Bridge/Camden and onto Route 73 North/West. Continue for about a mile and exit onto Route 38 West, which merges with Route 30. Signs for the bridge are well-posted as you drive through South Jersey and the bridge offers a magnificent view of the city as you approach and cross the Delaware River.

By Rail

Amtrak and the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) operate trains along the East Coast, which run to New York, a two-hour ride. Numerous other destinations in New Jersey and Pennsylvania are also available

By Bus

Travel by bus is cheap, with many residents all over Philadelphia using the Chinatown buses that run direct to New York, from where you can connect with Boston, and to Baltimore and Washington DC. The Greyhound station is situated in Chinatown and it also services New Jersey Transit bus lines, which run a discounted express bus to the Atlantic City casinos.