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Center City

Center City is Philadelphia's busiest and most densely packed cultural, historical and entertaining neighborhoods. Geographically located east/west from the Delaware River to the Schuylkill River, and north/south from Spring Garden Street to South Street — features Philly’s premier downtown area as well as an ever-expanding skyline.

It’s also home to the city’s most historic neighborhoods — including Old City and Society Hill — as well as many tourist attractions, on Independence Mall and elsewhere.

As a primary destination for travelers, Center City boasts a majority of the biggest and toniest hotels in the region, and more restaurants, bars and cafes than any other part of the city. Sparkling nightlife and dining options under the Center City umbrella include ChinatownRittenhouse Square and Old City.

At its nexis point, where Broad Street crosses Market Street, resides Philly’s historic and beautiful City Hall, with its 37-foot-tall statue of William Penn presiding 548 feet over the city proper. Penn was the tallest point in the city up until the building of One Liberty Place in 1986.

How to get there

Serviced by a number of different lines and buses, it's so easy to get to Center City on SEPTA. Take the Market-Frankford Line to 8th, 11th, 13th, or 15th Street, the Broad Street Line to Race-Vine, City Hall, or Walnut-Locust, Regional Rail to Jefferson or Suburban, Trolley Routes 10, 11, 13, 34, or 36 to 13th, 15th, or 19th Street, or Bus Routes 2, 4, 5, 7, 9, 12, 16, 17, 21, 23, 27, 31, 32, 33, 38, 42, 44, 45, 47, 47M, 48, 49, 61, 62, 124, or 125.

Plan your trip here.

Fare

There are many ways to get here on SEPTA, there are also many ways to pay. Click here to learn which fare is best for you.

Connecting Services

It's easy to go from Philadelphia International Airport to Center City via SEPTA's Airport Line. Airport Line service runs seven days a week, between 5:00 a.m. and 12 midnight. Stops on the Airport Line include:

Terminal E + Terminal F

The end point of all Airport Line trains. Terminal F is a short, indoor walk from the station platform.E Airlines: JetBlue, Southwest Airlines, Frontier Airlines, Spirit AirlinesF Airlines: American Eagle (formerly US Airways Express)

Terminal C + Terminal D

Visit Terminal D featuring a renovated shopping plaza of modern retailers.Airlines: American Airlines, Air Canada, Alaska Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Delta Connection, United Airlines

Terminal B

The Marriot Hotel is a short walk from the station platform.Airlines: American Airlines Domestic Service

Terminal A (East and West Gates)

The station platform connects to the east portion of the terminal. Access to west gates may require customers to walk outside.East Gate: Aer Lingus, American Airlines, American Airlines including all flights to Chicago (ORD), Dallas (DFW) and Miami (MIA)West Gate: Icelandair, British Airways, Lufthansa, Qatar Airways, American Airlines International & Caribbean service

Eastwick

Nearby to SEPTA bus routes, PNC Operations Center, and more Airport hotels.

Penn Medicine Station

Walking distance to University of Pennsylvania, Drexel University, University of the Sciences, CHOP, shopping and restaurants.

30th Street Station

Convenient connections to Amtrak and NJ Transit rail services; BoltBus and MegaBus services. Nearby other SEPTA transit services including the Market-Frankford Line, Trolley lines and Center City destined bus routes.

Suburban Station

Located in the heart of Center City Philadelphia, nearby to a number of major corporations, the Art Museum area and Ben Franklin Parkway. Major transfer point for other SEPTA Regional Rail services.

Jefferson Station

Underneath the famous Reading Terminal Market and adjacent to the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Convenient connections to Greyhound and NJ Transit bus services at 10th & Filbert Station. Steps away from major downtown hotels.

Temple University

The main campus of the famed Philadelphia institution, near the corner of Broad & Cecil B. Moore.

 

Upcoming Local Happenings
Christmas city hall

City of Philadelphia Tree Lighting Celebration of the Visit Philadelphia Holiday Tree

City Hall

Powered by NRG, the 45-foot-tall Visit Philadelphia Holiday Tree stands tall at the Wawa Holiday Plaza (i.e. the north side of City Hall), around the corner from all the wintry fun in Dilworth Park and Christmas Village. A tree-lighting celebration on Thursday invites residents and visitors to see the tree sparkle for the first time this season with more than 4,000 lights, as well as enjoy entertainment and free giveaways. Get here on SEPTA! Hop the Market-Frankford Line or Trolley Routes 10, 11, 13, 34 & 36 to 15th Street, the Broad Street Line to City Hall, Bus Routes 2, 17, 33, 38, 44, 48, 124 or 125 or Regional Rail to Suburban Station.

20211202 00:00 20211203 00:00 America/New_York City of Philadelphia Tree Lighting Celebration of the Visit Philadelphia Holiday Tree <p>Powered by NRG, the&nbsp;<a href="https://phillyholidayexperience.com/visit-philadelphia-holiday-tree/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">45-foot-tall Visit Philadelphia Holiday Tree</a>&nbsp;stands tall at the Wawa Holiday Plaza (i.e. the north side of&nbsp;<a href="https://www.visitphilly.com/things-to-do/attractions/city-hall/">City Hall</a>), around the corner from all the wintry fun in&nbsp;<a href="https://www.visitphilly.com/things-to-do/attractions/the-rothman-ice-rink-at-dilworth-park/">Dilworth Park</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="https://www.visitphilly.com/things-to-do/attractions/christmas-village-in-philadelphia/">Christmas Village</a>. A&nbsp;<a href="https://phillyholidayexperience.com/visit-philadelphia-holiday-tree/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">tree-lighting celebration</a>&nbsp;on Thursday invites residents and visitors to see the tree sparkle for the first time this season with more than 4,000 lights, as well as enjoy entertainment and free giveaways.&nbsp;Get here on SEPTA! Hop the Market-Frankford Line or Trolley Routes 10, 11, 13, 34 &amp; 36 to 15th Street, the Broad Street Line to City Hall, Bus Routes 2, 17, 33, 38, 44, 48, 124 or 125 or Regional Rail to Suburban Station.</p> City Hall, John F Kennedy Boulevard, Philadelphia, PA, USA Plan Your Trip


Wintergarden

Wintergarden

Dilworth Park

November 1 brings the very first (of many) holiday attractions to Philadelphia. From Monday through spring 2022, residents and visitors can stroll through the Wintergarden on the Greenfield Lawn, a free-to-explore, open-air wonderland of lights, topiaries and rustic décor perfect for photo ops in Dilworth Park. For the 21-plus set, a Chaddsford Winery kiosk on-site sells warm mulled wine. Stay tuned for more holiday fun in and around Dilworth Park, including the Rothman Orthopaedics Ice Rink & Cabin. Get here on SEPTA! Hop the Market-Frankford Line or Trolley Routes 10, 11, 13, 34 & 36 to 15th Street, the Broad Street Line to City Hall, Bus Routes 2, 17, 33, 38, 44, 48, 124 or 125 or Regional Rail to Suburban Station.

20211101 00:00 20220402 00:00 America/New_York Wintergarden <p>November 1 brings the very first (of many) holiday attractions to Philadelphia. From Monday through spring 2022, residents and visitors can stroll through the&nbsp;<a href="https://www.centercityphila.org/parks/dilworth-park/winter/wintergarden" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Wintergarden on the Greenfield Lawn</a>, a free-to-explore, open-air wonderland of lights, topiaries and rustic décor perfect for photo ops in Dilworth Park. For the 21-plus set, a Chaddsford Winery kiosk on-site sells warm mulled wine. Stay tuned for more holiday fun in and around Dilworth Park, including the Rothman Orthopaedics Ice Rink &amp; Cabin.&nbsp;Get here on SEPTA! Hop the Market-Frankford Line or Trolley Routes 10, 11, 13, 34 &amp; 36 to 15th Street, the Broad Street Line to City Hall, Bus Routes 2, 17, 33, 38, 44, 48, 124 or 125 or Regional Rail to Suburban Station.</p> Dilworth Park, South 15th Street, Philadelphia, PA, USA Plan Your Trip


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Made in Philadelphia Holiday Market

Dilworth Park

Shopping local and supporting area makers is easy at the Made in Philadelphia Holiday Market, opening this Saturday at Dilworth Park. Shoppers can find handmade crafts, jewelry, clothing, home décor and treats from more than 40 local vendors scattered throughout the park. The market is one of five holiday attractions that make up this year’s Winter at Dilworth Park programming, which also includes an ice-skating rink, a cabin, a light show on City Hall and a wintergarden. So easy to get here on SEPTA. Hop the Market-Frankford Line or Trolley Routes 10, 11, 13, 34 & 36 to 15th Street, the Broad Street Line to City Hall, Bus Routes 2, 17, 33, 38, 44, 48, 124 or 125 or Regional Rail to Suburban Station.  

20211120 00:00 20220101 00:00 America/New_York Made in Philadelphia Holiday Market <p>Shopping local and supporting area makers is easy at the&nbsp;<a href="https://www.visitphilly.com/things-to-do/attractions/the-rothman-ice-rink-at-dilworth-park/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Made in Philadelphia Holiday Market</a>, opening this Saturday at Dilworth Park. Shoppers can find handmade crafts, jewelry, clothing, home d&eacute;cor and treats from more than 40 local vendors scattered throughout the park. The market is one of five holiday attractions that make up this year&rsquo;s&nbsp;<a href="https://www.visitphilly.com/things-to-do/attractions/the-rothman-ice-rink-at-dilworth-park/">Winter at Dilworth Park programming</a>, which also includes an ice-skating rink, a cabin, a light show on City Hall and a wintergarden. So easy to get here on SEPTA. Hop the Market-Frankford Line or Trolley Routes 10, 11, 13, 34 &amp; 36 to 15th Street, the Broad Street Line to City Hall, Bus Routes 2, 17, 33, 38, 44, 48, 124 or 125 or Regional Rail to Suburban Station.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Dilworth Park, South 15th Street, Philadelphia, PA, USA Plan Your Trip


Ice rink

Rothman Orthopaedics Ice Rink

Dilworth Park

Pop ups abound in Center City’s Dilworth Park every holiday season. Friday brings the return of two beloved holiday attractions to the very center of Center City. Residents and visitors can embrace the holiday cheer by cruising around the Rothman Orthopaedics Ice Rink, offering timed, 90-minute skating sessions right next to City Hall. And in the Rothman Orthopedics Cabin, relaxation comes easy thanks to seasonal cocktails and food in a ski chalet-inspired setup. Both attractions remain on-site through the end of February 2022.Get here on SEPTA! Hop the Market-Frankford Line or Trolley Routes 10, 11, 13, 34 & 36 to 15th Street, the Broad Street Line to City Hall, Bus Routes 2, 17, 33, 38, 44, 48, 124 or 125 or Regional Rail to Suburban Station.  

20211105 00:00 20220301 00:00 America/New_York Rothman Orthopaedics Ice Rink <p><a href="https://www.centercityphila.org/parks/dilworth-park/winter" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Pop ups abound</a>&nbsp;in Center City&rsquo;s Dilworth Park every holiday season.&nbsp;Friday brings the return of two beloved holiday attractions to the very center of Center City. Residents and visitors can embrace the holiday cheer by cruising around the&nbsp;<a href="https://www.centercityphila.org/parks/dilworth-park/winter/rothman-rink" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Rothman Orthopaedics Ice Rink</a>, offering timed, 90-minute skating sessions right next to City Hall. And in the&nbsp;<a href="https://www.centercityphila.org/parks/dilworth-park/winter/rothman-cabin" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Rothman Orthopedics Cabin</a>, relaxation comes easy thanks to seasonal cocktails and food in a ski chalet-inspired setup. Both attractions remain on-site through the end of February 2022.Get here on SEPTA! Hop the Market-Frankford Line or Trolley Routes 10, 11, 13, 34 &amp; 36 to 15th Street, the Broad Street Line to City Hall, Bus Routes 2, 17, 33, 38, 44, 48, 124 or 125 or Regional Rail to Suburban Station.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> 1 S 15th St, Philadelphia, PA 19102 Plan Your Trip


Macy's

Christmas Light Show

Macy's

The Grand Court in the National Historic Landmark Wanamaker Building has hosted a Christmas Light Show since 1956. Macy’s continues the tradition of twinkling snowflakes, dancing snowmen and more with a 100,000-light show narrated by Julie Andrews and accompanied by the famed Wanamaker Organ. Get there on SEPTA! Hop Regional Rail to Suburban or Jefferson Station or take the Market-Frankford Line to 13th Street Station!

20211201 00:00 20220101 00:00 America/New_York Christmas Light Show <p>The Grand Court in the National Historic Landmark Wanamaker Building has hosted a&nbsp;<a href="https://www.visitphilly.com/things-to-do/events/holiday-light-show-at-macys-center-city/">Christmas Light Show</a>&nbsp;since 1956. Macy&rsquo;s continues the tradition of twinkling snowflakes, dancing snowmen and more with a 100,000-light show narrated by Julie Andrews and accompanied by the famed Wanamaker Organ. Get there on SEPTA! Hop Regional Rail to Suburban or Jefferson Station or take the Market-Frankford Line to 13th Street Station!</p> 1300 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA, USA Plan Your Trip


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Deck the Hall Holiday Lights

City Hall

This mesmerizing display returns for another year of brightening the western façade of City Hall. Technicolor projections — created by Philadelphia-based Klip Collective and synchronized to captivating sound effects — make the historic building come alive during a completely free show. So easy to get here on SEPTA. Hop the Market-Frankford Line or Trolley Routes 10, 11, 13, 34 & 36 to 15th Street, the Broad Street Line to City Hall, Bus Routes 2, 17, 33, 38, 44, 48, 124 or 125 or Regional Rail to Suburban Station.  

20211122 00:00 20220102 00:00 America/New_York Deck the Hall Holiday Lights <p><a href="https://www.visitphilly.com/things-to-do/attractions/the-rothman-ice-rink-at-dilworth-park/">This mesmerizing display</a>&nbsp;returns for another year of brightening the western fa&ccedil;ade of&nbsp;<a href="https://www.visitphilly.com/things-to-do/attractions/city-hall/">City Hall</a>. Technicolor projections &mdash; created by Philadelphia-based Klip Collective and synchronized to captivating sound effects &mdash; make the historic building come alive during a completely free show.&nbsp;So easy to get here on SEPTA. Hop the Market-Frankford Line or Trolley Routes 10, 11, 13, 34 &amp; 36 to 15th Street, the Broad Street Line to City Hall, Bus Routes 2, 17, 33, 38, 44, 48, 124 or 125 or Regional Rail to Suburban Station.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> 1401 John F Kennedy Boulevard, Philadelphia, PA, United States Plan Your Trip


Love park

Christmas Village

Love Park

The European wonderland that is Christmas Village in LOVE Park officially returns for 2021 with glowing Herrnhut stars decorating the tops of the wooden booths of 110 different vendors. On offer: local and international gifts such as Käthe Wohlfahrt ornaments, accessories, wintry apparel, along with raclette sandwiches, spiced wine and more seasonal treats. Hop the Market-Frankford Line or Trolley Routes 10, 11, 13, 34 & 36 to 15th Street, the Broad Street Line to City Hall, Bus Routes 2, 17, 33, 38, 44, 48, 124 or 125 or Regional Rail to Suburban Station.

20211125 00:00 20211225 00:00 America/New_York Christmas Village <p>The European wonderland that is&nbsp;<a href="https://www.visitphilly.com/things-to-do/attractions/christmas-village-in-philadelphia/">Christmas Village</a>&nbsp;in&nbsp;<a href="https://www.visitphilly.com/things-to-do/attractions/love-park/"><em>LOVE</em>&nbsp;Park</a>&nbsp;officially returns for 2021 with glowing Herrnhut stars decorating the tops of the wooden booths of 110 different vendors. On offer: local and international gifts such as K&auml;the Wohlfahrt ornaments, accessories, wintry apparel, along with raclette sandwiches, spiced wine and more seasonal treats.&nbsp;Hop the Market-Frankford Line or Trolley Routes 10, 11, 13, 34 &amp; 36 to 15th Street, the Broad Street Line to City Hall, Bus Routes 2, 17, 33, 38, 44, 48, 124 or 125 or Regional Rail to Suburban Station.</p> Love Park, Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA, USA Plan Your Trip


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