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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.

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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.

William H. Gray III 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
Music

Live at Lunch Presented by PNC

Dilworth Park

Take a break from the office at lunchtime to support local musicians! Every Wednesday and Thursday from noon to 1 p.m. now through 10/12, whether you pull up a seat in the PNC Terrace, or lounge under umbrellas along the fountain, these free concerts will set the tone for the rest of your afternoon. Get here on SEPTA! Hop the Market-Frankford Line, the Broad Street Line to City Hall, Trolley Routes 10, 11, 13, 34 & 36 to 15th Street, Bus Routes 2, 17, 33, 38, 44, 48, 124 or 125 or Regional Rail to Suburban Station.

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Center City Fit

Dilworth Park

Dilworth Park at City Hall is once again home to free fitness classes on Monday and Tuesday evenings - open to the public with no advanced registration necessary from Center City Fit. Get here on SEPTA! Hop the Market-Frankford Line, the Broad Street Line to City Hall, Trolley Routes 10, 11, 13, 34 & 36 to 15th Street, Bus Routes 2, 17, 33, 38, 44, 48, 124 or 125 or Regional Rail to Suburban Station.

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Harvest weekend

Harvest Weekend

Dilworth Park

City Hall’s front yard transforms into an autumnal oasis complete with hay bales, cornstalks and beverages during this free seasonal celebration. Live bands and DJs provide the entertainment while professional pumpkin carvers are on hand to offer tips for the perfect jack-o’-lantern. 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. 

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Miller Theater

Catch The Simon and Garfunkel Story at the Miller Theater from 10/1 thru10/16. Get there on SEPTA. Hop Routes 4, 12, 27, 32 or the Broad Street Line to Walnut-Locust. 

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Rittenhouse Square Fine Craft Fair

Rittenhouse Square

Get a jump on your holiday shopping (it’s never too early!) while supporting local makers. This annual three-day event in Rittenhouse Square highlights high-end creations from some of the region’s most celebrated makers, crafters and artists. Booths throughout the park house one-of-a-kind pieces from more than 150 master woodworkers, glass blowers, jewelry makers, visual artists and more. Leave the driving to SEPTA. Short walk from Suburban Station, hop a Trolley to 19th or ride Routes 2, 9, 17, 21 or 42.

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