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University City

The bustling heart of West Philadelphia and the academic epicenter of the entire region, University City is so named due to two of the largest and most influential institutions in town: the University of Pennsylvania and Drexel University.


How to get there

Take Regional Rail to William H. Gray III 30th Street Station or Penn Medicine Station, the Market-Frankford Line to 30th, Trolley Routes 10, 11, 13, 34 or 36 to 30th or Bus Routes 21, 42, or 49.

The LUCY (Loop Through University City) shuttle runs every 5 to 30 minutes from 6:10AM to 7:00PM Monday through Friday. There are two lines, Green and Gold, which are free for University of Pennsylvania students/employees and regular SEPTA fare for all other passengers.


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 University City via SEPTA's Airport Line. Airport Line service runs seven days a week, between 5a. 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


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.

Things To Do

There is so much to do in University City! Whether you're exploring the historic campus of the University of Pennsylvania or grabbing food and drinks at of the many bars and restaurants, there is something for everyone. You can take in a show at World Cafe Live, or enjoy the Farmer's Market in Clark Park. Neighborhood highlights include Penn Park and the Penn Museum, as well as restaurants like Distrito, Pod, and Dock Street Brewery. 

For a full list of things to do, visit University City District's Neighborhood Guide

Upcoming Local Happenings

Free At Noon 🎶

World Cafe Live

WXPN's Free At Noon is held every Friday at World Cafe Live and always features fabulous music. Heading to the show? Take Regional Rail to William H. Gray III 30th Street Station, the Market-Frankford Line to Drexel Station at 30th Street, Trolley Routes 10, 11, 13, 34 & 36 to 30th Street, or Bus Routes 21, 42, or 49.

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Movie Nights at Sunset Social

Cira Green

Head to Cira Green every Wednesday now thru 7/10 for an outdoor movie! Take Regional Rail to William H. Gray III 30th Street Station, the Market-Frankford Line or Trolley to Drexel Station at 30th Street or Bus Routes 21 and 42.

Plan Your Trip

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