West Philadelphia born and raised…well I’m from South Jersey but I would like to think that is close enough. Regardless, I do know a good deal about riding public transportation in Philadelphia that is sure to help you save money. Whether you are doing some leisure traveling or are in town for an interview or STEP 2 CS exam, there is no reason not to take advantage of Philly’s public transportation.
- Fortunately, the Philadelphia International Airport is only 7 miles away from center city, which is extremely close compared to other cities. For those people who just have to take a taxi, be prepared for a hefty $26.25 flat fee plus tip in order to get a ride into town. When it comes down to it, that is about a $60 fare roundtrip, which in my opinion just isn’t worth it. Instead of looking for that taxi line when you get your bags, head across the pedestrian bridges that can be found in terminals A – E. They will all be marked with signs for the SEPTA train. The R1 train runs between PHL and center city every 30 minutes from 5 am until 12 am with the total trip taking 15 minutes. With the price of a ticket costing only $7 there is certainly not a better option in town. In center city the train makes a stop at 30th Street Station which is basically walking distance to the University of Pennsylvania and is 6 blocks east of the STEP 2 CS testing center. If your final destination is to the outskirts of the city or the suburbs the next stop is Suburban Station where you can transfer to any of the SEPTA Regional Rail Line.
- Here’s a little more complicated, but worthwhile tip if you are headed to Camden NJ. Take the R1 one more stop to the Market East Station then cross the street and walk down to 8th and Market. There you can pick up the PATCO train, which will drop you off in downtown Camden. PATCO costs around $1.50 from Philadelphia to Camden and takes about 10 minutes on a train that runs all day long.
- For those of you who aren’t as excited as I am about public transportation or simply have a bag that is too tough to handle, there is a pretty cheap shuttle that runs from the airport to Center City. Check out Lady Liberty Airport Shuttle that runs from the airport to Center City for $10, which is also not a bad second option.
- For more information, remember to check out the Septa Trip Planner for details on exactly where you need to go. We also have a comprehensive set of travel options on the Philadelphia and Camden city pages.