Old City Philadelphia is easily accessible via several kinds of transportation. Once you are here, everything is within walking or short riding distance. In fact, Old City has a walkability score of 95 ( a "walker's paradise"); a riders' score of 91 (excellent public transportation; and a bikers' score of 97 (optimal), according to www.walkscore.com.

 

DRIVING

 

Expect Traffic Delays

  • The I-495 bridge in Delaware is closed for the summer, possibly re-opening -- partially - by Labor Day.
  • On the Ben Franklin Bridge, a massive track repair will cause bridge congestion. Motorists should consider alternative routes during peak hours.
  • Repairs to I-95 northbound between the Girard Avenue and Allegheny Avenue exits will slow traffice. Three lanes will remain open in each direction, although the lanes will shift at night.
  • The north side of Race Street, approaching Race Street Pier, will be under construction for improved lighting, landscaping and hardscaping.

 

Directions

These directions from www.visitphilly.com/directions-maps will take you to the Independence Visitors Center parking garage.  Other mapping services, such as Google Maps or Mapquest, can take you to specific addresses. Also see our Parking Map.

 

From the South

  • Take I-95 North. Follow the signs for “Central Phila./I-676” (Exit 22).
  • Follow signs for Philadelphia/Independence Hall/Callowhill Streets. Keep right at the fork in the ramp
  • Stay straight to Callowhill St. Turn left onto N. 6th Street.
  • The Visitor Center parking facility is directly beneath the building on your left on 6th Street.

 

From the North, there are two options: the New Jersey Turnpike or I-95

Via the NJ Turnpike:

  • Take the NJ Turnpike to Exit 4.
  • Take Rt. 73 north to Rt. 38 west to US 30.
  • Take US 30 west over the Ben Franklin Bridge to I-676. Follow the signs for local traffic (this is Vine Street).
  • Turn right onto 7th Street. Turn slight right. Turn slight right onto 6th Street. Turn left onto Market Street. 
  • The Visitor Center parking facility is directly beneath the building on your left on 6th Street.

 

Via I-95:

  • Take I-95 South. Follow the signs for “Central Phila./I-676” (Exit 22).
  • Follow signs for Philadelphia/Independence Hall/Callowhill Streets. Keep right at the fork in the ramp.
  • Stay straight to Callowhill St. Turn left onto N. 6th Street. 
  • The Visitor Center parking facility is directly beneath the building on your left on 6th Street.

 

From the West

  • Take I-76 ( Pennsylvania Turnpike) to the Valley Forge Exit (Exit 326).
  • Follow signs to Philadelphia I-76 East (Schuylkill Expressway).
  • Remain on I-76 East (Schuylkill Expressway) for about 25 miles until you see signs for Central Philadelphia (Exit 344)
  • Continue on 676 East (Vine Street Expressway) to the 8th Street Exit. Make a right onto 8th Street.
  • Then make a left onto Race Street and a right on 6th Street.
  • The Visitor Center parking facility is directly beneath the building on your left on 6th Street.

 

From the East

  • Take Atlantic City Expressway to 42 North.
  • Follow 42 North to the Benjamin Franklin Bridge (Rt. 676), crossing into Philadelphia.
  • Follow the signs for local traffic (this is Vine Street).
  • Turn right onto 7th Street. Turn slight right. Turn slight right onto 6 th Street.
  • The parking Visitor Center facility is directly beneath the building on your left on 6th Street.

 

PARKING

 

Check the street signs carefully for parking rules. The Philadelphia Parking Authority (PPA) assertively enforces on-street parking.
 

Click for the Old City Parking Lot Map.

 

On First Fridays, parking is free in metered spaces after 5 p.m. between Callowhill and Walnut Streets and between Front and 5th Streets. This rule applies only to metered spaces; other violations, such as prohibited stopping or unauthorized parking, are enforced.

 

On Wednesday evenings, meter parking is free in Center City after 5 p.m. (on the rush hour streets, it’s free after 6:30 p.m.). The boundaries are from the Delaware River to the Schuylkill River and from Bainbridge Street to Spring Garden Street.

 

SEPTA

 

Click here for subway, bus and train schedules to Old City.

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  • By Regional Rail

          Market East Station, located beneath Market Street between 10th and 12th Streets, is                accessible by foot, cab or subway. Take the Market-Frankford (blue) line to 2nd and                  Market Streets. 

 

  • By Subway

          Take the Market-Frankford (blue) line to 2nd and Market Streets. Subways will run           24 hours a day from June until Labor Day.
 

  • By Bus

          -- Running east/west on Market Street:

             #17, #33, #48, #76, #121, #44

          -- Running east on Chestnut Street: #9, #21, #42
 

          Take PATCO to 8th & Market Streets. Transfer to the eastbound Market-Frankford line,             to 2nd and Market Streets.

 

 AMTRAK

  • Take Amtrak to 30th Street Station.
  • Transfer to the eastbound Market-Frankford subway line to 2nd and Market Street

 

PLANE          

  • From Philadelphia International Airport: 800-PHIL-GATE
  • Connections from the airport are available via taxi, limo or the SEPTA Airport Line, which arrives at Market East Station. The flat rate to the airport via taxi is $28.50, with $1 added for each additional person and $1 surcharge for gas.

 

TAXIS AND TAXI STANDS

 

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Taxis are easy to hail on the street, (unless it’s very late), especially around the major tourist areas and, in Old City, the intersections of Market, Arch and Race streets. Most drivers seem to leave their roof lights on at all times, so a lighted cab may already have passengers. Credit/debit cards are widely accepted.

 

Taxi stands are located at:

-- Dock Street, by Zahav and Ritz 5 Theatre: 24/7

-- Letitia Street at Chestnut, NE corner:  7 pm - 7 am,  Monday-Sunday  

-- 3rd and Market, NW Corner:  6:30 pm - 4 am, Monday - Sunday

-- 4th and Arch, SW corner at Holiday Inn: 24/7

 

BICYCLES

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Biking is very popular in Philadelphia, and the city plans to launch for a Bike Share program and an extensive network of bike lanes in fall 2014. The only official bike lanes now run south from Callowhill Street to Independence National Historical Park on 5th and 6th Streets, although cyclists ride virtually everywhere. Some Old City hotels may rent bicycles. 


 Click for a bike map.