Philadelphia Travel and Accommodations
Whether you're visiting Drexel or commuting for co-op, you have options for getting here and getting around. Despite its population and amenities, Philadelphia is actually a fairly small city, with most of it being accessible through walking, biking, and public transportation. There are also easy ways to rent a car or bike for times when that's more convenient.
A hub for direct and connecting flights all over the U.S. and the world.
Amtrak (30th and Market Streets)
Amtrak operates from 30th Street Station, acting as a hub for travel between major cities across the U.S.
Greyhound (1001 Filbert Street)
Economical travel from Philadelphia to all over the country.
BoltBus and Megabus (John F. Kennedy Boulevard and 30th Street)
Each provides low-cost transportation between Philadelphia, New York City, Boston, Washington, D.C., Pittsburgh, and other locations.
SEPTA is Philadelphia's public transportation system that utilizes subways, trains, buses, and trolleys to take you wherever you want to go in the city and surrounding suburbs. The fare is $2.25 in cash around the city, or you can purchase tokens ahead of time from the vending machine at the Creese Information Desk, at some SEPTA stops, and at some stores. Fares to the suburbs are higher and vary by zone. Students receive a discount on transit passes purchased through Drexel.
- Market-Frankford Line – Partially following Market Street east-west, this line, also known as "The El," goes from Frankford Transportation Center (east) to 69th Street (west) with stops near campus (34th and Market Streets and 30th Street Station). The El has blue signs.
- Broad Street Line – Following Broad Street north-south, it goes from Fern Rock Station (north) to AT&T Station (south).
The Subway signs are orange.
- Trolleys – There are five numbered trolley routes that begin and end at 13th and Market Streets which pass Drexel (33rd and Market Streets and 30th Street Station). Signs are green.
- Buses – The bus routes go through every neighborhood in the city. Routes 21, 30, 31, 42, and the LUCY loops are convenient to Drexel's campus. More routes are available from 30th Street Station. Route signs are posted on poles near street corners.
- Regional Rail – The Regional Rail provides train service to the surrounding suburbs from 30th Street Station, University City, Suburban Station, and Jefferson Station (formerly Market East Station). The Airport Line goes to and from Center City every half hour.
Philadelphia continues to be one of the most bike-friendly cities in the country with the launch of its own bike sharing program called Indego in the spring of 2015. Indego allows visitors or members to rent bicycles from 70+ stations located across Philadelphia in Center City and parts of North, South, and West Philadelphia. Cyclists can walk up to any Indego station and check out bikes for quick trips around the city 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and the system allows users to return their bike rental to the nearest station after their ride is complete. You can pay for Indego passes by the month or by the trip, similar to SEPTA.
Drexel operates shuttle buses in loops through University City, Center City, and the Queen Lane campuses for Drexel students with their Drexel ID (DragonCard). Drexel students may also utilize the University of Pennsylvania bus route. Both the Drexel and Penn shuttles are free to ride.
Car Rentals and Shares
30th Street Station (30th Street and John F. Kennedy Boulevard)
Located right next to campus, you can rent or return a car through Hertz, Alamo, Avis, National, or Budget at this station.
If you're flying in, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz, and National are all located at the airport with shuttle service from the baggage claim areas.
Enterprise operates from the Sheraton Hotel, a few blocks from campus.
It's like borrowing a car with pay-as-you-go pricing. Over 200 cars are parked in designated CarShare spots around the city. Once you become a member, you get a key and can make reservations online to take out a car whenever you need it.
With hundreds of cars all over Philadelphia, Zipcar is another car-sharing option with several Zipcar parking locations on campus.
Taxis are readily available in Philadelphia on major streets, or you can call a taxi company for a pick-up at a particular time and location.
If you're visiting, you have many options when deciding where to stay overnight in Philly. Drexel has negotiated discounted rates with participating hotels that are only a few blocks from campus or near the highway. There are additional options nearby in Center City.