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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.

Plan your trip here.

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.

University City

Walking distance to University of Pennsylvania, Drexel University, University of the Sciences, CHOP, shopping and restaurants.

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
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Made in Philadelphia Holiday Market

Dilworth Park

The Made In Philadelphia Holiday Market is back 11/23 thru 1/1 at Dilworth Park with more than 40 vendors selling their wares — gifts, food and more — in festive tents topped with Herrnhut Stars. Need a ride? Get there on SEPTA!  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.

20191123 00:00 20200102 00:00 America/New_York Made in Philadelphia Holiday Market <p>The&nbsp;<a href="https://centercityphila.org/parks/dilworth-park/winter/market" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Made In Philadelphia Holiday Market</a> is back 11/23 thru 1/1&nbsp;at <a href="https://iseptaphilly.com/destination/dilworthpark?center=39.95263902962235,-75.16467940000001&amp;zoom=17">Dilworth</a><a href="https://www.visitphilly.com/things-to-do/attractions/dilworth-park-at-city-hall/" rel="noopener" target="_blank"> Park</a> with more than 40 vendors selling their wares &mdash; gifts, food and more &mdash; in festive tents topped with Herrnhut Stars. Need a ride? Get there on SEPTA!&nbsp; Hop the Market-Frankford Line or Trolley Routes 10, 11, 13, 34 &amp; 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.</p> 1 South 15th Street, Philadelphia, PA, United States Plan Your Trip


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Save the Date: Santa Express 2019

Dilworth Park

The SEPTA Santa Express returns Friday, 11/29 for its 29th year to kick-off the holiday season in Center City Philadelphia! Join SEPTA and Center City District for fun-filled holiday train rides and a festive parade as we welcome Santa Claus to the Rothman Orthopaedics Ice Rink at Dilworth Park. Stay and skate with Santa and shop for gifts at the Made in Philadelphia Holiday Market. Click here for Santa Express train times. Already in Philly? Santa and his elves are due to arrive at Dilworth Park around 10:45a. Besides the trains, other ways to get here on SEPTA include Trolley Routes 10, 11, 13, 34 & 36 [to 15th Street] and Bus Routes 2, 17, 33, 38, 44, 48, 124 or 125.

20191129 00:00 20191130 00:00 America/New_York Save the Date: Santa Express 2019 <p>The SEPTA Santa Express returns Friday, 11/29 for its 29th year to kick-off the holiday season in Center City Philadelphia! Join SEPTA and Center City District for fun-filled holiday train rides and a festive parade as we welcome Santa Claus to the <a href="https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__centercityphila.org_parks_dilworth-2Dpark_winter_rothman-2Drink&amp;d=DwMGaQ&amp;c=7bpf2KEKSGWHalHBe2Ypwg&amp;r=_uJSwTGT9_QgOg7RkprtvCVxr138ykF47pxesL2Oi3M&amp;m=howHInCa7IGA1IYdbT20g1UasyRJRNqU6gyU05C2eoA&amp;s=FfSW8XwN3DPEVZDP60VCEwJH0VgKww04vSFWai-LiDY&amp;e=">Rothman Orthopaedics Ice Rink</a> at Dilworth Park. Stay and skate with Santa and shop for gifts at the Made in Philadelphia Holiday Market. Click <a href="http://www.iseptaphilly.com/santaexpress">here</a> for Santa Express train times. Already in Philly? Santa and his elves are due to arrive at Dilworth Park around 10:45a. Besides the trains, other ways to get here on SEPTA include Trolley Routes 10, 11, 13, 34 &amp; 36 [to 15th Street] and Bus Routes 2, 17, 33, 38, 44, 48, 124 or 125.</p> 1 S 15th St, Philadelphia, PA 19102 Plan Your Trip


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Rothman Orthopaedics Ice Rink

Dilworth Park

Those looking to ice skate in the heart of Philadelphia can pack up their cold-weather gear and head to the Rothman Orthopaedics Ice Rink at Dilworth Park! Skaters of all levels and ages are invited to cruise around the rink while taking in skyline views just outside of City Hall. This Perk gets you $1 off admission! Afterward, check out the spectacular Dilworth Park Wintergarden or warm up in the Rothman Institute Cabin, offering a variety of eats and the ultimate post-ice-skating treat — hot chocolate. So easy to get here on SEPTA. 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.  

20191108 00:00 20200224 00:00 America/New_York Rothman Orthopaedics Ice Rink <p>Those looking to ice skate in the heart of Philadelphia can pack up their cold-weather gear and head to the <a href="https://centercityphila.org/parks/dilworth-park/winter/rothman-rink" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Rothman Orthopaedics Ice Rink</a><a href="http://centercityphila.org/parks/dilworth-park/winter/rothman-rink">&nbsp;</a><a class="trackingoutbound" href="http://www.ccdparks.org/dilworth-park/rothmanicerink">at Dilworth Park</a>! Skaters of all levels and ages are invited to cruise around the rink while taking in skyline views just outside of City Hall. This <a href="http://www.iseptaphilly.com/perk/143">Perk</a> gets you $1 off admission! Afterward, check out the spectacular Dilworth Park Wintergarden or warm up in the Rothman Institute Cabin, offering a variety of eats and the ultimate post-ice-skating treat &mdash; hot chocolate. So easy to get here on SEPTA. Hop the Market-Frankford Line or Trolley Routes 10, 11, 13, 34 &amp; 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.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> 1 S 15th St, Philadelphia, PA 19102 Plan Your Trip


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Christmas Village

LOVE Park

The German-style Christmas Village takes over LOVE Park Thanksgiving Day thru Christmas Eve with vendors offering holiday decor, gifts and more! Open daily beginning at 11am. So easy to get here (and home from here) on SEPTA. 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.

20191128 00:00 20191225 00:00 America/New_York Christmas Village <p>The German-style <a href="http://www.philachristmas.com/">Christmas Village</a> takes over LOVE Park Thanksgiving Day thru Christmas Eve&nbsp;with vendors offering holiday decor, gifts and more! Open daily beginning at 11am. So easy to get here (and home from here) on SEPTA. Hop the Market-Frankford Line or Trolley Routes 10, 11, 13, 34 &amp; 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.</p> 1500 John F Kennedy Boulevard, Philadelphia, PA, United States Plan Your Trip


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A Very Philly Holiday

One Liberty Observation Deck

A Very Philadelphia Holiday transforms One Liberty Observation Deck to honor one of Philly's biggest holiday traditions: The Mummers Parade. Guided holiday tours of the attraction take place Fridays through Sundays now thru 12/30 at select times and are free with general admission. Get here on SEPTA. Hop the Market-Frankford Line to 15th Street, the Broad Street Line to City Hall, or Bus Routes 4, 17, 21, 32, 33, 38, 42, 48. Check out this Perk before you go!

20191115 00:00 20191231 00:00 America/New_York A Very Philly Holiday <p><a href="https://phillyfromthetop.com/packages-and-events/a-very-philadelphia-holiday.html">A Very Philadelphia Holiday</a> transforms One Liberty Observation Deck&nbsp;to honor one of Philly&#39;s biggest holiday traditions: The Mummers Parade. Guided holiday tours of the attraction take place Fridays through Sundays now thru 12/30&nbsp;at select times and are free with general admission.&nbsp;Get here on SEPTA. Hop the Market-Frankford Line to 15th Street, the Broad Street Line to City Hall, or Bus Routes 4, 17, 21, 32, 33, 38, 42, 48. Check out <a href="http://iseptaphilly.com/perk/124">this Perk</a> before you go!</p> 1650 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA, United States Plan Your Trip


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Mean Girls

Academy of Music

Direct from Broadway, MEAN GIRLS is the hilarious hit musical from an award-winning creative team, including book writer TINA FEY (“30 Rock), composer JEFF RICHMOND (“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”), lyricist NELL BENJAMIN (Legally Blonde) and director CASEY NICHOLAW (The Book of Mormon). It will be at the Academy from 11/22 to 12/01. Get there on SEPTA. Take Regional Rail to Suburban Station, the Broad Street Line to Walnut-Locust, the Market-Frankford Line to 15th Street, or Routes 4, 9, 12, 21, 27, 32 or 42. Save on tickets with this Perk!

20191122 00:00 20191201 00:00 America/New_York Mean Girls <p>Direct from Broadway,&nbsp;<em>MEAN GIRLS</em>&nbsp;is the hilarious hit musical from an award-winning creative team, including book writer TINA FEY (&ldquo;30 Rock), composer JEFF RICHMOND (&ldquo;Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt&rdquo;), lyricist NELL BENJAMIN (Legally Blonde) and director CASEY NICHOLAW (The Book of Mormon). It will be at the Academy from 11/22 to 12/01. Get there on SEPTA.&nbsp;Take Regional Rail to Suburban Station, the Broad Street Line to Walnut-Locust, the Market-Frankford Line to 15th Street, or Routes 4, 9, 12, 21, 27, 32 or 42. Save on tickets with&nbsp;<a href="https://iseptaphilly.com/perk/198">this Perk</a>!</p> Academy of Music, South Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA, USA Plan Your Trip


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