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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.

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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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Center City District Restaurant Week

Center City Philadelphia

Restaurants across Center City will offer three-course dinners for only $35 per person beginning Sunday, 1/12 thru Friday, 1/24. In addition, many will also offer a three-course lunch for $20. Click here for the full list of restaurants, menus, and easy online reservations through OpenTable. Leave the car in park and the driving to SEPTA! Click here to get started!

20200112 00:00 20200125 00:00 America/New_York Center City District Restaurant Week <p>Restaurants across <a href="https://www.iseptaphilly.com/destination/centercity?zoom=17&amp;center=39.952538032669324,-75.16307949999998">Center City</a> will offer&nbsp;three-course dinners for only $35 per person beginning Sunday, 1/12 thru Friday, 1/24. In addition, many will also offer a three-course lunch for $20. <a href="https://centercityphila.org/explore-center-city/ccd-restaurant-week?page=7" target="_blank">Click here</a> for the full list of restaurants, menus, and easy online reservations through OpenTable. Leave the car in park and the driving to SEPTA! Click <a href="http://www.iseptaphilly.com/plan-your-trip">here</a> to get started!</p> Philadelphia City Hall, John F Kennedy Boulevard, Philadelphia, PA, USA 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


Auto show

Save the Date: Philadelphia Auto Show

Pennsylvania Convention Center

Philadelphia, get ready to start your engines. The Philadelphia Auto Show is coming to town 2/8 thru 2/17 with more than 700 concept, classic, luxury and exotic cars from a wide variety of global manufacturers. Housed inside the Pennsylvania Convention Center, the show brings some of the automotive industry’s most impressive designs and most interesting concepts to the 650,000-square-foot display floor. Take SEPTA to the show. The Convention Center is a short walk from Jefferson Station, or you can ride the Market-Frankford Line to 11th, the Broad Street Line to City Hall or hop Routes 23, 45, 48 or 61. And better yet - buy discounted adult admission tickets [$11 versus $14] at all major SEPTA Transit Sales & Regional Rail Ticket Offices (valid for admittance to weekday shows only; additional payment may be required on gate admittance on weekends).

20200202 00:00 20200218 00:00 America/New_York Save the Date: Philadelphia Auto Show <p>Philadelphia, get ready to start your engines. The <a href="http://www.iseptaphilly.com/autoshow">Philadelphia Auto Show</a> is coming to town 2/8 thru 2/17 with more than 700 concept, classic, luxury and exotic cars from a wide variety of global manufacturers. Housed inside the <a href="https://www.iseptaphilly.com/destination/conventioncenter?center=39.954729068499994,-75.159694&amp;zoom=16">Pennsylvania Convention Center</a>, the show brings some of the automotive industry&rsquo;s most impressive designs and most interesting concepts to the 650,000-square-foot display floor. Take SEPTA to the show. The Convention Center is a short walk from Jefferson Station, or you can ride the Market-Frankford Line to 11th, the Broad Street Line to City Hall or hop Routes 23, 45, 48 or 61. And better yet - buy discounted adult admission tickets [$11 versus $14] at all major SEPTA Transit Sales &amp; Regional Rail Ticket Offices (valid for admittance to weekday shows only;&nbsp;additional payment may be required on gate admittance on weekends).</p> 1101 Arch Street, Philadelphia PA 19107 Plan Your Trip


Ala

ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibit

Pennsylvania Convention Center

The American Library Association (ALA) is the oldest and largest library association in the world. Founded in 1876, its 60,000 members represent all types of libraries. Their conference runs Friday, 1/24 thru Wednesday, 1/29. Get there on SEPTA! The Convention Center is a short walk from Jefferson Station, or you can ride the Market-Frankford Line to 11th, Trolley to 13th, the Broad Street Line to City Hall or hop Routes 4, 16, 17, 23, 27, 33, 45, 48 or 61. For more travel tips, click here.

20200124 00:00 20200130 00:00 America/New_York ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibit <p>The American Library Association (ALA) is the oldest and largest library association in the world. Founded in 1876, its 60,000 members represent all types of libraries. Their&nbsp;conference runs Friday, 1/24&nbsp;thru Wednesday, 1/29. Get there on SEPTA! The&nbsp;<a href="https://www.iseptaphilly.com/destination/conventioncenter?center=39.95418055486537,-75.15963099999999&amp;zoom=16">Convention Center</a>&nbsp;is a short walk from Jefferson Station, or you can ride the Market-Frankford Line to 11th, Trolley to 13th, the Broad Street Line to City Hall or hop Routes 4, 16, 17, 23, 27, 33, 45, 48 or 61. For more travel tips, click <a href="https://www.mazzonicenter.org/trans-wellness/transit">here</a>.</p> Pennsylvania Convention Center, Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA, USA Plan Your Trip


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Save the Date: 2020 PHS Philadelphia Flower Show

Convention Center

The 2020 PHS Philadelphia Flower Show returns to the Pennsylvania Convention Center Saturday, 2/29 through Sunday, 3/8 with a combination of designs, live entertainment, workshops, and other events. Explore acres of amazing floral and landscape displays, plus extra activities for everyone like the Garden Tea and Butterflies Live! The 2020 PHS Philadelphia Flower Show theme "Riviera Holiday" is inspired by the world's Mediterranean gardens. Riviera Holiday beckons you to embrace your inner romantic and create a Mediterranean garden of your own. Ornate pottery and patterned tiles, a well-placed pergola, and abundant clusters of scented flowers, ornamental fountains, and herb parterres provide irresistible appeal along with sustainable lower maintenance, water-wise options that are both responsive to and reflective of temperate conditions. The Flower Show is a top destination and “must experience” horticultural event, attracting 250,000 visitors annually to the Pennsylvania Convention Center, a showcase of excellence that dates back to 1829. SEPTA Regional Rail trains, bus routes, trolleys and the Market-Frankford Line can get you to within walking distance of the convention center. Click here for more detail, including info on discounted show tickets available for purchase at all major SEPTA Transit Sales Offices and Regional Rail Ticket Offices.

 

20200229 00:00 20200309 00:00 America/New_York Save the Date: 2020 PHS Philadelphia Flower Show <p>The <a href="https://www.iseptaphilly.com/FlowerShow">2020 PHS Philadelphia Flower Show</a> returns to the <a href="https://www.iseptaphilly.com/destination/conventioncenter?center=39.954729068499994,-75.159694&amp;zoom=16">Pennsylvania Convention Center</a> Saturday, 2/29 through Sunday, 3/8 with a combination of designs, live entertainment, workshops, and other events. Explore acres of amazing floral and landscape displays, plus extra activities for everyone like the&nbsp;<a href="https://theflowershow.com/experiences/garden-tea/"><em>Garden Tea</em></a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<em><a href="https://theflowershow.com/experiences/butterflies-live/">Butterflies Live!</a></em> The 2020 PHS Philadelphia Flower Show theme &quot;Riviera Holiday&quot; is inspired by the world&#39;s Mediterranean gardens. Riviera Holiday beckons you to embrace your inner romantic and create a Mediterranean garden of your own. Ornate pottery and patterned tiles, a well-placed pergola, and abundant clusters of scented flowers, ornamental fountains, and herb parterres provide irresistible appeal along with sustainable lower maintenance, water-wise options that are both responsive to and reflective of temperate conditions. The Flower Show is a top destination and &ldquo;must experience&rdquo; horticultural event, attracting 250,000 visitors annually to the Pennsylvania Convention Center, a showcase of excellence that dates back to 1829. SEPTA Regional Rail trains, bus routes, trolleys and the Market-Frankford Line can get you to within walking distance of the convention center. Click <a href="https://iseptaphilly.com/flowershow">here</a> for more detail, including info on discounted show tickets available for purchase at all major SEPTA Transit Sales Offices and Regional Rail Ticket Offices.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> 1101 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA, United States Plan Your Trip


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Hello, Dolly!

Academy of Music

See this winner of four Tony Awards including Best Musical February 19 thru March 1 at the Academy of Music! 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 to select performances with this Perk!

20200219 00:00 20200302 00:00 America/New_York Hello, Dolly! <p>See this winner of four Tony Awards including Best <strong>Musical</strong> February 19 thru March 1 at the Academy of Music! 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 to select performances 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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Riverdance

Merriam Theater

Catch Riverdance at the Merriam Theater Tuesday, 1/21 thru Sunday, 1/26. Get there on SEPTA. Hop Routes 4, 12, 27, 32 or the Broad Street Line to Walnut-Locust. Save on tickets to select performances with this Perk!

20200121 00:00 20200127 00:00 America/New_York Riverdance <p>Catch Riverdance at the Merriam Theater Tuesday, 1/21 thru Sunday, 1/26. Get there on SEPTA. Hop Routes 4, 12, 27, 32 or the Broad Street Line to Walnut-Locust. Save on tickets to select performances with&nbsp;<a href="https://iseptaphilly.com/perk/198">this Perk</a>!</p> Merriam Theater, South Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA, USA Plan Your Trip


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