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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. â€‹

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

From Now thru Friday, 9/27, restaurants across Center City will offer three-course dinners for only $35 per person. In addition, many will also offer a three-course lunch for $20. New restaurants for this season include Blume, Chatayee Thai, Spice Finch, Kinme and Franklin Social Kitchen & Bar. 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!

20190915 00:00 20190928 00:00 America/New_York Center City District Restaurant Week <p>From Now thru Friday, 9/27, 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. In addition, many will also offer a three-course lunch for $20.&nbsp;New restaurants for this season include Blume, Chatayee Thai, Spice Finch, Kinme and Franklin Social Kitchen &amp; Bar. <a href="https://centercityphila.org/explore-center-city/ccd-restaurant-week" 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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Park(ing) Day PHL

Center City

The number of parks throughout Philadelphia increases dramatically each year on the third Friday in September, when activists, artists, architects, and other citizens transform metered parking spaces into temporary public parks. Known as PARKing) Day, this annual event re-imagines the possibilities of 170 square feet of public space. The event celebrates parks and other public spaces in cities across the country, and raises awareness of the need for more pedestrian-friendly spaces in our urban areas. For a map, click here.

20190920 00:00 20190920 00:00 America/New_York Park(ing) Day PHL <p>The number of parks throughout Philadelphia increases dramatically each year on the third Friday in September, when activists, artists, architects, and other citizens transform metered parking spaces into temporary public parks. Known as <a href="https://www.iseptaphilly.com/blog/parkingday2018">PARKing) Day</a>, this annual event re-imagines the possibilities of 170 square feet of public space. The event celebrates parks and other public spaces in cities across the country, and raises awareness of the need for more pedestrian-friendly spaces in our urban areas. For a map, click <a href="https://www.google.com/maps/d/u/0/viewer?mid=1_0KWr1iso-94jX3R5ap4XwIh_TP3GIt7&amp;ll=39.95427737582276%2C-75.16113094999997&amp;z=14">here</a>.</p> 1234 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA, USA Plan Your Trip


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O19 Festival

Various locations including the Academy of Music

Opera Philadelphia kicks off its 2019-20 season with the O19 festival, running 9/18 thru 9/29. Expect glittering stars of opera in more than 25 commissioned works, site-specific works and world premieres. Get to the festivities on SEPTA. Click here to get started!

20190918 00:00 20190930 00:00 America/New_York O19 Festival <p>Opera Philadelphia kicks off its 2019-20 season with the <a href="https://www.operaphila.org/festival/">O19</a>&nbsp;festival, running 9/18 thru 9/29.&nbsp;Expect glittering stars of opera in more than 25 commissioned works, site-specific works and world premieres. Get to the festivities on SEPTA. Click&nbsp;<a href="http://www.iseptaphilly.com/plan-your-trip">here</a>&nbsp;to get started!</p> 240 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA, United States Plan Your Trip


Hamilton

Hamilton at the Forrest Theatre

Forrest Theatre

See Hamilton, the record breaking musical in its first trip to Philadelphia.Take the Market-Frankford Line Line to 11th Street Station, the Broad Street Line to Walnut-Locust Station, or bus routes  1221233842, and 45 to within walking distance of the theatre.

20190827 00:00 20191118 00:00 America/New_York Hamilton at the Forrest Theatre <p>See <a href="https://www.kimmelcenter.org/events-and-tickets/201920/rentals/mulan">Hamilton</a>, the record breaking musical in its first trip to Philadelphia.Take the Market-Frankford Line Line to 11th Street Station, the Broad Street Line to Walnut-Locust Station, or bus routes&nbsp;&nbsp;<a href="https://www.septa.org/schedules/bus/pdf/012.pdf">12</a>,&nbsp;<a href="https://www.septa.org/schedules/bus/pdf/021.pdf">21</a>,&nbsp;<a href="https://www.septa.org/schedules/bus/pdf/023.pdf">23</a>,&nbsp;<a href="https://www.septa.org/schedules/bus/pdf/038.pdf">38</a>,&nbsp;<a href="https://www.septa.org/schedules/bus/pdf/042.pdf">42</a>, and&nbsp;<a href="https://www.septa.org/schedules/bus/pdf/045.pdf">45</a>&nbsp;to within walking distance of the theatre.</p> Forrest Theatre, Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA, USA Plan Your Trip


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The Philadelphia Orchestra Opening Night Concert and Gala

The Kimmel Center

On Wednesday, 9/18, The Philadelphia Orchestra led by music director Yannick Nézet-Séguin, kicks off its 120th season on Wednesday with a concert featuring works by George Gershwin, Stephen Sondheim and more famed composers. The concert includes a performance by award-winning singer and actor Audra McDonald and The Philadelphia Orchestra debut of soprano Adela Zaharia. A black-tie gala with an Asian-inspired dinner follows the performance. Attendees can purchase concert-only tickets or concert and gala tickets. Get there on SEPTA. Hop Routes 4, 12, 27, 32 or the Broad Street Line to Walnut-Locust. Check out this Perk for discounted tickets!

20190918 00:00 20190919 00:00 America/New_York The Philadelphia Orchestra Opening Night Concert and Gala <p>On Wednesday, 9/18,&nbsp;The Philadelphia Orchestra led by music director Yannick N&eacute;zet-S&eacute;guin, kicks off its 120th season on Wednesday with a&nbsp;<a href="https://www.kimmelcenter.org/events-and-tickets/201920/philadelphia-orchestra/opening-night-concert-and-gala/" target="_blank">concert</a>&nbsp;featuring works by George Gershwin, Stephen Sondheim and more famed composers. The concert includes a performance by award-winning singer and actor Audra McDonald and The Philadelphia Orchestra debut of soprano Adela Zaharia. A black-tie gala with an Asian-inspired dinner follows the performance. Attendees can purchase concert-only tickets or concert and gala tickets. Get there on SEPTA. Hop Routes 4, 12, 27, 32 or the Broad Street Line to Walnut-Locust. Check out <a href="https://iseptaphilly.com/perk/259">this Perk</a> for discounted tickets!</p> 300 S Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19102 Plan Your Trip


Fashion district

Fashion District Grand Opening 🛍️

Center City

Center City’s highly anticipated shopping destination invites guests to “Go for it” and be the first to experience The District! Celebrate Opening Weekend with FOOD, FILM, FASHION and FUN at Fashion District Philadelphia, September 19-22, 2019! See what's happening here. Best part - it is SO EASY to get here on SEPTA! Hop Regional Rail to Jefferson Station - you don't even have to go outside! Same goes for the Market-Frankford Line! Ride it to 11th Street and you are literally there! Hop a Trolley to 13th Street - you can get to The District underground or it's a short walk. Hop the Broad Street Line to City Hall Station - get to The District underground or it's a quick walk on Market Street. So many buses travel past The District - including Routes 17, 23, 33, 28, 44, 45, 47, 61, and 78. For those of you coming from that other shopping mecca - King of Prussia - Routes 124 and 125 stop two blocks from The District!

20190919 00:00 20190923 00:00 America/New_York Fashion District Grand Opening 🛍️ <p>Center City&rsquo;s highly anticipated shopping destination invites guests to &ldquo;Go for it&rdquo; and be the first to experience The District! Celebrate Opening Weekend with FOOD, FILM, FASHION and FUN at Fashion District Philadelphia, September 19-22, 2019! See what&#39;s happening <a href="https://www.iseptaphilly.com/blog/fashiondistrictgo">here</a>. Best part - it is SO EASY to get here on SEPTA! Hop Regional Rail to Jefferson Station - you don&#39;t even have to go outside! Same goes for the Market-Frankford Line! Ride it to 11th Street and you are literally there! Hop a Trolley to 13th Street - you can get to The District underground or it&#39;s a short walk. Hop the Broad Street Line to City Hall Station - get to The District underground or it&#39;s a quick walk on Market Street. So many buses travel past The District - including Routes 17, 23, 33, 28, 44, 45, 47, 61, and 78. For those of you coming from that other shopping mecca - King of Prussia - Routes 124 and 125 stop two blocks from The District!</p> Fashion District Philadelphia, Market Street, Philadelphia, PA, USA Plan Your Trip


Pictures in the park

Pictures in the Park

Sister Cities Park

Sister Cities Park is excited to introduce a new program this fall: Pictures in the Park! This four-week, free movie series will take place every Friday night in September starting at 7:30p. Every week, TD Bank will give away free popcorn to the first 100 guests. This season's lineup includes the new, live-action Aladdin, Hocus Pocus and more. Short walk from City Hall, 15th Street and Suburban Station. Or you can get here on SEPTA Routes 32 or 33.

20190906 00:00 20190928 00:00 America/New_York Pictures in the Park <p>Sister Cities Park is excited to introduce a new program this fall: Pictures in the Park! This four-week, free movie series will take place every Friday night in September starting at 7:30p. Every week, TD Bank will give away free popcorn to the first 100 guests. This season&#39;s lineup includes the new, live-action Aladdin, Hocus Pocus and more. Short walk from City Hall, 15th Street and Suburban Station. Or you can get here on SEPTA Routes 32 or 33.</p> 210 North 18th Street, Philadelphia, PA, United States Plan Your Trip


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