With its compact size, comprehensive transit system and pedestrian-friendly streets, Center City Philadelphia makes it easy to leave the car in the garage.
Looking for off-street parking in Center City? Then visit the Philadelphia Parking Authority's (PPA) Parking Locator. http://philapark.org/locator
Search the city's more than 200 off-street parking facilities for the best parking options based on price, proximity, hours of operation and more. On Wednesday evenings, on-street parking spaces in Center City are free after 5pm and after 6:30pm in restricted rush-hour zones.
Concerned about bus detours or railway delays? Visit the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) web site at www.septa.org for current travel alerts and advisories.
Take Your Bike
With more bike lanes and bike racks, it’s easier than ever to get around by bike. Visit www.BicycleCoalition.org for more information on cycling around the city.
What You Can Do
You can help improve air quality in Center City Philadelphia. Use public transit. Talk to your employer about providing TransitChek, a voucher you can use to purchase transit tokens, tickets and passes. And why not consider relocating your home or business to a transit- and pedestrian-friendly location, such as Center City Philadelphia? Living or working in a walkable neighborhood that includes shops, offices and transit gives you more travel options.
SEPTA serves Center City and the region with bus, trolley, regional rail, and subway lines. Visit www.SEPTA.org for fare and schedule information.
Reaching Center City from New Jersey has never been more hassle-free. There is plenty of parking available at seven PATCO stations:
- Ferry Avenue
Trains run every three to 12 minutes on weekdays and 12 to 40 minutes during evenings and weekends, and up to 40 minutes overnight – 24 hours a day. Visit www.RidePATCO.org for information. Children ages 5 and under travel free on all trains at all times.
New Jersey Transit
Serving the region with 20 bus routes and one train line from Atlantic City.
Amtrak’s 30th Street Station is convenient to Center City. The Northeast corridor line, including the high-speed Acela Express, provides frequent service between Philadelphia and New York, Boston and Washington, D.C. www.Amtrak.com
The Phlash stops at key destinations throughout Center City Philadelphia between Penn's Landing and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, with a Phlash shuttle that also provides service to the Philadelphia Zoo and Please Touch Museum every 15 minutes. You can hop aboard this convenient purple trolley May 1 through October 31. Note: Service available Friday, Saturday and Sunday only during May, September and October. Best of all, rides are just $2 each time you board, $5 for an all-day individual pass or $10 for all-day family pass (2 adults and 2 children, 6-17 years old). Children under 6 and seniors 65 and over ride free. For more information, be sure to visit PhillyPhlash.com.