Travel and Accommodations

Whether you're visiting Drexel or commuting for a co-op, you have options in getting here and getting around. Despite its population and amenities, Philadelphia is actually a fairly small city, and most of it is accessible through walking, biking, and public transportation. There are also easy ways to rent or "borrow" a car for times when that's more convenient.

Getting Here

Directions to all of Drexel's campuses and campus maps for the Philadelphia locations.

Philadelphia International Airport (8500 Essington Avenue)

A hub for direct and connecting flights all over the U.S. and the world. Learn more about the Phildelphia International Airport.

Amtrak (30th and Market Streets)

Amtrak operates from 30th Street Station, acting as a hub for travel between all the major cities on the East Coast. Learn more about Amtrak.

Greyhound (1001 Filbert Street)

Economical travel from Philadelphia to all over the country. Learn more about Greyhound.

BoltBus and Megabus (John F. Kennedy Boulevard and 30th Street)

Providing low-cost transportation between Philadelphia, New York City, Boston, Washington, D.C., Pittsburgh, and other locations. Learn more about Boltbus and Megabus.

Public Transportation

SEPTA (215-580-7800)

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 $2.00 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 monthly passes purchased through Drexel. Learn more about SEPTA.

Market-Frankford Line: Partially following Market Street east-west, it goes from Frankford Transportation Center (east) to 69th Street (west) with stops near campus (34th and Market Streets and 30th Street Station). The El signs are blue.

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 and that 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 trains provide service to the surrounding suburbs from 30th Street Station, University City, Suburban Station, and Market East. The Airport Line has trains to and from Center City every half hour.

Drexel Shuttles

Drexel operates shuttle buses in loops through University City, Center City, and the Queen Lane Campus in East Falls for DragonCard holders. Drexel students may also utilize the University of Pennsylvania bus route. Both the Drexel and Penn shuttles are free of charge. Learn more about the Drexel Shuttles.

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 30th Street Station.

Philadelphia International Airport (8500 Essington Avenue)

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. Learn more about rental cars at the Philadelphia International Airport.

Sheraton Hotel (15 S. 36th Street)

Enterprise operates from the Sheraton, a few blocks from campus. Learn more about rental cars at the Sheraton.

Enterprise CarShare

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. Learn more about Enterprise CarShare.


With hundreds of cars all over Philadelphia, Zipcar is another car-sharing option with several Zipcar parking locations on campus. Learn more about Zipcar.


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. The base fare is $2.70.


If you're visiting, you have many options when deciding where to stay overnight in Philly. Through you can get a discount rate at participating hotels only a few blocks from campus or near the highway. There are additional options nearby in Center City.

Sheraton Philadelphia University City (3549 Chestnut Street)

Next to campus, the Sheraton Philadelphia University City provides luxurious rooms and easy access to the highway, public transportation, car rental, and 30th Street Station for Amtrak trains or Regional Rail lines from the airport. Learn more about the Sheraton Philadelphia University City.

Hilton Inn at Penn (3600 Sansom Street)

The Hilton Inn at Penn is only a few blocks from campus and offers deluxe accommodations, including a virtual concierge. Learn more about the Hilton Inn at Penn.

Crowne Plaza Philadelphia West (4010 City Avenue)

Located in the suburbs of Philadelphia and convenient to I-76, the Crowne Plaza is a 15–20 minute drive from Drexel along the Schuylkill River. Learn more about the Crowne Plaza Philadelphia West.