Transportation

Location
Philadelphia, PA
Undergrads
13,072
Tuition
$36,090
Admission Difficulty
Easy
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5 College Sophomore

Transportation: Drexel has a free shuttle service that goes in two different locations, so I get to most places for free. It's also right by the train station and there are many subway services around so transportation is easy. Getting to the airport is very easy, since it's a 15 minute train ride away.

4 College Junior

Transportation: I have online courses but the college is in a very good area for public transit

5 College Senior

Transportation: It's a big city. You can get anywhere you want however you want. I recommend a bike.

4 College Student

Transportation: It is fairly easy, convenient and cheap.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: Commute is not too bad on Septa and drops you right at 34th on campus and Lucy Loop goes throughout U city.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 12th
    Most Easily Accessible Town
  • 74th
    Best Campus Transit
  • 1375th
    Best Car Campuses

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Marina Lamanna
Hometown
Scranton, Pennsylvania
Major
English
Grad Year
2015
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Philadelphia's public transportation system is extensive. The subway is not as big as New York's or Boston's, but it'll get students anywhere they want to go and can be just as effective when coupled with the SEPTA regional rail lines or buses. Drexel is in an ideal location to take advantage of Philly's public transportation system. Its transit makes traveling around the city a whole lot easier, as it is how people get downtown or out of the city. SEPTA is convenient, but it has been cutting back its service. 

Drexel is within one to two blocks of a subway entrance, both east and west of campus. The 30th Street Station, which has Amtrak and SEPTA regional rail trains, is only two blocks away. At two miles away, Greyhound is also extremely close. There is a trolley stop on campus and a taxi stand three blocks away. Bus stops are all over campus. Students can get wherever they want, and they'll learn all the routes in a snap. Prices for student transpasses are not that bad compared to what non-students pay. It really beats driving any day. Unfortunately, some routes close early, which can be inconvenient, but it doesn't seem to be too much of an issue with students. Drexel also assists by providing a free shuttle between the various campuses (Center City and Hahnemann), which students utilize frequently.

Facts & Statistics

Best Ways to Get Around Town
  • Bike
  • Cab
  • A mean set of sneakers
  • SEPTA bus
  • SEPTA subway
Best Ways to Get to the Airport
  • A cab ride to the airport
  • SEPTA Regional Rail Airport Line from 30th Street Station or University City Station

Safety Escort ServicesWhat's This?

Drexel Walking Escorts
(215) 895-2822
Daily 24 hours

Campus ShuttleWhat's This?

Drexel Shuttle Service

The shuttle runs on biodiesel fuel, so it's eco-friendly. All students have to do is show their ID to the driver to get on the bus. There are three routes: Blue & Gold, Dragon, and Queen Lane.

(215) 895-4990

Blue & Gold Route: Monday–Friday 2:15 p.m.–11:30 p.m., Saturday–Sunday 4:15 p.m.–11:30 p.m.

Dragon Route: Monday–Friday 5:45 a.m.–11:30 p.m.; Queen Lane Route: Monday–Friday 5 a.m–10:30 p.m.

Public TransitWhat's This?

Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA)

Pick up bus and train schedules and weekly/monthly passes from the Creese Center Information Desk.

(215) 580-7800

1234 Market St.

www.septa.org

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

Philadelphia International Airport

The Philadelphia International Airport is seven miles southwest of campus, about a 15-minute drive.

8500 Essington Ave.

(215) 937-6937

www.phl.org

Nearest Passenger BusWhat's This?

Greyhound – Philadelphia

This Greyhound terminal is in downtown Philadelphia at 11th and Filbert, just across from the gallery, approximately two miles east of campus.

1001 Filbert St.

(215) 931-4075

www.greyhound.com

Nearest Passenger TrainWhat's This?

Amtrak – Philadelphia

Amtrak trains arrive and depart from this 30th Street Station, located about half a mile east of campus.

2955 Market St.

(800) 872-7245

www.amtrak.com

Student Polls

How convenient is the campus-provided transportation?    Based on 99 responses

  • 1% Nonexistent.
  • 2% Extremely difficult to utilize-it's not reliable nor is it convenient for a student's schedule.
  • 7% Moderately difficult to utilize, the pick-up times and locations are far and few between.
  • 35% Somewhat accessible with a schedule that usually parallels class times.
  • 55% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.

How necessary is it to have a car on campus?    Based on 99 responses

  • 1% You can't have a car here.
  • 52% Cars are totally pointless. Everything you need is within walking distance.
  • 46% Students usually walk or take the bus, but cars are nice for venturing outside the bus line.
  • 0% The shuttle/bus service often fails to meet student needs, so a car is very practical.
  • 1% Campus is isolated, so students rely mostly on cars to get them where they need to go.

How easy is it to get around town?    Based on 99 responses

  • 0% Very difficult.
  • 1% Fairly difficult.
  • 35% Fairly easy.
  • 64% Very easy.

Rate the cost of the following transit options    Based on 97 responses

Non-applicable
Free
  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of the following transit options    Based on 97 responses

Non-applicable
Very convenient
  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of long-distance transportation to travel between home and school    Based on 97 responses

Non-applicable
Very convenient
  • Airport
  • Passenger bus
  • Passenger train
  • Ride sharing
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