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4 College Sophomore

Transportation: Transportation into Philly is easy and pretty cheap!

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3 College Freshman

Transportation: Tri-Co Easily Accessible – The "Blue Bus" runs many times daily, frequently coordinating with class times, and brings students to Bryn Mawr for classes and extracurricular activities. A van also runs to Swarthmore several times a day, though this is a less convenient arrangement as the drive is nearly half an hour. The Philadelphia public transit system, SEPTA, is about a ten-minute walk from campus and is accessible from both Haverford and Ardmore. Furthermore, Safety and Security are available in red vans to pick up students who want a ride around campus after hours.

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4 College Freshman

Transportation: Walking and Biking Everywhere – Public transportation is very good, we have a SEPTA within walking distance from the campus. Everyone usually walks or bikes everywhere because all of the shops and restaurants are nearby. If you really want to enter Philly at night it's better to have a car but taking the SEPTA is still okay. Overall, the cost of having a car would be pointless at Haverford when you can walk or bike

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Transportation for Haverford students consists of the SEPTA system (the trains) and the Blue Bus, a free shuttle between Haverford, Bryn Mawr, and Swarthmore that students can take advantage of. The lack of public transit near campus is mostly because there isn't any need of it-everyone is concentrated on or around campus, and other things are within less walking distance than the train station. Students don't seem to mind this, and they find that the SEPTA system is actually rather convenient for trips into the city. It runs trains to and from Philadelphia every half hour or so, and it stops at three convenient stations within Center City.

The cost of a roundtrip ride to Philadelphia on the R5 regional rail line runs between $6 and $8 dollars. This is expensive enough to dissuade most students from making frequent trips. Even more outrageous is the $5 round trip fare to most nearby towns on the Main Line. Local shopping districts and anything farther away are much more accessible with a car. One savvy way to get into Philadelphia is on the R100 light rail line, a recently constructed system that is quiet, cheap, and efficient. The problem is that the R100 drops you off at 69th Street Station in Upper Darby, where you'll need to transfer onto the "El" (Philadelphia's Elevated Train and Subway) for the price of a subway token. So, unless you have a car or can spare a little extra for trips to Philly, get acquainted with the suburb of Haverford, where your feet will get you anywhere you need to go.

Facts & Statistics

Best Ways to Get Around Town
  • Bike
  • Car
  • On foot
  • SEPTA R5
Best Ways to Get to the Airport
  • A cab ride to the airport costs $35.
  • SEPTA R1- Airport Line. Take SEPTA R5 to 30th Street Station and transfer to the R1. Trip takes between 30 - 40 minutes.

Campus ShuttleWhat's This?

Security escort

(610) 896-1111

The Blue Bus (between Haverford and Bryn Mawr)

(610) 526-7310

Public TransitWhat's This?

SEPTA (South East Pennsylvania Transit Authority)

A SEPTA train station for the R5 line and a station for the R100 line are located within a 5- to 10-minute walk of the College.

(215) 580-7800

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

Philadelphia International Airport

The Philadelphia International Airport is 11 miles and approximately 25 minutes driving time from Haverford.

(215) 937-6800

Nearest Passenger BusWhat's This?

King of Prussia Greyhound Trailways Bus Terminal

The Greyhound Trailways Bus Terminal is in King of Prussia and is the closest one to campus, approximately 10 miles away. For schedule information, call (800) 231-2222.

234 E Dekalb Pke., King Of Prussia

(610) 265-2900

Nearest Passenger TrainWhat's This?

Philadelphia Amtrak Train Station

The Amtrak Train Station is at 30th Street Station in West Philadelphia, approximately seven miles from campus. For schedule information, call (800) 872-7245.

30th and Market Streets, Philadelphia

(215) 349-2222

Student Polls

How convenient is the campus-provided transportation?    Based on 17 responses

  • 41% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.
  • 47% Somewhat accessible with a schedule that usually parallels class times.
  • 6% Moderately difficult to utilize, the pick-up times and locations are far and few between.
  • 0% Extremely difficult to utilize-it's not reliable nor is it convenient for a student's schedule.
  • 6% Nonexistent.

How necessary is it to have a car on campus?    Based on 16 responses

  • 0% Campus is isolated, so students rely mostly on cars to get them where they need to go.
  • 6% The shuttle/bus service often fails to meet student needs, so a car is very practical.
  • 69% Students usually walk or take the bus, but cars are nice for venturing outside the bus line.
  • 25% Cars are totally pointless. Everything you need is within walking distance.
  • 0% You can't have a car here.

Rate the cost of the following transit options    Based on 5 responses

  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of the following transit options    Based on 6 responses

Very convenient
  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of long-distance transportation to travel between home and school    Based on 5 responses

Very convenient
  • Airport
  • Passenger bus
  • Passenger train
  • Ride sharing

How easy is it to get around town?    Based on 16 responses

  • 38% Very easy.
  • 62% Fairly easy.
  • 0% Fairly difficult.
  • 0% Very difficult.
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