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5 College Sophomore

Transportation: UPenn is a very well organized campus where all the schools are together at one place so a student doesn't need to travel a long distance to reach one school from another.

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3 College Freshman

Transportation: Very few people use the campus shuttle because it's a hassle, but public transportation is convenient and fairly cheap.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: The campus is very walkable so there isn't really a shuttle service, but there is a free bus that runs to nearby off-campus housing.

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4 College Student

Transportation: SEPTA is omnipresent, but not the easiest to navigate.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: The Trolleys aren't reliable, but the taxis are cheap and when all of SEPTA is up and running its really convenient when you need to get into Center City. It isn't necessary to use the public transportation, Penn has a relatively large campus when you compare it to somewhere like Columbia, but everything is more or less within walking distance.


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In a large city like Philadelphia, life would be terribly complicated without public transportation. As mentioned earlier in this book, parking in the city is a nightmare, and the convenience of cabs, regional rail, subways, buses, and trolleys is one greatly appreciated by students. Some complain about the logic and price of the subway and trolley routes, but if you’re not from a haven of public transportation like New York, you will probably think it is great.

One great thing about Penn’s location is that Center City and South Street, two great places to venture out to, are in easy walking distance. If it’s late, or you are going to somewhere further like Old City, splitting a cab with a couple friends makes the ride affordable and easy. The school is also within close proximity to a greyhound bus station, and some more pocket-weary students take advantage of the Chinatown bus which travels to other big cities on the east coast often for incredibly cheap fares. The 30th Street Station, from which Amtrak and Septa trains depart, is within blocks of campus. It provides an easy way to get home for students from the northeastern states, and it makes a weekend getaway to Washington D.C., New York, or Baltimore just a few easy hours away.

Facts & Statistics

Best Ways to Get Around Town
  • Bike
  • Cabs
  • Most areas are easily accessible by foot.
  • Walking, don't be lazy!
Best Ways to Get to the Airport
  • A cab ride to the airport costs $28.50, or $10 for the Lady Liberty Shuttle. Penn also offers shuttles to the airport that leave from the Quadrangle at short intervals on the days that breaks start for a very affordable price.
  • Septa R1 Regional Rail (airport line), or (215) 580-7800

Campus ShuttleWhat's This?

PennBus Services

4:45 p.m.-12 a.m.

Penn Shuttle Services

(215) 898-RIDE

6 p.m.-3 a.m.

Public TransitWhat's This?

Septa (Commuter Train, Bus, Subway)

(215) 580-7852

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

Philadelphia International Airport

The Philadelphia International Airport is 9 miles and approximately 15 minutes driving time from the University of Pennsylvania.

(215) 937-5400

Nearest Passenger BusWhat's This?

Philadelphia Greyhound Trailways Bus Terminal

The Greyhound Trailways Bus Terminal is in Center City, approximately two miles from campus.

1001 Filbert St., Philadelphia

(215) 931-4075

Nearest Passenger TrainWhat's This?

Amtrak 30th Street Station

The Amtrak Train Station is in West Philadelphia, less than one mile from campus.

S. 30th Street at Market Street, Philadelphia

(215) 349-3147

Student Polls

How convenient is the campus-provided transportation?    Based on 87 responses

  • 28% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.
  • 26% Somewhat accessible with a schedule that usually parallels class times.
  • 30% Moderately difficult to utilize, the pick-up times and locations are far and few between.
  • 10% 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 87 responses

  • 1% Campus is isolated, so students rely mostly on cars to get them where they need to go.
  • 0% The shuttle/bus service often fails to meet student needs, so a car is very practical.
  • 23% Students usually walk or take the bus, but cars are nice for venturing outside the bus line.
  • 70% Cars are totally pointless. Everything you need is within walking distance.
  • 6% You can't have a car here.

Rate the cost of the following transit options    Based on 44 responses

  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of the following transit options    Based on 45 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 45 responses

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

How easy is it to get around town?    Based on 86 responses

  • 60% Very easy.
  • 37% Fairly easy.
  • 2% Fairly difficult.
  • 0% Very difficult.
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