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Philadelphia, PA Event Planning

Key Highlights

Hotels 94
Total Sleeping Rooms 17,679
Committable Sleeping Rooms* 1,408
Committable Meeting Rooms* 100
Convention Center Space 1,300,000 Sq. Ft.
Largest Exhibit Space 528,000 Sq. Ft.
Largest Ballroom 135,000 Sq. Ft.
Average Hotel Room Rate USD $185
Average Daily Meal Cost USD $64
Average Weekly Car Rental USD $251
*Maximum for a single hotel

Philadelphia, PA Airport Information

Philadelphia International Airport (PHL)

Approximate taxi fare: $35 USD

Philadelphia, PA Train Information

30th Street Station

A total of nine Amtrak routes, including Acela Express, Cardinal/Hoosier State, Carolinian/Piedmont, Crescent, Keystone, Pennsylvanian, Regional, Silver Service/Palmetto and Vermonter, service Philadelphia's 30th Street Station, the 2nd busiest train station in the northeastern United States and host to over 25,000 commuters daily. The Acela Express route runs throughout the Northeast with stops in Washington, DC, Philadelphia, New York City and Boston. Amtrak's nine routes that stop in Pennsylvania span the entire Northeast and run as far west as Chicago and New Orleans.

Philadelphia, PA Public Transportation

Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA)

Philadelphia is home to the superior transit system known as SEPTA, or Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority. As the nation's 5th largest public transportation system, SEPTA offers bus, subway and trolley services that navigate Center City Philadelphia and the surrounding region, including New Jersey and Delaware. The SEPTA service area spans 2,200 square miles with an annual ridership of more than 300 million passengers.

Regional rail SEPTA fares vary by zone and time, but each bus and rail trip is $2 per passenger. Passengers can purchase SEPTA's One Day Convenience Pass, valid for eight rides on any bus, trolley or subway route in one day. However, the convenience pass is not valid for travel on SEPTA's regional rail. SEPTA's nearly 3,000 vehicles operate among 36 bus stations, 53 light rail stations, 52 subway-elevated stations, 22 high speed rail stations and 153 regional rail stations.

SEPTA Regional Rail

SEPTA offers a total of nine light rail routes, two subway-elevated routes and 13 regional routes. SEPTA's R-1 regional rail line connects Philadelphia International Airport, Amtrak's 30th Street Station and the Pennsylvania Convention Center, as well as various Center City Philadelphia destinations. Pennsylvania Convention Center guests should use the Market East subway station.


SEPTA offers 76 city bus routes and 42 suburban bus routes. Pennsylvania Convention Center guests should use SEPTA bus numbers 12, 17, 33 or 44 at 11th and Market Streets or 13th and Market Streets. SEPTA's Phlash is a seasonal bus route, operating May to October, that shuttles riders between major Center City attractions and most downtown hotels from Penn's Landing to the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Phlash also provides direct service to all SEPTA lines. Riders can hop-on and hop-off the purple Phlash trolleys for just $2 per ride; children under 6 ride free. Passengers can also opt for a $4 unlimited daily individual pass or $10 unlimited daily family pass. Passes can be purchased when boarding the trolley.

Rental Cars

Many major rental car companies service Philadelphia. Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz and National rental car companies are represented at Philadelphia International Airport. Information phones are available at all airport baggage claim areas for each of the on-site rental car companies.


Philadelphia features more than 1,600 licensed cabs that can be easily flagged down or called via hotel or convention center concierge service. All taxi fares are based per trip. Guests should expect an $11 minimum fare from Philadelphia International Airport to any destination or about a $27 flat rate (regardless of the number of passengers) from the airport to the Center City area. Center City encompasses Fairmount Avenue, South Street, the Delaware River and University City. The airport is located only eight miles from Center City, approximately a 15-minute taxi ride. Average metered fare is $2.30 plus $2.10 per mile or portion thereof.

Distance To...

Distance Estimated Driving Time Estimated Min. Flying Time Estimated Flight Cost
Dover, DE 81 mi 1 hr 30 min n/a N/A
New York, NY 97 mi 1 hr 52 min 54 min USD $264+
Harrisburg, PA 107 mi 1 hr 57 min 43 min USD $422+
Washington, DC 137 mi 2 hr 46 min 44 min USD $360+
Pittsburgh, PA 305 mi 4 hr 40 min 1 hr 15 min USD $413+
Boston, MA 309 mi 5 hr 20 min 1 hr 10 min USD $144+
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