Philadelphia International Airport Guide

LEGO Liberty Bell replica in Philadelphia International Airport

TripSavvy / Christopher Larson

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Philadelphia International Airport

8000 Essington Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19153, USA
Phone +1 215-937-6937

Philadelphia International Airport handles over 33 million passengers per year and ranks as the 22nd largest airport in North America. This is the main international airport servicing the Philadelphia metro area and southern New Jersey.

Airport Code, Location, and Contact Information

The Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) is right on the Delaware River, which divides Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Know Before You Go

The airport serves as a hub for American Airlines, but other carriers with a large presence at the airport include Delta Air Lines, Southwest Airlines, and United Airlines. It has seven terminals with 126 gates along with four runways and serves domestic and international destinations. All the terminals are connected, so although there is a shuttle you can take, it's also possible to walk.

Philadelphia International Airport has spent more than $2 billion in capital improvements since 2000. The airport is in a state of constant renovation, but you can check out some of the latest project updates.

Airport Parking

The Philadelphia International Airport has six parking garages, one Economy Lot, and also the AAdvantage Aviator Lot, which offers discounted parking rates exclusively for American Airlines members with a certain level of status. The Economy Lot is cheaper and further away from the terminals than the airport's garages, but a complimentary shuttle is available to bring you to the terminal and operates 24/7. If you are just picking someone up from the airport and don't plan on getting out of your car, you can wait for free in the Cellphone Waiting Lot until you get a call or text from your passenger.

There are also a number of private companies, like Winner Parking or Pacifico Airport Valet, that offer valet services if you'd rather not deal with the shuttle buses at the airport.

Driving Directions

From the city center, Philadelphia International Airport is conveniently accessible by I-95, I-76 and Route 291. If coming from the New Jersey Turnpike, take Exit 3 to the Walt Whitman Bridge and follow signs for the airport. From the Pennsylvania Turnpike, take Route 476 to I-95 North until you reach the airport exit.

Public Transportation and Taxis

Taxi services can be accessed at Zone 5 on the Commercial Transportation Roadway. Taxi rates are based per trip, not per person. Sedan and Limousine services can be accessed at Zone 6 and shared-ride van services can be accessed at Zone 7 on the Commercial Transportation Roadway.

To travel by public transportation to Downtown Philadelphia, you can take the SEPTA Airport Regional by accessing the platform via a pedestrian walkway from the terminal. Trains leave every 30 minutes and make stops at Terminals E, C/D, and A-East before continuing to Eastwick, University City, 30th Street Station, Suburban Station, and Jefferson (Market East).

You can also take bus routes 37 (to/from South Philadelphia), 108 (to/from 69th Street Transportation Center) and 115 (to/from Suburban Square in Ardmore).

Rideshare apps like Uber and Lyft are also available from the Philadelphia Airport. Meet your driver at Zone 7.

Where to Eat and Drink

If you arrive at PHL hungry, you can count on the airport's plentiful food options. For a sit-down meal, you'll find restaurants like Baba Bar and Noobar. You can also try some brews at Germantown Biergarten or the hometown favorite Yards Brewing Company. For something different, check out the retro-inspired Bud & Marilyns, the airport outpost of Philadelphia's favorite Midwestern restaurants. In Terminal D, you can grab a drink at Bar Symon.

Where to Shop

For those forgotten items you might need for your flight such as travel pillows, gum, and snacks, PHL has plenty of Hudson News stores, as well as the Duty-Free shops located in Terminals A and D, and stores for purchasing merchandise from Philadelphia sports teams and souvenirs.

How to Spend Your Layover

If you have a layover of seven hours or longer, that's just enough time to get out of the airport and enjoy some sights in Philadelphia. You can take the SEPTA Airline train to the city center and explore some of the city's most famous landmarks on foot. All within walking distance of the train station, you can make stops at the Liberty Bell, the Museum of the American Revolution, and still have time to run up the 72 steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, also known as "The Rocky Steps." Unfortunately, there are no luggage storage facilities available at the airport, so you'll need to bring your carry-on with you.

If you have an overnight layover, there are no hotels available inside the airport, but you could take a cab to one of the nearby airports like the Philadelphia Airport Marriott or the Extended Stay America Philadelphia Airport.

Airport Lounges

There are some lounges at the Philadelphia Airport that are members-only, like the Centurion Lounge and Delta Sky Club. However, if you are flying on American Airlines or United, you might be able to buy a day pass into one of those lounges. For active and retired military (and their traveling companions), there is a free USO Lounge located in Terminal A near Gate A6.

Just want some peace and quiet? Minute Room is available between terminals A and B. These private suites can be rented by the hour, perfect for squeezing a quick nap before your flight.

Wi-Fi and Charging Stations

Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the airport and at the gates, you'll find charging stations to plug in your devices. You could also take a visit to the food court in Terminal B where there are tables with tablets for ordering food and an outlet at every seat.

Airport Tips and Tidbits

  • Among the unusual services offered at Philadelphia International Airport include Art at the Airport. The art program features a series of rotating exhibits.
  • A partnership program between Autism Inclusion Resources LLC, and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), as well as participating airlines, help families with autistic children become familiar and comfortable with traveling through Philadelphia International Airport.
  • Pet relief areas, also called "Pet Ports," can be found in every terminal.
  • Take advantage of the airport's Virtual Library, accessible by a Wi-Fi hot spot in Terminals D and E. Simple connect to the free Wi-Fi signal and use it to access e-books and podcasts courtesy of the Free Library of Philadelphia.
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  1. "PHL Fast Facts as of 2020." Retrieved Jan 6, 2021.

  2. PHL. "PHL Fast Facts as of 2020." Retrieved January 6, 2021.

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Philadelphia International Airport Guide