Getting Back to Swarthmore

Young alumni catch a ride on a golf cart

Construction Detour

Due to construction related to the BEP project, the road alongside the Science Center will be closed and traffic will be routed through the Whittier and DuPont parking lots. In addition, 10–15 parking spaces, mostly in the Whittier lot, will be closed. A detour will be in effect for vehicular and pedestrian traffic. 

The detour will include an accessible route from the Whittier and DuPont parking lot through the construction to campus and temporary signs will direct vehicles and visitors through the detour.

Getting to Swarthmore

Train

Amtrak trains arrive at Philadelphia’s 30th Street Station. From there, take the SEPTA Media/Elwyn line to Swarthmore station (approximately 45-minute trip). SEPTA has announced shuttle bus substitution on Saturday, June 2 and Sunday, June 3 between 30th and 49th Street Stations on the Media/Elwyn Line. Learn more about the shuttle buses.

Driving Directions

Visit swarthmore.edu/visitors for driving directions, or call the Alumni Weekend hotline at 610-328-7332.

Parking

Parking is available on Field House Lane, in the Cunningham lot (on College Avenue across Route 320), Benjamin West lot, and DuPont lot (near the water tower).

Handicapped parking spaces are available throughout campus in all parking areas. Only vehicles with special accessibilities placards and/or license plates can park in handicapped sports; all others will be towed. Learn more about accessible parking.

Getting to Swarthmore from the Airport

Train

Friday, June 1
From Philadelphia International Airport, take the SEPTA Airport Line to University City station in Philadelphia, then transfer to the outbound Media/Elwyn line. Visit septa.org for schedules.

Saturday, June 2 and Sunday, June 3
Due to track work, there will be shuttle bus substitution on both the Airport and Media/Elwyn Lines. Shuttle buses will run from the Airport to 30th Street Station. Service from 30th Street to Swarthmore will require shuttle bus service to 49th Street Station, with train service continuing on the Media/Elwyn line. Learn more. 

Driving Directions

By car from the airport, take I-95 south to exit 7, I-476 north/Plymouth Meeting. Take I-476 to exit 3, Media/Swarthmore. Turn right at the base of the exit ramp onto Baltimore Pike. After about one-half mile, turn right onto Route 320 south. Follow signs to visitor parking. 

Taxi

County Cab of Philadelphia (610-622-8000) provides taxi service between the airport and campus. The cost is about $30 and takes about 20 minutes. You must reserve a cab in advance. 

Leaving Swarthmore

Airport Shuttle

The College runs shuttle buses from the Rose Garden Circle to Philadelphia International Airport on Sunday at the top of every hour, 6 a.m.–2 p.m. Space is limited​, so please sign up on the sheets posted in the Parrish Hall entryway adjacent to the Rose Garden by Saturday at 8 p.m.

Taxi

County Cab of Philadelphia (610-622-8000) provides taxi service between the airport and campus. The cost is about $30 and takes about 20 minutes. You must reserve a cab in advance. 

Trains to Center City

Take an inbound train on the SEPTA Media/Elwyn line from Swarthmore station to 30th Street, Suburban, or Jefferson Station (approximately 30-minute trip). Please note that SEPTA has announced shuttle bus substitution on Saturday, June 2 and Sunday, June 3 between 30th and 49th Street Stations on the Media/Elwyn Line. Learn more about the shuttle buses.

Trains to the Airport

Ride the Media/Elwyn Line from Swarthmore station to 30th Street station, then transfer to the Airport Line, which departs every 30 minutes. Please note that on Saturday, June 2 and Sunday, June 3, shuttle bus substitution will impact both the Media/Elwyn and Airport Lines. Learn more. 

Printing Boarding Passes and Tickets

If you need to print tickets or boarding passes during your stay on campus, computers and printers are available in McCabe Library or Parrish Hall, Shane Student Lounge. View hours.