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Getting back to Swarthmore

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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 30-minute trip). Visit septa.org for the latest schedule.

RIDE-HAILING SERVICES 

Uber and Lyft both operate in and around Swarthmore — you may even be able to schedule a ride in advance. We recommend using Benjamin West Parking as your destination or pick-up point when using ride-hailing services. Public Safety is located in Benjamin West House and open 24 hours a day if you need assistance or a place to wait for your ride.

DRIVING DIRECTIONS

Visit swarthmore.edu/visitors for driving directions. If you need assistance, 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 lotWhittier lot, and DuPont lot (near the water tower).

Accessible parking spaces are available throughout campus in all parking areas. Only vehicles with state-issued accessible parking placards and/or license plates can park in these spaces; all others will be towed. 

Getting to Swarthmore from the Airport

TRAIN

From Philadelphia International Airport (PHL), take the SEPTA Airport Line to Penn Medicine station in Philadelphia, then transfer to the outbound Media/Elwyn line. Visit septa.org for schedules.

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 AND RIDE-HAILING SERVICES 

Philadelphia International Airport offers helpful information to travelers about taxis and ride-hailing services at the airport. A typical ride to Swarthmore is about $30 and takes about 20 minutes. 

Leaving Swarthmore

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). Visit septa.org for the latest schedule.

TRAINS TO THE AIRPORT

Ride the Media/Elwyn Line from Swarthmore station to Penn Medicine station, then transfer to the Airport Line, which departs every 30 minutes. Visit septa.org for schedules and additional information.