Getting back to Swarthmore
Getting to Swarthmore
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.