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Benjamin West Visitor Parking and the Visitor Information Center

Benjamin West Visitor Parking and the Visitor Information Center

Driving Directions to Swarthmore College

Swarthmore College is located 11 miles southwest of the city of Philadelphia in the borough of Swarthmore, Pa. The College is just a 30-minute drive from Philadelphia. New York and Washington, D.C., are about two hours away.

From the NORTH (New Jersey Turnpike or I-95)

Take the New Jersey Turnpike to Exit 6, I-276 West/Pennsylvania Turnpike. Follow I-276 West to Exit 20, I-476 South, toward Philadelphia/Chester. Take I-476 South to Exit 3, Media/Swarthmore. At bottom of the exit ramp, follow the sign for Swarthmore by turning left onto Baltimore Pike. (Directions continue below.)

From the SOUTH (I-95)

Follow I-95 North to Exit 7 (in Pennsylvania), I-476 North/Plymouth Meeting. Take I-476 to Exit 3, Media/Swarthmore. At the bottom of the exit ramp, follow the sign for Swarthmore by turning right onto Baltimore Pike. (Directions continue below.)

From the EAST (via the Pennsylvania Turnpike)

From Exit 333, Norristown, follow signs for I-476 South. Stay on I-476 approximately 17 miles to Exit 3, Media/Swarthmore. At the bottom of the exit ramp, follow the sign for Swarthmore by turning left onto Baltimore Pike. (Directions continue below.)

From the WEST (via the Pennsylvania Turnpike)

From Exit 326, Valley Forge, take I-76 East, Schuylkill Expressway, about 4 miles to I-476 South, Chester. Take I-476 approximately 12 miles to Exit 3, Media/Swarthmore. At the bottom of the exit ramp, follow the sign for Swarthmore by turning left onto Baltimore Pike. (Directions continue below.)

From the AIRPORT

Take I-95 South. Continue to exit 7, I-476 North/Plymouth Meeting. Take I-476 North to Exit 3, Media/Swarthmore. At bottom of the exit ramp, follow the sign for Swarthmore by turning right onto Baltimore Pike. (Directions continue below.)

 


Continue to Your Campus Destination

Continue to Benjamin West Visitor Parking and the Visitor Information Center:
Stay in the right lane on Baltimore Pike, and in less than 1/4 mile, turn right onto PA Route 320 South. At the next traffic light, turn right to stay on Route 320/Chester Road. Proceed through the traffic light at College Avenue to the first driveway on your right, Benjamin West parking. The Benjamin West House is the College’s Visitor Information Center; it is staffed 24 hours a day, and it is a good place to pick up maps and request directions.

Walking to the Admissions Office:
After parking in the Benjamin West parking lot, follow the path to the left of the Benjamin West House. When the path splits, bear to the left and proceed up a slight grade between McCabe Library, on your right, and Old Tarble, on your left. You will be able to see the bell tower of Clothier Hall across the quad. Parrish Hall, a domed, four-story fieldstone building with a flag on top, is to your right at the crest of the hill. Continue into the center entrance of Parrish Hall. The Admissions Office is on the second floor.

 


Continue to North Campus (including Lang Performing Arts Center, Lang Music Building, and Science Center) for Evening or Weekend Events

Weekdays until 3:30 p.m.: 
Follow the directions above to the Admissions Office. Instead of going to the second floor of Parrish Hall, walk through Parrish Hall and exit at the porte-cochère on the north side of the building. Follow the path to the left, around Kohlberg Hall. Lang Performing Arts Center (LPAC) and Lang Music Building will be on your left. The Science Center will be straight ahead, at the end of the path.

Weekends and after 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday:
In addition to the Benjamin West parking lot, visitors also may park in the DuPont parking lot on north campus. Stay in the right lane on Baltimore Pike, and in less than 1/4 mile, turn right onto PA Route 320 South. At the next traffic light, turn right to stay on Route 320/Chester Road. At the next traffic light, turn right onto College Avenue. From College Avenue, turn right onto Cedar Lane at the stone “Swarthmore College” sign. At the next stop sign, turn left onto Elm Avenue. Go one block and turn left at the North Entrance to the campus, Whittier Place. The DuPont parking lot will be on your right, past some small houses. Across the Whittier circle at the corner of the parking lot is a map of the campus, in front of the Science Center. Walk past the Science Center and Martin Biological Laboratory to reach the Lang Music Building down steps to your right, and then the Lang Performing Arts Center on your right.

 


Continue to Athletic Facilities and Summer Programs

For Cunningham Fields and Cunningham Tennis Courts:
Stay in the right lane on Baltimore Pike, and in less than 1/4 mile, turn right onto PA Route 320 South. At the next traffic light, turn right to stay on Route 320/Chester Road. Follow Route 320/Chester Road to the next traffic light at College Avenue. Turn left onto College Avenue. The Cunningham Fields parking lot, athletic fields, and tennis courts are on the right. Obey posted parking signs.

For Clothier Fields, Tarble Pavilion, Matchbox, Lamb-Miller Field House, Sports Medicine, and athletic administration and coaches offices:
Stay in the right lane on Baltimore Pike, and in less than 1/4 mile, turn right onto PA Route 320 South. At the next traffic light, turn right to stay on Route 320/Chester Road. Pass the Main Entrance to the College at College Avenue and continue to follow Chester Road/Route 320 as it dips under the SEPTA train tracks. Follow Chester Road down and through the SEPTA underpass. As you approach the roundabout at the top of the rise, bear to your right and turn right into the campus at the South Entrance (Field House Lane). Park in the Field House parking lot. Access to the fields, Ware Pool, Mullan Tennis Center, and Matchbox fitness center are within walking distance of the main building. Obey posted parking signs. Please note the accessible entrance to the Matchbox is on the lower level and there is accessible parking between the Field House and Matchbox fitness center.

For the Faulkner Tennis Courts:
Follow the directions above to Clothier Fields, etc. Instead of parking in the Field House parking lot, continue on Field House Lane to the bridge over the SEPTA train tracks. Turn right at the stop sign. The tennis courts will be on your immediate left. There are a few parking spaces in this area. If no parking is available, return to the Field House parking lot.

 


Philadelphia International Airport

The SEPTA Airport Express train runs from Philadelphia International Airport to Center City Philadelphia, where travelers can transfer to the SEPTA Media/Elwyn rail line to the Swarthmore station.

Information about airport terminals, airlines, airport hotels, maps and directions, rental car information, airport parking, and ground transportation is available directly from the Philadelphia International Airport or (215) 937-6800.

Taxi

Taxi service from Philadelphia Airport to Swarthmore is available. The fare from the airport to the campus is approximately $20, and the trip takes about 20 minutes.

Buses (Greyhound)

The Greyhound Bus Station is at Filbert and 10th streets in Philadelphia, beside SEPTA’s Jefferson Station for connections to the Media/Elwyn regional rail line to the Swarthmore station. Information about fares, schedules, and ticketing information is available directly from Greyhound/Trailways Bus Line, (800) 231-2222 or (215) 931-4075.

Trains (AMTRAK and SEPTA)

The College is readily accessible from Philadelphia by train. Amtrak trains from New York and Washington, D.C., arrive hourly at Philadelphia’s 30th Street Station. From 30th Street Station, the SEPTA Media/Elwyn rail line takes 25 minutes to reach the Swarthmore station. The last train to Swarthmore from 30th Street Station leaves at 12:07 a.m. on weekdays and at 1 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

Rental Cars

Several rental car agencies are available at Philadelphia Airport, including:

  • Alamo
    (800) 327-9633
    or (215) 492-3960
  • Avis
    (800) 331-1212
    or (215) 492-0900
  • Budget
    (800) 527-0700
    or (215) 492-9043
  • Enterprise
    (800) RENT-A-CAR
    or (215) 492-0626
  • Hertz
    (800) 654-3131
    or (215) 492-7205

Tri-Co Shuttle

Swarthmore, Bryn Mawr, and Haverford offer a shuttle service connecting the three campuses. This service is only available for transportation among the Tri-College campuses. There are no other scheduled stops. View the Tri-Co Van Schedule.