At 30th Street you will find Philadelphia's main train station. Providing SEPTA services for Philadelphia and its wider conurbation, it is also home to AMTRAK services to Baltimore, New York, Washington DC and all over the United States. NJ Transit services link this station to New Jersey, including Atlantic City.
It has a wide selection of services and shops so you can pick up something to eat and drink for your train journey and a large, enclosed waiting area.
Dominating the main concourse of the station is the Angel of Resurrection; this sculpture depicts an angel lifting a fallen soldier and is a memorial to 1,307 railroad employees who lost their lives during World War II. This stunning artwork is by Walker Hancock and stands more than 36 feet high.
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We took the Amtrak in from Lancaster PA into Philly. 30th St Station was right in the heart of Philadelphia and when we arrived we were right where we needed to be to see it all. 30th ST station has outlets into many surrounding cities and states.
It's also a pretty cool looking place, reminded me of big city train stations I see on TV :)
Even if you fly in- hop in and check out the cool architecture!
This fine, elegant train station was built in 1934. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. No mere historical relic, it serves over 20,000 commuters and travellers daily. The shops are generally open from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm. Located at 30th and Market Streets, on the west bank of the Schuylkill River.
30th Street Station, located at 30th and Market, was built between 1929 and 1933 and was part of a city overhaul known as The Philadelphia Improvements. Currently (2005), they are building a grand skyscraper directly adjacent to the station designed by an Italian architect that seems to twist at the top of the structure. This building will house various offices, but the lower levels will be for Amtrak. 30th Street Station itself is no quitet quite Grand Central Station in terms of impressive architecture, but it's very nice.
It's only $24 roundtrip to New York City.
You can catch Amtrak trains to various parts of the country from here and Septa trains to the suburbs.
The public pransportation in Philadelphia is pretty good but a little confusing in some places. It is that it is not as interconnected as it could be and by national standards its expensive. For a tourist it may be confusing to figure out which subway lines connect with which buses and commuter lines (trains that start with R are the regional commuter lines to the suburbs). Especially problematic is getting to and from the Amtrak 30th Street Station, so most people just take a cab or the "Market-Frankford" line of the subway and then have to figure out whre to make a connection. The 30th Street Station is a little isolated so you can't easily walk there.
Have a bite to eat while you're at 30th Street- there's some really good food kiosks. I recommend Delilah's Southern Cuisine. Open 7 days 11:00 am to 8:00 pm. The black eyed peas and candied yams are delicious and authentic! A platter with 2 sides will run you about $10. If you're on the train and have to make a quick connection, call your order ahead from your cell- 215-243-2440.
If you go to Philadelphia, travel in a civilised way and go by train. You'll arrive in the grand 30th street station, where you can admire this magnificent bas-relief.
There are frequent connections to New York and Washington with both Amtrak (fast services) and SEPTA (local services), also to Harrisburg, Pittsburgh and beyond.
It's relatively easy to get from NYC to Philly by train. You just have to change trains once. From Penn Station in NYC you take a train into Trenton, NJ, and from there you switch onto a train that takes you to several stations within the city of Philadelphia. The trip takes about two hours each way and is quite costly at about $30 roundtrip.
Amtrak runs their new high speed stuff to 30th Street station, which is right downtown and is worth seeing in itself. Buses (cheap) drop off at the Convention Centre in Chinatown. If you drive, leave the car in a garage and break out the wallet.
Feet if you are staying downtown. Ah yes, here they don't drive the car to the mailbox on the corner. SEPTA is Philadelphia's much maligned mass transit system which is actually quite decent.
You can rent a car right at the airport, or , if arriving in another city (NY or Washington) take the train NY - Washington, which stops in Philadelphia...beautiful Union Station
We arrived by train into 30th Street Station. This is a beautiful old style railway station. Worth a visit even if you're not traveling by train.
Philadelphia is a good city for walking.