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Philadelphia Airport Guide

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In this section you will find traveller airport reviews as well as our Philadelphia Airport Guide with info on WiFi, lounges, facilities and services....and yes, even the names of some airport hotels in case you decide that sleeping in the airport is not for you!

I had back problems for the next week because of the chair I slept in.
- Jody

Airport Overview

To help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, we are here to give you the low-down on what travellers have reported back to us during their time at Philadelphia International Airport.

What to Expect

  • The Philadelphia airport has 7 terminals. A free shuttle bus service transports passengers connecting on the secure side between Terminals A-East and F, and Terminals C and F.
  • Several reviewers warned of long and difficult security lines at this airport. Arrive early!
  • Reviewers report that Au Bon Pain restaurant near the entrance to Terminal C is open 24 hours.
  • WiFi is available. See WiFi information in the airport guide below.

Where to Sleep

  • Reviewers recommend Terminal C for the best sleeping spots airside.
  • If you are landside, try the International Arrivals hall in Terminal A, or one of the walkways.
  • This airport can be cold. However, reviewers report that the information desks at Terminals C and F will give you a free sleep kit that includes a blanket and pillow.
  • Some reviewers warned of loud TVs and very bright lighting, so consider bringing earplugs and an eyemask.
  • For uninterrupted sleep, there is a micro hotel inside the secure area of the airport that offers hourly rates. There also a hotel connected to the airport and other nearby hotels that provide free airport shuttles. See Airport Hotels in the airport guide below.

Good to Know

  • Economy class passengers can find comfort in one of the airport lounges with the purchase of an airline membership. See Airport Lounges in the airport guide below for locations and rates.
  • This airport has a "Street Pricing" policy on their concessions, which means that the prices at the airport are the same as out on the street.

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Philadelphia Airport Information

In this guide we may refer to locations as "landside" and "airside". Landside is the public area of the terminal located in the non-secure zone, before security. Airside is the secure area of the terminal that you must reach by going through security.

Airport Lounges

Pay-per-use, Single Visit Passes & Lounge Memberships

Regardless of what class of service you are flying, there are lounges that you can enter by paying at the door or through a lounge membership program. Visit the individual lounge page for more details about the lounge itself and to also find out how you can gain lounge access with just an economy class ticket!

  • American Airlines Admirals Club - Location: Airside, Concourse A West, Mezzanine Level, between Gates A15 and A16. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door with proof of American Airlines ticket • Lounge membership programs. [ more lounge info ]
  • American Airlines Admirals Club - Location: Airside, Concourse A East, below Gate A6. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door with proof of American Airlines ticket • Lounge membership programs. [ more lounge info ]
  • American Airlines Admirals Club - Location: Airside, B/C Concourse, Third floor, between the B and C Concourses. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door with proof of American Airlines ticket • Lounge membership programs. [ more lounge info ]
  • American Airlines Admirals Club - Location: Airside, Concourse F, Level 2, above the food court. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door with proof of American Airlines ticket • Lounge membership programs. [ more lounge info ]
  • United Club - Location: Airside, second level, between Concourse C & D. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door with proof of United Airlines ticket • Lounge membership programs. [ more lounge info ]

Military Lounge

USO Lounge - The USO offers a lounge that is free of charge to active members of the US military and their families. Amenities: snacks, internet, showers, laundry, bunks, library, games, TV Lounge. Location: Terminal A east, tarmac level, adjacent to Gate A6. Hours: open 24 hours

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Airport Hotels

If sleeping in Philadelphia Airport does not appeal to you, there are hotels near the airport:

  • Inside Airport Minute Suites - For travellers in Philadelphia on a layover, Minute Suites offers 13 private suites and 2 workstation cubicles to nap, relax or work. Each suite has a daybed sofa, pillows, fresh blankets, sound masking system, HDTV, desk, phone, WiFi access. Location: Terminal A-B Link, Airside. Rates: US $42 per hour for the first two hours • US$32 for the 3rd hour • US$130 for 5 hours • US$140 for 8 hours overnight • US$160 for 8 hours during the day • US$300 for 24 hours. When the suites are full, they rent air mattresses for US$ 40 with no time limit. Pillows and blankets are provided when available. Special Promotion: Save 5% when you book through this exclusive partner link. » book a room
  • At Airport Philadelphia Airport Marriott - To access, take the sky bridge from Terminal B. Free scheduled airport shuttle service departs every 20 minutes from 4:00AM - 12:00PM. The shuttle is available on demand from 12:00PM - 1:30AM.
  • Embassy Suites Philadelphia Airport - (6 minutes from the airport) Free 24-hour airport shuttle service is available. The shuttle runs to the airport every 30 minutes on the hour and the half hour.
  • Hampton Inn Philadelphia Airport - (6 minutes from the airport) Free 24-hour airport shuttle is available.

To see more options there is a list of hotels near Philadelphia Airport on Tripadvisor that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.

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Airport WiFi / Internet

Free WiFi is available at Philadelphia airport.

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More Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover At The Airport

  • Art in the Airport - Exhibitions are available throughout the airport.
  • ATMs / Cash Machines - Need cash? ATMs are available. Fees may apply, so be sure to check your bank’s fee schedule and your daily withdrawal limit if you are travelling internationally. You may also want to notify your bank of your travel plans. Locations: Landside and Airside areas of Terminals A - D • Airside, near the gates, in Terminals E and F.
  • Baby Care Facilities - Nursing Mother’s Station is available free of charge for 30 minutes, courtesy of Minute Suites Location: Minute Suites (airside walkway, between Terminals B and A-East). Nursing mothers can also use one of the 42 Companion Care or Family restrooms located throughout the landside and airside areas of the terminals.
  • Business Services - The UPS Store offer copying, faxing, shipping, notary and other business services. Location: (airside, Terminal A/B walkway).
  • Children's Play Areas - When you want to ensure your kids burn off all their energy before their flight, take them to the children’s play area. The “Ready For Take-Off” children’s play area features aviation-themed climbing toys and play area. Location: Terminal A-East.
  • Currency Exchange - Travelex has a few kiosks available. Locations: Terminal A East • Terminal A West • Terminal D
  • Duty Free & Shopping - In additional to a large variety of retail shops, are two duty-free shops, located in Terminal A-East and West.
  • Food & Drinks - Most food concessions throughout the airport operate with varying schedules. Au Bon Pain (Terminal C) is open 24 hours. The airport has a "Street Pricing" policy, which means that the prices at the airport are the same as out on the street.
  • Information Desk - Information desks are located throughout the airport. You can also look for airport ambassadors around the airport for assistance.
  • Hospitality Program - If you are stranded at the Philadelphia Airport as a result of an emergency or weather delay that results in flight cancellations, the Airport's Hospitality Program provides passengers with hotel and ground transportation information as well as snacks, pillows, blankets and other comfort items.
  • Library - A virtual library opened in early 2014. Travellers can relax in comfortable lounge chairs while reading book downloads. Much of the Free Library’s digital content, including classic titles and podcasts, is available to anyone, but a Free Library card is necessary to download non-classic titles and some digital content. Location: Airside, D/E Connector.
  • Luggage Storage & Lockers - Not available.
  • Mobile Charging - A variety of charging areas are available throughout the airside areas of the airport. Look for the PHL “Power Up” Cubes (power outlets), Power Tables (power outlets and USB ports), Charging Stations (power outlets), window outlets (power outlets and USB ports) and Charging Tables (power outlets). Delta, Southwest and JetBlue also offer their own charging stations at their gates.
  • Observation Area - Views of the airfield are available throughout the airside areas of all seven terminals.
  • Pet Relief Area - Indoor “Pet Ports” are available, with one inside each terminal. Outdoor relief areas are available in designated areas along the Departing Flights road and outside of baggage claim areas.
  • Rest Zones - Not available.
  • Showers - Not available.
  • Smoking Areas - Smoking is prohibited anywhere in the airport.
  • Spa - XpresSpa - Manicures, pedicures, facials, massages and more are available. Location: Terminals C, D and F.

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Airport Hours

Terminal B is open 24 hours.

Keep in mind that TSA, airline check-in and baggage drop hours vary according the flight schedule. Check these hours with your airline. If you are in the public area of the terminal (landside) you will not be able to get through to the secure area of the terminal (airside) until the morning.

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Airlines

As of March 2018, Philadelphia airport is served by the following airlines: Air Canada • Alaska Airlines • American Airlines • British Airways • Delta • Frontier Airlines • Icelandair • JetBlue • Lufthansa • Qatar Airways • Southwest Airlines • Spirit Airlines • United Airlines • Virgin America

Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport

Amtrak Connections

Access from the airport to the Amtrak Station is easy via SEPTA, the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority. This public transit system Airport Line picks up at the Rail Line platforms Terminals A-East, B, C, D and E baggage claims. It heads towards Center City Philadelphia. The Amtrak stop is 30th Street Station.

Bus

The airport is served by the bus routes (SEPTA): Route 37 to/from South Philadelphia and Chester, Pa.; Route 108 to/from 69th Street Transportation Center; Route 115 to/from Suburban Square in Ardmore. At the time of this January 2018 update, the single-ride transit fare is $2.50.

Car Rentals

The following agencies provide on-site car rental service: Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz and National. Vehicle pick up is at Zone 2, just outside of Baggage Claim.

Hotel Shuttles

Some local hotels provide their own guest airport shuttle service. The hotel shuttle stop is at Zone 4. Contact your hotel for shuttle service availability. Here are some hotels that offer airport shuttle service: aloft Philadelphia Airport   •   Courtyard Philadelphia Airport   •   DoubleTree by Hilton Philadelphia Airport   •   Embassy Suites by Hilton Philadelphia - Airport   •   Fairfield Inn Philadelphia Airport   •   Hampton Inn Philadelphia-International Airport   •   Holiday Inn Express Philadelphia Airport   •   Philadelphia Airport Marriott   •   Sheraton Suites Philadelphia Airport   •   SpringHill Suites Philadelphia Airport/Ridley Park   •   Wyndham Garden Hotel - Philadelphia Airport.

Limousines and Shared Ride Services

To hire a limousine or executive sedan, or to make a reservation for shared ride shuttle service from the airport, visit the Ground Transportation Information Desk located in all baggage claim areas.

Taxi

Taxis operating at this airport are metered, with a $10 minimum charge from the airport to any destination accept downtown which is subject to a flat rate. At the time of this January 2018 update, the flat rate downtown charge is $28.50.

Train

The SEPTA (Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority) Airport Regional Rail Line connects the airport to central Philadelphia via train service. Passengers can use this service to get from the airport to stations in Center City and connections to Amtrak, additional regional trains and the Greyhound Bus Station. All stations along this line are wheelchair accessible. For more information visit the SEPTA website.

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Last Updated: 14 November 2017

This guide is for informational purposes only to assist with your planning and is subject to change at any time. The information in this airport guide is based on information collected and/or received from the airports, lounges, hotels, transportation providers and their web sites. We are not representatives of any of the above mentioned service providers. To report errors, or to add/change any items mentioned in the guide, please contact us .