Will be moving to Philly in 3 weeks. Can anyone answer some of my transportation question? :)

  • mrbanidoso

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    Apr 21, 2014 11:55 AM GMT
    Hi guys. So basically I am moving to Philly in 3 weeks. I will be working as a flight attendant and I want to be as close to the airport or as close to a ground transportation station (bus or train).

    Do you think it's necessary for me to have a car in Philly? I don't have a car and I really don't know much about the city and how reliable the transportation is.

    As a flight attendant, when scheduling calls us, we only have 90 minutes to prepare (pack our bags, get in our uniforms, and etc). So if I live there and I don't have a car, is the ground transportation reliable enough?

    Or will I have to wait at the station 20-30 minutes before the next train comes?

    Also on a scale of 1 to 10, 1 being the lowest, how convenient/and or reliable is the transportation in Philly for someone like me?

    I hope you can help me out if you have any suggestions or recommendations.

    It would totally mean a lot. I dont know anyone, as in nobody in Philly so I have no one to ask but this site.

    Thank you.
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    Apr 21, 2014 12:09 PM GMT
    mrbanidoso saidHi guys. So basically I am moving to Philly in 3 weeks. I will be working as a flight attendant and I want to be as close to the airport or as close to a ground transportation station (bus or train).

    Do you think it's necessary for me to have a car in Philly? I don't have a car and I really don't know much about the city and how reliable the transportation is.

    As a flight attendant, when scheduling calls us, we only have 90 minutes to prepare (pack our bags, get in our uniforms, and etc). So if I live there and I don't have a car, is the ground transportation reliable enough?

    Or will I have to wait at the station 20-30 minutes before the next train comes?

    Also on a scale of 1 to 10, 1 being the lowest, how convenient/and or reliable is the transportation in Philly for someone like me?

    I hope you can help me out if you have any suggestions or recommendations.

    It would totally mean a lot. I dont know anyone, as in nobody in Philly so I have no one to ask but this site.

    Thank you.


    Aside from the commuter rail (5 AM - 11:30 PM, 30 minute headways) and maybe a couple SEPTA bus routes, there's not a lot of connections to/from PHL, and taxis can be an expensive proposition. Also the (non-Airport) stations are not terribly close to the Airport. Look for residential options in University City (Penn/Drexel U. area), since the stations there are 15-20 minutes away from the Airport. I'm not so comfortable with the residential options currently in Eastwick (5-10 minutes from Airport).

    Given that you're a flight attendant and may be coming home late some hours, I would encourage you to work toward getting a car. BUT, in the interim, I am certain PHL has an excellent ridesharing program for employees that you could look into.
  • mrbanidoso

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    Apr 21, 2014 12:37 PM GMT
    dayumm said
    mrbanidoso said

    Aside from the commuter rail (5 AM - 11:30 PM, 30 minute headways) and maybe a couple SEPTA bus routes, there's not a lot of connections to/from PHL, and taxis can be an expensive proposition. Also the (non-Airport) stations are not terribly close to the Airport. Look for residential options in University City (Penn/Drexel U. area), since the stations there are 15-20 minutes away from the Airport. I'm not so comfortable with the residential options currently in Eastwick (5-10 minutes from Airport).

    Given that you're a flight attendant and may be coming home late some hours, I would encourage you to work toward getting a car. BUT, in the interim, I am certain PHL has an excellent ridesharing program for employees that you could look into.
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    Oh. Really? That's sad.

    mmm. so theres a 30 minute interval? and its not 24 hours?

    Do you know of any apartments thats really close to the airport? I may need to take a cab sometimes.

    I will definitely look into getting an apartment near that area you mentioned.



  • germanguy888

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    Apr 21, 2014 3:51 PM GMT
    I'm a F/A based in PHL too. I know a lot of people do take the train. It just depends where you will be living. I personally drive but it takes a bus and a train to get to the airport from where I live. I had to do it for about a month when my car was getting fixed and never missed a check in, though I never got a quick call or had to do 0515 OPR. PM me if you have any questions. I'm off to Madrid tonight so if you do it might take a few days for me to respond
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    Apr 21, 2014 4:26 PM GMT
    mrbanidoso said
    dayumm said
    mrbanidoso said

    Aside from the commuter rail (5 AM - 11:30 PM, 30 minute headways) and maybe a couple SEPTA bus routes, there's not a lot of connections to/from PHL, and taxis can be an expensive proposition. Also the (non-Airport) stations are not terribly close to the Airport. Look for residential options in University City (Penn/Drexel U. area), since the stations there are 15-20 minutes away from the Airport. I'm not so comfortable with the residential options currently in Eastwick (5-10 minutes from Airport).

    Given that you're a flight attendant and may be coming home late some hours, I would encourage you to work toward getting a car. BUT, in the interim, I am certain PHL has an excellent ridesharing program for employees that you could look into.
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    Oh. Really? That's sad.

    mmm. so theres a 30 minute interval? and its not 24 hours?

    Do you know of any apartments thats really close to the airport? I may need to take a cab sometimes.

    I will definitely look into getting an apartment near that area you mentioned.





    I'm not in Philly anymore but Eastwick/Elmwood area would be your best bet for "really close" and near a bus stop/commuter train. Look for places near Lindbergh Boulevard.

    For comfort's sake, I'd still recommend seeking out places near University City Station (further intown and west of Center City, what they call downtown), but both train stations are a bit isolated from residential areas, and you might find yourself biking to the stations to save time.

    (Bikes are not allowed on commuter rail during rush hour, but are at all other times, while most bus routes allow bikes. I'm sure the airport can accommodate bike parking for airport-related employees.)

    Here's the rail schedule.

    http://www.septa.org/schedules/rail/w/AIR_0.html

    There are two bus routes (37, and 108 ). They both run virtually 24 hours/day, but trips to the Airport Terminal A varies from 30 minutes to an hour during the weekday.

    (Weekday schedules)
    http://www.septa.org/schedules/bus/w/108_1.htm
    http://www.septa.org/schedules/bus/w/037_1.htm

    (U-City Station Page.. also look for apartments on the west side of South Street)

    http://www.septa.org/stations/rail/universitycity.html

    (Eastwick Station Page)

    http://www.septa.org/stations/rail/eastwick.html
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    Apr 22, 2014 1:00 AM GMT
    The airport is a bit removed from the city, which is one of the things that makes public transportation to get there such a bitch. The other side of that is having a car in the city gets expensive to park it.

    Maybe you should look for a place to live in the suburbs just outside of Philly, but close to the airport. portions of Delaware County PA are nice, and just on the outskirts of West Philly.

    Oh, and welcome to the City of Brotherly Love. icon_lol.gif
  • mrbanidoso

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    Apr 22, 2014 1:45 AM GMT
    JonSpringon saidThe airport is a bit removed from the city, which is one of the things that makes public transportation to get there such a bitch. The other side of that is having a car in the city gets expensive to park it.

    Maybe you should look for a place to live in the suburbs just outside of Philly, but close to the airport. portions of Delaware County PA are nice, and just on the outskirts of West Philly.

    Oh, and welcome to the City of Brotherly Love. icon_lol.gif


    Thank you.

    Ahh. That sucks. :C

    I was really expecting that I can get by without a car there.

    mmm. if i live in the suburbs, then i will be too far away from the airport right?

    How about cabs? Are they like in NYC where you can hail one pretty much anywhere on the streets or you still have to call them and they'll send one out and pick you up?
  • mrbanidoso

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    Apr 22, 2014 1:46 AM GMT
    dayumm said
    mrbanidoso said
    dayumm said
    mrbanidoso said

    Aside from the commuter rail (5 AM - 11:30 PM, 30 minute headways) and maybe a couple SEPTA bus routes, there's not a lot of connections to/from PHL, and taxis can be an expensive proposition. Also the (non-Airport) stations are not terribly close to the Airport. Look for residential options in University City (Penn/Drexel U. area), since the stations there are 15-20 minutes away from the Airport. I'm not so comfortable with the residential options currently in Eastwick (5-10 minutes from Airport).

    Given that you're a flight attendant and may be coming home late some hours, I would encourage you to work toward getting a car. BUT, in the interim, I am certain PHL has an excellent ridesharing program for employees that you could look into.
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    Oh. Really? That's sad.

    mmm. so theres a 30 minute interval? and its not 24 hours?

    Do you know of any apartments thats really close to the airport? I may need to take a cab sometimes.

    I will definitely look into getting an apartment near that area you mentioned.





    I'm not in Philly anymore but Eastwick/Elmwood area would be your best bet for "really close" and near a bus stop/commuter train. Look for places near Lindbergh Boulevard.

    For comfort's sake, I'd still recommend seeking out places near University City Station (further intown and west of Center City, what they call downtown), but both train stations are a bit isolated from residential areas, and you might find yourself biking to the stations to save time.

    (Bikes are not allowed on commuter rail during rush hour, but are at all other times, while most bus routes allow bikes. I'm sure the airport can accommodate bike parking for airport-related employees.)

    Here's the rail schedule.

    http://www.septa.org/schedules/rail/w/AIR_0.html

    There are two bus routes (37, and 108 ). They both run virtually 24 hours/day, but trips to the Airport Terminal A varies from 30 minutes to an hour during the weekday.

    (Weekday schedules)
    http://www.septa.org/schedules/bus/w/108_1.htm
    http://www.septa.org/schedules/bus/w/037_1.htm

    (U-City Station Page.. also look for apartments on the west side of South Street)

    http://www.septa.org/stations/rail/universitycity.html

    (Eastwick Station Page)

    http://www.septa.org/stations/rail/eastwick.html


    I cannot bike my way to the station. I will be carrying with me my rollerboards and bags. :C

  • jlly_rnchr

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    Apr 22, 2014 4:48 AM GMT
    The southern suburbs aren't far from the airport at all. Delaware County is pretty much right next door. Even some of Camden Country, NJ is really close.
  • mrbanidoso

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    Apr 22, 2014 5:31 AM GMT
    jlly_rnchr saidThe southern suburbs aren't far from the airport at all. Delaware County is pretty much right next door. Even some of Camden Country, NJ is really close.


    What would you take to the airport if you live in the suburbs?
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    Apr 22, 2014 10:54 AM GMT
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    jlly_rnchr saidThe southern suburbs aren't far from the airport at all. Delaware County is pretty much right next door. Even some of Camden Country, NJ is really close.


    What would you take to the airport if you live in the suburbs?

    You might want to consider the HUB apartments in Chester (next to Widener Univ) where you can catch the shuttle bus operated by the Best Western there which is also owned by the HUB. It is about a 10 minute ride to PHL from there. Apts are about 5 or so years old and have a mix of FAs and Widener students.
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    Apr 22, 2014 11:49 AM GMT
    mrbanidoso said
    dayumm said
    mrbanidoso said
    dayumm said
    mrbanidoso said

    Aside from the commuter rail (5 AM - 11:30 PM, 30 minute headways) and maybe a couple SEPTA bus routes, there's not a lot of connections to/from PHL, and taxis can be an expensive proposition. Also the (non-Airport) stations are not terribly close to the Airport. Look for residential options in University City (Penn/Drexel U. area), since the stations there are 15-20 minutes away from the Airport. I'm not so comfortable with the residential options currently in Eastwick (5-10 minutes from Airport).

    Given that you're a flight attendant and may be coming home late some hours, I would encourage you to work toward getting a car. BUT, in the interim, I am certain PHL has an excellent ridesharing program for employees that you could look into.
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    Oh. Really? That's sad.

    mmm. so theres a 30 minute interval? and its not 24 hours?

    Do you know of any apartments thats really close to the airport? I may need to take a cab sometimes.

    I will definitely look into getting an apartment near that area you mentioned.





    I'm not in Philly anymore but Eastwick/Elmwood area would be your best bet for "really close" and near a bus stop/commuter train. Look for places near Lindbergh Boulevard.

    For comfort's sake, I'd still recommend seeking out places near University City Station (further intown and west of Center City, what they call downtown), but both train stations are a bit isolated from residential areas, and you might find yourself biking to the stations to save time.

    (Bikes are not allowed on commuter rail during rush hour, but are at all other times, while most bus routes allow bikes. I'm sure the airport can accommodate bike parking for airport-related employees.)

    Here's the rail schedule.

    http://www.septa.org/schedules/rail/w/AIR_0.html

    There are two bus routes (37, and 108 ). They both run virtually 24 hours/day, but trips to the Airport Terminal A varies from 30 minutes to an hour during the weekday.

    (Weekday schedules)
    http://www.septa.org/schedules/bus/w/108_1.htm
    http://www.septa.org/schedules/bus/w/037_1.htm

    (U-City Station Page.. also look for apartments on the west side of South Street)

    http://www.septa.org/stations/rail/universitycity.html

    (Eastwick Station Page)

    http://www.septa.org/stations/rail/eastwick.html


    I cannot bike my way to the station. I will be carrying with me my rollerboards and bags. :C



    Without biking, I'd say your best bet is to take one of the bus routes directly in Eastwick/Elmwood, or make a bus-to-train transfer in Center City/U-City.

    Look into those Chester County options as mentioned by other posters. The residential options there might be better for you.
  • jlly_rnchr

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    Apr 22, 2014 12:03 PM GMT
    mrbanidoso said
    jlly_rnchr saidThe southern suburbs aren't far from the airport at all. Delaware County is pretty much right next door. Even some of Camden Country, NJ is really close.


    What would you take to the airport if you live in the suburbs?


    Well, I have a car, and since the airport is right on I95, I've always drove. But if I was in the city, I'd attempt to take Regional Rail, though I've heard it's expensive.

  • Apr 22, 2014 1:08 PM GMT
    You could live in University City and take the train. If you live walking distance to the University City train station, it'll be maybe a 30-40 minute commute. Look at places around 40th St. and Baltimore Ave. That's a pretty nice neighborhood and less than a 15 minute walk from the station.
  • Lanter

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    Apr 23, 2014 5:20 AM GMT
    JonSpringon saidThe airport is a bit removed from the city, which is one of the things that makes public transportation to get there such a bitch. The other side of that is having a car in the city gets expensive to park it.

    Maybe you should look for a place to live in the suburbs just outside of Philly, but close to the airport. portions of Delaware County PA are nice, and just on the outskirts of West Philly.

    Oh, and welcome to the City of Brotherly Love. icon_lol.gif


    The parts of Delco near the city limits are not usually considered the most stellar of areas to live in. I know someone who lives in Glenolden/Folcroft area and while the culdesac seems all right, its not a place I'd leave my doors unlocked. But that is probably true for most of the city and since I live out in the suburbs, I'm not the best to comment.

    There is a train that connects the city to the airport, but again I don't have the best idea for public transportation. Good luck