Widener University is 20 min away from Philadelphia, with excellent transportation connections in the local area, and all across the mid-Atlantic region of the USA
Arriving by air
NEAREST INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
The Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) is located near the University and Philadelphia Downtown - 12 minutes from Widener University.
Philadelphia International is a major hub airport for the East Coast of the United States. PHL ranks as the 12th busiest airport in the world in terms of air traffic, and offers excellent air links to all large cities across America.
TRANSFER TO CAMPUS
A transfer on arrival in the US can be booked for $140. This means a private car will pick you up at Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) and take you to your accommodation.
Getting to Philadelphia and around the local area
The nearest big city to the University is Philadelphia - 24.7km by road from campus. The City of Chester has a number of public transportation options to get to Center City, Philadelphia.
FREE SHUTTLE BUS
A University shuttle bus circulates around the campus 4 times an hour (6pm-1am on weekdays, until 2am on weekends). The route is FREE to students, takes 15 minutes and has 10 stops, including one outside the International Study Center.
An off-campus student shuttle bus runs to nearby locations:
- Wawa convenience store
- Walmart discount department store
- Granite Run shopping mall
- Chester train station (regional railway)
- Philadelphia airport
The off-campus bus hours are 6pm-1am weekdays, and 12 noon-1am weekends.
Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) serves Philadelphia and nearby cities, including Bucks, Delaware and Montgomery. The nearest train station is in downtown Chester, 1 mile from the University campus. The Wilmington/Newark Line gets you to downtown Philadelphia in 35 minutes.
The train station is an easy walk from campus, and the University also offers a free shuttle to the local train station (see above).
The nearest bus Station is Chester Transportation Center, only 5 minutes from the University by foot.
Two SEPTA bus routes - Route 109 and Route 37 - connect to the region-wide mass transit network, going into Philadelphia as well as all other nearby cities.
From Widener University, there is direct access to regional and national road networks - Interstate-95, Interstate-476, Interstate-295 and the New Jersey Turnpike - provide easy access into the city of Philadelphia.
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Getting around the US
Philadelphia International Airport (PHL)
The Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) is 10.4km along highway I-95N - 12 minutes away from Widener University by car.
Bus lines 37 and 113 make regular stops at the airport. The travel time from campus is under 1 hour.
Being among the busiest airports in the country, PHL offers several flights to all travel destinations with America. See the side bar for approximate flight times to US cities.
Several express bus services can take you to popular east coast cities from Center City Philadelphia. Aside from the nationally known Greyhound bus service, many private operators offer competitive fares to New York, Washington DC and Boston.
Amtrak is a government-owned corporation that provides intercity passenger train services in the USA. The nearest Amtrak station is 30th Street Station, in Philadelphia Downtown. The Northeast Train Routes link all major cities in the West Coast.
The Interstate Highway System is a network of high speed roads (also called freeways or expressways) serving nearly all major US cities. Many of the east coast highways are toll roads, however tolls are not very high and driving across American roads offers the flexibility of timings and ease of transportation. See the side bar for approximate driving times to major US cities.