The Avenue of the Arts Is Home to the Philadelphia Fine Arts Scene
Traveling to the Avenue of the Arts Via the Broad Street Subway / SEPTA Broad Street Line / Orange Line
The closest SEPTA entity to the Avenue of the Arts on Broad Street, is, naturally the
Broad Street Subway
- which is also known officially as the SEPTA Broad Street Line and the
Traveling to the Avenue of the Arts Via SEPTA Regional Rail
If you are coming from one of the outlying neighborhoods or the Pennsylvania or New Jersey suburbs, the best way to travel to the Avenue of the Arts is via
SEPTA Regional Rail
service - click on the preceding link to read our full guide to it.
The Avenue of the Arts is atypical of Philadelphia, because it is equidistant between two major train stations, either
Market East Station
will get your there, conveniently, as opposed to one or the other.
Suburban Station is located at the intersection of 16th Street and John F. Kennedy Boulevard, west of Broad; in contrast, Market East Station is east of Broad, at 11th and Market Streets.
However, Late At Night, We Would Recommend Market East Station, Rather Than Suburban Station
Although Market East is a slightly further walk, it has the advantage of being easier - and better lit and secured - to enter, than Suburban Station. Naturally, SEPTA leaves fewer entrances open late at night, and especially if you're not familiar with the train stations, you may waste a lot of time trying to figure out how to get in (and miss your train).
You can walk from a venue on the Avenue of the Arts, and go into Market East, through the Reading Terminal Facade at 12th and Market Streets. (You can also do this by cab, as well, as it's a short trip; it's worth the money, especially if you're very far south on Broad.) That entrance will generally always be open before midnight, is better signed, and has security personnel at a desk, than the other entrances.
Just take the escalator, once you're past the Dunkin' Donuts, and ride down past the outstanding train-travel mural. You're then in Market East Station, and just follow the signs for your train.
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